10,000 book donation goal for Youth Exploration Society co-founders
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt team has launched a one-for-one campaign. For every book sold, they will donate a book to a child. Their goal is to donate 10,000 books across the United States. The book series currently includes, Botswana (June 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (Oct 2013) and Egypt (Jan 2014). Future adventures in the series will take place in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Tanzania, and the American West. With each expedition, young readers will discover new things about the world--and their place in it--that will stay with them for years to come.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:50:14 AM
Process for Complex VA Claims Examined at House Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing today to examine the VA's process for adjudicating complex disability claims. While the VA has reduced the claims backlog by 34 percent since March 2013, the VA Inspector General continues to find issues with the current process for handling complicated claims. Today's hearing explored options to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the adjudication process.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:33:25 AM
$3.4 Million to Aid Dioceses in Recovery from Natural Disasters
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions awarded nearly $3.4 million in grants to six dioceses and two archdioceses that have been severely impacted by natural disasters in the U.S. The grants were awarded at the Subcommittee's meeting in Baltimore on November 12.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:25:25 AM
December 28 Outreach in downtown Washington DC
These guests receive a warm breakfast and instruction in preparation for the caravanned Journey to downtown Washington DC (at a park 3 blocks away from the White House) to feed, counsel and assist hundreds of homeless individuals and families. Hundreds of those that are socially conscious through social media are expected to attend.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:27:26 AM
Republicans and Democrats Agree: America is Not Safer Today
But Feinstein and Rogers were steadfast in their report to the CNN host. And they are in a position to know: Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Rogers is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Moreover, they backed up their assertion with facts. They pointed out that terrorist attacks and fatalities from terror attacks are "up worldwide" and our enemies are hard at work building more powerful, harder to detect bombs with which to attack us. In addition, there are more Jihadist terrorist organizations today than ever before and Al Qaeda is evolving into a broader, worldwide organization focused on carrying out more numerous, smaller attacks, as opposed to the big event, such as September 11th.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:17:41 AM
Statement on Passing of Jean Michaud
The office of Congressman Mike Michaud issued the following statement today on the passing of Michaud's mother, Jean Michaud
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:20:10 AM
Navy Chaplains Support Philippines Relief Efforts
United States Navy chaplains are stationed all over the globe, supporting not only members from the Department of the Navy, but U.S. service members as a whole. U.S. Navy chaplains don't just provide spiritual guidance; they also help support the well-being of service members during difficult times.
Nov 27, 2013 - 5:27:11 AM
Expert panel to host cross-cultural leadership webinar Dec. 5
Asheville, N.C- Cultural differences between the United States and Asia in leadership and followership will be the topic of a unique global webinar led by Bill Treasurer and other top names in leadership. "Exploring Cross-Cultural Courage" is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Nov 26, 2013 - 5:23:27 AM
Michaud Criticizes VA Construction Process
WASHINGTON, DC -- After approving a bill authorizing major medical facility leases for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the VA's major construction program. Multiple internal and external reviews, including committee hearings, have found serious deficiencies in the management of the VA's construction program, leading to significant cost increases and substantial delays in the design and construction of medical center projects.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:17:44 AM
When Conscience triumphs over Law - HHS Mandate
Washington -- In a significant victory for conscience rights, a federal district court in Pennsylvania November 21 handed down the first decision on the merits in a case by Catholic non-profit organizations challenging the final HHS mandate. The Court found that the mandate's "religious employer 'accommodation' places a substantial burden on Plaintiffs' right to freely exercise their religion," determined that the plaintiffs, the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie and related organizations, are "likely to succeed on the merits" of their claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and issued a preliminary injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS mandate against the plaintiffs.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:15:00 AM
Tickets on sale now for Bangor Jan 3-4 'Monster Jam' Event
Feld Motor Sports is bringing Monster Jam, the world's premier Monster Jam truck series to Cross Insurance Center in January. Tickets start at $27 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 2-12) and will be available Friday, November 22 at 10am at ticketmaster.com, the Cross Insurance Center Box Office, or charge by phone.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:13:42 AM
Emergency Unemployment Compensation due to expire
On December 28th, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will expire if Congress does not renew it. According to the Maine Department of Labor, this expiration would impact between 3,600 and 4,200 of the 16,402 Maine unemployment compensation claimants. EUC provides additional federal unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals who have exhausted all available benefits from their state unemployment compensation programs. Nationally, 1.3 million jobless workers will have their benefits cut off on December 28th.
