Talk of the Towns 11/11/20: Creating a Geopark for Maine

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

What makes the geology of present-day Maine especially compelling to you?
What is a Geopark and how would it work?
What have you been working on in the past year as you have drafted a vision for a Maine Geopark?
Within a geopark, there are geosites (sites of geological importance– provide examples from Damariscotta, Fort Knox and Lubec.
How would creation of a Geopark serve the interests of
Local communities (pride of place, economic opportunity)?
Visitors to the state and localities?
Geologists and students of geology?
If you and your colleagues are successful and we jumped in our time-machine and came back to explore the Maine Geopark in ten years time, what might we see? what might we experience? What new knowledge might have been uncovered?

Guests:
Sarah Hall, Professor of Geology, College of the Atlantic
Sahra Gibson, 2020 graduate, College of the Atlantic
Joe Kelly, Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of Maine
Don Hudson, International Appalachian Trail, Emeritus Director, Chewonki

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 10/14/20 The History Trust: Connecting historical resources for all time

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

What were the origins of The History Trust… given that there are many local organizations who preserve historical records and objects, why was it important to create a new organization? What about Mount Desert Island and the surrounding communities gave rise to The History Trust? What inspiration does the rich tradition of local land trust hold for local history?

Who are the organizations who have come together voluntarily to create The History Trust… guests share their individual organizations missions and holdings and why they are committed to both their own organizations and to The History Trust? Bruce or others list the other organizations and what they are known for, their rationale for joining…

How does it all work… tell some stories of how the work is beginning to demonstrate the value of your approach? Examples of what current member organizations hold in their keeping and are sharing through The History Trust?

Guests:

Bruce Jacobson, Project Manager, The History Trust
Raney Bench, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Pauline Angione, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Helene Tuchman, Tremont Historical Society

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 9/9/20 The Exiles: A Conversation with Christina Baker Kline about her novel

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

The Exiles: A Conversation with Christina Baker Kline about her novel, published in by William Morrow, August, 2020

-Who are the major characters in The Exiles, and how do their lives intertwine?
-What in your own background or previous writing/research intrigued you about aboriginal peoples and the notion that they have often been made exiles of their own land, displaced?
-Speak briefly about the three strands that prepared you, unknowingly, for writing this novel (your own time in Australia, interviewing mothers and daughters, and teaching women in prison)
-In the light of the decolonization movement and Black Lives Matter, their act of “adoption” is revealed as part of the enormous underlying racism that we confront today… and which you confronted in your earlier novel, Orphan Train.
-Talk about your research to prepare you to write The Exiles

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 8/12/20 Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument: Celebrating the 1st 4 Years

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument: Celebrating the first four years

•What led to the creation of the monument? What were some of the highs and lows in that journey?
•What would a visitor find in a visit today, four years after the monument opened? How would they get there? Where might they stay? What would they experience?
•How does the history and culture of Native Americans figure into the story?
•What is the role of the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters? What are some of your current projects and activities?
•What will the long-term impact of the monument have on the ecosystem, regional bio-diversity?
•What are your hopes for the future of the monument… what would you want visitors to the region now and in the future to “take away” from their experience?

Guests:
Lucas St. Clair – Founder and President of Elliotsville Foundation
Andrew Bossie – Executive Director, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Tim Hudson or Jeanne Roy – KAWW Park Superintendent / Chief of Interpretation
Lindsey Hill Downing – Owner of MtChase Lodge in Mt Chase, Me
Jennifer Neptune – Member, Penobscot Nation, artist and registered Maine Guide

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 7/8/20: Project Launch and Deer Isle-Stonington High School

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Project Launch and Deer Isle-Stonington High School—supporting high school graduates and their families with the transition to post-secondary education and the world of work

What led to the creation of Project Launch in 2012?

The transition from high school to post-secondary education can be challenging… what were you observing about the differences and similarities of those challenges to students of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and their peers in other parts of Maine?

What were the key elements of Project Launch originally and how is it set up now?
Support to students planning for post-secondary education, transition and ongoing support
Support for students not immediately planning to attend college or technical schools, seeking local employment, internships, apprenticeships

What is the perspective from Deer Isle/Stonington High School? What is the partnership between Project Launch and the school?

