12 June 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This month, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro accepted my invitation to travel to Maine to see firsthand how organizations in our state tackle the very important issue of runaway and youth homelessness.

12 June 2015

A mother's letter to her graduating son:

Dear Nic,

You are graduating from high-school tonight, and I love you.

8 June 2015

FORT KENT - On Tuesday, folks in SAD 27 will be voting on the district budget for our schools, and the ugly response by some people is unnecessary.

1 June 2015

FORT KENT - As a journalist for Fiddlehead Focus, I have had the privilege of taking part in many wonderful community experiences in the St. John Valley, although I have mostly done so from the sidelines as a photographer / note-keeper / interviewer. On Thursday, May 28, I was fortunate enough to participate in a new way: judging some five to ten-year-old Maine School Administrative District No. 27 (MSAD No. 27) students who made history by competing in Maine's first ever Jr. LEGO League Expo at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK).

Senator Susan Collins
29 May 2015

MAINE - If you could get a return of $27 for every one dollar that you invested in a company, you would jump at the chance. According to United States Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, that is exactly the return we get for every federal dollar that is spent on apprenticeship training programs.

22 May 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Throughout our history, Americans have joined together to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. This Memorial Day, let us continue that sacred ritual by paying tribute to those who gave their lives to preserve and protect this great Nation.

22 May 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Throughout our history, Americans have joined together to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. This Memorial Day, let us continue that sacred ritual by paying tribute to those who gave their lives to preserve and protect this great Nation.

15 May 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is dangerous to the United States and to the rest of the world – and diplomacy that leads to an agreement that blocks Iran’s ability to become a nuclear weapon state is, as it always has been, the preferred way for the U.S. and the international community to achieve its objective.

12 May 2015

AROOSTOOK COUNTY - I ran a surprise 5K race this weekend. The “race” part was the surprise, because I didn't pay much attention when registering for the event. I was most likely distracted by my happiness to take part in a fundraiser which supports the Summit Project, a living memorial honoring fallen service members from Maine who have died since Sept. 11, 2001.

8 May 2015

MAINE - One of the greatest privileges I enjoy while serving Maine in the United States Senate is the opportunity to meet outstanding young people from our state who have devoted part of their busy lives to carrying on Maine’s strong tradition of community service. I always come away from these meetings inspired by their commitment and encouraged for the future of our State and our nation.

Senator Susan Collins
29 April 2015

Personal care products include an extensive range of goods from shampoo to lotion, make-up to antiperspirants, which are widely used by American consumers of all ages every day. Under current law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has surprisingly very little authority to act and protect consumer safety when it comes to personal care products.

24 April 2015

Last summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet – and really, the whole country – by storm. The money raised most certainly had a tremendous impact, but the debilitating effects of this terrible disease linger on.

But thankfully, the ALS Community got some good news from the U.S. Senate.

Senator Susan Collins
21 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 10th Annual Geriatrics Day Conference at Maine Medical Center in Portland. The fact that this is often a sold-out conference with a waiting list illustrates the importance of aging issues to medical professionals throughout our State. With Maine being the oldest state in the nation by median age, the active involvement of health care providers is essential, and it was an honor to meet with them.

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.

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