Nov 22, 2013 - 8:23:14 AM
We Must Boycott Israeli Products and to Hell with Cot Deaths
The new development of "Oxitone" includes a watch like instrument attached to the wrist. Using optical technology, the device reads the pulse and blood oxygen saturation continuously and displays the result on a monitor watch. The result is sent using Bluetooth technology to Smartphones applications and can be set to alert medical centres etc.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:37:16 AM
Denver First Atlanta Last in Airport Healthy Meal Rankings
Denver International Airport soars to the top of the 2013 report for the first time since 2003 with a score of 86 percent. It's a dramatic improvement from 2001, when just 61 percent of its restaurants offered a high-fiber, plant-based option.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:35:15 AM
Rule modification would benefit Maine paper mills
Representatives Mike Michaud and Reid Ribble (R-WI) have sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging it to modify EPA's proposed Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule to expand the types of materials classified as fuels. A bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress signed the letter.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:33:26 AM
Sobriety, spirituality linked for teens in treatment
Study finds increased spirituality in teens associated with abstinence, increased positive social behaviors and reduced narcissism according to a study by researchers from The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Baylor University.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:40:19 AM
This Old House's list of best new home products for 2013
Millinocket, ME (November 8, 2013) -- MAINE HERITAGE TIMBER, New England's leading source for river-reclaimed timber was named a "2013 TOH Top 100 award winner" by This Old House. The third annual The TOH Top 100 features the 100 best new home products of the year. Maine Heritage Timber's river-reclaimed wainscoting and trim was one of twelve listed in the 'Finishing Touches' category to receive the honor.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:35:21 AM
Community gathers to help Ryan Ferguson
Supporters of 29 year-old Ryan Ferguson, who was just released from prison after serving nine years for a murder he did not commit, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on crowdfunding-for-all platform Fundly to help Ferguson start his new life.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:40:43 AM
News from the Catholic Church Nov 13
Latest news from the Catholic Church on the issues of pornography and marriage - collections and distributions for the poor, and the approval of U.S. Spanish-language missal with appropriate adaptations, adding adaptations to the marriage ceremony and on proposed English-language translations of the Order of Celebrating Marriage and the Order of Confirmation
Nov 13, 2013 - 7:55:25 AM
Grid Exercise to Conceal, Not Illuminate, Dangerous National Vulnerabilities?
Mr. Franks, the Co-Chairman of the House Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Caucus, observed: "We note that the industry has often issued such casual assurances when confronted with evidence -- including that contained in no fewer than five different federal government studies in recent years -- that a sustained blackout would be catastrophic. Rather than address this conclusion forthrightly and ensure that corrective actions are taken to prevent such an event, or at least minimize its likelihood, NERC and many of the utilities it represents have historically tried to deflect attention and trivialize the threat."
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:07:03 AM
Obama's 50 million Americans in poverty
According to political strategist Michael Baker, the only time Obama and his minions discuss jobs and the economy is when there is a scandal or Obamacare's website is malfunctioning or Obama is caught lying to Americans or misleading them.
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:47:35 AM
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company, Michaud and Pingree Request Congressional Review of Acadia Concessions Contract. Express concern over impacts of federal shutdown and proposed out-of-state concessions contract on Acadia National Park
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:53:17 PM
Immigration and ENDA - Catholic Bishops Perspective
In letters to the government, Catholic Bishops expressed concerned about Government action on immigration, which is a challenge that has confounded our nation for years and noted that ENDA goes beyond prohibiting unjust discrimination and poses several problems.
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:47:25 PM
Applebee's FREE Thank You Meal for the nation's veterans Nov 11
This Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, Applebee's is once again continuing the tradition the brand started five years ago by thanking our nation's veterans and active duty military and inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee's for a FREE Thank You Meal. Applebee's expects to serve more than 1 million FREE meals from its special Veterans Day menu of seven signature entrees like the 7 oz. House Sirloin.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:40:10 AM
Maine's Adam Cote Honored at White House
On Nov 5, 2013 the White House honored 12 local heroes as "Champions of Change" at an event that celebrated American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are doing extraordinary work to advance clean energy and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities. Adam Cote of Sanford, the CEO and Cofounder of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, was among those honored.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:35:12 AM
Electric Industry' Grid Vulnerability
Washington, DC: On Sunday night October 27th, National Geographic aired an alarming, and most timely, new docu-drama entitled, "American Blackout." It explores the trauma that would be experienced by the United States and its people should there be a prolonged nationwide blackout caused by a major disruption to the nation's power grid. In mid-November, the real test of the grid will take place when 100 electric utilities and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) participate in a nationwide exercise dubbed GridEx II that is supposed to demonstrate how well the grid can cope with significant disruptions.
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:53:10 AM
Maine to receive $33,784,000
$33 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding has been releassed for the state of Maine
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:51:47 AM
Extend and Expand New Market Tax Credit
Unless Congress acts to extend the NMTC, businesses and communities across the country will lose an important source of capital. With a fragile economic recovery still under way, now is not the time to cut off this critical source of financing. As such, we ask that you support action to provide an indefinite authorization and additional annual credit authority for the New Markets Tax Credit.
