"Redeployment" by Phil Klay wins 2015 Chautauqua Prize
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq's Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House and elsewhere. Redeployment is his first book.
May 20, 2015 - 8:10:34 AM
Bradley to Host Alewife Festival May 30th
From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 30th the public is invited to witness the annual alewife run in Blackman Stream at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Fishway. Alewives are the foundation of the food chain. Everything eats them from predator fish, to minks, raccoons, and otters to cod, tuna, and whales in the Gulf of Maine. They are an anadromous fish meaning they spend the majority of their life in the ocean, but they return as adults to freshwater lakes and ponds to spawn. After living at sea for four years, alewives enter Maine's rivers and streams in May.
May 15, 2015 - 6:26:48 AM
27,000 patrons in 2 weeks at Cross Insurance Center Bangor
In the back to back weeks, events hosted included the 2 day Dennis Paper & Food Service Show, 4 different Monster Jam performances, 3 days of the Bangor Comic and Toy Convention, the Walgreens Bangor Baby Expo, 7 shows of the Anah Shrine Circus, the Bangor Parks and Recreation Mother/Son Dance, as well as 4 other separate meetings.
May 6, 2015 - 8:43:30 PM
Protect Israel Update
"This is nothing short of a historic win for the U.S.-Israel relationship and a hammer blow to the BDS movement--a campaign solely dedicated to the delegitimization and isolation of our ally Israel," said Roskam. "I strongly support free trade negotiations with the EU, but we must also confront the disturbing, rising tide of BDS activity from countries across Europe. This measure will make combating these boycotts a principal trade objective of the United States in our negotiations with the EU and send a clear message that countries seeking free trade with the United States cannot participate in politically-motivated economic warfare against Israel"
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:24:01 AM
U.S. Navy Reserve Celebrates Its Centennial
The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd. "Our Centennial commemoration is a truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to highlight the Reserve Sailors for their service, and that of their families, to America." said, Vice Admiral Robin Braun. "We want to recognize our rich history and heritage with all of our Sailors, both past and present."
Feb 28, 2015 - 10:08:20 PM
C4I America Expands U.S. Markets - Israel: The Prophetic Connection
C4I America expands its reach with three LeSEA Television stations picking up Israel: The Prophetic Connection. The stations begin airing the program in March and include LeSEA's top markets of Indianapolis (WHMB-TV), New Orleans (WHMO-TV), and Tulsa (KWHB-TV). A fourth market of West Palm Beach (WFGC-TV), enhancing the shows' already strong viewership in Florida, begins airing in May. Additionally in May, The NRB Network, on Direct-TV, will be adding it to their lineup, giving the program national exposure.
Feb 12, 2015 - 9:52:27 PM
The Catholic and Evangelical Alliance - "The Stream"
WASHINGTON --- Evangelical religious broadcaster James Robison and Catholic scholar and author Jay Richards have partnered to create a new online media outlet called The Stream. The site -- stream.org -- is a national daily championing freedom, smaller government and human dignity. One of The Stream's goals is bringing evangelicals, Catholics and other people of faith together around shared concerns about the direction of the country.
Jan 28, 2015 - 9:59:15 PM
Muslims Must Leave the West or Kill the Westerners
The jihadis featured in the video implore Muslims to make "Hijra" and emigrate to lands controlled by the Islamic State. But if Muslims do not emigrate, Abu Maryam (holding a machine gun and a machete) reminds them, "Indeed you have been ordered to fight the Kafir [unbeliever/non-Muslim] wherever you find him" and encourages Muslims in the West to attack civilians in their home countries. The article which was received in the regular ACT for America Newsletter had a different title which was reproduced at the top of the article. To read the full report and see the videos go to the original article at FrontPage Magazine
Dec 3, 2014 - 7:47:14 AM
Life-Altering Technology to Paralyzed Patients
BioAccel, the nation's premier non-profit medical technology incubator, has teamed with MakerStaker.com to provide patients who have paralyzing spinal cord injuries with technology that has helped nearly 20 study participants begin to regain their independence.
Dec 2, 2014 - 9:13:10 PM
Michaud & Pingree Announce Two USDA Farm to School Grants for Maine
RSU 18 in Oakland and Healthy Acadia in Bar Harbor will use funding to expand access to local foods for students. RSU 18 in Oakland will receive $44,213 and Healthy Acadia in Bar Harbor will receive $100,000.
Dec 2, 2014 - 8:50:31 PM
Private Citizens' Right to Celebrate Christmas in the Public Square
Nativity scenes will appear in nine State Capitols this Christmas -- five of them due to the work of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm.
