Maine Currents 7/4/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor: Matt Murphy

Yankee Magazine Editor Mel Allen on “The Power of Community”

Longtime Yankee magazine editor Mel Allen spoke at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine on June 21st in conjunction with that town’s “Wednesday on Main” summer series. His topic was “The Power of Community” and he commented on how that is at play in Bucksport and other towns in the region.

Yankee Magazine
Wednesday on Main

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Maine Currents 1/4/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

A 2016 year-in-review of some of the topics we’ve covered on Maine Currents, and a look ahead to 2017

Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

WERU News Report 7/15/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Matt Murphy and Jim Campbell
Production assistance from WERU intern Cody Garland

“Bucksport: How It Was and How It Is” – a story telling event sponsored by the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and WERU at the Alamo Theatre on July 8th. The event was part of “Wednesday on Main” which aims to “bring fun, energy and joy to Main St. In Bucksport Wednesdays from 5pm till 7pm thru the summer.”

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WERU News Report 1/14/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer/Reporter: John Greenman

Interactive news report covering issues with a local connection and taking calls. Today: Laurie Sproul, Fern Stearns, Glen Koehler and John Newlin of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby talk about that group’s carbon “fee and dividend” proposal, which is geared toward bipartisan appeal.

-Town officials in Bucksport Saturday held the first of what will be a series of forums for public input on the future direction of the town. There are still many uncertainties with the sale of the mill being challenged in federal court this week on anti-trust grounds. The tone was very positive and optimistic. It wasn’t set up well for recording the event – John Greenman and I both gave it a shot – but here’s a brief clip:
-Members of, the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups braved single digit temperatures yesterday in Bangor, joining others across the country in a day of rallies in opposition to Keystone XL. We talked to Karen Marysdaughter at the rally:
-The Alliance for Common Good rallied at the Statehouse last week, in what has become an annual event kicking off the legislative session. The Rally of Unity drew people working on a variety of interconnected issues. Meredith DeFrancesco is planning to have full coverage on “RadioActive” tomorrow at 4:30, but here’s a clip, recorded by Eric Tuttle:
-A special vote will be held in Orland next Tuesday on a proposed 6 month moratorium on wind power developments.
-Updates on the current power outages in the Blue Hill area

WERU News Report 12/17/14

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

It’s Wednesday, so we’ve just got a few short news clips and we’re opening the phone lines for your calls for most of the half hour. We’re working on a theme of local solidarity today. How do we keep power, control and resources in LOCAL hands? How do we get it back when it’s been lost?

*Judy Robbins from “Let Cuba Live” with a reaction to today’s news about normalizing relations with that country *Audio from a rally that just ended, outside the mill in Bucksport this afternoon as the last shift of workers leaving the mill were met by supporters
*A report on a donation to the solidarity fund for Fairpoint workers made earlier in the week
*News about a fracking ban in New York that was announced today
*Listener calls

Common Health 10/15/14

Host: Jim Fisher
Engineer: Joel Mann

Program Topic: Responding to Bucksport Verso Mill Closing

Key Discussion Points:
A) What is happening with the Verso Mill in Bucksport?
B) What are some of the immediate impacts of the announced closing?
C) What programs are being implemented to assist employees, families and the wider community?
D) What can communities do to avoid major impacts like this?


A) David Milan, Economic Development Director
Town of Bucksport
P.O. Box X
Bucksport, ME 04416
B) Judy Pelletier Rapid Response Program Manager
Maine Department of Labor
54 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: (207) 623-7993
Fax: (207) 287-5933
Facebook: Maine Department of Labor and SafetyWorks! 
C) Lynn Cheney, Health Care Navigator
Washington Hancock Community Agency
248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 664-2424
Fax: (207) 664-2430
Machias: (207) 259-5015

RadioActive 10/9/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: Reactions to Bucksport Paper Mill Closure Announcement

Key Discussion Points:
a) Last week, Verso announced it will close it’s paper mill in Bucksport in December, laying off 570 workers.
b) Today we get the perspective of two longtime workers and union members at the mill.
c) They reflect on the reasons, the potential impacts on the community, and on the lack of financial or community accountability by large corporations, such as Verso.


A) Emery Deabay : has worked at the Bucksport Mill for over 30 years, is president of the United Steelworkers of Maine, union local 1188, and is running for state legislature in as a Democrat District 40 (Bucksport and Orrington)
B) Linda Murch has worked at the Bucksport Mill for over 15 years. She is currently on leave, working at the Alliance for American Manufacturing