Interviews

Katelyn Rolfson–Speech Pathologist, Who Reminds Us That October is National Stuttering Awareness Month

Katelyn talked about stuttering on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up. You may hear it here.

Denise Carina Shannon of Midcoast Symphony Orchestra on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Denise Carina Shannon, violinist with Midcoast Symphony Orchestra on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz previewing today’s “Welcome Back” concert at 2:30 at Orion Performing Arts Center–inside Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham.

Kyle Varoskovic–Physical Therapist at Central Maine Medical Center

Kyle talked about the value and healing power of various forms of physical therapy on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up. If you missed it on the radio, you can still hear it here.

Colin Powell on January 6th

One of the late former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s last public statements had to do with his view of the January 6th riot at the Capitol in Washington. Powell clearly had a different view than that of Georgia Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde, who called…

Dr. Renee Thibodeau on Breast Cancer–Part 2

Dr. Thibodeau is an OB/GYN and a breast surgical oncologist who appeared on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up during October–Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you missed it on the radio, you may still hear it here.

Shawn Rowe’s Days of Being Bullied

Shawn is a 2018 graduate of Brunswick High School who was in special education programs throughout his days in the Brunswick schools, and says he was repeatedly bullied. His story has special meaning in the context  of the current continuing investigation of bullying allegations among…

Brunswick School Superintendent At A Transformational Moment on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

The superintendent appears the morning after he announced the departure of Head Football Coach Dan Cooper and also released a heavily redacted report from the School Board’s attorney who has been investigating allegations of bullying and hazing during a recent football team retreat.

Dr. Renee Thibodeau, OB/GYN on Breast Cancer–in October–Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Thibodeau, based at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, was our guest on this weekend’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up. If you missed it on the radio, you may hear it here.

Dr. Chris Bowe on COVID-19

Dr. Chris Bowe is Chief Medical Officer at Mid Coast Hospital and updated us on the status of COVID-19 on the Midcoast. If you missed it on the radio, you may catch it here.

Corrie Brown on Recovery–Part 2

On the latest edition of Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up the conclusion of a two-part series on Recovery. Specifically, recovery from substance abuse. The guest is Corrie Brown, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin–a division of Central Maine Healthcare. If you missed it on the…

The Pandemic–A Tough Time for Fire Departments

Bath Fire Chief Lawrence Renaud, who has served on the department for 34 years, has embarked on a hiring drive. More about it here.

Corrie Brown on Recovery

On the latest edition of Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up the start of a two-part series on Recovery. Specifically, recovery from substance abuse. In this month of September–National Recovery Month. The guest is Corrie Brown, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin–a division of Central Maine…

Dr. Dan Rausch on Blood Cancers

If you missed this weekend’s WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up, you missed Dr. Dan Rausch talking about his work treating blood disorders and various cancers at Central Maine Medical Center. But you can still hear it here.

Freeport’s New Police Chief–Nate Goodman

He’s been on the Freeport force for 24 years–the last 15 in supervisory positions. Nate Goodman has now been appointed Chief of Police by Town Manager Peter Joseph. Within minutes of his confirmation by the Town Council, he spoke with WCME News. Hear it here.

Childhood Obesity on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up

If you missed this weekend’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up on childhood obesity, you can still hear it at the link below.   Questions and answers from Dr. Gretchen Pianka, pediatrician at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.   Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up twice each weekend…

Dr. Rebecca Brakeley on Vaccine Hesitancy

A topic very much of the moment–vaccine hesitancy.   On this weekend’s edition of WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up.   Questions and answers from Dr. Rebecca Brakeley, a pediatrician at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.   If you missed it on the radio, you…

The Battle Against Hunger in Maine

On this weekend’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-up, we are up close with hunger in Maine and one who is working to lessen the problem. Cecelia Natale is health promotion coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin–a division of Central Maine Healthcare. If you missed it on the radio…

Dr. Renee Thibodeau of Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology on Women’s Health Issues

Dr. Renee Thibodeau was our guest on this week’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up. If you missed it, you can hear it here.

Emily Dooling-Hamilton, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Healthy Androscoggin Part 2

In this segment of WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up, you will hear Emily talk about the challenges involved in quitting smoking.

Emily Dooling-Hamilton, a Tobacco Prevention Specialist at Healthy Androscoggin, a Division of Central Maine Healthcare.

If you missed Emily on Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up over the weekend you can still catch here here.

Senator Angus King says Trump Could Measurably Help the Vaccination Effort

Senator Angus King, in an appearance today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said that President Trump, who has been vaccinated for COVID-19, could save many American lives by publicly getting behind the vaccination effort. You can hear Senator King, who also talked about the infrastructure bill…

Larissa Darcy Supporting The Replacement of the Frank J. Wood Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham

Larissa Darcy is the spokeswoman for the newly formed organization “Bridge To The Future”, which supports the Maine Department of Transportation to replace, and not  renovate the bridge.  If you missed Larissa on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, you may hear that interview here.

Allison Bruno on Diet and Diabetes

This weekend on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up, two big D’s–Diet and Diabetes. A conversation with Allison Bruno, a dietician at Central Maine Medical Center. If you missed it on the radio you may still hear it here.

Dr. Christopher Foote – Urologist

On this weekend’s WCME Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up, Part 2 of our chat with Dr. Christopher Foote from Central Maine Urology Center–we touched on hot-button issues like erectile dysfunction, medical marijuana as a treatment for some urological issues, and prostate cancer.   If you missed…

Seth Berry Reacts to Governor Mills’ Veto of Berry’s Consumer-Owned Electric Company Plan

Bowdoinham State Representative Seth Berry is the architect of the plan. If you missed this interview, just hours after the veto on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, you can hear it here.

Tyler Washburn on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Jim Bleikamp here.   In my coverage of the often exciting and rambunctious SAD-75 School Board, I often found the board’s youngest member (at least in recent times) and also its former chair, Tyler Washburn, to be an intriguing figure–thought he might make an interesting…

Dr. Christopher Foote, Urologist, Central Maine Medical Center

If you missed it on the radio this weekend, you can still hear it at the link below.   Questions–the kind that you might ask–and answers from Dr. Christopher Foote, a urology specialist at Central Maine Medical Center.   It’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up on…

Dr. David Salko of Topsham Family Medicine on COVID-19 and Other Summer Health Concerns

If you missed Dr. Salko on 99-5 WCME you can still hear him here.

Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Flynn with Summer Health and Safety Tips on 99-5 WCME

If you missed this weekend’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up, you missed out on some summer health and safety tips as we emerge from a long pandemic. From Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Flynn from Central Maine Medical Center. But you can still hear it at this link….

Dr. Winoah Henry on “All Things Liver”

Dr. Winoah Henry talked about liver health and liver concerns on this weekend’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up on 99-5 WCME. If you missed it, you may still hear it here.

Freeport Town Manager on Cyber-attack

Freeport Town Manager Peter Joseph now says last week’s shutdown of both and online communications in the town resulted from a likely cyber-attack, which the manager described as “partly successful.” Earlier today on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz we heard a replay of Joseph’s briefing…

Dr. Margaret Curtis Part 2

Part 2 of our two-part interview with Dr. Curtis on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-Up.  Dr. Curtis discussed the current state of COVID-19 in Maine and talked about what may lie ahead. With a particular emphasis on the impact of the virus on kids.

Pediatrician Dr. Margaret Curtis As We Emerge From The Pandemic

Dr. Margaret Curtis, from the staff of Central Maine Pediatric, on where we are now in the pandemic, and the short-term and long-term outlook.

Speech Pathologist Sara Lewis on WCME’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-UP

Speech difficulty–and speech therapy and speech pathology on this week’s Central Maine Healthcare Close-up on 99-5 WCME. Jim Bleikamp talks with Sara Lewis–a speech pathologist at Bridgton Hospital–an affiliate of Central Maine Healthcare. If you missed it on the radio, you may still catch it…

Ram Moves On

Jim Bleikamp here. We are periodically reminded by wise people that later on in this life and after this life ends, we may not be remembered so much for what we did, as much as how we made those around us FEEL. If that’s the…

Dante Granatiero on Why There Are No “Bad Animals”

Dante is the grants writer at Midcoast Humane–the Brunswick-based animal shelter. His job is to find grant money to benefit the organization. He also co-hosts the weekly “WCME Creature Feature” Fridays at 8:35 –a part of the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. Where on Friday April…

Brunswick School Superintendent on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–April 7

The superintendent updates the plan for  further reopening all schools on April 26 to in-classroom instruction.

Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart on today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz talking about the impact of the trial of a former cop in Minneapolis for the death of George Floyd.   In particular, the impact on attitudes about police and the impact on local police…

Former State Senator Roger Katz on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Roger Katz reflected on the censure move against him within the Maine State Republican Committee, which ultimately fell short, after his vocal opposition to Donald Trump in last fall’s presidential campaign. Katz also warns Maine Republicans against nominating Paul LePage for another term as governor,…

RSU 5 School Superintendent Becky Foley and School Board Member Maddy Vertanten

FIRST from WCME News: In this year of living distantly, there remains a high degree of concern about how schools are coping with the pandemic. In Freeport, some members of the RSU 5 School Board are complaining that Superintendent Becky Foley and other administrators are…

Brunswick School Superintendent Phil Potenziano on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz 3-18-21

We talked with the superintendent on the morning after a meeting of the Brunswick School Board, which approved a plan to resume in-classroom instruction at a minimum of four days per week in all schools beginning April 26.

Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–talking about mental health issues.

The Chief talking about one of the most difficult and challenging aspects  of police work. You may hear it here.

Mike Violette on Curt Schilling

WCME’s Mike Violette talks sports every weekday afternoon at 5:05 and today made the case for the highly controversial and talkative Curt Schilling being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, now that Schilling has once again missed induction.  If you missed it, you can…

Mid Coast Hospital CEO Lois Skillings on the Opening of Mid Coast’s Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

If you missed Lois on 99-5 WCME you can still catch the interview here.

Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–January 4, 2021

The chief addressed recent and continuing concern about speeding on Jordan Avenue. You can hear it here.

COVID-19 On The Midcoast

Midcoast Hospital CEO Lois Skillings briefed the Topsham Select Board on December 3. You may hear her entire presentation here.

Dr. Chris Bowe talks COVID-19 on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

With the spike raging and the holidays approaching, we get an in-depth update on COVID-19 and its realities on the Midcoast from Dr. Bove, who serves as Midcoast Hospital’s chief medical officer. If you missed it on WCME you may still hear it here.

