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Valley's View season premiere to focus on upcoming election and flu vaccine Thursday, October 28

October 22, 2004

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A new night and time, as well as a new studio set inside of the University of Maine at Fort Kent's new residence hall "The Lodge" will mark the season premiere of the UMFK and Northern Maine Medical Center produced program "The Valley's View", when it returns for its sixth season on WAGM-TV this Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The election preview edition of the program will feature three segments, two of which focus on the November 2nd ballot.

A discussion on the two referendum issues voters will face at the polls, the tax cap and bear baiting questions, will be the topics of the first part of the half-hour program.

Ryan Pelletier, St. Agatha town manager and vice president of the Maine Municipal Association, and Leo Kieffer, a former state senator from Caribou, will discuss the ballot questions respectively.

Following that part of the program, two well-known political figures in Aroostook County will sit down with host Jason Parent to discuss the federal and state races on the ballot

Craig Green, chairperson of the Aroostook County Republican Party and Roger Roy, treasurer of the Aroostook County Democratic Party, will take on the role of political pundits to give an insiders perspective to this year's campaign.

Among the races discussed will be the Presidential, Second District Congressional, and some of the hotly contested State Senate and House races in the County.

"Fox News Channel has the 'Beltway Boys' and CNN has the 'Crossfire' gang. Now the Valley's View has its own team," said Parent. "Craig and Roger could match wits with any of the national TV personalities and the appearance of the two will make for a lively segment."

The final segment of the program will feature an interview with Scott Richards, head of pharmacy at Northern Maine Medical Center, who will discuss the current situation in regards to the flu vaccine shortage and how it will impact northern Maine residents who want to be vaccinated.

UMFK and NMMC are teaming up for a sixth season of the show, which takes an in-depth look at contemporary issues using local experts as guests to address the selected topics.

The program will continue to feature two 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.

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, who also serves as co-producer of the program.

The "College Question" will be hosted by UMFK student Jennifer Durepo of Limestone.

The show will air directly following the popular syndicated game show "Wheel of Fortune" and serve as a lead-in to the most-watched night of prime-time television, which begins at 8:00 p.m. with "Survivor".