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"The Valley's View" to air on March 19 with discussion on 2004 Biathlon World Cup

March 14, 2003

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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 air on WAGM-TV on a special night and time, Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 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 at the Maine Winter Sports Center's 10th Mountain Division Lodge in Fort Kent.

The topic of the program will center on the upcoming 2004 Biathlon World Cup and how it and the sport of biathlon will impact the local businesses and people in the St. John Valley.

Guests will include Carl Theriault, treasurer for the Maine Winter Sports Center. Theriault will discuss what the community of Fort Kent can expect when the World Cup, along with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators, ascends on their town in March of 2004.

Also appearing on the program will be two leaders of the area's largest institutions, Richard Cost, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Martin Bernstein, CEO of Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC). Cost and Bernstein will discuss the impact of the World Cup on their institutions and how they are preparing for it.

In the final segment of the show, Jerry Nadeau, associate director of admissions at UMFK and Jane Rioux, nurse manager for the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit at NMMC will discuss in more detail how their individual departments will be effected and what they are doing to prepare for the event.

"This should be a very interesting program. The 2004 Biathlon in Fort Kent will not only affect the people of the St. John Valley but all of Aroostook County and the state of Maine," 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.

Due to NCAA basketball schedules which preempted the show from airing in its regular Sunday time slot, the show will air on a Wednesday evening, following "Entertainment Tonight" and just before the popular CBS hit "Survivor".