How do you track success? What support and challenges do you face in keeping the program thriving?

What are your hopes for future (individual and for Project Launch)—Each Guest responds as we wrap up the conversation…

Guests:
Kim Hutchinson, Director, Project Launch (PL)
Saige Brages is a fourth-year UMA student, and PL office manager and social media guru!
Rachel Shepard recent graduate Deer Isle-Stonington High School
Kaitlynne Harrison second-year college student,
Dennis Duquette, DISHS principal, PL Advisory Committee Board Member
Chelsea Brown, current DISHS guidance counselor,
Kathy Githens, PL Advisory Committee Member,
Haley Robbins McDonald, owner/operator of Island Daycare, past PL advisory committee member

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 6/10/20: Conservation of the Narraguagus River watershed

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Program Topic: Conservation of the Narraguagus River watershed and improving passage for salmon and other fish

Background on the river and the watershed… what is significant, including salmon habitat and human uses of the river (economic and recreational) and its related resources
Jacob describes how MCHT’s Whole Place initiative relates
Background on Cherryfield (a bit of history, its past and present economy, relationship to the Narraguagus, salmon fishing legacy)
What are the various interests of the organizations in conserving the Narraguagus River and its habitat
Among the issues to be addressed is improving aquatic habitat and connectivity… why is this important to both the fish and people? How do the fresh water and saltwater connect and why is that important? Which fish use the watershed?
A major concern is fish passage at the Cherryfield Ice Dam… what is the history of this dam… what is its present status and how are you working towards improved fish passage?
What are some of the other threats and how are you and your organizations working on them (water quality–oxygen, temperature, etc., impact of road crossings, loss of mature forests along the river, agriculture and other uses of riparian areas, tidal restrictions in lower portion of river)
What is the likely future for the Narragaugus River watershed

Guests:
Jacob van de Sande, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Land Protection Project Manager
Chris Federico, Habitat Restoration Project Manager, SHARE
Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director, Downeast Salmon Federation
Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Art Tatangelo, Selectman, Town of Cherryfield

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 5/13/20: Interview with Leonie Charlton, author of Marram

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Interview with Leonie Charlton, author of Marram, published by Sandstone Press, 2020 about her trip with horses through the Hebrides

What led Leonie Charlton to take this trip?
What did she encounter in the way of flora, fauna and geology unique to the Hebrides?
What did she learn about the people, culture and history of the Hebrides?
What did Leonie learn about your relationship with your mother and how did you choose to remember her while on this journey?
What is Leonie Charlton’s writing process like?

Guest: Leonie Charlton, writer, Taynault, Scotland, author of Marram

Marram by Leonie Charlton, published by Sandstone Press in 2020, may be ordered via the following link to Book Depository (free shipping worldwide at the time of this posting)

For photos of Leonie Charlton’s journey through the Outer Hebrides, follow these links to two albums:

Hebrides photobook volume 1

Hebrides photobook volume 2

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Talk of the Towns 3/11/20: Trout Unlimited… how do we protect the habitat that trout love and why does it matter?

Producer/Host: Ron Beard
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

What is the status of Eastern Brook Trout in North America and in Maine
Population, habitat, ecology, role in sport fishery
What is the life cycle of the brook trout?
Why is Maine so important to the status of brook trout?
What are the best strategies to protect and enhance brook trout populations?
What is the mission of Trout Unlimited and how is it organized?
What led to the creation of the new Downeast Chapter?
What are you most excited about to work on as a Chapter?
Who are your allies and partners in this work (Downeast Fisheries Partnership, Maine Audubon, State and Federal agencies, others?)

Guests:
Robert Packie, President Downeast Trout Unlimited chapter
Terry Young, President Georges River Trout Unlimited chapter
Tammy Packie, Secretary, Downeast Trout Unlimited chapter
Jeff Reardon, National Trout Unlimited, Maine Brook Trout Project Director
Mac McGinley, Trout Unlimited State Council President

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.