Mary Brant of the Northern New England chapter of the Red Cross blood unit talks to us about the importance of blood donations and maintaining a strong blood supply. Special guest Arthur Bouget relates how his life was saved by blood and platelet donations as a leukemia patient. We also discuss disaster response and prevention efforts with David Sheehan, Regional Disaster Program Officer.
Our guest is Valerie Lovelace, homeopath/holistic practitioner and Executive Director of Wiscasset-based organization It's My Death. We talk about a number of end-of-life issues, from homeopathic care and being comfortable with the idea of death, to helping family members accept the impending death of loved ones and advocacy for death-with-dignity legislation.
Anne Heros joins us from the Center for Grieving Children, with centers in Portland and Sanford. We explore the different ways the Center helps children and families dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one. The Center also offers programs for bereaved parents, spouses and partners as well. All programs are offered at no cost to those who need them.
Dana Totman, President and CEO of Avesta Housing joins us. We discuss Avesta's efforts in creating affordable housing for lower-income, disabled and elderly residents, and the challenges created by Portland's status as a hot real estate market.
Ebyn Moss, Board Secretary of Hour Exchange Portland discusses the unique concept of "time banking." Hour Exchange Portland matches people willing to donate their time and services to those with time-hour balances looking to receive services in exchange.
Kim Moody, Executive Director of Disability Rights Maine joins us. DRM advocates for Mainers with disabilities in many ways, from voting rights to employment to accessibility. We also discuss DRM's role in mental health advocacy in Maine.
Clara Whitney, Public Affairs Director for the Good Shepherd Food Bank joins us. As many as one in seven Mainers (and one in four children) live with food insecurity. GSFB talks about the many ways they mitigate a problem that affects citizens from all walks of life.
Ruth Libby, founder and CEO of Portland-based Ruth's Reusable Resources joins us. "3Rs" repurposes extraneous office supplies and donations to help educators and students get the school supplies they need. The organization serves schools in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Dan Brennan of Maine Housing joins us. With weather getting colder and heating season fast approaching, we discuss heating assistance through the LIHEAP and Weatherization Assistance programs, as well as recent efforts at lead and arsenic remediation.
Nancy Smith and Tyler Kidder join us from GrowSmart Maine. We discuss ideas about smart growth in a unique state like Maine, GrowSmart Maine's recent move to Gardiner, and the upcoming "Lean Into Change" summit coming up in Waterville on October 19th.
Jim Phipps, executive director of Iris Network joins us this week. Iris Network is a leading organization in Maine when it comes to helping visually impaired and blind citizens, including helping clients maintain and obtain employment in the face of vision loss.
Donna Dwyer, President of Westbrook-based My Place Teen Center is this week’s guest. This organization provides a safe, nurturing after-school environment for youths age 10-18. My Place Teen Center helps at-risk youth with meals, education support, and helps prepare youths for the real world in various ways. We discuss their importance in the community and how they are funded.
Music therapist Kate Beever of Maine Music and Health is our guest. We discuss how music therapy helps a diverse number of patients, explore the state of music therapy in Maine, and preview the upcoming Creative Health Conference at the L/A campus of University of Southern Maine October 15th.
Gerald Gilpatrick, President of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs joins us as fair season in Maine ramps up. We learn about the support the organization gives over two dozen fairs in the state, and the importance of these fairs to family farmers and the Maine economy.
We are joined by a number of staffers from the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, an organization that serves the needs of seniors and their caregivers in York and Cumberland Counties. We discuss SMAA’s Agewell Program, which specializes in falls prevention and balance exercises, and the Adult Day Centers for seniors living with dementia and developmental disabilities.
Greg Sirpis, Chairman of Maine Operation Game Thief is my guest. We discuss their role in helping Maine authorities crack down on illegal poaching, and the challenges poachers pose to wildlife management in Maine. www.maineogt.org.
We’re joined by Ron Bibeau, Executive Director of First Tee of Maine. This organization not only teaches school-age kids the game of golf, but important character-building lessons that can be associated with the game. First Tee programs reach kids in summer sessions, through school-year curriculum and through outreach programs.
Jami Badershall, Communications Manager with the Maine Dairy Promotions Board, talks to us about Maine’s dairy industry and some of the issues modern dairy farmers face in our state. Also joining us is Kristen Davis, Maine Dairy Princess and a family farmer with Silver Valley Farm in New Sharon.
Our guests are Adam Lacher and Peter Baker from the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we discuss the state of Alzheimer’s research, managing dementia care here in Maine, and the different options and resources out there to support caregivers.
Nancy Grant joins us from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, to chat about the growing presence of bicycles on our roadways, group rides, bicycle tourism, bike swaps and several other bicycle and pedestrian related concerns. www.bikemaine.org
Catherine Buxton of Portland Trails joins us this week, to talk about Portland Trails’ network of 70 miles of trails in Greater Portland, and their many recreational, functional and conservation-oriented uses. www.trails.org
Shane Hall of Compass Project is our guest. Compass Project teaches school age kids the art of boat-building, and develops problem-solving skills, a teamwork ethic and self-confidence. www.compassproject.org