Recreational Marijuana Sales in Maine–Day 1

On the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Ryan Holmes, proprietor of the Topsham-based medical marijuana provider Sundog Caregiving, recognized expert on marijuana economy issues and former member of the Topsham Marijuana Committee, with his view of the launch of recreational marijuana sales in Maine. If you…

Covid-19 at Harriet Beecher Stowe School

Here’s what Brunswick school superintendent Phil Potenziano had to say about it. ONLY on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Bath Sweet Shoppe

We are proud to be sending a very SWEET message these days on 99-5 WCME. On behalf of Bath Sweet Shoppe on Centre Street in Bath–and its new owners. Jennifer DeChant and Isaac Ensel. It’s right here.

Midcoast Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Bowe–At the Moment When We Need Him Most

Dr. Bowe appeared on an extended edition of WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to talk about getting ready for flu season and about COVID-19. If you missed it, it’s all here.

Dr. Nirav Shah–The Man–The Legend

Dr. Shah–director of Maine Center For Disease Control, the man who has guided us through the pandemic, on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. We talked about the virus, the life and times of Dr. Shah, and even learned the name of his favorite piece of…

Brunswick School Superintendent Phil Potenziano On The Start of the Strangest School Year Ever!

Phil Potenziano on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz just days before the start of a hybrid education plan on Monday September 14. If you missed it you may hear it here.

Dr. Deborah Hagler, Midcoast Hospital pediatrician–on battling coronavirus

Dr. Hagler was our guest on a special extended edition of the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. If you missed any part of it, you can hear it right here.

The Outlook for the New School Year in Brunswick

At Wednesday evening’s school board meeting, Brunswick School Department curriculum director Shanna Crofton outlined the so-called “hybrid” plan for education this fall, in the midst of the continuing pandemic. A mix of in-school instruction and online “distance” learning. The initial presentation from Shanna Crofton can…

Dr. Jim Sulikowski on All Things Shark

Jim is a veteran shark researcher, now at Arizona State University, and formerly of the University of New England. Here he is on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz in the aftermath of Monday’s fatal shark attack in the waters of Harpswell.

Poppy Artford–Democratic nominee, Maine House, District 49-Brunswick

Jim Bleikamp here. My apologies for taking longer than I would have liked to post the appearance on the Wednesday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz-of Poppy Arford, the newly-designated winner of last week’s three-woman race for the Democratic nomination for a Maine House seat in Brunswick….

Melanie Sachs on The Morning After

Jim Bleikamp here. I guess you could say that I invited the former Freeport town council chair Melanie Sachs to take a victory lap in the last stanza of today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. After Melanie won the Democratic nomination for the Maine House seat…

Melanie Sachs seeking the Freeport seat in the Maine House–District 48

Melanie Sachs, who is a former two-term Freeport town council chair, is one of two Democratic candidates for the Maine House seat in District 48 covering Freeport and a part of Pownal. Melanie joined us this past Saturday on the WCME Election Guide. Also invited…

Mattie Daughtry and Stan Gerzofsky–State Senate candidates in District 29

Four-term Brunswick state representative Mattie Daughtry and former longtime senator Stan Gerzofsky are competing for the Democratic nomination for the Maine Senate seat in the 29th district, which includes Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport, Pownal and North Yarmouth. The primary election is Tuesday. They squared off on…

The WCME Election Guide–The Democratic Battle for Maine House District 49 in Brunswick–Corey Perreault, Poppy Arford and Kathy Wilson

The three women in a quite friendly race to replace four-term state representative Mattie Daughtry in Brunswick, were interviewed one-on-one on WCME. If you missed it you may hear it here.

Brunswick’s new police chief–Scott Stewart–joins the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

The new chief in his first major interview since assuming his new duties in Brunswick–at a transitional moment for American police officers. If you missed any part of it, hear it here.

The Luka Baskett letter

Luka Baskett, a U-Maine-Farmington student who spent four years at Brunswick High School, and who graduated in 2018, has written a letter calling for an investigation of sexual violence at Brunswick High School. And the new superintendent is listening. Luka talked about her concerns on…

Brunswick police commander Mark Waltz hits the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Mark is a month away from retirement after missing out on the chief’s job–which went to former Cumberland County Sheriff’s patrol commander Scott Stewart. And he has a lot to say about the state of policing in general and in Brunswick in particular. If you…

The Black Lives Matter Interview

On the Monday June 8 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, two men who come from very different places in this life, but who have come to know and respect one another over the past week. A relationship formed in the aftermath of the confrontational Black Lives…

Brunswick’s Izzy Banks–Setting Off Into The Future

Isabella Banks, often known as Izzy, is the president of the class of 2020 at Brunswick High School–the one that because of a global pandemic, will have only a limited graduation in June. Izzy has been class president throughout her four years at Brunswick High….

Moments of Truth: Brunswick town council chair John Perreault and councilor David Watson intensively question school department finance director Kelly Wentworth and determine that Brunswick school department funds are being used to cover a deficit at the REAL school–a regional school for troubled kids overseen by the Brunswick school department.

There are three clips here. 1) Initial questioning of Wentworth by Perreault. 2) Questioning of Wentworth by Watson 3) Subsequent questioning of Wentworth by Perreault  

Midcoast Hospital CEO Lois Skillings addressing the Brunswick town council–and played back on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. Lois discusses her view of coronavirus business and social restrictions and also reflects on life at Midcoast Hospital during the peak of the virus outbreak in March

Curt Dale Clark on Why and How He Canceled Maine State Music Theater and Shook the Midcoast

Jim Bleikamp here. If you haven’t missed my interview with Curt Dale Clark, artistic director of Maine State Music Theater, talking about the end of a season that never began, you may hear it here. Curt begins with a notation that it was not a…

State representative Seth Berry talks Bath Iron Works and Central Maine Power on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Berry talks about his letter to BIW CEO Dirk Lesko, seeking a temporary shutdown at the shipyard in Bath, and also lodges some new complaints against Central Maine Power, which he seeks to replace with a consumer-owned utility.

Dr. Nirav Shah on COVID-19 outbreak at Freeport Group Home

42 more cases of Covid-19 just since Sunday in Maine, putting the new statewide total at 275 cases, and after earlier reporting a virus outbreak at Ocean View, the retirement and assisted living community in Falmouth, there is word of yet another outbreak in what…

Everything You Need to Know about Coronavirus (Or Almost Everything)

On Tuesday, March 24, we spent an hour with Dr. Carl Demars of Mid Coast Palliative Care at Midcoast Hospital on the subject we never stop thinking about–coronavirus. We tried to ask him every question that we could imagine that YOU might ask. If you…

Fairground Cafe owner Perry Leavitt on What He’s Doing to Survive in a New World

Perry was a guest today on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.  You can hear it here.

Midcoast Humane’s Kate Griffith on Coronavirus and Animals

On the WCME Creature Feature–a part of the Friday Midcoast Morning Buzz–Kate, who is Midcoast Humane’s community programs manager, provided reassurance that you can’t get COVID-19 from your pet. Hear it here.

Dr. Andrea Loeffler-What You Need to Know about Coronavirus

Dr. Loeffler is a pediatrician at Midcoast Hospital who addressed the Brunswick school board on this issue Wednesday evening and on Thursday appeared on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. If you missed it, you may hear it here.

Tedford Housing Director Rota Knott on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

And Rota Knott made some news on The Buzz by saying that the homeless services agency is “hitting” pause in its previously announced plans to expand and build a large resource center. This announcement follows a long and emotional debate on homeless shelter zoning regulations…

Brunswick town councilor/American Legion commander David Watson and Parks and Recreation Director Tom Farrell with a status update on the forthcoming Veterans Plaza on the Brunswick Town Mall.

It’s a major project on which construction will begin in the fall, with a dedication planned for Veterans Day. Hear the update here:  

Bowdoin Sunrise Endorses Sanders

The Sunrise movement is a growing national coalition of young people battling climate change and also promoting the creation of “green jobs.” In Brunswick, the Bowdoin College chapter of Sunrise was recently successful in convincing the Brunswick Town Council to go on record with a…

How a Burglary Led to a Business Vision-Keith Carlon

On the Monday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Keith Carlon, who along with his brother Kevin owns and runs Elevated Remedies, a medical marijuana dispensary in Brunswick’s industrial park, reflects on a recent burglary at his store, and how that got him thinking more deeply about…

Bath City Manager Peter Owen outlines the plan to reduce and perhaps eradicate rabies

The Bath City Council has voted unanimously to allocate $26,000 to the effort, which will involve help from the U-S Department of agriculture. Foxes and other possibly rabid animals will be trapped. Peter Owen talked about the pending effort with WCME’s Jim Bleikamp.

Senator Angus King on Impeaching President Trump

The senator held a 90–minute listening session at Bowdoin College on Sunday and held a brief news conference afterwards. Posted here is the audio of the news conference, which begins with Angus King making the case that the Senate in its deliberations this week should…

Fred Horch Runs Again

Fred is a former attorney, business owner, and longtime resident of downtown Brunswick making another bid for the Maine House in the 49th district, which encompasses about half of Brunswick. But Fred, unlike Mattie Daughtry, the current holder of the seat, is adamantly refusing suggestions…

Dr. Brian Beal talks “Brushing” on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Brian Beal is a marine ecologist at the University of Maine at Machias who has just completed a study conducted at three marine locations in Maine–one of which is Harpswell. A study into the effect of “brushing” on clam recruitment and survival–putting fir boughs and…

Brunswick At-Large Town Councilor Kathy Wilson on her just-announced bid for a Maine House Seat

A surprise announcement from Kathy Wilson, who is in her second term on the Brunswick council. But she says she has wanted to do it for years. We spoke at length with Kathy on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

State senator Eloise Vitelli begins a campaign for re-election against a spirited Republican challenge

Eloise Vitelli appeared on Friday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. If you missed it, you can hear it here.

