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
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
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
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
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, 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
$25 Million Federal Grant for Sarah Long Bridge Replacement
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a $25 million investment that will fund the railroad infrastructure for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project, connecting Kittery with New Hampshire. Earlier this year, Michaud joined Rep. Chellie Pingree in writing to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the grant. Last year, Michaud invited Foxx to visit the bridge so he could get a first-hand understanding of its importance to the region.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:42:53 AM
Rep. Mike Michaud gives Vice President Joe Biden the 'low-down'
Michaud speaks with Vice President about opportunities to strengthen American workforce, including UMaine's 'Bridge-in-a-Backpack' program
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:05:20 AM
New VA Pilot Program to Help Rural Maine Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced that rural veterans in Maine will benefit from a new pilot program that is awarding a $2 million grant to the Maine Department of Labor. The program -- the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) -- was originally included in the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Michaud helped pass the legislation and served as the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee at the time.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:17:06 AM
Mike Michaud's 'Working Class Hero' Award
PORTLAND -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has been recognized by the Southern Maine Labor Council (SMLC) with their Working Class Hero Award. Fellow Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree and SMLC President Douglas Born presented Michaud with the award at the organization's annual Labor Day Breakfast in Portland.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:05:49 AM
Memories of Maine Make for Good Stories
Martha Stevens-David, features writer and also book reviewer at Magic City Morning Star recently released her third book of stories about growing up in Maine.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:02:22 AM
$800,000 EPA Investment for Brownfield Cleanups in Maine
"I'm pleased that so many communities in Maine will benefit from this important investment that allows for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites," said Michaud. "Maximizing the potential of these sites strengthens local economies, lays a solid foundation for growth within a community, and ensures the safety and well-being of residents. I'm looking forward to seeing the positive development that will come from this investment."
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM
Michaud Calls for Displaced Old Town Workers to Receive Trade Adjustment Assistance
We ask that you review this Trade Adjustment Assistance petition as quickly as possible and to help these workers receive the assistance they need to secure work and lessen the negative effects on their financial stability
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:17:53 AM
Minot, Maine Woman Writes 4th Book
This book follows her first two books, "Autobiography of a Simple Soul" in 2011, and "Memories, Another Place, Another Time" in 2012. Mrs. David is also co-wrote Dr. Mary T. Dycio's bestselling book "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine" in 2014. All of these books were published by P.R. Gott Books of Norway, Maine.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:12:15 AM
Nearly $400,000 in Firefighting Grants to Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced nearly $400,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $239,000 for a new tanker truck, used for transporting large amounts of water to emergencies; and the Skowhegan Fire Department will receive nearly $135,000 for self contained breathing apparatuses.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM
Michaud Honored for His Leadership in Promoting Economic Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last year received NADO's Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:10:11 AM
A call for Susan Collins to step up on S.J. Res. 19
Sen. Collins Should Co-Sponsor Constitutional Amendment to Curb Flow of Money in Politics. Amendment Is Historic Step Forward to Reestablishing People's Authority, Restoring Democracy, Reversing Rise of Oligarchy
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Money for Maine: Federal aid and Investments
Department of Labor funding will go toward assisting workers impacted by layoffs at the East Millinocket mill and $400,000 NOAA Investment for Penobscot River Habitat Conservation
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:05:40 AM
Michaud Votes to Pass Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted in favor of legislation that will temporarily fund the Highway Trust Fund, which was otherwise projected to become insolvent by the end of this month. H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, reauthorizes the Highway Trust Fund through May 31, 2015. The bill passed the House of Representatives this evening by a 367-55 vote. Michaud is continuing to call on Republican leadership in the House to address a longer-term funding mechanism and reauthorization of transportation programs, to avoid another funding crisis in less than a year -- when this current bill would expire.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:47:15 PM
Brantley Gilbert "Let it Ride" tour tickets available July 18th
BANGOR, ME - Global Spectrum proudly announces that country rocker, Brantley Gilbert, will perform in Bangor at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, September 28 at 6:30pm. The "Let it Ride" tour will feature Aaron Lewis, lead vocalist and founding member of the rock group Stained, as the opening act along with special guests Chase Bryant and Brian Davis.
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:17:21 AM
Economic Boost for Maine
Grants to Denmark and Sullivan Fire Departments and an investment aware for the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission total almost $300,000.
Jul 9, 2014 - 9:00:30 PM
Day One to open new residential treatment center in mid-Maine
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Day One recently won a bid from Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) to serve youth from all over Maine at a residential treatment program in mid-Maine. Day One currently operates two homes in Southern Maine providing the same services and is Maine's leading agency preventing and treating youth substance abuse with more than 40 years of experience.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
$325,000 in Grants to Bradley and Madison Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department and the Madison Fire Department will receive nearly $325,000 in operations and safety grants through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. FEMA will provide $142,500 to Bradley and $179,835 to Madison to fund new equipment at each department.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:05:02 AM
House Bill Drastic Cuts to Programs Critical to Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. June 10 -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted against an appropriations bill this evening that would dramatically slash funding for a number of services critical to Mainers and the state's economy. The bill, which passed in the House this evening along a largely party-line vote, provides nearly $2 billion less in funding to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) agencies than current funding levels. Services like Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), TIGER grants, and affordable housing programs are among those taking funding cuts.
