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logger april 7 2014
7 April 2014

ST. AGATHA- Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has developed a one day seminar to help loggers and off road truckers become more profitable. The seminar follows up on a very successful logger business training program from last spring at the University of Maine Fort Kent.

Senator Susan Collins
7 April 2014

Maine has a robust and growing craft brewing industry, which employs more than 1,200 people. Our state is home to nearly 50 breweries producing quality beer from Bangor to Bar Harbor, Portland to Skowhegan, Biddeford to Whitefield and many communities in between. This growing industry has the potential to create even more new jobs in the future.

Yet, many small brewers are concerned with a proposed rule by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they say could threaten this promising industry by unnecessarily increasing costs.

uss new mexico march
1 April 2014

Last weekend, I had the extraordinary experience of joining the Navy for a training exercise known as Ice Exercise (ICEX) to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. military operations in the Arctic and to learn about the region’s strategic value to our country. I’m a great believer in the power of firsthand experience and this trip provided me with invaluable knowledge that will better inform my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Senator Susan Collins
1 April 2014

Imagine being told by a doctor that you have a medical condition that requires invasive, painful, and expensive treatments-with the majority of the cost billed to the Medicare program-only to later learn that these treatments were not medically necessary after all. This is exactly what happened to a retired woman from Michigan who recently testified before the Senate Aging Committee, on which I serve as the Ranking Member.

kale_o_leary
26 March 2014

For my last piece, I'll tell you a little tale that has intrigued me from the time I heard it on my first day of work on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. To begin, I will backtrack to my first story of the Moir Farm and my fourth great-grandfather, Daniel O’Leary.

Senator Susan Collins
19 March 2014

Childcare for working parents is essential to families here in Maine and around the country. For years, the childcare and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG) has assisted low-income parents in affording childcare. The support provided by this program enables parents to obtain safe, reliable, and affordable care for their children while they work or go to school to improve their own skills and education.

otter
18 March 2014

One of the fun activities of winter is the study of wildlife tracks. If you live in the country, you can read tracks in the woods behind your house. If you are lucky enough to make forays into the north woods of Maine, studying animal sign takes on a completely new dimension.

youth team
17 March 2014

No one is sure who loses more sleep worrying about the decisions they have made…..parents or children. Today’s parents have a more difficult time monitoring, disciplining and protecting their children. Social media has created a whole new world and one that is difficult to navigate both for parents and young people. Fortunately the Community Alcohol and Drug Education Team (CADET) and the Power of Prevention Program will host a program for parents on Wednesday, March 26 at the Caribou Middle School.

Macho Chef
14 March 2014

As a man who enjoys the taste of beer, I have on occasion found myself inside of bars.

allagash station
11 March 2014

The Allagash is renowned for its uniqueness in areas like music, stories, wildlife and natural beauty. However, few people know that the Allagash has a few ghost stories up its sleeve as well. Just south from the place where the Michaud Inn once stood and past Twin Brook Rapids, you will encounter a high gravel bank. By paddling with the current you see the bank on the right side of the river. The gravel bank is the only visual indication…unless of course you are traveling at night.

Senator Susan Collins
11 March 2014

The American people are fortunate to have the most abundant and affordable food supply in the world. This bounty is the result of the hard work and initiative of our nation's family farmers.

kale_o_leary
10 March 2014

Over the course of the summer, people ask many questions concerning the history of names, places and campsites that canoeists have encountered along their journey down the Allagash. One of my favorite parts of being an assistant park ranger stationed at the Michaud Farm, is explaining the fascinating local history that has shaped the Allagash region. One of the most common questions is “is there actually a farm here?” Or “what is the Michaud Farm?” (If you haven’t noticed by now, I become pretty excited when people ask me about the history of the Allagash River.)

ANGUS_KING_HS
10 March 2014

Last week [Feb. 25], I had the honor of reading George Washington’s Farewell Address on the floor of the United States Senate. Every year a member of the Senate is selected to read the address - a document which holds tremendous significance to American history. The origins of this practice – one of the Senate’s most steadfast traditions – date back over a hundred years to the darkest hours of the Civil War. In the winter of 1862, pursuant to a petition by Sen.

Senator Susan Collins
3 March 2014

"Oh! The places you'll go! You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights."

ANGUS_KING_HS
27 February 2014

This February, I had the opportunity to join my colleague, Sen. Tim Kaine D-Va., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and fellow member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on a trip to the Middle East. During our time overseas, we traveled to Israel, the West Bank, and Lebanon where we met with embassy staff, foreign dignitaries, military leaders, and others working to provide the region with humanitarian assistance. This was my second trip to the Middle East as a U.S.

matt laroche train feb 24 2014
24 February 2014

Nestled deep in the Maine Woods near the northwest end of Chamberlain Lake sit the rusting hulks of two large steam powered locomotives. The trains are remnants of the industrial revolution in an area so remote that it was more practical to park the engines when operations ended than bring them out of the woods. The lakes and rivers of this great state were once the highways that delivered logs and pulpwood to the mills. These mills, in turn, produced the lumber and paper that fueled development of a prosperous nation.

Senator Susan Collins
18 February 2014

Small businesses are truly the backbone of our nation's economy, creating jobs and opportunity. It might surprise you to learn that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 actually make up the largest percentage of new business owners in the U.S. This has been true for decades, even during the height of the "Dot Com" boom of the 1990s.

ANGUS_KING_HS
11 February 2014

After nearly two years of short-term fixes and back-and-forth negotiations, the 2013 Farm Bill is en route to the White House. The bill, which passed through both chambers of Congress with broad bipartisan support, represents a remarkable shift in our nation’s traditional agriculture policy away from outdated subsidies to more widely available crop insurance.

ANGUS_KING_HS
4 February 2014

On Tuesday night, the President delivered his fifth State of the Union address. Throughout the night, he appeared confident, comfortable, and surprisingly nonpartisan. He was not overly confrontational, and on a number of occasions recognized the value of Republican priorities such corporate tax reform and finding ways to bring businesses back to the U.S. In his remarks, he identified many of the challenges our society continues to confront, especially a weakened middle class, and charted a course for the future direction of the country.

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17 January 2014

LILLE -Roger Parent’s recently released book, “The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer”, relates the story of a country boy’s introduction to the world.   The coming of age in a rural setting, maturing at University, and service in the Peace Corps in Thailand, makes a compelling legacy.

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