Stan Gerzofsky on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

The veteran former state senator from Brunswick left Augusta in 2016–not because he wanted to–but rather because he was required to leave by the state’s term-limits law. Three years later he wants his old seat again. Stan’s largest problem is that the popular four-term veteran…

Holly Kopp-veteran SAD 75 School Board Member–and Now A State Senate Candidate. On the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Holly Kopp is also a former chair of the SAD 75 board of directors, and holds a masters in school psychology. She’s challenging incumbent Democratic senator Eloise Vitelli in the 23rd senate district, which includes all of Sagadahoc County and Dresden in Lincoln County. If…

Martha Stein–The Status and Future of Asylum Seekers in Maine

Martha Stein is uniquely positioned to talk about the asylum seekers. From their point of intake in Portland–where she serves as executive director of Hope Acts–an organization supporting asylees. And she also lives on the Midcoast–in Brunswick–where she formerly served as development director at Tedford…

Grief

On an extended edition of today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Andy Sokoloff, bereavement coordinator at CHANS Home Health and Hospice in Brunswick, talked about grief at the holidays and how to deal with it–and related issues. If you missed it, you may still catch it…

The Brunswick Town Council debate–McGrath and Trusiani

There are three seats being filled in Tuesday’s Brunswick municipal election but only one race has more than one candidate–the one for the downtown council seat now held by the retiring Jane Millett. The candidates are Toby McGrath, a veteran political strategist and former deputy…

Topsham selectman Bill Thompson and Select Board candidate Matt Nixon talk Topsham issues ahead of the Tuesday election in which they are both candidates for seats on the board.

A third candidate, incumbent selectwoman Marie Brillant, was not a part of the discussion because of a prior commitment. If you missed it, you can hear it here.

Suzanne Johnson on Contamination at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station

Suzanne is a Brunswick-based attorney and president of Brunswick Area Citizens for a Safe Environment, who says the Navy’s plan for dealing with remaining contamination in stormwater at Brunswick Landing is lacking. She explained on today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. If you missed it, you…

Brunswick at-large town councilor Dan Ankeles on the possibility of a council pay raise

Dan appeared on Tuesday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. You can hear it here.  

Bowdoinham state representative Seth Berry More Critical Than Ever of Central Maine Power

Berry is the state’s leading critic of CMP–he’s pushing legislation to require the sale of its assets to the state which would then form a consumer-owned utility. His case may be bolstered by an incident in his own district, in which a 71-year-old woman living…

Kathy Izard on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

On the Buzz Kathy Izard told a part of the story that has already gripped millions–on NBC’s Today show and all over the country.   In her best-selling book “The Hundred Story Home.”   And tonight at 7:30 she will tell it again at First…

Kevin and Keith–Retail Marijuana

Kevin (r) and Keith Carlon (l)–two brothers born and raised in Brunswick–have become the first proprietors to be licensed to operate a medical marijuana storefront in Brunswick under the terms of the town’s new ordinance–enacted last year. The Carlons have been operating for two months–on…

The aftermath of the world-wide “climate strike.” Louise Cummins and Lucie Nolden from Bowdoin College.

Louise and Lucie are activists in the Bowdoin College student organization “Bowdoin Climate Change.”  They appeared on the Monday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz in the aftermath of Friday’s world-wide “climate strike” to show concern about the warming of the earth. They say the Bowdoin College…

Melissa Fochosato and Cate Parker on the new Midcoast Center for Communty Health and Wellness

Melissa and Cate are focused on disease prevention and on wellness at Midcoast Center for Community Health and Wellness–at Midcoast Hospital’s  Parkview Campus on Main Street in Brunswick. They joined Jim Bleikamp on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

Jim Bleikamp here. It was both fun and poignant hearing from Georgetown’s Maureen Stanton on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–talking about her newly published gaze on the hard highway she rode in the 70s. Not far away–in Walpole, Massachusetts. Just a bit south of Boston….

A New Novel in Town

Today is the drop date for the fifth novel from Bowdoin College creative writing professor Brock Clarke. “Who are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” The story focuses on a small-town Mainer living in the house in which he grew up, who first sees his father and then…

Solar Power in Topsham-Victor Langelo

The latest talk about broad-based solar power is in Topsham, where the select board has authorized a solar-advocating citizens group known as Topsham Solar Advocates to consult with both town staff and solar developers with the aim of presenting a solar power purchase plan to…

Seth Berry on Central Maine Power

Seth is a Democratic state representative from Bowdoinham who co-chairs the legislature’s energy committee. He’s also the legislature’s most vocal critic of Central Maine Power, and is pushing a bill that would require the sale of its assets for the formation of a consumer-owned utility–as…

Seth Berry on Central Maine Power

Longtime Bowdoinham state representative Seth Berry, co-chair of the legislature’s Energy Committee, reacts to the very unusual op-ed from Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, appearing in the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, which drops as the PUC continues an investigation of Central Maine Power….

Help Wanted

Our way of reminding you that help and donations are appreciated in the drive to help the refugees arriving in Brunswick from Portland.   Utilizing the tuneful reflections of the pop icon Neil Sedaka.   You can touch base with Brunswick town hall at 725-6659….

Abdi Iftin–From Mogadishu to Freeport

Jim Bleikamp here. Next time when I am prone to complain that my life is overly chaotic, I will think of Abdi Iftin–my guest today on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, who was born 34 years ago in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia in the…

A Watson Surprise

David Watson is Brunswick’s longest-serving town councilor, the only one who wears what we might call a definitive “conservative” label and for that reason and others, he connects with a like-minded group of people in town–not small in size–who have a bond with Watson that…

The Man Behind the Magic

A whole bunch of people–many of them kids–from 9 to 90–enjoy the carnival rides every year at Bath Heritage Days, and at other spots in Maine. And inevitably the company providing and operating those rides is Smoky’s Greater Shows–a firm that’s been around for 65…

Flying Fur on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Delightful Friday moments today on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz hosting the award-winning husband-and-wife independent filmmakers Matt Notthelfer and Alicia Wszelaki, whose new film “Flying Fur” is attracting many eyeballs. It’s a documentary focusing on Iraq War vet and private pilot Paul Steklenski and his…

Pepper’s Landing

Big fun to spend some time today on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz with Amy Lilly–overseeing Pepper’s Landing–your new stop for lobster and seafood at Merrymeeting Plaza, Bath Road, Brunswick. If you missed it, you can hear it here.

Bath Heritage Days 2019–Mari Eosco

Jim Bleikamp here. Some notable changes are ahead for this year’s massive Heritage Days celebration in Bath over the Fourth of July weekend. For one thing it is no longer simply “Bath Heritage Days”–it is “Bath Heritage Days and Music Festival”–yes with a greater focus…

Climate Change on the Midcoast–Here and Now–Pete Slovinsky

We at WCME have had a number of requests to post our recent interview with Pete Slovinsky–a coastal geologist at the Maine Geological Survey–a unit of the state department of agriculture.  Pete talks here about how climate change is ALREADY impacting us, what we might…

Veteran writer David Vermette talking about his new book “A Distinct Alien Race” about French-Canadiens in Maine and throughout New England on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Annie Rose on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Annie is a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2020 who caught the eyes of many on the Midcoast with her recent op-ed in the Bowdoin Orient, which has to do with the gulf that sometimes exists between the college and the community and…

Mike and Jim talk book-banning on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

After Mike Violette sounded off on today’s Buzz on the emergence of eight-man football in some high schools in Maine, Mike and Jim Bleikamp tackled an emerging political and educational development in Maine. It so happens that on one day recently, the teenaged son of…

The Sound Bite of the Year

Jim Bleikamp here. Every day-every month-every year at WCME we air a multitude of local voices–it’s a big part of what we do.  Some of them come to the Midcoast Morning Buzz at our studio at Fort Andross in downtown Brunswick and are heard live….

Pender Makin on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Pender Makin currently serves as assistant school superintendent in Brunswick and has been tapped by Governor-elect Janet Mills to serve as the state’s education commissioner. The first part of this interview dealt with Pender’s background in education including her directorship of the REAL school–the alternative…

Dale Arnold back on WCME!

The well-known and highly regarded Boston-based sportscaster and Bruins TV host was back in Brunswick this weekend–the place where his broadcasting career began at the age of 15 on WCME—where he was “the voice of the Brunswick Dragons.” Dale was in town to sign copies…

Bath city council chair/Main Street Bath director Mari Eosco

Mari talks about Friday evening’s pre-Christmas celebration in downtown Bath–known as “Bright Night Bath.” And she talks about a few other things. On the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Craig Phillips on Homelessness in Brunswick on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz 12-11

With something of a storm raging in Brunswick over zoning regulations for homeless shelters, we hear the thoughts of the man at the helm of  Tedford Housing, the homeless services agency in Brunswick, which operates two downtown shelters, and has formulated a plan to consolidate…

Sheldon Tepler at the Candlelight Vigil in Bath in the Aftermath of the Synagogue Slaughter in Pittsburgh

Mr. Tepler–a member of Beth Israel–Bath’s Jewish congregation–spoke  memorably about anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice at the vigil in Bath’s Library Park. Very compelling. So much so we played it back in full on the Monday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. But if you missed…

Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor of Bath’s Beth Israel Congregation on the Midcoast Jewish community’s reaction to the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh

Rabbi Vinikoor announced a candlelight vigil for everyone in the community Sunday November 4 at 4:30 in Library Park in Bath. On Friday morning November 2 she appeared on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz to talk about a range of issues in the aftermath of…

Tim Sample Makes the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

One of the largest days in Buzz history. How could it not be? We were joined by Maine’s premier humorist Tim Sample, who hung around for an hour after speaking to a breakfast gathering sponsored by the Brunswick Downtown Association. If you missed it, it’s…

Medicate and Educate September 29, 2018

If you missed the latest edition of WCME’s ground-breaking “Medicate and Educate–Saturdays at 11AM–the show that covers the ever-changing legal cannabis culture in Maine–both medical and recreational–hear it here. Hosted by Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving/Topsham.  

Pat Colwell on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Jim Bleikamp here. Can’t tell you what it was a pleasure to spend some time on the Friday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz with a man so wonderfully wedded to the roots of American music. Pat Colwell joined us to talk about a special event Saturday…

Medicate and Educate August 25, 2018

Some call it “Med and Ed” for short. Whatever. It’s WCME’s weekly update on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues. Hosted by Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving/Topsham. This week Ryan and co-host RJ talk about security considerations faced by those in the marijuana business.  

Medicate and Educate August 18, 2018

It’s WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues hosted by Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving/Topsham. If you missed this weekend’s edition, you can still hear it here.

Medicate and Educate August 11, 2018

If you missed this weekend’s edition of WCME’s weekly forum on cannabis issues, you may still hear it now. It’s hosted by Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving/Topsham. Right here.

Should we license cats in Maine?

One who believes we should is Times-Record columnist Jon Crimmins, who made his case on today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. If you missed it, you can still hear it here.

