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News Interviews


4-5-24 Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Planetarium, gives us some last minute reminders on the timing of Monday’s eclipse and how to view the event safely.

4-3-24 Special programming “eclipsing” regular programming again this weekend at the Versant Power Astronomy Center – but the rest of April promises asteroids, seasons, April Break programming, and  – beginning this weekend – a music program whose tickets are going rather “Swift”-ly!  Star 97.7 gets the details from Director Shawn Laatsch.  

4-1-24 Star 97.7 talks with Grand Executive Director Nick Turner about the season’s final musical theatre production – Fiddler on the Roof – and how this production gives community members an opportunity to give back to Ellsworth’s premier entertainment hub!

3-27-24 Ever thought of owning your own business? Heart of Ellsworth’s Zabet NeuCollins tells Star 97.7, you won’t want to miss tonight’s special opportunity!

3-27-24 Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center, is an internationally recognized expert on all things astral!  He tells Star 97.7, the Planetarium has special programming planned this weekend and next in anticipation of the April 8th total solar eclipse.

3-26-24 An “out of this world” display will greet those who travel through the Portland International Jetport, beginning today!  Star 97.7 gets a first look at one of the rarest meteorites on earth as the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum presents “Fly Me to the Moon”. 

3-25-24 The architecture of downtown Ellsworth is a study in the community’s history.  Beginning this week, Heart of Ellsworth is hosting a series of workshops on historic preservation.  HOE Program Coordinator Zabet NeuCollins tells Star 97.7 participants will learn how preserving the PAST can play a powerful role in shaping our community’s FUTURE.

3-21-24 It’s Maine Maple Weekend!  Star 97.7 talks with Lewis Church and Andrea Joyce of Church’s Sugar Shack in Columbia Falls about the sweetest weekend of the year!

Local sound bites from 03/18/24 Ellsworth City Council meeting regarding a recovery center:

Local sound bites from 03/18/24 Ellsworth City Council meeting regarding proposed court house:

3/8/24 All eyes will be on the sky April 8th for the total solar eclipse, and the Versant Power Planetarium on the UMaine campus in Orono has tons of eclipse programming planned this month.  But Director Shawn Laatsch tells Star 97.7, that’s not the only thing happening in the sky … that sometimes influences things down here on earth!