Show 179: Founder of The Anthony Bates Foundation Sharon Bates and Florence Ann Romano, the “Windy City Nanny”

Show Information Show: 179 Air Date: Saturday, 02 July 2016 Guests: Sharon Bates & Florence Ann Romano Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe) Studio Contributor: Debi Davis Executive Producer: Emily Sullivan (Sully) Sharon Bates is a woman with a mission. After her son, … Continue reading

Show 178: Co-Founder of H.O.P.E. Counseling Services Beth Andrews

Newburgh, Maine native Beth Andrews’ early career history doesn’t seem to convince you she wanted to be a clinical social worker. She majored in East Asian Studies and learned Mandarin Chinese during her undergrad at Middlebury College in Vermont. She worked several jobs after that before becoming a bartender and settling on social work at NYU. She know co-owns and operates a private practice in Yarmouth called H.O.P.E. Counseling Services where she is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC). Continue reading

Show 177: Owner of Insource Renewables Vaughn Woodruff

Vaughn Woodruff is a sixth generation Mainer who wanted to become an engineer, but was also drawn to the outdoors (like many of us are). After graduating from UMaine Orono, he went into the world and worked out west in California, Colorado, and finally Montana. While in Montana, Woodruff started Insource Renewables, a solar energy contracting firm and it is where he met his now wife Holly. He convinced her that Maine is the best place to raise a family so they packed up their home and business and moved everything back east. Continue reading

Show 176: Co-Owner of Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters Mike Rancourt

Mike Rancourt is a first generation American, born and raised in Lewiston, Maine where his father, a Canadian immigrant, learned to hand-sew loafers and shoes to make a living. When the owner of the factory retired, Rancourt’s father purchased the operation and so began a family tradition of contract manufacturing of hand-sewn shoes made right here in Maine. Continue reading

Show 175: Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association Dick Durost

Dick Durost grew up in the County in Mars Hill on a dairy and potato farm so no one can say he’s not a true Mainer. Durost always knew he wanted to get into education, but looking back on his career he didn’t actually know he would get this involved. He’s been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, and athletic director, a principal. Now he’s the Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association, a professional organization for Maine’s Principals and Assistant Principals, and a supervisory association for Maine high school athletics and activities. Continue reading

Show 174: President of Envision Maine Alan Caron

Alan Caron has been an entrepreneur and small business advocate for over thirty years. He also writes weekly columns about various “Maine” topics for the Portland Press Herald, Waterville Sentinel, and Augusta Kennebec Journal. His goal is to “unlock the potential of Maine by promoting an economy that is driven by the state’s entrepreneurs, innovators and doer, and that taps into the resourcefulness and tenacity of Maine people.” Caron is the President of Envision Maine where he works daily to achieve his goal and to better Maine’s economy. Continue reading

Show 173: Executive Director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Steve Levesque

Steve Levesque was born and raised in the Lewiston-Auburn area and joined the Marine Corps after high school. That’s how he got out of Maine. While enlisted he was able to get his degree in Urban and Regional Planning which he used in a few communities in California. He, like many Mainers, wanted to return home to settle down so he sold his business and picked up a jobs with the cities of Lewiston and Portland before taking a position with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development. He is now the Executive Director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, a “quasi-state run organization” tasked with finding new, resourceful, innovative ways to bring business back to the old Brunswick Naval Air Station, now known as Brunswick Landing. Continue reading

Show 172: Co-Founder of Cold River Vodka Don Thibodeau

Don Thibodeau is a Mainer in every sense of the word. He was born and raised in “the county” and moved to Fryeburg in 1977 with his wife to farm potatoes. He inherited the land from his father, a salesman who wanted to farm the land with a friend. When Thibodeau’s father’s friend passed way, his father lost interest in the land , leaving Thibodeau to take over. Now, Green Thumb Farms has 300+ acres of heirloom beans and thousands of acres of potatoes. Not only do the potatoes from Green Thumb Farms end up on our dinner tables in Maine, but also our vodka: Thibodeau is a co-founder of Cold River Vodka, distilled from potatoes grown at Green Thumb Farms. Continue reading

Show 171: Executive Director of The Ecology School Drew Dumsch

Drew Dumsch is from “the palm” of Michigan and graduated from college with a degree in English so he’s not exactly the type of person you would think would found a supplementary educational school focused on sustainability and ecology on the beaches of Maine. Twelve years ago when the school based at Ferry Beach in Saco was at risk of going away, Dumsch took it over and re-branded it as “The Ecology School at Ferry Beach” and it’s grown and expanded every year since. As of 2016 they have officially outgrown their campus and have official plans to move inland to an old farm property in Saco. Continue reading

Show 170: Author of APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY Jeff Ryan

Writing is not Jeff Ryan’s day job. For most of his career, the life-long Falmouth resident was a copywriter for L.L. Bean catalogs. Like many Mainers, Ryan grew up with a love for the outdoors. When he started his career copywriting, he had the opportunity to test out new apparel and gear to best write the descriptions. This connection worked out well when he and a college friend hike the Pacific Coast Trail while testing Bean’s new Gore-Tex and Polartec products. He recalls that when a pack he was testing broke in Oregon, Bean’s first tested shipping with FedEx and got his replacement pack to him within days. Continue reading