Medicate and Educate-August 4, 2018

If you missed the August 4 edition of “Medicate and Educate”, WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues in Maine, and hosted by Ryan Holmes, hear it here:

WCME’s Medicate and Educate 7-28

If you missed it this weekend, here it is again. WCME’s weekly forum on cannabis issues. Every Saturday morning at 11.

Tom Cole welcomes WCME “back to FM”

Brunswick realtor Tom Cole of Better Homes and Gardens/The Masiello Group, also happens to be the one-time co-owner of WCME in another incarnation–when WCME was based in Boothbay Harbor as an FM station.   So when he heard that we were about to launch a…

WCME’s Medicate and Educate 7-21

Our weekly forum on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues. Saturdays at 11AM. Expertly hosted by Ryan Holmes–proprietor of Sundog Caregiving in Topsham. If you missed this weekend’s edition: hear it here.

WCME’s “Medicate and Educatte”–July 14, 2018

It’s WCME’s ground-breaking weekly update on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues 11AM Saturdays. Hosted by Ryan Holmes, proprietor of Sundog Caregiving/Topsham. If you missed this week’s edition, no problem. Hear it here.

Dr. Mandie Wehr on the Topsham dog-biting incident and on cat abuse in Phippsburg-WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz-July 13

A young girl from Wiscasset is at Tufts Medical Center in Boston where doctors are hoping to save her eyesight, after she was bitten on the face by a boxer dog at her babysitter’s home on Raymond Road in Topsham. Dr. Mandie Wehr, chief veterinarian…

WCME’s Medicate and Educate July 7, 2018

It’s WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis in Maine and other cannabis issues. Every Saturday morning at 11. Today, your hosts Ryan Holmes and RJ discussed Governor LePage’s Friday veto of medical marijuana reform legislation. If you missed it, you may still hear it here….

Medicate and Educate 6-30-2018

The latest edition of WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues. 11AM Saturday mornings. Hosted by Ryan Holmes, proprietor of Sundog Caregiving, a medical cannabis delivery service in Topsham. If you missed it, hear it here.

Medicate and Educate-June 23

Medicate and Educate is WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis and cannabis issues Saturday mornings at 11. On today’s edition, host Ryan Holmes launched a discussion about the possible impact of the legalization of marijuana in Canada on the U-S. If you missed it you…

Medicate and Educate Saturday June 16

If you missed this week’s edition of “Medicate and Educate”–WCME’s weekly forum on medical cannabis and other cannabis issues–with Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving in Topsham–all is not lost. You can hear it right here. And join us every Saturday morning at 11.

Mike Violette on The Battle in Wells over Native American Imagery (which began with a complaint from a woman in Lisbon)

Jim Bleikamp here. It all began with Amelia Tuplin in Lisbon, a woman with heritage in the Micmac tribe and a son on the Lisbon Greyhound football team. She complained last fall about football game between the Wells Warriors and the Greyhounds in Wells, where…

Mike Violette and Jim Bleikamp on Ranked Choice Voting

Mike Violette talks sports every morning at 8:10 on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–it’s a service of Tucker Ford, Bath Road, Brunswick–New England’s fastest-growing Ford dealer. But sometimes it goes beyond sports and after all, Maine politics may be the greatest sport of all. So…

Medicate and Educate June 9, 2018

In case you haven’t heard it, “Medicate and Educate” is WCME’s new show at 11 Saturday morning dealing with medical cannabis and other cannabis issues. Hosted by Ryan Holmes, who runs Sundog Caregiving, a medical cannabis delivery service in Topsham. Here is the opening segment…

Medicate and Educate June 2

In case you missed in on WCME Saturday morning, here is the latest installment of our weekly update on medical cannabis and additional cannabis issues. Hosted by Ryan Holmes of Sundog Caregiving in Topsham.  

Head of Tide Park

It’s a brand new 12-acre park in Topsham, with the Cathance River running through it. Saturday June 2 is the day of the grand opening. But a day earlier, Jim Bleikamp talked with two in the know–Topsham Parks and Recreation Director Pam LeDuc and Angela…

Otis’s story

Here’s something that might make you feel better if you are having a bad day. Otis, a husky mix, was surrendered by his owners to Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, because they lacked the knowledge and resources to deal with issues arising out of his…

District Attorney candidate Jon Gale on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz

With Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson leaving office at the end of this year after nearly 30 years, a crowded race is on to replace her. Three Democrats, an Independent, and a Republican. One of the three Democrats is veteran Portland attorney Jon Gale….

Medicate and Educate May 19, 2018

The debut edition of WCME’s new weekly show on cannabis issues. Hosted by Topsham’s Ryan Holmes. Saturdays at 11AM. If you missed it, you may hear it here.  

Perrault and Mason on the Brunswick budget standoff

The Brunswick school board wants to spend considerably more on the schools in the year ahead than town councilors, who want to limit the tax rate increase to three percent. That has led to some predictable friction, which boiled over both at Wednesday evening’s school…

Mike Violette on the Celtics

WCME’s Mike Violette has a problem. He’s predicted that the Celtics will lose their current playoff series to the Philadelphia 76ers. But the Celtics already have a leg up on proving Mike wrong. Because they won the series opener. A not-inflamed Mike discussed the situation…

Kelly’s story

Jim Bleikamp here. Kelly is a young woman and a senior at Brunswick High School, who in large part, has grown up at the Brunswick Teen Center. She had some tough times in coming of age, and says the teen center and teen center coordinator…

Ben Tucker Defends the Brunswick School Budget Proposal

Ben is a school board member and former two-term town councilor. He was heard on the April 2 Midcoast Morning Buzz, defending a plan that calls for a nearly five percent tax hike to fund public education in Brunswick for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  

Mike Violette at the Intersection of Sports and Politics on Tuesday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz!

The March For Our Lives–Brunswick

On the Monday Midcoast Morning Buzz, a collage of voices from this past Saturday in downtown Brunswick–where almost everyone it seemed was focused on guns. Most of them were there to show support for an increase in gun restrictions. But not all. If you missed…

Mike Violette Sports–February 22–Speeding Up Baseball

Mike on some of the latest proposals for speeding up America’s national pastime, and on the outlook for the Brunswick Dragon girls in the Saturday evening Class A South final against the Greely Rangers. If you missed it on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, hear…

Mike Violette on Sports–February 20-The Brunswick Girl Dragons

The forever-skeptical Mike Violette has had an epiphany. In the course of the sparkling 75-24 quarterfinal win in the Maine Basketball Tournament by the Brunswick Dragon girls over the Falmouth Yachtswomen, Mike says he became a big-time believer. If you missed it on the WCME…

Mike Violette on Sports–Feb. 13–How does Paul Pierce figure into the history of the Celtics?

Paul’s jersey was retired on Sunday–never to be worn again. Mike looks back and reflects.

Mike Violette on Sports-Thursday February 8

Mike on what we fail to appreciate about the current play of the Celtics and the Bruins. If you missed it on Thursday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, hear it here.

Mike Violette Cannot Quickly Leave the Super Bowl Behind–February 6

Mike’s thoughts on the benching of the talented Malcolm Butler by Bill Belichick. If you missed them on WCME hear them here.

Mike Violette’s Super Bowl Reflections…What happened?

If you missed Mike on the morning after the Super Bowl on WCME, hear him here.  

LePage and Richardson February 3, 2018

LePage and Richardson–The Republican governor and John Richardson, the former Democratic speaker of the Maine House. Every Saturday they are on WCME usually tackling the same subject from diametrically opposed points of view. And sometimes they go their own way.   This weekend, the governor…

Eric Simonds–The WCME Midcoast Money Memo

2018 Social Security changes. Brunwick-based certified financial planner Eric Simonds ran them down for you on this weekend’s WCME Midcoast Money Memo–every Saturday morning at 11:05. If you missed it, you can still hear it here.

Mike’s Super Bowl Prediction

Mike Violette’s Super Bowl prediction and supporting evidence. Just in time for the big game. Hear it here, and catch Mike live on sports weekday mornings at 8:10. ONLY on Radio 9 WCME. Brought to you by Tucker Ford, Route 1, Brunswick. Coming soon to…

Mike Violette on Sports

As we enter the month in which players report to training camps in Florida and Arizona, Mike sounds off on the pace of major  league baseball and how it might be quickened. If you missed it on the Thursday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, hear it…

Mike Violette on Sports-January 31

Mike talks about the PARTIAL end to the life of Chief Wahoo–the controversial symbol of the Cleveland Indians and what it could mean for Native American sports nicknames in Maine and elsewhere. Hear it here.

Mike Violette on Sports January 30

You need not talk very long on the radio to sometimes foster fury. Last Saturday, a talk show host on Boston’s all-sports WEEI, musing on a new documentary about Tom Brady, made a quick reference to a scene showing Brady in his kitchen with his…

Mike Violette on Sports

On today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz it was something like a Mike doubleheader! First Mike mused and mentally meandered on the ultimate fate of some promising baseball free agents. And then Mike and Jim Bleikamp reflected on the controversial plea deal in which a string…

Mike Violette on Sports Jan. 26

Mike focuses on the curious nature of Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand.

Mike Violette on Sports-January 25

Today Mike wonders about the absence of some certain big names from baseball’s Hall of Fame. Mike lays it on the line mornings at 8:10 on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz. Hear today’s edition here.  

Mike Violette on Sports January 24

If you missed it at 8:10 this morning on WCME, here’s Mike Violette on Sports. Brought to you by Tucker Ford, Route 1, Brunswick.   Today, our hero was on a daring and even potentially dangerous mission–pondering the possible rearrangement of the Mt. Rushmore of…

LePage vs. Richardson on Sweets for Food Stamp Recipients on WCME

For the second time in less than two years, the federal agriculture department has denied a request from Governor LePage to ban food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sugary drinks and candy. A LePage spokeswoman says the request will be resubmitted. On…

Martin Luther King-A Maine Connection

Jim Bleikamp here. Nearly 50 years after his death, it surely does seem that the “I Have a Dream” speech is the winner when it comes to the speech by Martin Luther King that is his best known and most-loved. And not, of course, without…

St. John’s Catholic School–Brunswick

At St. John’s Catholic School on Pleasant Street in Brunswick on Pleasant Street in Brunswick, they are beginning a drive to find more students with an Open House at the school on Sunday January 28 from Noon-2.   You’re invited.   And on the Thursday…

The World’s Newest Version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Recorded at WCME and heard on the Thursday ‘WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.”   From Logan and Juliet.   Logan Whelan and Juliet Frizzle of the Brunswick Junior High School Choral Program.   And you can hear it here:

The State of the Cold Snap–National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Kimball 12-27-2017

If you missed Chris on the Wednesday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, not to worry. You can hear it here.

