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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing Producers: Meaghan LaSala, Matt Murphy

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    Segment 2: Emmaus Homeless Shelter Thanksgiving and Christmas Services and Events
    How dire the need is for emergency housing and food? How can one help provide support services for people who are currently homeless? What is happening locally for those who are in need of housing and/or food?
    Guest: Sr. Lucille MacDonald, Director of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.

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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing Producers: Matt Murphy & Meaghan LaSala

    Segment 1: Robin Jones, Film Coordinator for The Grand in Ellsworth, talks with Matt Murphy about new and upcoming films, including a “Hollywood Rebel” film series and a number of holiday family films. FMI: robinjonesfilm@gmail.com

    Segment 2: Protest of the Rollins Wind Project in Lincoln
    Who opposes industrial wind projects in Maine? What are some of the concerns of those who oppose large scale wind projects? What is the current status of the 40 turbine Rollins wind project in Lincoln?

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Chris Stark

    For more than 20 years, the Maryann Hartman Awards have been presented at the University of Maine annually, in honor of late Professor Maryann Hartman. The awards recognize distinguished Maine women and their accomplishments in the arts, politics, business, education and community service. The intention is that the work of the women selected will provide inspiration to others and demonstrate the levels of attainment now possible for women.

    The 2010 recipients, Candace Austin, Shenna Bellows and Francine Stark, were honored on Wednesday, October 27th.
    Candace Austin – for her commitment to adult literacy in Penobscot and Washington Counties, as well as in Morelia, Mexico
    Shenna Bellows – for her vision and leadership in the Maine Civil Liberties Union
    Francine Stark – for her work against domestic violence and for her peace and justice activism

    Today on Weekend Voices we bring you to the Wednesday’s event, to hear these women being honored, and to hear their own words about the work they are doing, and important issues facing Maine. This was recorded by Chris Stark. The emcee is Ann Schonberger, Director of the Women’s Studies program at the University of Maine.

    FMI: umaine.edu/wic/public-events/maryann-hartman-awards/

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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing Producers: Meaghan LaSala, Larry Dansiger

    Segment 1: Local Workers Groups Hold Campaign Rally Opposing Gubernatorial Candidates Eliot Cutler and Paul LePage. Recorded by Meaghan LaSala
    Segment 2: “Why Vote?”, an episode of the short-feature “Outside the Box”, produced by Larry Dansinger.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by: Steve Soucy

    On October 9th, 2010, the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine held a teach-in called “Stop the Longest War: Ending the War in Afghanistan”. The keynote speaker was Jo Comerford, the Executive Director, of the National Priorities Project, a long time community organizer who has served as Director of Programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In addition to her work there, which included a focus on food security, Jo Comerford has also directed the American Friends Service Committee’s community organizing efforts in western Massachusetts. She holds an MSW in community organizing from Hunter College School of Social Work and is an adjunct faculty member of Smith College School of Social Work.

    The National Priorities Project (or NPP) where she serves as Executive Director, is a non-profit research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels.

    WERU volunteer Steve Soucy recorded her talk at the Peace & Justice Center’s teach-in last weekend. It has been edited slighting for length. If you would like to follow along with the slides the speaker makes reference to, you can find them at the website: peacectr.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Jo-Comerford-talk-slides.pdf — but they are not crucial to understanding her presentation.

    FMI: NationalPriorities.org.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    An interview with organizers of an upcoming benefit for the Sandy Point Community Club, a historic landmark in town that continues to be an active community center.

    Guests:

    Ronda Nichol and Joyce O’Rourke, Sandy Point Community Club, (207) 567-3091, osandypoint@aol.com; Jessica Hasford, Northeast Historic Film. (207) 469-0924, jessica@oldfilm.org, www.oldfilm.org

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  • Producer/Host: Matt Murphy

    Topic: An interview with Bryan Wolf of Squeaky Wheel Adventures

    FMI: Squeaky Wheel Adventures, Surry, ME 04684 207.664.0233
    SqueakyWheelAdventures.org
    bryan@SqueakyWheelAdventures.org
    www.facebook.com/pages/Surry-ME/Squeaky-Wheel-Adventures/59880669397

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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributors: Meredith DeFrancesco, Meaghan LaSala

    On today’s program, Meredith DeFrancesco talks with John Kerry, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security about the recent New England Governor’s Resolution to promote a regional solar energy market. But first, we pick up where we left off on Saturday’s edition of Voices:

    A gubernatorial candidates forum on the topic of Maine’s quality of place, was held on September 21st at the Bangor Opera House. The event was sponsored by several Maine-based nonprofit organizations, including: the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, GrowSmart Maine, Healthy Community Coalition, Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund, Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center, Maine Downtown Coalition, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Preservation, Maine Rural Partners, Trust for Public Land and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.

    The candidates for governor were asked for their views on the future, and how they would protect and promote Maine’s natural and cultural resources. Today we bring you part 2 of the forum. Part 1 aired on Weekend Voices on Saturday and is available, if you’d like to listen, on our archives at weru.org

    In attendance were 4 of the 5 candidates who will be appearing on the ballot for Governor: Independents Shawn Moody, Eliot Cutler and Kevin Scott, and the Democrat, Senator Libby Mitchell; Republican Paul LePage was invited, but did not attend. The forum was emcee’d by Carol Coultas, editor of Maine Biz

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