Report to Town Council October 10, 2017
I live basically in the woods; I have no grass to mow at all which I love! I like that isolation. I like being in the village, too, having people around me. It’s kind of a gathering place where people actually come to Wednesday on Main events and the Bay Fest. Having that village really allows people that are out away from the town the privacy they may desire but also gives them that place to come to as a community.........Bucksport Citizen
September has been a beautiful month here on the banks of the Penobscot River! Our Bucksport Heart & Soul work has been productive and satisfying for me, as part time coordinator, and for our team of incredibly selfless volunteers!
Some highlights of our work:
- Our projected completion date of our Heart & Soul video, showcasing our process of listening to discover the values, hopes, concerns, and ideas of Bucksport people, arrived and the project was ready to be shown! This video preceded all showings of the featured movie at the Alamo the weekends of September 15th and September 22nd. Heart & Soul had an information table at all showings. Please check it out on our Website or Facebook Page! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc90p2gjgBI
- Three more House Listening Parties were facilitated by Heart & Soul volunteers. An audio of a citizen’s storytelling was listened to by the attendees. Each attendee had a transcript of the recording. Discussion followed, sharing each highlighted comment, and the Data Type and Community Theme for each comment selected. These house parties were all well received, good food was shared, laughter was abundant, and all left with new ideas and thoughts about our Town.
- Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine, interviewed Nancy MInott, part-time coordinator of Heart & Soul, on September 13th, as part of his research about Bucksport. He plans to write a feature article of Bucksport which will be featured in the Spring 2018 edition of the the Yankee Magazine.
- Nancy Minott reported to the Town Council on September 14th. The newly completed video was shown to the councilors and those in attendance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc90p2gjgBI
- Jane LaFleur presented the Phase 2 Training on September 16th. Part of this training was presented to the group last November. . .we weren’t ready then, but we are ready now! We all gained a good grasp on how to organize our work of writing the Value Statements and ideas for checking them out with the public!
- Over 250 people shared their story with us. A Listening Marathon on September 26th helped us nearly complete this process - three more to go!! Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours listening back to these stories, highlighting comments on the transcripts, and determining the Data Type and Community Theme for each of these comments. Jane LaFleur handed us a 144 page document of comments we had gleaned from these listening sessions. We’ve added more pages since!
- The Heart & Soul headquarters continues to be used by many other groups/organizations here in Bucksport. On October 17th, ADAPT will hold an Open House at the Heart & Soul headquarters to hear from the people of Bucksport and provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the ADAPT project and share ideas, concerns, and a vision for the redevelopment of the former Mill Site property.
- Bucksport Heart & Soul was notified on September 26th that our organization, along with numerous other individuals and groups, had been selected as a “Rising Star of Eastern Maine” by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. We will attend their Transformation of a Region Event on October 16th at the Bangor Cross Insurance Center.