2 July 2015

FORT KENT - Chief Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department (FKPD) would like to remind ATV enthusiasts to exercise caution in light of a recent dirt bike collision with a town truck. The Chief is also seeking the public's help to locate some pellet gun suspects.

2 July 2015

The Vitrail CDJ: beyond the rearview mirror (Translated from French)

Each year, I take the opportunity to visit the Vitrail CDJ during their open house. I can not only visit the site, awesomely decorated with artistic creations, but I can also visit with the people. Those people who make sure that the Vitrail CDJ is a truly unique institution, albeit sometimes overlooked, and, sadly, often poorly perceived.

26 June 2015

The American spirit was born on July 4th, 1776, when 56 patriots gathered in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence they had crafted with care and forged by vigorous debate was considered an act of high treason against a king. At the same time, it was an act of supreme loyalty to the highest aspirations of mankind – the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

23 June 2015

MAINE - For years, hard-working Maine companies, such as Hardwood Products and Puritan Companies of Guilford, have been penalized by ObamaCare’s medical device tax.

19 June 2015

FORT KENT - Dads often have the best advice, even when we think they do not. My father loves to tease/remind me that when I was a little girl, I thought he knew everything... when I was a teenager I thought he knew nothing... and when I grew up, I came around and actually thought he knew quite a bit.

12 June 2015

FORT KENT – In the first installment of the new Fiddlehead Focus column From the Chief's Desk, Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier sends congratulations to St. John Valley graduating seniors along with a reminder for all to be safe and use good judgment during commencement weekend.

12 June 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this spring, the U.S. Capitol was flooded by a sea of purple shirts. These thousands of visitors arrived from every corner of the country to raise awareness about the far-reaching effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A group of those advocates from Maine stopped by my office to discuss the need to support continued funding and research. I was struck by their stories, their dedication to finding a cure, and their love and compassion for the patients and family members who care for them.

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.

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