Nov 28, 2014 - 6:40:50 AM
Two New "Unbroken Soldiers" Videos Pay Honor to Disabled Veterans
Through the network's continued partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), INSP has produced two new short films in its critically-acclaimed and award-winning MOMENTS series. The documentaries, "Unbroken Soldiers: Jason Courneen," and "Unbroken Soldiers: Bobby Barrera," pay tribute to wounded veterans and their families, and will premiere on both INSP and Moments.org on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:12:32 AM
Darlene Briggs 2014 Woman of the Year
Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation's largest boat owners' association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:05:12 AM
Congress Urged To Protect Programs That Help the Poor and Vulnerable
WASHINGTON--The U.S. bishops stand ready to work with Congress "to protect poor and vulnerable people, promote human life and dignity, and advance the common good," said the bishops who chair two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a November 17 letter to Congress. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, urged Congressional leaders to draw a "circle of protection" around programs serving the poor and vulnerable as they weigh spending and tax legislation.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:02:43 AM
CAIR: An Officially Designated Terrorist Organization
Over the weekend a blockbuster development hit the news wires: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a wealthy OPEC nation in the Persian Gulf, released a list of 86 organizations that it has designated as terrorist organizations. Number 59 on the list was none other than the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's most active Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:23:08 AM
Giving to Evangelical Churches and Ministries Outpaces Giving to Secular Charities
WINCHESTER, Va. -- ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) today announced in its 5th Annual State of Giving Report that annual cash charitable giving to ECFA-accredited organizations increased 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. It reflects total cash donations of $11.6 billion in 2013, an increase from the previous year's $10.9 billion.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:20:45 AM
Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia
WASHINGTON--The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a"joyful moment," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM
Hostile lawyers try to upend 297-year-old tradition
"It takes a particularly Scroogelike view of the law to think that millions of dollars meant to help the sick and the poor ought to line the pockets of class action lawyers instead," said Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Federal pension law is meant to protect the weak, not enrich the strong."
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM
Navy Photo Archives Storage Improvement Phase Completed
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) recently completed the second phase of renovations to its extensive photo archives NHHC Officials announced Nov. 13. This part of the renovation included extensive storage improvement and shelving replacement for the archives' special and donated collections, and is part of a multi-phased effort to re-house the NHHC Photo Archives' entire collection. The first phase, completed late in 2013, included similar improvements to the archives section containing the Naval Subject Collection.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:05:27 AM
International Relations Expert to Speak at Thomas College Nov 17th
Thomas College Academic Dean James D. Libby announced that international relations and ethics expert Yvonne R. Davis, President and CEO of Davis World Training, will be a guest speaker at Thomas College at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 17 in a Principles of International Business course. Davis is a former appointee of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and her client list ranges from Exxon-Mobile to the National Football League. Davis will be available for media interviews following her speech.
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:27:32 PM
Court Rejects Atheist Attack
"When a group of atheists tries to cajole the IRS into raising taxes on churches, it's bound to raise some eyebrows. The court was right to send them packing."
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:23:02 PM
Bates College Service of Lessons and Carols Dec 7
LEWISTON, Maine -- In an annual tradition at Bates College, a Service of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season of the Christian faith will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel, 275 College St. Sponsored by Bates' Multifaith Chaplaincy, the service is open to the community. For more information, please call 207-786-8272.
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10:13 AM
Jihad Denial in the USA by ACT for America
At ACT for America we refuse to submit to the conventional wisdom and ignore the clear evidence of violent Jihad and the just as dangerous civilizational Jihad currently being waged inside America. We throw political correctness into the garbage where it belongs and call a spade a spade.
Nov 2, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM
$10 Million Federal Investment in Front Street Shipyard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Michaud is praising a $10 million investment from USDA Rural Development to support boat-building operations at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Earlier this year, Michaud announced a $1.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Belfast. That investment allowed for the improvement of Front Street and the continued development of the Front Street Shipyard.
Oct 29, 2014 - 5:57:23 AM
Mothers learning to parent from prison
How do you maintain a relationship with your children if you're incarcerated? It's a matter few people consider, but for many women at the Southern Maine Re-entry Center (SMRC) in Alfred, that daunting question is a reality. Support arrived this summer in the form of G.E.A.R. Parent Network's new Parenting and Caregiving After Prison series, and as one woman put it, "I now know I can make it through this [experience] and still be a mom."
