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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Islands and Energy: Connecting Maine and Samso Island in Denmark

    Key Discussion Points:

    1. What is the basic approach (human ecology) by which COA frames its education… with others contributing how approach has played out in their own experience with courses and students at College of the Atlantic
    2. What has fueled recent/growing interest by students in alternative energy and sustainable business? Do you see obvious and not so obvious connections between the challenge to reduce carbon inputs into the atmosphere and the desire to invent and experiment? How does COA foster exploration of those connections and applications?
    3. What led to the connection between the work of the Samso Energy Academy, in Denmark and College of the Atlantic and the Island Institute? (part of the broader collaboration between COA and Island Institute)
    4. Describe Samso Island, its geography, economy and energy profile, and the short version of the story that led them to become “carbon neutral”. What most surprises North American visitors to Samso, as they learn about how they have organized themselves and the results they are achieving?
    5. The partnership has led you to offer a course called Islands: Energy, Economy and Community, focused on developing initiatives in the renewable energy and finance sectors on MDI and Maine Islands, and involving both COA students and members of island communities. Tell more about how the course was conceived and the short and longer term outcomes you envision.

    Guests:
    Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic
    Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic
    Anna Demeo, Director of Energy Operations and Management, College of the Atlantic
    Heather Deese, Island Institute
    Suzanne MacDonald, Island Institute

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Island Readers and Writers inspires passion for reading and learning

    Key Discussion Points:
    Jan Coates describes the origins and evolution of Island Readers and Writers
    IRW has many examples of engaging young minds… share examples and what elements make them successful
    What has been the involvement of teachers and parents in IRW programs… how have you gained their trust?
    How do you choose your books and authors? What do authors gain from their participation—what difference does it make to a child to meet and discuss writing and reading with an author
    Kim Ridley gives a thumbnail description of The Secret Pool, and how it is being received, awards…
    What has it been like for you and your colleague Rebecca Ray to take The Secret Pool into schools for IRW?
    What have you learned about yourself as a writer through participation?)
    Jenifer Judd McGee describes what inspired her to get involved?
    What are your children’s experiences?
    How have you seen IRW make a difference in their lives and the lives of other children?
    How is Island Readers and Writers structured and supported?
    Website and contact info: islandreadersandwriters.org/

    Guests :
    Jan Coates, Executive Director, Island Readers and Writers
    Jenifer Judd McGee, Board Member, Island Readers and Writers
    Kim Ridley, Author, The Secret Pool

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Hands on Learning through Eastern Maine Skippers Program

    Key Discussion Points:
    Overview of the Skippers Program and how it came to be
    How it is connected/separate from Deer Isle/Stonington’s Marine Pathways program
    Other schools involved in the Skippers program
    Goals, hopes, vision
    What makes this program so unique, different, exciting?
    The Flounder project
    What have the students been up to
    In class learning
    Hands on learning (the Traps, going to the meetings with DMR, licensing etc)
    Tell us about the fishery itself, how it is managed…
    What is next or this project
    Bigger picture conversation about:
    Education and how this program can help non-traditional high school students.
    Fisheries management and how this program can help inform the process
    What words of advice would you have for today’s:
    HS students who want hands on experience?
    For educators?
    How can people get involved, websites etc

    Guests:
    Val Peacock , Sumner High School
    Carla Guenther, Penobscot East Resource Center
    Todd West, Principle, Deer Isle Stonington High School
    Kristen McGovern (science teacher) North Haven
    Avery Waterman (student) North Haven

    Call In Program: Yes
    Political Broadcast: No
    Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Community Response to Domestic Violence

    Key Discussion Points :
    What is domestic abuse?
    • Define
    • Tactics of abuse
    What is Extent of the problem in Hancock and Washington Counties
    • Next Step statistics
    • Other statistics and information
    • Other trends from the perspective of law enforcement
    What are the signs of abuse and what can someone to do help?
    What are services offered by Next Step
    • Hotline: Who can use the hotline, who works on the hotline
    • Emergency shelter: information about trends in shelter
    • Transitional housing: what is the benefit, the need, the availability
    • Other services: face to face advocacy, support and education groups
    • Advocacy in court
    • Community education, training, and consultation
    Trends in the community’s perception of and response to DV
    • What has changed since the first shelters opened in the 70’s?
    • What is on the horizon for assessing risks?
    • How should we be organizing ourselves as a community to
    further enhance our response to DV?
    How can community members become effective allies for those who are targets or suspected targets of domestic violence?