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:13:40 AM
Call for Advanced VA Funding -- H.R. 813
The VA currently receives its health care budget a year in advance, and Michaud and Miller's bill would ensure that the remaining VA budget is treated the same way. The bill would also bring commonsense budget reform to the VA by ensuring that the resources needed are in place in order to care for our veterans.
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:57:09 AM
Bill Impacting Maine Forest Roads Passes Committee
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has passed a bill Representative Mike Michaud cosponsored to preserves EPA's policy (adopted in 1976) that treats forest roads as nonpoint sources under the Clean Water Act. The legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, has strong bipartisan support because it codifies the EPA's successful policy that forest roads are best regulated through state-adopted Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:47:54 AM
Passage of Bill to Address VA's Claims Backlog
WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2189) designed to help the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) accomplish its goal of eliminating its claims backlog by 2015. The legislation incorporates provisions from a number of bills that were announced by members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee earlier this year as part of a 10 bill legislative package led by Representative Mike Michaud, the committee's top Democrat.
Oct 29, 2013 - 2:07:48 AM
Hidden Dangers of Halloween Colored Contact Lenses
It is against the law to purchase or sell contact lenses without a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. While the illegal purchase of colored-contacts occurs year-round, the amount heightens around Halloween when people want to create a unique eye-color for their costume. "The contacts are fun and fairly cheap, so thousands of people are buying them. The problem is that people are unaware that contacts that are not prescribed by an eye doctor are likely to cause damaging effects on your eyes," explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, the world's leading ophthalmologist and board- certified physician.
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:35:58 PM
New Book about Latvians Displaced by World War II
Recently I received publicity material from Ventis and John Plume concerning a recently completed historical record of the trials and tribulations of Latvians displaced during the Second World War. The Book Title is 'Insula: Island of Hope'. According to the material provided, they themselves spent four years of their young lives in Insula, a camp for Latvian displaced persons after WWII. They have since compiled stories of their peers and placed them into this new book, the foreword for which was written by Dr. Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia.
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:20:57 AM
By-passing PC: ACT! for America's "The Thin Blue Line Project"
It's my great pleasure to announce the launch of a project we've been working on for over a year -- one that could change the course of anti-terrorism strategies and tactics! We call it "ACT! for America Education's Thin Blue Line Project." Unfortunately, thanks to suffocating political correctness in our country, most law enforcement professionals aren't getting the information, materials and training they need to effectively understand and fight Islamist terrorism.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:15:12 AM
Martha Stevens-David, Ghost Writer for Dr. Mary Dycio's Autobiography
Daniel Hartill of the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal interviewed the good Doctor on Monday 21, 2013 and published the interview under the title: 91-year-old Auburn woman recalls youth in occupied Ukraine. Near the beginning of the article there is a photograph of Martha Stevens-David with Dr. Mary Dycio and her dog Sultun. The photograph was taken on the edge of Taylor Pond in Auburn on Monday afternoon. (Apparently Sultan disappeared in the woods for an hour after the interview which just capped off the perfect day).
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:13:29 AM
Michaud Includes Maine Priorities in House-passed Water Resources Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which is a bipartisan bill that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, flood protection and environmental restoration. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill. The House bill passed by a vote of 417-3.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:10:31 AM
$2 Million Investment in Brunswick
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in Brunswick is being awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. The U.S Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project, while $1.3 is being provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The funding was made possible through a collaborative Make it in America Challenge, which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training and domestic business expansion.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:42:11 AM
Maine Chastises Congress for Spendthrift Debt-Limit Deal
ME State Director Carol Weston said, "Spending is the problem. Borrowing more without curbing the spending will continue to hurt jobs and the economy. In order to take the steps necessary in getting spending and our debt crisis under control we must address the root cause of our rising debt through spending reforms. There are opportunities for common-sense, reasonable reductions and reforms that will help save billions of tax payer dollars."
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:23:14 AM
The Story of Fallen American hero Danny Dietz
Labeled an American hero by President George Bush and retired Admiral Donald C. Winter, the life of Danny Dietz demonstrates that long before the Trident was pinned to his chest, he exhibited the coveted virtues so clearly stated in the Navy SEAL ethos. From his stories of youth, from the values instilled, Americans will be inspired to embrace a life of virtue which only a few dare to live. Americans will witness the timeless values that comprise our freedom.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:20:31 AM
Michaud Urges Army to Support National Guard
Representative Mike Michaud has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in sending a letter to Army leaders, as they begin to prepare the Quadrennial Defense Review, urging them not to cut the National Guard and Reserve component budget and personnel disproportionately when compared to the Active Duty. The letter addresses concerns brought to Michaud's attention by Brigadier General James D. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard.
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:15:22 AM