Baby It’s Cold Outside (On the Midcoast)

Thanks so much for listening to and enjoying WCME’s Christmas Eve Baby It’s Cold Outside Marathon–with over 50 versions of the classic winter song. Made more special by a Midcoast connection. And a local take on Baby It’s Cold Outside. From Stacy Frizzle is executive…

State senator Eric Brakey on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

So far, two-term Auburn state senator Eric Brakey is the only Republican challenging Angus King’s 2018 U-S senate re-election campaign.   Eric joined the Midcoast Morning Buzz on Tuesday and talked with Jim Bleikamp.   Missed it? No problem. Hear it here. 

The WCME Baby Its Cold Outside Marathon!!!

Radio 9 WCME is proud indeed to present the Baby It’s Cold Outside Marathon–many many versions of the Christmas and winter favorite. On Christmas Eve. The ones you know. The ones you don’t know. A country-tinged version or two. A soulful version. A home-brewed Midcoast…

THE WCME Midcoast Money Memo–Eric Simonds–Social Security Changes in 2018

Must-listen radio. Brunswick-based certified financial planner Eric Simonds on social security changes in a year that will soon be here.

Frank Connors on Vietnam

Frank Connors has done much with his life–Times-Record writer and photographer, Bowdoinham town manager, People Plus membership director (at present) and a prolific writer of numerous essays and several books. On today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz just one day ahead of Veteran’s Day, Frank read…

Jim Bleikamp on the legacy of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

Jim says on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz that the contributions of a controversial man were notable.

The NFL Protests–Two Points of View

Jim Bleikamp hashed it out on Monday’s Midcoast Morning Buzz with WCME sportscaster Mike Violette, best known to many for years as Maine talkradio’s “compassionate conservative caveman.”  

LePage and Richardson–Medicaid Expansion and the Governor’s Controversial Comments

Saturdays at High Noon on WCME–it’s LePage and Richardson–the weekly radio face-off on the future of Maine. In one corner, Governor LePage and in the other, John Richardson, former Democratic speaker of the Maine House.   Often they address the same subject but this week,…

Eric Simonds on All Things Lottery

Brunswick-based certified financial planner Eric Simonds with some factors to consider before you buy your next lottery ticket, on this week’s edition of the WCME Midcoast Money Memo–every Saturday morning at 11:05.

300 years of First Parish in Brunswick

If you missed Friday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz with Margo Knight, former church council chair at First Parish in Brunswick, and former Brunswick town councilor, talking about the church’s rich history, as it celebrates its 300th anniversary, you can still hear it here.

Richardson Strikes Back

On the August 19th edition of WCME’s weekend point-counterpoint program “LePage and Richardson”, Brunswick’s John Richardson, a former Democratic speaker of the Maine House strikes back at Governor LePage’s comparison of statues honoring Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate army in the Civil…

Can you retire on 70 percent of your pre-retirement pay?

That’s the question addressed by Brunswick-based certified financial planner Eric Simonds  on the WCME Midcoast Morning Memo at on Radio 9 WCME. 900AM. Radio9WCME.com. And if you missed it, thankfully you can still here it here.

Callie Ferguson Talks the Future of Fishing on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Thanks so much to Callie Ferguson for joining us on today’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to talk about her Forecaster story on the young people entering the lobster industry. If you haven’t seen it yet…you can do that below. And you can hear Callie here. Maine’s…

Challenges for Eveningstar Cinema

On the Friday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, up close and in-depth with Eveningstar Cinema/Brunswick   owner-operator Barry Norman.   Barry talked with us about the challenges he faces in running an independent theater in 2017.   If you missed it, hear it here now.  In two…

Jim Bleikamp on the Perzanoski Pay Raise

Jim Bleikamp here. Following a two-hour closed session and a controversy-filled year in which the Brunswick school board settled a bullying lawsuit for $125,000, the board has now awarded a two percent pay raise to school superintendent Paul Perzanoski, who is already salaried at $139.922….

Dancing on a Rainy Day in Brunswick

It might be your perfect event on a rainy day on the Midcoast. Miss Annabelle’s fourth annual dance recital. Crooker Theater. Brunswick High School. Saturday afternoon at 2–for the benefit of Brunswick Teen Center. Watch a video preview here: http://Facebook.com/Radio9WCME

Helping the Homeless in Brunswick

Jennifer Iacovelli, development director at Tedford Housing, which runs two homeless shelters in Brunswick, was on Thursday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz talking about tonight’s annual Tedford meeting and awards at 5:00 at the Daniel Hotel on Water Street. Everyone invited! Free Hors ‘d oeuvres and…

False Reports on Sexual Abuse? Professionals Reply

Even though the credibility of people reporting sexual abuse is frequently challenged, as has been the case in the recent lawsuit involving alleged abuse at Brunswick Junior High School, professionals who respond to such abuse are pushing back. On today’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Melanie…

Smart New Yorkers vacation in Maine

We’re fortunate at WCME to have a bond with some talented folk at the nation’s classiest all-news station–WCBS NewsRadio 880 in New York. WCBS afternoon news anchor Steve Scott is a frequent Maine visitor and braved some heavy rain today to visit us at Fort…

Mike Violette on Bullying in Brunswick

Mike is a longtime and major conservative radio voice in Maine and spent a decade as the co-host of the hugely popular Portland-based “Ken and Mike” morning show. On Wednesday, Mike joined the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz with his take on the school bullying lawsuit–and…

Kathy Wilson Speaks out on Brunswick’s Bullying Lawsuit

On Monday, Brunswick-at-large town councilor Kathy Wilson became the first elected town official to speak out on the event that resulted in some national attention to Brunswick last week–the recently-settled lawsuit in which former Brunswick junior high school student Chaz Wing was awarded $125,000 after…

Inside the Brunswick Bullying Lawsuit

The courts have seen fit to seal and keep from public view much of the testimony from depositions given by key figures in the recently-settled lawsuit brought by Chaz Wing, a former Brunswick junior high school student who says he was bullied and even raped…

Richard Rubin on World War 1

Richard Rubin, is a Brunswick-based historian and author–who has written two critically acclaimed books about the largely forgotten World War 1. Richard is also a contributor to the three-part PBS American Experience documentary on World War 1, first part of which aired Monday evening. On…

Les Miserables in Brunswick

The stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel about the struggles of an ex-convict will be performed all weekend beginning Thursday evening at Crooker Theater in Brunswick by the Brunswick High School Players. Thanks to actors Elliott Nagler and Isaac Bol for joining the Wednesday…

Darcie Couture’s Battle of a Lifetime

On the Tuesday Midcoast Morning Buzz at 7:35, Brunswick resident Darcie Couture shared a story of struggle. Darcie’s husband Scott, served in the Marine Patrol for over 15 years and, during that time experienced increasingly serious post-traumatic stress stemming from his service in Iraq. After…

From the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–Thursday March 9–Reflections on a Contract Renewal

In the aftermath of a 125 thousand dollar settlement of a long-running lawsuit in which a former Brunswick junior high school student charged that he had been bullied and sexually assaulted over a period of two and a half years by a group of fellow…

Time to License Cats?

Brunswick town council vice-chair Kathy Wilson, a longtime animal advocate, says it is time to make such a move in Maine. Here she is on the Friday Midcoast Morning Buzz on WCME. The idea has been endorsed in the past by another Brunswick councilor–Steve Walker.

Brunswick School Board Member Sarah Singer On Maintenance of School Buildings and a Bullying Lawsuit

Brunswick Fire Chief Ken Brillant Wants A New Fire Station

The chief discussed the need for a new station and also answered questions from WCME’s Jim Bleikamp about the potential for cost-saving regionalization and consolidation of fire services.  

The Critter Corner with Kathy Wilson

The Critter Corner is a regular feature of the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz–Friday’s at 8:35, when we are visited by Joe Montisano, executive director of Coastal Humane Society/Brunswick. Joe lets loose with a raft of pet and animal advice. But filling in this New Year’s…

Homeless On The Midcoast

A first-person account of being homeless from a woman who identifies herself as Renae–now living in Bath, but who in 2012 spent six months at Tedford Housing, the Brunswick homeless shelter. Renae was also a speaker at Tuesday evening’s service in memory of local homeless…

Sarah Brayman on the Brunswick School Repair Dilemma

After a year of discussion by both town councilors and school board members aimed at a voter referendum on the construction of a new elementary school and a simultaneous major repair project at the junior high school, there is now talk of splitting off the…

John Richardson’s Moment With Fidel

In 2006, Richardson was serving as Maine’s economic development commissioner when he helped former governor Baldacci lead a Maine trade mission to Cuba and met Castro, who died this past Friday. John, also a former speaker of the Maine House, is pictured fourth to the…

A Move to Make Bowdoin College a “Sanctuary Campus”

Leah Alper is a politically active Bowdoin senior circulating a petition calling for such a designation to protect immigrant students at risk of deportation under the incoming Trump administration. She talked with Jim Bleikamp on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

David Morgan and Green Lion Gallery/Bath on WCME’s Midcoast Money Memo with Eric Simonds

Eric talks with the co-owner of Bath’s newest gallery–on Front Street.

Rigging The Election in Freeport?

Former Freeport town council chair Ed Bonney was working last week at the polling place at Freeport High School as a deputy election warden when he says he was accused by two men of RIGGING the election. Hear Ed’s story here:

Freeport’s New Town Council Chair Sarah Tracy

Sarah talks about the year ahead for the council.

Coleman Burke on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Coleman Burke. The man who 30 years ago had a vision for what might happen to what was then an old and falling-apart building in downtown Brunswick known as Fort Andross. Coleman was honored today at Fort Andross in a presentation sponsored by the Brunswick…

Brunswick Vietnam Veteran Frank Connors

Frank Connors is a lifelong Midcoast resident who has written for and served as a photographer for the Times Record, served as town manager in Bowdoinham, and much more. He’s also a Vietnam Veteran and four years ago he wrote about that experience. And today–on…

Sara Gideon On The Road Ahead

Newly elected Freeport state representative, in her first interview since the election, as she prepares to become the new speaker of the Maine House in January, on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

WCME’s Question 1 Debate

If you are still unsure about your position on Question 1, which favors the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Maine, you might want to check this one out. Two smart women who know their way around the issue, and who disagree. Portland state representative…

Jim Bleikamp on the Settlement of the Brunswick School Bullying Lawsuit

Jim Bleikamp here with some comments that I can’t hold back in the wake of the settlement of a long-running lawsuit against the town of Brunswick, the school department, and against Brunswick Junior High School principal Walter Wallace. A lawsuit brought by a former student…

Donald Trump in Lisbon

Jim Bleikamp’s coverage of Trump at the gym of Open Door Christian Academy in Lisbon.

