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Valley's View to feature "Town Hall,"meeting with Senator Susan Collins on Sunday, March 7

February 27, 2004

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Maine"s junior United States Senator Susan Collins will be the featured guest on a special "Town Hall" meeting edition of the Valleys View, which will air Sunday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. on WAGM-TV.

The half-hour public affairs television program, produced by the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Northern Maine Medical Center, will feature a live studio audience of UMFK students enrolled in the nursing, education and rural public safety administration programs. The students will address questions directly to Senator Collins throughout the 30 minute broadcast.

Questions will look at current issues in Washington, D.C. and here in Maine concerning education, healthcare, homeland security, national defense, President Bush's proposed budget and others.

"I think our viewers will especially enjoy this program. We will cover a lot of ground on numerous issues with Senator Collins. The interactive nature of this edition with a live studio audience adds a new dimension that makes this a must-watch show," said Jason Parent, UMFK director of university relations and Valley's View host.

Joining Collins and Parent in the second segment, which will focus on education issues, will be UMFK President Richard Cost.

Martin Bernstein, CEO at NMMC will join the panel in the third segment for a discussion on current issues in healthcare.

Collins, who is currently in her second term representing Maine in the U.S. Senate, is chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, one of only twelve major committees in the United States Senate. The committee has jurisdiction over the new Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate's chief oversight committee.

In addition to serving as chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Collins also serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Previously, she served for six years on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Senator Collins was also the first freshman Senator ever to lead the Governmental Affairs Committee's permanent subcommittee on investigations. As its chair, Senator Collins focused on consumer issues such as Internet fraud, securities scams, deceptive mailings, Medicare fraud, food safety, and telephone billing fraud.

In addition to a discussion with Senator Collins, the Valley's View will feature its regular "College Question" and "Healthcare Connection" segments.

Both will discuss how UMFK and NMMC help those they serve cope with late winter in Northern Maine.