Archives for Talk of the Towns

Talk of the Towns 10/24/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Co-housing and local agriculture in Belfast

What is co-housing and where did the concept originate?   How has the proposal for the Belfast Area Ecovillage developed in terms of the people, land and design process?  How does local agriculture intersect with the planned Ecovillage?

Guests: Sanna McKim, Project Manager; Ann Hallee, Equity Member/Farmer; Dyan White, Member of Pioneer Valley Co-housing in Massachusetts; Alan Gibson, Builder

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Talk of the Towns 10/10/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Putting An End to Domestic Violence, The Work of “Next Step”

An overview of the issue currently and historically. How are services provided? What agencies work cooperatively? “Call to Men” national/local grassroots efforts. “Ties that Bind” business support for survivors and victims.

Guests:

Lori Fogelman, Executive Director, Next Step Domestic Violence Program of Hancock and Washington Counties; Kelly Brown, Next Step and Ties That Bind Initiative; Rick Doyle, Legal Assistance, Next Step and Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Assault; Rick Otto, Call To Men

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FMI: Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Statewide Hotline: 1-866-83-4HELP

Talk of the Towns 9/26/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Facing Winter Heating & Energy Challenges

What is the challenge we face as a state, communities and individuals around winter energy costs?  What government and community initiatives are helping with the challenge?  What resources might one draw on to get help or provide help?

Guests:

Tim King, Director, Washington-Hancock Community Agency;  Cathy Crossman, United Way of Eastern Maine;  Kathy Hopkins, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; State Representative Hannah Pingree

Talk of the Towns 9/12/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: People Skills: Using Empathy and Non-Violent Communication

What is non-violent communication?  What are it’s origins, values, principles and applications?  How can people learn more?

Guests: Peggy Smith, Non-violent communication instructor; Shep Erhart, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables; Kyle Bissell, Otolith Education;

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Talk of the Towns 7/11/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard,  University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Interview with Roxana Robinson, Author of “Cost” (Farrar, Straw and Giroux,  2008), about the affects of addition on families

How does addition affect family members?  What are some resources for dealing with addictions?  What are some suggestions Ms. Robinson can offer for other writers?

FMI: www.roxanarobinson.com/

Talk of the Towns 6/26/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Looking back, looking ahead:  Maine Towns and the Legislature

We live in towns and cities; we also live in the state of Maine.  Each jurisdiction creates policies that, depending on your point of view, help us or hinder us as we make our homes, our livings, and our lives.   In this program, we ask state legislators to comment on the 2008 session and policies that have clear connection to municipal government, to help us understand the sometimes fuzzy boundary between your town and your state.

Guests: Representative Chris Rector, Thomaston, Senator Christine Savage, Union, Representative Ted Koffman, Bar Harbor

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Talk of the Towns 5/23/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Making connections: two examples of schools linking to their communities:  Isleboro Central School—Education in an Orchard and Deer Isle – Stonington High School – Looking Out for Teens (LOFT)

Guests: John Pincince, Horticulture instructor, Central School, Isleboro; Students from Central School; Kim Hutchinson, LOFT program, Deer Isle – Stonington High School;  Students from Deer Isle – Stonington High School

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Talk of the Towns 5/09/08

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant

Topic: Maine and Climate Change: What Choices Do We Have Now?

What is the Marine Extension team?  How is the Natural Resources Council of Maine working to address climate change issues?   What niche is emerging for Chewonki Foundation in terms of pilot technologies that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Guests:  Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant;  Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Peter Arnold, Chewonki Foundation

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