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October 19 season premiere of Valley's View to feature live studio audience discussion of domestic violence

October 10, 2003

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A live studio audience addressing questions to state experts on the issue of domestic violence will be among the highlights of the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Northern Maine Medical Center produced program "The Valley's View", when its season premiere airs on Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. on WAGM-TV.

The university and hospital are teaming up for a fifth season of the show, which takes an in-depth look at contemporary issues using local experts as guests to address the selected topics. The production was taped on-location in UMFK's Nadeau Hall during a recent one-day workshop on domestic violence awareness.

Guests will include Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe and Francine Stark, a community response and training coordinator for the Battered Women's Project of Penobscot County who will look at the issue from a statewide perspective.

Also appearing on the program will be Lt. Darrel Ouellette, commanding officer of the Maine State Police in the northernmost section of Maine, and Donna Baietti, executive director of Battered Women's Project of Aroostook County. The two officials will look at the issues related to domestic violence in The County.

In the final segment, Jenny Radsma, associate professor of nursing at UMFK and Louise Nadeau, director of social services at NMMC, will discuss the health implications, both physical and mental on victims of domestic abuse.

"This should be a very interesting season opener. The energy that a live studio audience will bring to the discussion will make the program different than any other we have produced to date. In addition, the topic is very timely, as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month," said Jason Parent, Valley's View host and director of university relations at UMFK.

To allow enough time for the audience to ask questions the regular segments the "College Question," which looks at new and exciting developments on the UMFK campus, and "Your Healthcare Connection", which explores concerns in healthcare, using professionals from NMMC, will premiere on next months program.

The health feature will be produced and taped at NMMC, using hospital personnel. CarolAnne Dube, public relations director for the hospital will host both segments.

"We will be looking at relevant issues in healthcare that people are concerned about and want more information on. This is a great way for us to educate the communities we serve about healthy behaviors and the latest happenings," said Dube.

The "College Question" will be hosted by UMFK student Jamie Pelletier of Madawaska.

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.

Several sponsors have signed on to support the program. In addition to UMFK and NMMC, others include Quigley's Building Supply, Gossamer Press, NorState Federal Credit Union, Daigle and Houghton, Northern Maine Development Commission, and Acadia Medical Supply.