Jun 13, 2014 - 7:47:39 AM
$187,000 Economic Development Grant for Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo Counties
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced today that the Eastern Maine Development Corporation has received a grant of more than $187,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will go toward development of a strategic plan to assess the economic impact of the loss of major rail services and paper production businesses. The ultimate goal of the project is to attract private investment and spur job growth throughout the region.
Jun 6, 2014 - 9:57:16 AM
Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $70k grant for electronic health records system
AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) was recently awarded a $70,000, three-year grant by HealthInfoNet. The initiative is funded by the State of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services as part of the State Innovation Model Grant and was designed to reimburse agencies for costs associated with implementing an electronic health records system (EHR).
Jun 4, 2014 - 7:10:19 AM
American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) protects constitutional rights
The passage of ALAC in Oklahoma was the culmination of a 3-year effort by Representative Kern that she embarked upon when she learned that SQ755 was likely to run into trouble in the courts. ALAC has now been passed into law in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. A version of ALAC also passed into law for specialty courts in the state of Washington. Moreover, ALAC passed the Alabama legislature overwhelmingly last year as a constitutional amendment and goes to a vote of the people on the ballot in their next statewide election in November.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:20:37 AM
Maine law enforcement 100 cold cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today in support of Maine's grant application for federal funding from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Solving Cold Cases With DNA program. The federal funding would allow Maine to launch a homicide squad dedicated to investigating and solving the state's cold cases. Last month, Michaud announced he was working with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills to secure the funding.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:07:13 AM
$2 Million funding in Maine
Congressman Mike Michaud has announced almost $2 million in funding for Maine
May 29, 2014 - 6:30:11 AM
$3.3 Million in Airport Safety & Infrastructure Funding for Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud has announced that twelve Maine airports will collectively receive more than $3.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Grant Program. Bangor International Airport received the largest share of funding at approximately $1.4 million. Grant funds will be used for a wide variety of projects aimed at improving airport infrastructure, safety, efficiency, and traveler experience.
May 23, 2014 - 7:27:35 AM
Water Resources Bill with Michaud Priorities for Maine Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House voted to pass the bipartisan conference report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The legislation authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port, waterway, and flood control infrastructure needs. Congressman Mike Michaud successfully included a series of provisions for Maine's coastal communities, harbors, businesses and UMaine; and also co-sponsored the legislation.
May 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
State of Maine Finds "Significant Violations of Law" by NOM
After Four-Year Investigation, Ethics Commission Details Sophisticated Illegal Financial Scheme; Recommends Civil Penalties Totaling More than $50,000 and Disclosure of Donors
May 21, 2014 - 12:57:14 AM
$58,000 in Safety Grants to Eddington & Denmark Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud announced today that the Eddington Fire Department and the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department are receiving nearly $58,000 in operations and safety grants. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $34,675 to Eddington and $23,228 to Denmark as part of its Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program.
May 15, 2014 - 9:35:35 AM
Bangor and Princeton Airports $1 Million in Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud has announced that Bangor International Airport and Princeton Municipal Airport are set to receive nearly $1 million in Department of Transportation funding for facility improvements. The grants, which come from the Federal Aviation Administration
May 11, 2014 - 12:25:25 AM
Michaud Visits New Balance Workers at Norridgewock Factory
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud met with New Balance employees today at one of the footwear company's Maine factories, in Norridgewock. Michaud's visit comes one week after he announced that the Department of Defense would ensure that all service members wear American-made athletic footwear, following years of advocacy from Michaud.
May 4, 2014 - 7:40:27 AM
Senate Confirmation of Jon Levy for District Court Judge
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree are praising the successful confirmation of Jon Levy of Maine to serve as District Court Judge in the District of Maine. Levy, who was confirmed by a Senate vote, replaces the Honorable George Z. Singal, who has taken senior status.
May 2, 2014 - 8:22:33 AM
Maine Communities Receive $280,000 in Economic Development Grants
WASHINGTON, DC -- A number of communities across Maine have received planning grants aimed at bolstering economic development and creating jobs across the region. The Economic Development Administration awarded $70,000 to each of the following organizations:
May 2, 2014 - 8:05:12 AM
Michaud Urges Speaker Boehner Not to Abandon Unemployed Americans
House leadership continues to ignore Senate-passed legislation that would bring economic support to nearly 3 million unemployed Americans -- and 9,000 Mainers
Apr 30, 2014 - 3:05:33 AM
Female inmates graduate from Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy
AUGUSTA -- The Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy (CARA) graduated 12 more women who have learned to break the cycle of addiction and reform criminal behavior through this five-week intensive program. Based at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility (KCCF), CARA provides treatment to male and female inmates from areas throughout the state who have long-standing substance abuse issues with a high potential for recidivism, due to their co-occurring disorders and entrenched criminal thinking and lifestyle.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM