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Community Connections | with Leif Erickson

107.5 Frank FM's weekly public affairs show, highlighting the people and organizations that make Maine a better place to live, work and play.

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Maine Brewers Guild 8/13/17

Community Connections

August 13th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of the Maine Brewers Guild, discusses the rapid growth of the craft brewing industry in Maine, its place in the modern Maine economy, its role in reviving small-town communities and larger Maine cities alike, the agricultural role played by Maine's farmers, and unique opportunities for international economic and cultural exchange programs like the Maine Beer Box.

NAMI Maine

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August 6th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

We speak with Jenna Mehnert, Executive Director of the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine). We discuss the damaging stigmas surrounding those with mental illness, NAMI Maine's efforts in advocacy for better mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Red Cross 7/9/17

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July 9th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

We're joined by Mary Brant, Red Cross External Communications Manager, along with Jeff Davis, Donor Recruitment Manager and Holly Bossie, a mother whose daughter benefited from blood donations. With supplies dwindling at blood banks in the height of summer, the call goes out for timely and frequent donations to fill the gap. We'll learn about the importance of timely donations, as well as ways the Red Cross is making it easier for donors to donate and save time.

Alzheimer’s Association of Maine 6/4/17

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June 4th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:01

Adam Lacher, Advocacy Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Maine, discusses progress being made in research and funding to conquer Alzheimer's Disease, some of the services available to Alzheimer's patients and their families through the association, and upcoming events that bring awareness to this major disease.

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education

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May 28th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

Angele Rice and Paula Jackson Jones, founders of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education join us. We'll learn about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, MLDSE's advocacy efforts to help Lyme recognition, and preventative measures when it comes to avoiding ticks.

Maine Trial Lawyers Association 5/21/17

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May 21st, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:30

Alison Wholey of Briggs and Wholey Statewide Injury Attorneys and President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association joins us. We discuss the importance of owning your personal Medical Records, getting a copy of your records, why it is important have that info, how to fix an error in your records, how you can write in your own records, how often should you get a copy, who else should have access to that record and should you carry those records with you if you are traveling.

Maine Dairy Promotions Board 5/14/17

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May 14th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:54

Jami Badershall of the Maine Dairy Promotions Board talks about how this organization helps the state's dairy producers create awareness about the benefits of dairy and Maine's diverse dairy products. Maine Dairy is also behind the national Fuel Up to Play 60 program, encouraging healthy habits and 60 minutes of daily physical activity for schoolchildren. Westbrook Middle School physical education teacher Michelle Higgins and former student Angelica Johns discuss the impact of the Fuel Up program.

Partners for World Health 4/30/17

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April 30th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:58

Elizabeth McLellan, President and founder of Portland-based Partners for World Health is our guest. PWH collects usable and sometimes unopened discarded medical supplies and distributes them to economically disadvantaged countries. PWH also leads medical missions to many countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Maine Veterans Homes 4/23/17

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April 23rd, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:40

Kelley Kash, CEO of Maine Veteran's Homes joins us. We learn about the basic functions of Maine's six facilities providing long-term care for veterans, as well as physical and occupational therapy. We also discuss some new projects to improve facilities beginning in 2018.

Safe Voices 4/2/17

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April 2nd, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:58

Elise Johansen, Executive Director of Safe Voices joins us. Safe Voices provides resources and confidential crisis response for victims of domestic abuse in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties.

Red Cross 3/5/17

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March 5th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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.

It's My Death 2/5/2017

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February 5th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:48

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.

Center for Grieving Children 1/15/2017

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January 15th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:57

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.

Avesta Housing 1/8/17

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January 8th, 2017 06:00am | Duration: 25:53

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.

Hour Exchange Portland 11/27/16

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November 27th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:47

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.

Disability Rights Maine 11/20/16

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November 20th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:45

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.

Good Shepherd Food Bank 11/6/16

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November 6th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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's Reusable Resources 10/23/16

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October 23rd, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:57

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.

Maine Housing 10/9/16

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October 9th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 24:59

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.

GrowSmart Maine 10/2/16

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October 2nd, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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.

Iris Network 9/25/16


September 25th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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.

My Place Teen Center 8/28/16

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August 28th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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.

Maine Music and Health 8/21/16

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August 21st, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:49

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.

Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs 8/14/16

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August 14th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

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.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging 7/17/16

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July 17th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:51

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.

Maine Operation Game Thief 7/10/16

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July 10th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:57

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.

First Tee of Maine 6/19/16

Community Connections

June 19th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:59

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.

Maine Dairy Promotions Board 6/12/16

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June 12th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:53

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.

Alzheimer’s Association of Maine 6/5/16

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June 5th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:56

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.

Telling Room 5/29/16

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May 29th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 26:00

We’re joined by Heather Davis, Executive Director of The Telling Room, an innovative program for budding writers of all walks of life from ages 6-18.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine 5/15/15

Community Connections

May 15th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:52

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.

Portland Trails (4/24/16)

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April 24th, 2016 06:00am | Duration: 25:55

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.

Compass Project (4/17/16)

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April 19th, 2016 12:21pm | Duration: 26:04

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.


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