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"The Valley's View" to discuss out-migration and it's impact on our communities on April 25

April 16, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and Northern Maine Medical Center monthly public affairs television program "The Valley's View," will take a look at the impact of out-migration of Maine's youth on local communities, businesses and healthcare, when the program airs on WAGM-TV, Sunday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The half-hour show, which takes an in-depth look at contemporary issues using local experts as guests to address the selected topics, will be taped on-location in downtown Fort Kent.

The program will center on how the outflow of youth in Maine could dramatically impact rural businesses, schools and Maine hospitals, like NMMC, and how that will, in turn, impact area residents.

Guests will include Walt Elish, an executive of Maine Public Service and leader with the newly established Aroostook Partners for Progress, and Brad Ritz, associate professor of business and chair of the natural and behavioral science division at UMFK.

Elish and Ritz will discuss the alarming trend of Maine loosing its students to colleges and jobs out of state. This episode will offer insight on what is being done to prevent the outflow of Maine's youth, which is a common problem faced by many states.

Also appearing on the program will be Robin Damboise, director of human resources and Joanne Fortin, RN director of nursing at NMMC.

Damboise and Fortin will add to the discussion by commenting on training programs in the health care field. They will also talk about a program that reaches out to middle and high school students for the summer.

Also part of the program will be the "College Question," a segment that will look at new and exciting developments on the UMFK campus, and "Your Healthcare Connection" which will look at concerns in healthcare, using professionals from NMMC.

The show will fall in the middle of a two-hour news block with the "CBS Evening News"as a lead-in, and the very popular "60 Minutes" airing immediately afterward.