[B-Street Community Center, a downtown hub]
Hillary Verrill, Empower Lewiston's program coordinator did a great job organizing the event, and taking care of the logistics that always go into an event like this.
Hillary put together the agenda, sent invitations, and secured the Mayor to welcome the community to the event. Mayor Gilbert, a blogger in his own right, spoke about the importance of keeping communications open in the community, blogging's role in that, as well as tieing it to the city's past, when residents would voice their concerns about the narrowness of Main Street, to the city's first Mayor.
[Mayor Gilbert welcomes the public]
Blogger Jim Baumer (EL board member, and with the Local Workforce Investment Board) introduced blogging; what it is and why it matters. Mark LaFlamme (blogger extraordinaire, and local crime beat report for the SJ) spoke about his blog, and why he values the medium.
[LaFlamme regales the crowd]
LaFlamme has been an important media voice in the downtown, particularly in his role as a local journalist, covering the downtown beat. Now, blogging gives him another orientation for getting his ideas out to a diverse audience, particularly one that may no longer read the daily newspaper. He spoke about his own experiences blogging (at 3 am), and why he invests the time posting his thoughts, ideas, and random musings.
[This post was a collaborative effort, carried out by board members Baumer, Tina Hutchinson, and downtown resident, Barbara Rankins.]