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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

    Maine Beaches Conference

    The show covers speakers at the recent Maine Beaches Conference, held July 14, 2017 in Wells, Maine
    -Maine coastal and beach pollution issues
    -Coastal erosion and loss of cultural resources
    -Volunteer monitoring programs for beach erosion and pollution
    -Coastal access legal issues


    Chris Feurt of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Paul Dest, the director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Pete Slovinsky of the Maine Geological Survey
    Alice Kelley from the University of Maine
    Keri Kaczor of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant
    John Duff of the University of Massachusetts Boston

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Homeless Youth in Maine: Services and Supports Available for Northern Maine Counties

    -Homeless youth are not kids who have “run away from home” – they have been rejected, thrown out or escape from dangerous home circumstances
    -Many of these youth have mental health issues due to poverty, child abuse, living in a home where there is substance use, physical abuse, etc.
    -Each of these kids needs time and support to develop trust, as they have been disappointed so many times before by adults in their lives
    -Success happens for so many of these kids
    -Important to provide food, address Maslow’s hierarchy in order to create a trusting relationship where you can then help the youth

    Sherrie House (Streetlight Outreach Coordinator
    Nathaniel Coe (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Christopher Bowie (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Daniel Wendell (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Cody Webster (Streetlight Outreach Team)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Maine Storytelling

    WERU and Wednesday on Main are hosting our 3rd annual local storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport tomorrow evening (7/26/17) To get you in the mood for tomorrow night, I’ve selected some of my favorite stories from various local storytelling events over the past few years.

    Storytellers (recorded at past events and rebroadcast today):
    Stacy Coventry, Charlie Dufour, Amy Roeder, Mark Bridges Music, Ilze Petersons, Naomi Graychase

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: The public comment period has closed and now those who care about Maine’s new National Monument are waiting to hear its’ fate. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Katahdin Woods and Waters recently as part of a federal review. While his comments after touring the area seemed to indicate that he was favorably impressed, they are open to interpretation at this point. Governor LePage has been a vocal opponent of the monument, downplaying the beauty and historical significance of the area, and any potential economic benefits for the region.
    On Friday the Natural Resources Council of Maine held a press conference in Bangor to release the results of their analysis of the public comments that had been submitted so far, and to highlight the thoughts of some residents of the Katahdin Woods and Waters region. In our first segement today we’re going to listen in.

    Natural Resources Council of Maine

    Segment 2: Coming up on Wednesday, July 26th, WERU, in conjunction with Bucksport’s Wednesdays on Main will hold our third annual storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre. We hope to see you all there, and to give you a sample of what you can expect, today we’re bringing you an encore presentation of 3 of the storytellers from last year’s show who will be returning this year.

    FMI about the 7/26th event: My Maine: The State as Experienced by Local Storytellers

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributor: Matt Murphy

    Yankee Magazine Editor Mel Allen on “The Power of Community”

    Longtime Yankee magazine editor Mel Allen spoke at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine on June 21st in conjunction with that town’s “Wednesday on Main” summer series. His topic was “The Power of Community” and he commented on how that is at play in Bucksport and other towns in the region.

    Yankee Magazine
    Wednesday on Main

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

    Maine coastal and ocean issues: Alewife restoration and monitoring

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. Ecology of diadromous fish (fish that spend part of their life cycle at sea, and part in freshwater)
    2. Volunteer initiatives in Downeast Maine that are helping restore alewives
    3. How alewife harvesters contribute to the protection and restoration of alewives

    Brett Ciccotelli, Downeast Salmon Federation
    Katie Clark, College of the Atlantic
    Darryl Young, Alewife harvester

    The following also appear on this show:
    Bailey Bowden, Penobscot
    Gary Edwards, Sullivan
    Karen Wilson, University of Southern Maine
    Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Jobs in Maine: What’s the Future?

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) global changes in employment and the nature of work
    b) the shifting demographics of jobs
    c) barriers to work
    d) what it means for Maine

    James Breece, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maine. umaine.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/breece/
    Rosalie Hughes, is an investigative journalist and writer at the Bangor Daily News and a contributor to the Maine Focus series. bangordailynews.com/staff/bdn-maine/content/rosalie-hughes/
    Beth Stickney, Executive Director of the Maine Business Immigration Coalition mainebic.org/about/

    To learn more about this topic:
    The State of American Jobs, Pew Research Center
    Did China Eat America’s Jobs, Freakonomics, January 25, 2017
    Visualizing the Jobs Lost to Automation
    An Overview of the Maine Economy: Per Capita Personal Income 2014, James Breece, 2016
    Maine Job Outlook to 2024

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

    1) Today we hear some audio from Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla on the Bangor Waterfront, where people gathered to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy.
    2) Over 30 organizations co-sponsored the event, which showed support for the Penobscot Nation’s efforts to retain sovereignty and stewardship on the section of the river passing through their island territory. In 2012, the Maine Attorney General’s office sought to establish that section as State territory. The Tribe has sued the State in an on going legal case: Penobscot Nation v Attorney General Janet Mills.
    3) Speakers broadcast in this program address the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion in Old Town and the dumping of toxic leachate into the Penobscot River and on state bills and policies that could support or paralyze the development of solar energy in Maine.

    Ed Spencer, Old Town resident, logger and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion process
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot tribal member and activist
    Fred Greenhalgh, ReVision Energy and solar activist
    Jim Freeman, Flotilla organizer, Alliance for the Common Good,

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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