Cara Stadler On The End of Tipping at Tao Yuan Restaurant in Brunswick

On the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Chef Cara at Tao Yuan talks about her move to eliminate tipping in favor of an 18 percent service charge on all customer bills.  

Colleen McKenna On Why She Wants The Town To Hold On to Mere Point Property

Colleen is a spokeswoman for a newly formed citizens group seeking a referendum in which Brunswick voters would be asked to require the town to retain ownership of a tract of land at 946 Mere Point Road and develop it into a public park. This…

Congestion and Speeding on Richardson Street in Bath

These were the subjects of some heated complaints lodged at Wednesday night’s Bath City Council meeting by Richardson Street residents Dan Dunn and Wayne Fortier.  

Brayman On How Brunswick Might Battle Brown Tail Moths

Brunswick town council chair Sarah Brayman talked with Jim Bleikamp after Monday night’s council meeting about strategies that might be employed by the town to counter the moths, which consider to be a painful and expensive problem throughout the Midcoast.

Brunswick writer Maria Padian On Her New Novel “Wrecked”–About Sexual Assault On A College Campus

Maria Padian appeared with Jim Bleikamp on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Brown Tail Moths…What To Do?

On the Thursday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, Jim Bleikamp talked with Christine Donahue, an entomologist at the Maine Forest Service, who talked about the scope of the problem, and what might be done to help get rid of it–but it’s not easy.  

Breaking from WCME News 9: Ex-Cop Guilty Plea

A former Brunswick police officer faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to send obscene material to a minor. 25-year-old Garrett Brosnan was arrested in June after an investigation that began last October when the parents of a 13-year-old girl…

Breaking from WCME News 9: Motorcyclist in Durham Crash Dies

A motorcyclist injured Saturday evening in Durham has now died at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. 77-year-old Kenneth Kilby was riding west on Newell Brook Road when he crashed without a helmet on. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Hailey Bouchard of Brunswick is now listed in stable…

Obama Creates National Monument in Maine’s North Woods

Conservationists are delighted but some opponents in northern Maine are seeing red in the aftermath of President Obama’s move to designate over 87 thousand acres of forest land in Maine’s North Woods as what will be known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument…

WCME News 9 Interview: Attorney David Webbert, Representing The Former Student Suing The School Department

It appears that there could be a settlement soon in a long-running lawsuit brought by a former Brunswick junior high school student, now 17 years old, who says he was physically and sexually assaulted at the school by fellow students. A settlement conference has now…

Wayne Maines Interview 7-20-2016

Almost 100 people turned out at Curtis Library in Brunswick to hear Wayne Maines, a self-described political conservative with an air force background, talk about his long battle to secure fundamental human and legal rights for Nicole Maines–his trans-gender daughter. One of the most public…

WCME Midcoast Money Memo: Eric Simonds and Parenting Coach Kathy Bowen

Funny how there are so many parents around and very few courses and little education available on how to be a good and successful parent. But there are a few parenting coaches. Kathy Bowen is based in Brunswick and guested with Eric Simonds on this…

The Mere Point Site Walk

If you missed it on Monday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, here are some of the voices of those who toured a four-acre tract of shoreline property at 946 Mere Point Road in Brunswick, which is being considered as a site for public access to the…

Freeport’s New Fire Chief Charles Jordan

He’s a 25-year-veteran of the fire service in Maine, having retired not long ago as fire chief in Rockland. But Charles Jordan loves the fire service, so he’s returning to duty in Freeport. WCME’s Jim Bleikamp talked with him about his second career.

Eric Simond’s WCME Midcoast Money Memo June 25, 2016

Certified financial planner Eric Simonds is joined by educational counsultant and podcaster Courtney Belolan on this week’s Midcoast Money Memo. Sound financial talk from someone who’s just trying to help–not trying to sell you anything.

Breaking from WCME News 9: Brunswick Cop Arrested by Feds

A Brunswick police officer residing in Bath has been arrested and charged in federal court in Portland with attempting to transfer photos of his genitals to a minor. 25-year-old Garrett Brosnan has been placed on administrative leave by Brunswick police pending an internal investigation, and…

LePage Says NO to Linda Baker

Breaking from WCME News 9: It may be a history-making event in Maine politics. We can find no indication that a governor of either party has in any election endorsed a primary challenger over an incumbent member of his own party, but today Governor LePage…

Support for A Brunswick Teacher–School Board Member Teresa Gillis–June 9

Brusnwick school board member Teresa Gillis speaks out in support of Steve Shea, a much-praised fifth-grade teacher at Harriett Beecher Stowe School, who is leaving the district, after apparently running into some trouble with school administrators who were critical of some of his teaching methods…

A Disturbing Incident in Brunswick -June 9

Stacy Frizzle, the executive director of Brunswick’s People Plus Center, talks about an incident this past Tuesday afternoon in which her 11-year-old daughter was twice approached by an older man she didn’t know, who asked her to come closer and offered her candy.

WCME Midcoast Morning Memo May 28, 2016–Eric Simonds on talking to your kids about money

Breaking from WCME News 9: Both Stabbing Suspects Arrested

Both suspects in the Sunday stabbing on Market Lane near Federal Street in Brunswick are now in custody and at the Cumberland County Jail. 43-year-old Robert McKenney (top) was arrested on Pleasant Street in Brunswick, while 38-year-old Wendall Casler (bottom) was picked up by Portland…

WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz: Kristina Egan Interview

Kristina talks about her just-announced resignation  as a Freeport town councilor–prompted by her appointment as executive director of the Portland Area Council of Governments. She also comments on the drive in Freeport to end the retail distribution of paper and plastic bags and looks back…

Eric Simonds–WCME Midcoast Money Memo–What To Know Before You Inherit Money

The Status of Buddy–The Abused Black Lab: Coastal Humane Society Executive Director Joe Montisano

Joe appeared on WCME’s Friday Midcoast Morning Buzz with a status report on the cute dog victimized in an extreme abuse case in Brunswick.

Michelle Kruk, Vice-President, Bowdoin College student government on the controversial “tequila party”

Michelle, a Latina student at Bowdoin College from Chicago, outlined her concerns about prejudice and discrimination among students of color at the college on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Breaking: Cruz wins Maine Republican Caucus

Breaking from Radio 9 WCME: Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz has won the Maine Republican caucus, scoring what some observers view as a significant upset against Donald Trump. The Cruz win may also be seen as a setback for Governor LePage, who had endorsed Trump….

Eric Simonds-Midcoast Money Memo-March 5

Eric Simonds, certified financial planner and host of the WCME Midcoast Money Memo on what you should be looking for AND looking to avoid when you hire a financial advisor.

Eric Simonds-Midcoast Money Memo February 27, 2016

Certified financial planner Eric Simonds on second-career options and entrepreneurial activity in retirement. Eric’s on WCME every Saturday morning at 11:05 but it you missed today’s edition, here it is:

Veteran Freeport Police Chief Darrel Fournier Hangs It Up

Darrel Fournier began his fire service career in Freeport, then became fire chief in Waterville in 1990, and returned to Freeport in 1999.

Retiring Freeport Police Chief Jerry Schofield reflects on 39 years of service

The chief has announced his retirement in almost the same moment as Fire Chief Darrel Fournier.  

Breaking: Freeport’s Police and Fire Chiefs Retire

Freeport’s top two public safety officials have announced retirement plans at the same moment. Police Chief Jerry Schofield, a police officer in Freeport for almost 40 years, will step down at the end of the month while Fire Chief Darrel Fournier will stay on his…

Brunswick town councilor Kathy Wilson on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz

Kathy discussed her view that there is no such thing as an “accidental shooting” after two recent incidents on the Midcoast that have been widely labeled as such. And some related matters.

Gerzofsky on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz

Brunswick-Freeport state senator Stan Gerzofsky was an observer at Tuesday night’s volatile town hall meeting in Freeport, where Governor LePage suggested that immigrants are bringing diseases to Maine–such as Hepatitis C.  This comes without any corroborating evidence from medical authorities. Jim Bleikamp talked with Senator…

Eric Simonds and the WCME Midcoast Money Memo–Feb. 6, 2016

Eric talks about what you most need to know about Medicare–for your own benefit and for those with whom you are close.

Eric Simonds and the WCME Midcoast Money Memo December 26, 2015

Certified financial planner Eric Simonds talks here about the money matters you need to be thinking about in this–the last week of the year.

WCME Midcoast News: One hurt at Freeport Demonstration

A woman attending a demonstration in support of the Freeport flag ladies is in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland after having been struck by a sport utility vehicle at the corner of School and Main Street in Freeport as she was crossing…

The WCME Midcoast Money Memo with Eric Simonds-December 19, 2015

Here’s today’s edition of the Memo–which airs EVERY Saturday morning at 11:05 on Radio 9 WCME. 900AM and Radio9WCME.com

Eric Simonds–WCME Midcoast Money Memo December 5, 2015

Certified financial planner Eric Simonds discusses the question of whether you need insurance for your phone. And related matters.

Tom Pagnotti’s Golden Throat

Tom Pagnotti, who lived in Grove Street in Bath, and who has died after a short battle with cancer, was a one-time host of the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, and a major contributor to the development of the radio station in a number of ways…

Brunswick Town Council Chair Sarah Brayman on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Brunswick town council chair Sarah Brayman visited the Friday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz and stayed for awhile–with good reason. She had quite a bit to say. Sarah first talked about her recent vacation in Paris, which began JUST after the terror attacks occurred. And she…

Glory For The Dragons

If you missed our extended look-back and look-ahead at last night’s Brunswick Dragons massacre of the Brewer Witches–and their playoff prospects next week–its’ here. The Dragons won it by the unexpected margin of 49-0. You’ll hear in this program from the WCME midcoast high school…

Zach Lambert’s Fight to Start Anew

On Halloween night of 2014, 23-year-old Zach Lambert of Bath, an intelligent and artistic man, made what he now concedes was a stupid decision–to enter the vacant Huse School building on Andrews Road in Bath–where damage was subsequently done. Several felony counts were later lodged…

Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota on the Midcoast Morning Buzz

It was a special day indeed talking with Kevin, the longtime Channel 6 weatherman, and Linda. Their new book is “Weathering Shame”–an autobiographical journey of shame and stigma–and how they emerged on the other side. We’ll have them again.