    Guests:
    Rebecca Hobbs, Exec. Director, Next Step
    Lt. Rod Charette (Commanding Officer, Maine State Police Troop J),
    Rick Doyle (Staff Attorney, Next Step)

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Getting food to people in need in Hancock County

    Key Discussion Points:

    1. Katie provides context for Healthy Acadia’s overall work on food systems, the notion of food security, and how that led to their support for gleaning, food pantry networking and the food drive
    2. Hannah describes the gleaning initiative, her recent work on food waste and how that connects with food waste initiatives in Europe, Barcelona conference, etc
    3. Rick describes the work of Tree of Life food pantry, who it serves, how it is organized and supported, what success they have had, what challenges they face, advice to those wanting to help or work in their own communities… Katie mentions other food pantries and their ongoing networking meetings
    4. Kara describes Welcome Table as one of several area responses to the issue of hunger… what was the inspiration to start, how it is operated, who it serves, examples of success and challenges, advice to those wanting to help or work in their own communities
    5. Susan describes the history of the county food drive, who it will help, how this one is being organized, how people, local organizations, local businesses can help out…
    6. We wrap up by summarizing the several ways listeners can get involved, and those guests in the studio share what inspires them about this work and what their longer term hopes are…

    Guests:
    Katie Freedman, Healthy Acadia
    Hannah Semler, Gleaning Coordinator, Healthy Acadia
    Susan Farley, Washington-Hancock Community Agency
    Rick Traub, Tree of Life Food Pantry, Blue Hill
    Kara Ibarguen, Welcome Table, Ellsworth

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Serving in local town government

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. Each guest is asked for a thumbnail description of their town: geography, rough description of make of town population, main economic activities
    2. What first inspired you to serve, and has that inspiration changed any over the years?
    3. How has your town progressed over the years… any particular accomplishments you had a hand in? Has your town evolved, shaped by events and reactions, or are there elements of preparing for and directing change? What were key “pivot” points in recent history?
    4. What are some of the challenges or hot button issues in your town, and how are you (your town) approaching them?
    5. What are some of the challenges in the process of local government?
    6. Any advice to listeners who might wish to get involved in local government, on volunteer boards or running for local office?
    7.Wrap up- What gives you hope and inspiration as you look forward in your towns?

    Guests:
    a. Jill Goldthwait, former State Senator, former Town Council Chair in Bar Harbor
    b. Bill Thayer, Selectman, Gouldsboro
    c. Gary Fortier, City Council Ellsworth
    d. John Bannister, Selectman, Blue Hill (by phone)

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    *special date

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Topic: Practical approaches to local economic development

    Guests: Jacquelyn Hewitt, consultant to Town of Mount Desert
    Roger Bergen, Stonington Economic Development Committee
    Rick Armstrong, Castine Economic Development Committee

    Give us a thumbnail sketch of your town, what you know about the current economic mix, the demographics
    What are the key assets that you are working from?
    What are the economic challenges you are facing?
    What has been your overall approach, and some of the specific tasks and accomplishments?
    (For instance, Jackie will likely discuss early efforts by the town to develop the harbor and marina, current work around signage and wayfinding, funding for an “events” committee, helping to connect commercial developers/buyers with available properties and helping them research concepts for business development)

    Discussion For all:
    Each community has a mix of interests, including year round and seasonal residents… what is the balancing act like among those interests?
    Where do you get your inspiration and ideas to pursue?
    How do you blend local voluntary energy with expertise you might have to pay for?
    What is the role of town government in your overall approach?
    What does it take, in your town, to take something from “idea” stage to implementation?
    How are your efforts connected to local chambers of commerce? Connections to any regional or state efforts?
    Your work seems different than economic development strategies elsewhere to get companies to relocate (chasing smokestacks)… help us understand why you use the approach you do?
    What policy changes would help your work… local and state level?
    What are the long term outcomes you are hoping for in your community?

    Closing: Any practical advice to listeners from other towns working on these issues… and what gives you hope?

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Where is Poverty Now?

    Key Discussion Points:
    a. CAP agencies were established as one of the key strategies in the war on poverty, declared by President Lyndon Johnson in January, 1964… what was their basic role?
    b. What do we know about poverty today… are there differences that have emerged over the last 50 years?
    c. How have CAP agencies changed… what approaches are you trying now that might not have been part of the original design? Provide an overview of WHCA programs and the role of people with low incomes on your board, involvement in the design and delivery of programs…
    d. How is WHCA working with homeless vets? What do we know about the “dimensions” of the problem? How did you get started? What are the ways in which you tackle to problem? What are some of the results?
    e. Is there more awareness of poverty as a community issue… talk about the emergence of poverty as a risk factor when Healthy Peninsula began work to help school children succeed? What led to the series of community workshops on Blue Hill peninsula, including a recent one… who is Donna Beegle, and how has she helped frame the issue here in Maine and nationally?
    f. What other trends do you see that indicate that poverty and its affects are increasing?
    (food pantry use, free community meals, general assistance, private and public efforts around fuel assistance, etc..) Is this a shift from assuming that poverty should be addressed by local efforts vs federal programs… what levels of magnitude are evident, between federal efforts like Community Action Program, HeadStart and others, and grassroots efforts like the Tree of Life Food Pantry and its sister efforts?
    g.Part of the discussion about poverty relates to another trend in the US… growing income disparity between the very wealthy and the rest, including the middle class and the poor… do you see this disparity having a bearing on how you work on issues of poverty locally, or is this an issue best solved at the national level?
    h. What inspires you to continue working on issues of poverty and its affects on people and the wider community?

    Guests:
    a. Mark Green, Washington-Hancock Community Agency
    b. Bobbi Harris, Washington-Hancock Community Agency
    c. Barbara Peppey, Healthy Peninsula

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