A New National Park for Maine

Join Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Ryan Parker to learn more about Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.’s (EPI) proposal to create a National Park and National Recreation Area east of Baxter State Park.

EPI has proposed to donate up to 150,000 acres to the federal government to create Maine’s second National Park. Parker will use photos and film to give you a glimpse of the land and its special features, and he will describe the journey toward making the dream of a National Park and National Recreation Area a reality.

Q&A follows presentation.

Thursday, February 11, 6:30pm



Biking for Women in Recovery

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 6:30 pm | First Universalist Church of Pittsfield

The Mid-Maine Community Forum commences its fall forum series Thursday, September 10th with Lisa Scofield, the Hampden Academy teacher who recently rode 800 miles across Maine to raise funds for uninsured women in recovery from addiction.

Formerly a counselor associate at Wellspring Women’s House – a Bangor halfway house dedicated to helping women maintain sobriety and build skills for independent living – Scofield learned of the many women waiting for treatment and unable to pay. So she decided to raise funds to help.

Scofield will share a slide show of her 800-mile bike trip and some of the memorable stories she heard from people she met along the way. Equally important as the scholarship funds she raised were the stories Scofield heard of the effect of addiction on families from people all across Maine. Scofield will address what the “ordinary mortal” can do to help ameliorate suffering.

In addition to Scofield, Wellspring Executive Director Pat Kimball will answer questions about Wellspring and substance abuse treatment in Maine.

The forum is held the second Thursday of each of the fall and spring months. Scofield’s presentation will take place at 6:30pm at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield on the corner of Main and Easy streets. The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 299-5520.

Lisa Scofield

Tick Talk

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and the Mid Maine Community Forum is hosting Lyme disease specialist Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Main and Easy Streets in Pittsfield.  Dr. Szantyr”s “Tick Talk” is an informative look at ticks, the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease, the incidence of Lyme disease in Maine, the difficulties surrounding medical diagnosis, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.


If Saskatchewan Could Do It, Why Not Maine?

If Saskatchewan Could Do It, Why Not Maine? 

A Movie and Conversation about Why Maine Needs Single Payer Healthcare

Maine AllCare Founding Board Members Charlie Priest, a Maine legislator, and Alice Knapp, a former State health insurance regulator, will show The Healthcare Movie, a documentary about the origins of Canada’s single payer healthcare system and how it evolved to be so different from ours when 50 years ago our two countries’ systems were essentially the same.  After the movie, Charlie and Alice will share their perspectives followed by Q & A and discussion. (For more information call: (207) 487-6523.)

Alice-Knapp-2014 Charlie_Priest


“The Civil War’s Effects on Maine and Mainers”

The Civil War’s Effects on Maine and Mainers

On Thursday, March 12th, at 6:30 pm, historian Dr. Tom Desjardin, a Pittsfield resident (and currently Maine’s acting Commissioner of Education), will discuss “The Civil War’s Effects on Maine and Mainers.”  This event, sponsored by the Mid-Maine Community Forum, will be held at the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield.  Dr. Desjardin holds a PhD in history and is known as a gifted speaker, especially knowledgeable about the Civil War, having published four successful books on the subject, most notably Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine; The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign.  Two local Civil War re-enactors will also be on hand for the evening.

Dr. Desjardin’s talk is part of a series of events honoring the many Mainers who served in the Civil War.  This series begins at 4 pm on Thursday, March 12th, at the Pittsfield Public Library with an open discussion of the book Yankee Warrior; the Story of a Civil War Hero from Maine by former Bangor Daily News editor and Maine Army National Guard Officer, Robert L. Haskell, who will be on hand for the discussion.  The subject of the book is Medal of Honor winner Captain Walter G. Morrill, United States Army, a Maine country boy, who, as a young volunteer, commanded Company B, 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg.  His name is etched on the Pittsfield’s War Memorial on Main Street by the railroad tracks.

These events are planned and sponsored by the Local and Legendary team members of the Pittsfield Historical Society, Pittsfield Public Library, and Maine Central Institute with the collaboration of the  Heart of Pittsfield and the Mid-Maine Community Forum.  These events are made possible through a grant from the Maine Historicl Society and the Maine Humanities Council with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


“Keep It Real: a Young Activist, Body Image, and the Media”

The Mid-Maine Community Forum presented MCI student activist and ballerina Julia Bluhm as its featured speaker on February 12th at 6:30pm at the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield.In 2012 Julia wrote a petition resulting in a pledge from Seventeen magazine promising not to photoshop their models’ bodies and face shapes. The petition gathered more than 86,000 signatures.

She will also share her experiences with activism at the SPARK Movement, an online feminist-activist organization supported by girls from all over the world. She will speak about the influence of an unrealistic representation of women in the media, issues of body image within the ballet world, and the importance of community activism.

Julia Bluhm is a sixteen year-old ballet dancer, blogger, and activist. She attends Maine Central Institute, dances with Bossov Ballet Theatre, and is a blogger for SPARK Movement. She has also been a member of the Girls’ Advisory Board for Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Waterville for 3 years. Julia has given a TEDx talk in Washington DC, spoken at the National Eating Disorder Association conference. She was the first student to present a Patterson Lecture Series speech at MCI.


“Culture Before Curriculum” Nov. 13th

At a time when education is often misrepresented and misunderstood throughout the nation, MCI’s goal is to build a culture to prepare students for success beyond graduation. In his presentation entitled “Culture before Curriculum,” Mr. Hopkins will discuss his firm belief that a school’s culture must be healthy before students can begin to achieve their potential in the classroom. He notes: “Individual and community respect, integrity, self-esteem and pride must be nurtured before students can absorb and truly relate to a school’s curriculum. It is only then that a school can develop a genuine culture of curiosity and scholarship.”

The Community Forum will be held on November 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 8 Easy Street, Pittsfield, Maine. Admission is free. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.


Money in Politics: Democracy’s Crisis in Confidence

A presentation exploring the role of money in politics in Maine’s elections will be held at the Mid-Maine Community Forum on October 9th at 6:30 PM. Money in Politics: Democracy’s Crisis in Confidence illustrates the threat of money in politics to our democracy. Presented by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, a non-partisan organization, the presentation also suggests remedies to the problem of Money in Politics, including upcoming state and federal legislation.

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections have found that the flow of large, special interest money in campaigns is distorting the election process and diminishing the role of voters. The problem of money in politics is nothing new, and recent Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United v. FEC have made it even easier for large, undisclosed contributions to flow into our campaigns. Unfortunately, large amounts of money from a small handful of wealthy sources have the effect of drowning out the voices of everyday voters in our political process. Maine people’s ability to fully participate in their own governance has become imperative as corporate America spends unprecedented sums in elections. Now is the time to foster public dialogue about where political money comes from, where it goes, and what it buys. Money in Politics: Democracy’s Crisis in Confidence is a forum to do just that.

Please join us on the 9th for a lively discussion. And let’s work together towards a Maine where the voice of the mill worker is heard as clearly as the voice of the CEO of the company that owns the mill.


Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

BJ McCollister, Program Director
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
Thursday, October 9th, 6:30pm

Are you concerned about campaign funding and what it means for Maine politics? Do you have questions about accountability in politics? Join us for a presentation by BJ McCollister, Program Director for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. MCCE is a nonpartisan organization that works in the public interest to advocate for, increase public support for, defend and improve the Maine Clean Election Act and related campaign finance law. BJ has an extensive background in political campaigns and issue advocacy organizations, taking the helm of MCCE in 2012. He will welcome questions and discussion.