WCME Breaking News: Missing Woman Contacts Police

Brunswick police say they have been contacted by the missing woman Sarah Walker Meade who stated that she and her five-year-old son are safe and have returned to Maine. Police also say the woman declined to reveal her location but said she had gone on…

WCME Midcoast News 10-6-15

In Brunswick, town councilors don’t seem to like a recommendation from the town council’s rivers and coastal water commission to set the town’s first-ever mooring fees for boat owners at just twenty-five dollars for town residents and fifty dollars for non-residents. Some councilors say this…

Sally Spencer-Thomas on Suicide Prevention

From WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz, Sally Spencer-Thomas, a Bowdoin College graduate (1989) and clinical psychologist on her never-ending campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention. It all began shortly after her brother Carson took his own life a decade ago.

Wags and Whiskers Radio–September 26, 2015

Wags and Whiskers Radio–our home-grown show about the critters and the humans who love them–is heard every Saturday morning at 9:05 on WCME–900AM and HERE–at Radio9WCME.com. And if you missed it this week–or just wish to hear it again–here ’tis.

Sarah Brayman on Racism

Brunswick town council chair Sarah Brayman has brief the council and the public about some recent incidents in which people have been yelling racial epithets from cars at certain Bowdoin College students and faculty members as they walk the streets of the town. Here is…

Midcoast Money Memo September 12, 2015

Midcoast Money Memo host Eric Simonds is a certified financial planner. In this week’s show, Eric explains in human language what means and what he does. Midcoast Money Memo is heard every Saturday morning at 11:05 Eastern on Radio 9 WCME. 900AM on Maine’s Midcoast….

Brunswick Harbor Master Dan Devereaux: Why Shellfishers are Battling Wormers

Devereaux says worms are in the same mudflat environment as clams. Smaller clams sit at the surface with worms just below them.  Wormers peel back the top layer, and when that happens, Devereaux says research indicates that about a third of shellfish in the harvested…

Midcoast-Parkview Merger Announcement

Confirmation of the merger of Midcoast and Parkview Hospitals in Brunswick was announced at a Friday news conference at Parkview. First the remarks of Randee Reynolds, former Parkview president and now vice-president of the combined operation. Then remarks from Midcoast/Parkview CEO Lois Skillings. Then questions…

Another Take on the Midcoast-Parkview Merger–Chuck Gill, Central Maine Medical Center

Central Maine Health Care, the parent of Lewiston-based Central Maine Medical Center, with five practices on the Midcoast, made a greater, but ultimately unsuccessful bid for the Parkview assets. Central Maine Health Care Vice-President Chuck Gill was on the Friday Midcoast Morning Buzz talking about…

Senator Angus King On Why He Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal

Maine’s independent senator took to the floor of the Senate.

Brunswick School Board Chair Bill Thompson Defends the School Board’s $12.5 Million Dollar School Repair Plan

Brunswick Town Council Chair Sarah Brayman talks school repair and reconstruction on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz

Sarah Brayman has joined seven other councilors in voting to effectively reject a school board proposal to spend 12.5 million dollars on a plan calling for basic repairs at both Coffin Elementary and Brunswick Junior High–citing the need for something more expansive.

Teresa Kelly Gillis on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Teresa is the first candidate to announce her run for a school board seat this year in Brunswick–a community facing several major educational issues, including what to do about crumbling infrastructures at Coffin Elementary School and at the junior high school.

Former senator George Mitchell on the Iranian nuclear agreement

Maine’s senior statesman voiced support for the agreement in a WCME News 9 interview during a stop at Patten Free Library in Bath.

Attorney David Webbert on Federal Lawsuit Charging Civil Rights Violations and Sexual Assault at Brunswick Junior High School

Attorney David Webbert on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz on the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of a 16-year-old former Brunswick Junior High School student. The young man claims he was bullied, harassed and even sexually assaulted by male peers, while school officials…

Gerzofsky on LePage Investigation

The legislature’s investigative committee has voted 12-0–a unanimous vote–to undertake a probe of Governor LePage’s threat to cut off state funding to the Good Will Hinckley School for at-risk kids, if the school did not withdraw a job offer to Mark Eves, the Democratic speaker…

Independent state representative Jeff Evangelos–Taking Aim at LePage

Independent state representative Jeff Evangelos of Friendship in Knox County is the leader of a five-member legislative coalition–the other four are Democrats–seeking an investigation that could lead to impeachment charges against Governor LePage. He talked with Jim Bleikamp on Monday’s WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Midcoast Hospital CEO Lois Skillings/Parkview Hospital President Randee Reynolds

Ed Bonney on the proposal to lift permit requirements for concealed carry in Maine

Ed Bonney is a former chair of the Freeport town council and a retired attorney, who winters in Arizona, where he’s often observed the state’s active gun culture on an up-close basis. Tuesday evening he told the Freeport council why he’s opposed to the proposal…

Senator Stan Gerzofsky on the status of the proposal to eliminate the permit requirement for concealed carry

Senator Angus King on Iraq

After a weekend statement from Defense Secretary Ash Carter that the Iraqi Army is failing to fight ISIS forces, Senator Angus King’s view of the situation in a brief interview with WCME’s Jim Bleikamp at today’s Memorial Day observance at the Brunswick mall.

Ethel Wilkerson on Clear Cutting in Freeport

Ethel Wilkerson is an environmental scientist, who also happens to be one of numerous residents of the Elm Street neighborhood in Freeport frustrated by the Maine Department of Transportation’s clear-cutting of trees, which had served as a buffer against noise from nearby I-295. Ethel also…

Brunswick town council chair Sarah Brayman on the Midcoast Morning Buzz, May 14, 2015

The town council chair talked at length with Jim Bleikamp about the budget-making process and reveals that she is more likely to support a larger tax increase than certain other councilors.

Eric Simonds on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

Eric Simonds is an independent Brunswick-based certified financial planner working only for his clients–not for any company engaged in the sale of various financial products. Beginning this weekend, he’s also the host of the WCME Midcoast Money Memo–Saturday’s at 11:05AM. Today Eric talked with Jim…

Senator Stan Gerzofsky on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, May 6, 2015

It’s a relatively short but wide-ranging interview with Senator Stan, covering recent legislative developments on Amtrak idling in Brunswick, a bill that would lift the permit requirement for the carrying of concealed weapons, and voter-identification legislation.

Max Ater on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz-May 1

Max is a young singer/songwriter on the move who grew up in Bath, and is now getting rave reviews for his blues-influenced tunes. Tonight at Chocolate Church in Bath a CD release party and performance of songs from the new album “Up Til Now.” Max…

Stacy Frizzle-People Plus April 27, 2015

Stacy Frizzle is the executive director of People Plus, the expansive Brunswick organization providing activities aimed at older Midcoast residents, however many of these programs are also of broad-based general interest. Stacy also runs the Brunswick teen center, and appears regularly on Monday’s on WCME’s…

Paula Cole-Midcoast Morning Buzz

Paula is a singer-songwriter from the north shore of Massachusetts with a wide-ranging voice seemingly spanning 100 octaves. Or more. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration. But only a little. She won a Grammy in 1997 as best new artist. She’s known for songs such as “Where…

Sarah Brayman on the Battle of the Brunswick Budget

Jim Bleikamp here. Ok, no one is really yet engaged in battle over the budget in Brunswick. But putting a budget together in financially-challenged Brunswick is an ordeal that already has the feel of battle. Sorry that I’m later than planned in posting this–it’s been…

Midcoast Business Spotlight-Learning Land Nursery School, Brunswick

The acclaimed Learning Land Nursery School in Brunswick, serving Midcoast kids for over a half-century, was the focus of this week’s Midcoast Business Spotlight–Saturday mornings at 10:05 on WCME. Angela Chute talks here with Learning Land’s Rachel Atwood.

Wags and Whiskers Radio-Regan and Sarah March 28, 2015

This week Regan and Sarah outline a plan to pay tribute to Zen, a recently-deceased pit-bull mix in Bath, with donations of cash and non-perishables to help a rural humane society here in Maine. Also–the difficulties of sleeping with a rabbit. Critter talk with a…

Celebrate Your Inner Diva!!!

Deb King and Missy Grillo of the Brunswick Downtown Association on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz on Inner Diva Night, coming Friday March 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Update: Frederick The Cat

The orange tabby known as Frederick was badly burned not long ago when he was too close to the engine of a just-parked car–trying to keep warm. But on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz, we found out from Coastal Humane Society’s Jane Siviski that Frederick’s condition…

Maine Department of Transportation Project Manager Joel Kittredge on the future of the Frank J. Wood Bridge

It’s an issue in which there is some passion. Some people believe it’s time for a new bridge. Others would like to see repairs and or renovation to the existing bridge, and note its historic value. Joel Kittredge presided at a Wednesday evening meeting at…

Freeport Councilor Sarah Tracy on Proposals to Ban or Tax Paper/Plastic Bags

Sarah chairs the council’s ordinance committee and provides an update on a proposal to either ban or levy a tax on these bags, which was initially given voice last summer by two students at Freeport High School.  

Barry Norman on “Still Alice”

It’s a much-talked about new film opening today at Eveningstar Cinema in downtown Brunswick. Julianne Moore as an active and vibrant middle-aged woman who suddenly learns she has Alzheimer’s disease. Eveningstar owner Barry Norman visited WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to talk about the film and…

Brunswick town council chair Sarah Brayman–Midcoast Morning Buzz February 9

The council chair talks about parking congestion, about a looming harbor ordinance in Brunswick, and about another possible property tax hike.

Ethan Minton-Midcoast Hunger Prevention

Ethan Minton, longtime radio voice in southern Maine, is now program director of the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program. Ethan dropped by the Midcoast Morning Buzz to tell us how YOU with nothing more than mouseclick, can improve the chances of Midcoast Hunger Prevention receiving a…

Kathy Wilson & Stan Gerzofsky

An intriguing occurrence on WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz. Brunswick town councilor Kathy Wilson was talking about her opposition to a bill pending in the state legislature that would ban the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores. It so happens that Brunswick state senator…

Katie Daggett

Katie Daggett was moved to make music at a lean age after hearing the songs of the visionary Joni Mitchell wafting out of her older sister’s third-floor room in the family home in Augusta. So it was a treat when Katie, who is a frequent…

Wags and Whiskers Radio January 17

Regan Reed talks with Lauren Hinsman, former Midcoast pet supply goddess–now in Alabama.

