21 April 2015

MAINE - Our senior citizens helped build this great country and state. As your Congressman this is something I will never forget or take for granted.

10 April 2015

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS - Kim Salerno, president and founder of, offers the following tips for pet owners interested in traveling with their four-legged companions:

fishing march 24 2014
2 April 2015

MAINE - "Hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities are tremendously important in Maine – historically, culturally, and economically. The outdoors is an inseparable part of our heritage, and recreation serves as a valuable economic driver in the state. And with three Maine sportsmen’s shows during the month of March – in Augusta, Orono, and Presque Isle – there’s no better time to celebrate our connection to the great outdoors.

31 March 2015

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAYA winter excursion to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) can be a truly rewarding experience. Ice fishermen and winter campers that visit the waterway will encounter sights and sounds that are unique to a wintertime trip.

25 March 2015

FORT KENT - As the editor over here at the Fiddlehead Focus, one of my many tasks is to format the website to archive stories in relevant categories, so I am choosing to put my little piece about last Friday's Mother/Son dance in the sports category.

18 March 2015

FORT KENT – My editor Melanie and I had an awesome idea for a Fiddlehead Focus story. Why not order a box of each type of Girl Scout cookies available, eat them all at her house, and report on which were our favorites?

Macho Chef
12 February 2015

Valentine's Day is here, and just like Mrs. Chef's birthday and our wedding anniversary, the holiday has filled me with dread as I tried to figure out what to give her. Experienced husbands know there are certain days that women have specifically designed to evoke a deer-in-the-headlights response from normally confident and competent men; and by confident and competent, I mean the men who can tie their own shoelaces, usually.

19 September 2014

America’s small banks and credit unions didn’t cause the recession of 2008, yet they’re being regulated as if they did. These misplaced regulations are slowing economic growth, and Congress needs to provide our small financial institutions with some relief.

Senator Susan Collins
17 September 2014

As Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, an issue I care deeply about is whether older Americans will have the financial resources they need to be secure in retirement. After four decades in the workforce, seniors should be confident they will have the money they need to pay their bills and enjoy their retirement, without fearing they will be overtaken by debt and fall into poverty.

12 September 2014

If our students are going to keep up in a rapidly changing world, we need to think about education in new and bold ways.

Senator Susan Collins
8 September 2014

Here in Maine, a popular saying is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” However, as we saw with the recent flash flooding that southern Maine experienced in August, we are all well aware that extreme weather can be dangerous. 

While most of Mother Nature’s powers can be anticipated, such as a hurricane or a snowstorm, we sometimes have little or no time to prepare for severe weather.

Senator Susan Collins
22 August 2014

Every summer, I have the pleasure of welcoming to Washington four outstanding high school students from Maine—our state’s delegates to Boys and Girls Nation. This summer, Muna Mohamed of Lewiston, Helen Zhang of Bangor, Jordan Soper of Blue Hill, and Adam Fortier-Brown of Randolph joined delegates from throughout the country for an invaluable week-long experience in citizenship and government.

lynx aug 12 2014
12 August 2014

An Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) canoe expedition is truly a trip back in time. The waterway is much the same today as it was when Henry David Thoreau visited the area 150 years ago. The Allagash headwater lakes are lined with huge white pine and spruce that dominate the shorelines and the river is subject to the never-ending sound of moving water as it rushes to the sea. These are just some of the sights and sounds of nature that one will experience on an AWW canoe trip.

Senator Susan Collins
8 August 2014

When a senior becomes ill and is admitted into the hospital, it can be a very scary and trying time for them and their loved ones. They will, no doubt, have many questions for their doctors and nurses and will want to know, among other things, what is wrong with them, what types of medical tests will be conducted, what courses of treatment will be required, and most important, when they will be stable enough to return home. 

5 August 2014

Imagine a bustling scene of friends and neighbors sorting through piles of fresh vegetables, artisan cheeses and farm-raised meats. In most places throughout America, that would be a quaint but unrealized dream. But in Maine, we call that a Saturday at the farmers market.

Farmers markets have deep roots in New England. Our farmers have been carting their goods to town since colonial times, and that proud tradition is carried on with vigor here in Maine.

Sen. Susan Collins
25 July 2014

A year after a freight train carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil derailed—killing 47 people in the small, picturesque town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which is beginning to heal. The devastation was unimaginable, the loss was unthinkable, and the wounds are still very raw for the residents of this town, just 30 miles from the western Maine border, and for people in our state and around the world.

25 July 2014

How do we respect and enhance the freedom of expression enshrined in the first amendment while protecting the government from being corrupted by the unchecked flow of money to public officials?

We have wrestled with this problem for well over a 100 years through periodic scandals and periodic corrections, new laws and new ways to evade those laws. But, as I observed at a Senate Rules Committee hearing on July 23, we have never seen anything like what is happening today.

18 July 2014

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.

Senator Susan Collins
14 July 2014

Medicare is critical to our nation, providing health coverage for more than 54 million American seniors and disabled individuals. Given its paramount importance, as well as the looming financial insolvency the program faces, it is simply unacceptable that improper payments are continuing to soar in the Medicare program.

These improper payments waste taxpayer dollars while compromising the financial integrity of the Medicare program and undermining our ability to provide needed health care services to those who depend on this vital program.

lighthouse july 11 2014
11 July 2014

Scattered throughout Maine’s thousands of miles of jagged coastline are more than 60 lighthouses. These iconic symbols of our state’s rugged beauty and maritime heritage are more than just postcard-worthy buildings—for hundreds of years, they have helped seafarers navigate our rocky shores.

From Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine’s lighthouses serve as indispensable beacons of safety up and down our coast, guiding sailors, fishermen, and recreational boaters home. Some of these impressive structures are almost as old as America itself.

Syndicate content