Alewives and Elvers with Jeffrey Pierce

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 9am

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Our Guest:

Jeff PierceX
Jeff Pierce,
Candidate for State House District 53
(Woolwich, Dresden, Georgetown,
Arrowsic, Phippsburg)
Executive Director,
Alewife Harvesters of Maine

What is an Alewife?

What is an Elver?

Jeff had a part in the restoration of the Alewife run at Dresden Mill Brook and recorded the first Alewife harvest in the Dresden Mill Brook in over 20 years.

Jeffrey initiated an Alewife tagging program in cooperation with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and University of Southern Maine Aquatics Program at Mill Brook.

Through the efforts of Jeffrey and the efforts of all alewife harvesters around Maine the Alewife Sustainability Proposal was accepted with an unanimous vote.

The Alewife Harvesters founded by Jeffrey and was instrumental in saving more than 200 jobs in Maine while protecting 41 communities municipal right to harvest Alewives.

Jeff served on the Dresden Municipal Committee with focus on the Dresden Fire Station Construction Project.

Jeffrey, now Chairman of Dresden Planning Board and also leads the Dresden Comprehensive Workshops.

Jeffrey was Unanimously re-elected as Executive Director for the Alewife Harvesters of Maine.

MERI ratings and Senate Candidate

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9am

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Our Guests:

Ben GilmanX
Ben Gilman
Maine Economic Research Institute -

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Ben joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In his capacity at the Chamber, Ben focuses primarily on utilities and energy, natural resources, and business regulation issues. Previously, he served as director of Government Affairs with the Maine Energy Marketers Association, director of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, and as director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Ben received his BA from the University of Maine, Orono, JD from the University of Maine’s School of Law, holds a certificate in International Law from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Maine.


Amy VolkAmy Volk is running for a
Senate seat representing
Scarborough, Gorham and Buxton

Amy Volk is the current
State Representative for
House District 127
(Coastal Scarborough)

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She has served on the governor’s State Workforce Investment Board as well as the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee for the last four years and is currently the Lead minority member of that committee, which oversees both the Department of Labor, including the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation, and the Department of Economic Development, which includes Maine State Housing Authority, the Finance Authority of Maine, the Office of Tourism, as well as all the state’s economic development programs and incentives.

Accomplishments in Augusta

Under her tenure, the legislature has cleaned up waste and abuse at the Maine State Housing Authority, reformed our workers’ compensation laws to reduce litigation and create more predictability for injured workers and employers, created a mechanism for evaluating economic development programs and held the line on minimum wage increases.

In addition to her concern for business issues, Amy has is passionate about tax and education reform in Maine and has sponsored legislation to address those issues, including being the lead co-sponsor of the bill which made Maine the 43rd state to allow charter schools. Amy is best known lately for having successfully championed legislation to help victims of sex trafficking.

Amy Volk in the Community

Rep. Volk resides in Scarborough with her husband Derek, the Vice President of a third-generation family business, Volk Packaging Corporation. They have four children.

Rep. Volk is active in the local community as a member of the worship team at The Rock Church. She has served as the Board Secretary of the Root Cellar for many years and is the volunteer Board President for Maine Connections Academy.  She also donates her time with Scarborough Softball Boosters, Scarborough Soccer Boosters and Scarborough Cheering Club.