Sagadahoc County state senator Linda Baker–WCME interview

Newly elected Sagadahoc County state senator Linda Baker tells WCME News 9 that she wants to cut state taxes on all forms of retirement income. Here’s a wide-ranging interview with Senator Baker, who was asked along the way about a friendly lecture she received Thursday…

Brunswick school board member Chris McCarthy calls two school buildings “dumps.”

McCarthy says the buildings have been “let go” for so long that we’re now trying to figure out how to repair “dumps.”

Developer Jim Howard on Brunswick Landing

The man who may be the Midcoast’s active developer talks about his plans for the entrance to Brunswick Landing.

WCME Midcoast News January 9 2014

Weather Variety   Snow this morning on the Midcoast as we emerge from an extended cold snap. But we’ll see an accumulation of only one to three inches, followed by sunshine and a high of 30. Frequent Midcoast weather updates throughout the day  and throughout…

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6/7/13 – Sally Loving of BARK – Brunswick Area Recreation for Kanines

From 6/7/13. Sally Loving of BARK – Brunswick Area Recreation for Kanines (http://www.barkmaine.org/) talks about the new ‘Merrymeeting Dog Park in Memory of Jake Horgan’ on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

6/6/13 – John Cudahy, President International Council of Air Shows

From 6/6/13. John Cudahy, President International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) talks with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz about his groups efforts to bring back the Great State of Maine Air Show.

5/30/13 – Elder Law attorney and former Brunswick ME town councilor Jackie Sartoris

From 5/30/13. Elder Law attorney and former Brunswick ME town councilor Jackie Sartoris joins Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to discuss L.D. 27 – the bill that clarifies state law to say that people with dementia and other cognitive impairments cannot consent to financially abusive conduct by caregivers that would be criminal without consent..

5/30/13 – State Representative Mattie Daughtry

From 5/30/13. State Representative Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick ME) discusses House passage of her bill allowing local appointments to the board of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/20/13 – Dog rescuers Laurie & Ed Blain of Puppy Love, Inc.

From 5/20/13. Dog rescuers Laurie & Ed Blain of Puppy Love, Inc. (www.puppyloveme.org) chat with Richard Kazimer on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/13/13 – Maine singer/songwriter Peter Alexander

From 5/13/13. Maine singer/songwriter Peter Alexander discusses the release of his new CD ‘Promised Land’ with Richard Kazimer on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/13/13 – State Representative Mattie Daughtry

From 5/13/13. State Representative Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick) discusses her bill requiring Brunswick Town Council appointment of a member to the MRRA board (Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority) with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/10/13 – Artist Mentor, Maureen Block, and artists Barbara & Nancy talk about Spindleworks

From 5/10/13. Artist Mentor, Maureen Block, and artists Barbara & Nancy talk about Spindleworks, and the 4th Annual All Species Parade with Richard Kazimer on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/7/13 – Maine State Music Theatre’s Stephanie Dupal

From 5/7/13. Maine State Music Theatre’s Stephanie Dupal, Interim Executive Director, and Curt Dale Clark, Artistic Consultant discuss the 2013 season on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/3/13 – Actress Elizabeth Davidson

From 5/3/13. Actress Elizabeth Davidson discusses her one-woman play, ‘HARRIET BEECHER STOWE: A Literary Soldier,’ on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

5/1/13 – Heather Cronin and Gary Hauger of the Lisbon Community School PTO

From 5/1/13. Heather Cronin and Gary Hauger of the Lisbon Community School PTO discuss their fundraising auction with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/29/13 – Richmond High School senior/honor student Lauren Umberhind

From 4/29/13. Richmond High School senior/honor student Lauren Umberhind, Mt. Ararat High School senior Charlotte Crosby, and RSU2 finance committee chairperson Bill Matthews put faces to the education cuts of Governor Paul LePage on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/19/13 – Maritime Canadian flutist, Chris Norman

From 4/19/13. Maritime Canadian flutist, Chris Norman joins us on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/16/13 – PeaceWorks activist Rosalie Paul

From 4/16/13. PeaceWorks activist Rosalie Paul (www.peaceworksbrunswickme.org) joins Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/12/13 – Kenneth Golden, Professor of Mathematics, University of Utah

From 4/12/13. Kenneth Golden, Professor of Mathematics, University of Utah discusses how mathematical models of composite materials and statistical physics are being used to study key sea ice processes and to advance how sea ice is represented in climate models with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/12/13 – State Representative Mattie Daughtry

From 4/12/13. State Representative Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick ME) discusses politics with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/11/13 – Attorney and advocate Jackie Sartoris discusses National Health Care Decisions Day

From 4/11/13. Attorney and advocate Jackie Sartoris discusses National Health Care Decisions Day, and Advance Care Directive Forms (end-of-life) with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/10/13 – Jennifer Blanchard, Executive Director Pejepscot Historical Society

From 4/10/13. Jennifer Blanchard, Executive Director Pejepscot Historical Society, and Chelsea Gross, Bowdoin College ’13 discuss the archeological digs at Joshua Chamberlain House with Richard Kazimer on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/9/13 – Bath/Brunswick Big Brothers/Big Sisters Executive Director

From 4/9/13. Bath/Brunswick Big Brothers/Big Sisters Executive Director, Lindsay MacDonald joins wayward souls Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/9/13 – Eric Howes, Director Public & Government Affairs Maine Yankee

From 4/9/13. Eric Howes, Director Public & Government Affairs Maine Yankee discusses the on-going spent fuel rod storage issue at the deconstructed former nuclear power plant with Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz team Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp.

4/8/13 – Deb King, Executive Director Brunswick Downtown Association

From 4/8/13. Deb King, Executive Director Brunswick Downtown Association feeds Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz duo Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp a heaping helping of Eat Brunswick Week information.

4/2/13 – Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry expresses his concerns

From 4/2/13. Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry expresses his concern about proposed legislation legalizing marijuana in Maine to Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

4/1/13 – Portland State Representative Diane Russell

From 4/1/13. Portland State Representative Diane Russell – sponsor of the bill to legalize marijuana in Maine – and State Representative Jennifer DeChant of Bath – who hosted a weekend forum at Bath City Hall on legalization issues – are interviewed by Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

3/29/13 – Ed Pelta, physicist and founder of Maine School Science Volunteers

From 3/29/13. Ed Pelta, physicist and founder of Maine School Science Volunteers (www.Maine-SSV.org) educates Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz duo Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on the need for volunteer scientists in Maine middle schools.

3/28/13 – Steve Levesque, Executive Director Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

From 3/28/13. Steve Levesque, Executive Director Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) joins Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to discuss MRRA’s decision to cancel this year’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Landing due to sequestration cuts.

3/27/13 – Dave Brown, Director Southern Midcoast Community Center

From 3/27/13. Dave Brown, Director Southern Midcoast Community Center (Topsham ME) chats with Radio 9 WCME’s Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on the Midcoast Morning Buzz regarding the sequestration cuts to the Center’s Meals-On-Wheels, and community meals programs.

3/26/13 – Mona Jerome, Director Ever After Mustang Rescue

From 3/26/13. Mona Jerome, Director Ever After Mustang Rescue (Biddeford ME), and Michael Young, cowboy/volunteer discuss saving wild mustangs with Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz drovers Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp.

3/21/13 – Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz team Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp interview Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Board

From 3/21/13. Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz team Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp interview Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Board Chair, Ed Friedman about his legal efforts to temporarily shutdown four hydroelectric dam turbines on the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers to save the endangered Atlantic salmon.

3/20/13 – Brunswick ME attorney Jackie Sartoris joins Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp

From 3/20/13. Brunswick ME attorney Jackie Sartoris joins Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz to discuss the adverse environmental impact development at Brunswick Landing might have on area wildlife.

3/19/13 – Brunswick ME Town Councillor-At-Large

From 3/19/13. Brunswick ME Town Councillor-At-Large, John Richardson discusses Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and Bowdoin College with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

3/15/13 – Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz team Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp

From 3/15/13. Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz team Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp wax radio nostalgic with veteran voice artist Tom Pagnotti…and eventually get around to Tom’s annual hosting of “So You Think You Know Bath.”

3/14/13 – Jim Bleikamp and Richard Kazimer interview Louise Rosen

From 3/14/13. Jim Bleikamp and Richard Kazimer interview Louise Rosen, Executive/Artistic Director with the Maine Jewish Film Festival on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

3/12/13 – Jim Bleikamp and Richard Kazimer interview Maine Gun Rights Coalition founder

From 3/12/13. Jim Bleikamp and Richard Kazimer interview Maine Gun Rights Coalition founder Jessica Beckwith on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

3/7/13 – Brunswick Maine Marine Patrol Officer Dan Devereaux

From 3/7/13. Brunswick Maine Marine Patrol Officer Dan Devereaux, and Darcie Couture, lead scientist/principal at Resource Access International discuss the decline of clams along the Midcoast on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

2/28/13 – Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz

From 2/28/13. Radio 9 WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz hosts Richard Kazimer & Jim Bleikamp discuss the issue of mental illness and guns with Michael Arthur – Licensed Therapist, Counselor & Psychotherapist.

2/27/13 – Poet, and Gulf of Maine Books owner Gary Lawless

From 2/27/13. Poet, and Gulf of Maine Books (Brunswick ME) owner Gary Lawless discusses literature retail, and poetry with Richard Kazimer and Jim Bleikamp on Radio 9 WCME’s Midcoast Morning Buzz.

Stockholm Fashion

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Berlin Design Week

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Venice Art Pavilion

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Vimeo FX Showreel

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Der Spiegel Cover Art

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Art & Design Blvd

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Festival 2014

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Smash Pop Art Storm

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Adventures in Zonderland

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STV Music Awards 2013

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Pale Skin Apparel

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Clash & Mayhem TV

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Case Study

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Blau Kunsthaus Identity

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Abstract Style Of Handler

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Single Portfolio Parallax

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Last Iceland Sunshine

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Amsterdam Jazz Festival

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Mother Volcano Artwork

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SuperDollz Showroom

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67B Construction Studio

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Fast Vector Mobile

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Vintage Vinyl House

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Art Week 2014 Malmö

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