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"The Valley's View" to return to air on February 23 with discussion on impact of possible war

February 14, 2003


The University of Maine at Fort Kent and Northern Maine Medical Center monthly public affairs television program "The Valley's View," will return to the air, after an eight month hiatus, on WAGM-TV on Sunday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The season premiere of 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 UMFK's Nadeau Hall.

The topic of the first program will center on talk of war with Iraq, and how that reality would impact local people in the St. John Valley. Guests will include Andrew Marquis, a senior in UMFK's rural public safety administration program and a member of the U.S. Army Inactive Ready Reserve, and John Labrie, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Marquis and Labrie will discuss how their lives could be impacted if war is declared.

Also appearing on the program will be UMFK faculty members Carol Hawkins and Allen Shoaff. Hawkins, an assistant professor of education who is leading an honors seminar this semester on the Vietnam War, has organized a three-month speakers series on the topics of war, resistance, and peace, to facilitate a community discussion on conflict as the potential of war is discussed nationally.

Shoaff, assistant professor of rural public safety, is scheduled to speak at one of Hawkins' upcoming forums on resistance, drawing on his experiences as a graduate student at Kent State during the riots on that college campus in 1970.

In the final segment, Dr. Rodney Lahren and Alice Carpenter, infection control nurse at Northern Maine Medical Center will discuss the controversial Smallpox Vaccine, and whether Northern Mainers should receive it in the event of biological warfare.

"This should be a very interesting program. In our part of the world we often feel removed from national issues, such as a possible war with Iraq. Our guests will talk about how the Valley and Northern Maine will be impacted and need to be concerned," said Jason Parent, Valley's View host and director of university relations at UMFK.

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, followed by the Grammy Awards.