Show 61: “North Woods Law”, Maine Game Warden Sergeant Tim Spahr

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Show: 61
Air date: Saturday, May 11
Guest: Sergeant Tim Spahr
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Gould (Sharky)
Assistant Producer: Shannon Maguire

Sergeant Tim Spahr is originally from the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania.  He grew up in a family of Polish-American coal miners.  Stevoe and Sergeant Spahr discussed how when they were children, all they wanted to do when they got home from school was to go outside and play.  That may have led Spahr to join the Coast Guard right out of high school, where he served on a search and rescue station and then went to Coast Guard Marine Science School.

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TideSmart Talk with Stevoe host Steve Woods welcomed Sergeant Tim Spahr, Maine Game Warden from Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law” to the studio.

After leaving the Coast Guard, Spahr went to college in Bar Harbor, Maine earning a degree from College of the Atlantic.  Before becoming a game warden in 1997, Spahr worked for the Department of Conservation.  Sergeant Spahr covers Section 1 (which emcompasses Portland and south to the New Hampshire border) out of 14 sections in Maine.  Spahr and the rest of the crew are currently filming Season 3 of North Woods Law.

Spahr lives with his wife Elizabeth in Kennebunk, where she is co-owner of “Village Yoga”.  Their 24 year old daughter lives in Seattle, Washington.

Maine Warden Service
Established over 180 years ago, in 1880, the Maine Game Wardens are committed to protecting and preserving Maine’s quality of life and outdoor activities.  The service’s first enforcement action occurred on March 12, 1880 when two men were apprehended for killing a doe in closed season.

To become a Maine game warden it takes an extraordinary person with a wide variety of skills. The Warden Service hires only the very best men and women in society and they come to us from all walks of life from both Maine and from away. Training to be a Maine game warden is extremely extensive, with 30 weeks of academy training prior to entering the field.

Maine game wardens oversee enforcement of all hunting, fishing, and trapping activity as well as all recreational vehicles. Game wardens also manage all search and rescue operations. The rescue skills of the Maine game wardens are recognized all over the country.

Additionally, game wardens in Maine have general state law enforcement authority and have the training and authority to enforce motor vehicle laws, investigate domestic violence issues, and enforce all other state laws.

Show 23: Two-time NBA champion Dave Cowens

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Show: 23
Air date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Guest 1: Dave Cowens
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Gould (Sharky)

Celtics legend and 2-time NBA Champion Dave Cowens came to the studio on Saturday, August 4, to join Stevoe in a discussion about today’s athletics, his experience in the NBA, and their shared love for the beautiful state of Maine.

Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens

Stevoe (left) and Dave Cowens (right) talk about their love of Maine and sports.

A 2-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and 7-time all star, 6’9” Dave Cowens earned a space in the Hall of Fame in 1991. A tremendous work ethic, combined with unselfishness, versatility and energy helped established Cowens as one of the most solid and respected centers in recent NBA history.

During his career, Cowens averaged 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. He
was a member of the Celtics’ 1974 and 1976 NBA Championship teams. After retiring in 1980, he was coaxed to return to the court two years later to play for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1982-1983. Cowens went on to coach the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors.

Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens discusses today’s media coverage of basketball with Stevoe.

Cowens now lives in Maine and does corporate work for the Celtics and TV work for Comcast. Cowens is involved with the Sports Museum of New England, the National Basketball Retired Players Association, and his Dave Cowens Basketball School in Norton, Mass. Cowens is also involved in several New England charities.

In this segment, Cowens talks about his journey from being a “Dennis the Menis” from the mid-west to a basketball all-star in the NBA. Stevoe and Cowens also discuss how media coverage of basketball has evolved, and their thoughts on Title Nine of the1972 Education Amendments.