Saturday - October 27, 2012 at 7pm

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Bill Green's Maine in HD
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We'll take a look at what happens when cruise ships come to Maine. They're a lot of work and a lot of money... We'll visit with Russell Libby a recognized national leader in the field of organic farming... And we'll meet a man who preserves history-by collecting battle ribbons and medals from long ago

Original air date: October 27, 2012
Show number: 2012-16

This week's blog written by Bill Green:

We are flying at Bill Green's Maine! This is our 276th show, which would tie us with Dragnet for 16th place on the all-time prime time list. Of course, we are not a network show, just a bunch of rinky dinks, but still, I think that's a pretty good mark. Oh, and look out "Hawaii Five-O," we got your number!

First segment tonight involves what happens when a cruise ship comes in. We settled on this angle when various lines and government agencies forbade us from riding in on a ship. We had a lot of fun riding out with pilot Ken Campbell, talking with Jack Heumeniuk and the longshoreman and visiting with the tour operators who take visitors around. Thanks to all.

Our interview this week is with Russell Libbey who has been the Executive Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for nigh on to twenty years. He has lived and interesting and exemplary life and it was a pleasure to get together with Russell.
For more information about MOFCA, click here.

 While at MOFCA, I learned about an effort being made by John Bunker. John has spent a lifetime collecting and identifying heirloom varieties of apples mostly from abandoned and overgrown farms in all 16 Maine counties. These varieties are being saved and passed on to future generations thanks to John's work. John sells many of these varieties of trees through Fedco seeds.
For more information on John who lives off the grid, just click on the links.

 Our final story tonight is on Chris Montagna. He collects and preserves battle ribbons and medals with special consideration given to the World War II era. He's an interesting guy and I really appreciate the effort he is making. I met Chris through our mutual interest in John Presnell. John was a West Point First Captain (top cadet) who graduated in 1939. He was sent to Bataan where he fought and was eventually surrendered. He was in POW camps for more than three years. We have anecdotal evidence that he worked hard on behalf of Allied prisoners and often mistreated by his Japanese captors. He died in early 1945, about eight months before the war ended. John's medals have resurfaced in North Carolina. I understand that his sister lived there until her death a few years ago. Perhaps that is the way his medals got to the North Carolina collector who felt they should be in Maine and sent them to Chris. Anyway, they've now been sent to Chris who promises to be their caretaker until it's his turn to pass them on.

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