Talk of the Towns 3/14/08

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

Topic: Paper or Plastic—-what are the issues, what are the choices?

Guests: Maine State Representative Ted Koffman; Senator Feargal Quinn, SuperQuinn Grocery chain, Ireland; Megan Hellstead, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Hannaford;  Suzette Bergeron, Bulletin Bags;  Mindy Veichiniki, Bar Harbor Whale Museum; Kathryn Arbach, A&B Naturals, Bar Harbor

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Talk of the Towns 2/22/08

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

Topic: Agriculture Setting the Table of Maine’s Creative Economy

What were the origins of John Harker’s report on Maine’s Agricultural Creative Economy to the Maine Legislature?  What is the mission of Farms for Maine’s Future?  What resources does the university employ to assist farmers and agricultural producers?

Guests: John Harker, Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources;  Keri Sands, Farms for Maine’s Future and CEI;  Beth Calder, Food Science Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension;  Nanney Kennedy, Seacolors, Washington, Maine

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Talk of the Towns 10/26/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Topic: Constructing Town Land Use Ordinances that Work

Guests: Tom Martin, Executive Director, Hancock County (Maine) Planning Commission; Noel Musson, CES Inc.; Dale Sprinkle, Chair, Planning Board, Surry, Maine

How does a town exercise its authority to guide land use decisions in Maine?  What is the legislative basis for towns to “plan”?  What is a land use ordinance and how does it affect the ways in which landowners use their land?

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Talk of the Towns 7/27/07

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

Topic: Healthy Boating and Healthy Beaches

Why are we concerned? What are the human health aspects of swim beaches? What sorts of contaminants are common and how/where do they originate?

Guests: Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Sea Grant Coordinator, Maine Healthy Beaches Program; Pamela Parker, Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Jane Disney, Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition; Bill Gawley, Water Quality Specialist, Acadia National Park

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