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:33:31 AM
The Gay Agenda : To Destroy Democracy
The city of Coeur d'Alene is threatening to throw the owners of a wedding chapel in jail for 180 days and fine them $1,000 per day, for every day that they continue to hold true to their Christian faith.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:45:12 AM
Maine Receives $35 Million in Federal Funds to Help Families with Energy Costs
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Maine will receive more than $35 million in federal funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program assists qualifying families with their home heating and energy costs during the winter.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:54:29 AM
FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors
Oakland, CA -- On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for millions of dollars for illegally deducting from their wages FedEx's business costs, such as FedEx branded uniforms, FedEx scanners, and lost or damaged packages, and for overtime compensation, and penalties.
Oct 10, 2014 - 10:15:28 PM
Catholic Disappointment With Supreme Court's Action
WASHINGTON .. The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB's Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.
Oct 10, 2014 - 10:00:32 PM
New Funding for Maine's Rural Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced this afternoon a new federal grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist rural Maine veterans. The $50,000 grant to the Maine VFW will help provide transportation for about 1,100 veterans in Piscataquis County.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:17:30 AM
American Citizens Fighting Back for Equal Political Rights
KNOXVILLE -- After canceling a town hall meeting at the request of Muslim activists, a Tennessee school district and two school officials have settled a lawsuit over the public's right to voice concerns about the growing acceptance of Islamic law, known as Sharia law, spreading through American communities. The settlement was finalized Wednesday evening when the district approved a policy barring school officials from selectively determining which subjects can be discussed by members of the public using school facilities.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:15:33 AM
Recent Economic Successes in Aroostook County
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is highlighting a series of economic success stories in Aroostook County as examples of formulas for protecting and strengthening Maine's industrial communities. This morning, J.D. Irving opened a new sawmill in Nashville Plantation, which boasts state-of-the-art technology and brings critical upgrades to the region's rail infrastructure. About 60 new jobs have been created at the sawmill, and J.D. Irving estimates another 125 hires over the next two years for its Maine woodlands and sawmill operations.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:10:11 AM
$800,000 Federal Grant for Acadia National Park
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced an $800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to the Maine Department of Transportation. The funding will go toward continued planning and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center Intermodal Facility and the Acadia National Park Welcome Center. The intermodal facility will boost access to the Island Explorer transit system, a nationally recognized propane-powered bus system which has had a significant impact reducing the effects of congestion and pollution in Acadia National Park
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:52:02 AM
Senate Joint Resolution 19
Senator Ted Cruz is leading the charge against this measure. S.J. Res 19 will allow Congress, for the first time, ever, to begin regulating political speech. Mr. Obama and his liberal allies don't like being confronted by groups like the U.S. Justice Foundation. They hate the idea that ordinary citizens can band together and run political ads, distribute leaflets, and even stage protests.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:45:55 AM
Benghazi Panel Begins Hearings
ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Today, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07:41 AM
Commemoration of 9/11 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
Army General Charles 'Chuck' Jacoby, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Commander, opened the ceremony at the iconic Cold War-era installation by welcoming the distinguished visitors and asking the crowd to rise and recognize all of the first responders present.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:15:26 AM
Michaud Discusses His Principles for VA Reform with Secretary McDonald
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, met this morning with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss reforms that will improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and their families. Michaud released the following statement after today's meeting:
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:10:01 AM
Rep. Michaud Responds to President Obama's National Address on ISIS
"I support the President's plans to expand airstrikes against ISIS targets. It's also a positive sign that the President is asking for Congressional authority to arm and train forces within Syria to fight members of ISIS in their country, as this is clearly beyond the current scope of our operations. I will be attending a classified briefing tomorrow for Members of Congress, and I expect we will receive more comprehensive details that will be necessary as we consider the President's request.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:00:38 AM
World's First Ranking Site for the Comic Book Universe
Los Angeles, CA -- September 9, 2014 -- Ranker.com, the world's number one platform for crowdsourced rankings of everything, is proud to announce the launch of Ranker Comics, an online hub for all things comics and the world's most epic fan wars. The new subsite within Ranker.com will be published in collaboration with TheRealStanLee.com, Stan Lee's World of Heroes, Comikaze Expo, and POW! Entertainment. It will consist of crowdsourced and votable rankings of every aspect of the Comic Book universe, from "Best Marvel Villains" to "15 Crazy Superhero Bitchslaps."
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:57:28 AM
Rep. Michaud, Speaker Eves Discuss Maine Seniors
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud met with Speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves to discuss ways members of the state's Congressional delegation could support state efforts to help seniors age safely and comfortably in their homes and communities. Eves briefed Rep. Michaud on his "KeepME Home" initiative, which aims to create affordable housing for seniors across Maine, strengthen in-home care, and expand property tax credits for seniors.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:47:30 AM