Michaud Recognizes Maine Law Enforcement during National Police Week
Representative Mike Michaud recognized National Police week by submitting a Congressional Record statement honoring Maine law enforcement. Michaud joined New England law enforcement officers to attend the 25th annual candlelight vigil sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
May 15, 2013 - 7:33:14 PM
HUD Grants Lewiston Fire Victims Flexibility to Obtain Housing Quickly
Representative Mike Michaud has informed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Peter Kovar that the agency has approved a measure to help many of the Lewiston fire victims obtain alternative housing more quickly.
May 12, 2013 - 12:17:40 AM
May 7th - Maine to Host Rally for Economic Freedom
Americans for Prosperity Maine will host a Rally for Economic Freedom in Maine next Tuesday, May 7. The rally will take place at 9:45AM at the Maine State Capitol Plaza and feature remarks from Scott Moody, CEO, Maine Heritage Policy Center and Scott Lansley, Maine Taxpayers United as well as Carol Weston, Americans for Prosperity Maine State Director and event host.
May 3, 2013 - 6:27:59 AM
Michaud Reintroduces Coastal Island Bill
Wilderness lands are open to the public for activities such as wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, boating, photography, hunting, fishing, research and non-motorized recreation. During the refuge planning process, several issues came up about how a wilderness designation would impact public safety, private landowner access, and adjacent activities, such as aquaculture and commercial fishing. These issues were dealt with in the refuge's comprehensive conservation plan and are specifically addressed in the wilderness designation under Michaud's bill.
Apr 28, 2013 - 5:15:19 AM
New Director of Crisis Services
Richard E. Chammings, LCSW, has served as manager, team leader, and adult outpatient clinician at Tri-County Mental Health Services and Clinical Director at ESM, Inc. With an extensive background in developing assessment tools, treatment plans, and clinical policy and procedures, Chammings has more than 25 years working with inpatient, outpatient, residential and crisis mental health services.
Apr 26, 2013 - 5:28:18 AM
$25,000 grant for Acadia National Park
The $25,000 grant is through the National Park Foundation's America's Best Idea Program, which is supported in part by LL Bean. Inspired by the Ken Burns documentary on our national parks, the grant program works to connect underserved populations with the country's parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official nonprofit charity of the park system.
Apr 24, 2013 - 8:17:31 PM
Photograph of the Week: 2013 Congressional Art Competition Winner for Maine
Apr 14, 2013 - 12:02:51 AM
Michaud Announces Art Competition Winner for 2013
"It's always impressive to see how many Maine students possess such a high level of artistic talent," said Michaud. "I appreciate and admire all of the students who submitted entries this year. I'd like to thank the Maine Arts Commission for their continued dedication to this annual event and the critical role they play in the selection of the winners. Brianna's wonderful collage will bring some much-needed Maine-made artwork to our nation's capital."
Apr 12, 2013 - 9:23:56 AM
Americans for Prosperity Maine Expresses Opposition to Medicaid Expansion Bill
AUGUSTA -- Americans for Prosperity Maine is announcing its opposition to a bill that would expand Medicaid in the state. The expansion would come as part of a "deal" wherein the federal government would pay for some of the coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:26:57 AM
Private Wilderness Getaway Near Lincoln, Maine, up for Sale
United Country -- McPhail Realty of Lincoln, Maine, is offering a private wilderness property with two recently constructed post-and-beam homes to the public. This approximately 131-acre find on Gates Pond is located about seven miles south of Lincoln and about 40 miles from Bangor, Maine.
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:22:38 AM
Delegation Fights to Keep BGR Tower Open 24-7
WASHINGTON, DC -- Maine's entire congressional delegation sent letters to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta expressing their strong opposition to the FAA's possible elimination of the overnight shift at the Bangor International Airport (BGR) Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT).
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:29:34 PM
Michaud Sends Letter Supporting Medicaid Expansion to Maine Legislature
"As a result of Maine's long track record of ensuring access to health care, the Medicaid expansion will reward the state for its past generosity and make it easier to maintain the coverage that is already in place. Maine is one of eight states that would actually save money by participating in the expansion," wrote Michaud. "In order to achieve these savings, however, the state has to partner with the federal government and fully implement the Affordable Care Act."
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:22:47 PM
Michaud Urges State to Accept Medicaid Funding
"The vast majority of people benefitting from the expansion are currently employed, but work in jobs that are low wage and do not provide health insurance," said Michaud. "A diverse coalition is fighting for this funding because they know it will result in health insurance for thousands of Mainers, reduced health care costs, and economic opportunities critical to our state."
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:29:18 PM
Crisis & Counseling Centers New Director of Development and Public Relations
Randy Moser has been with the agency for three years as its Marketing Manager and has a background in journalism, internet marketing and public relations. He holds a BA from the University of Southern Maine and master's degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Mar 31, 2013 - 12:10:33 AM
Portland, March 23 - "Remembering Darien" - 3rd Annual Walk
"Remembering Darien" is a non-profit public charity (5013c) formed by family and friends of Darien Leigh Richardson to bring awareness of, to raise funds for and to advocate for all who have been impacted by violent crime -- especially gun violence. The organization was created in honor of Darien who was critically wounded on January 8, 2010 after masked intruders burst into her home and shot her while she was sleeping. In those few moments and the days following, Darien's entire life was turned upside-down physically, emotionally and financially. On February 28, 2010, 50 days after the shooting, and as a result of her gunshot wounds, Darien died, she was only 25 years old. This violent homicide remains unsolved.
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:55:42 PM
Weekend News Round-up from Rep Michaud's Desk
Representative Mike Michaud is encouraging Maine students to participate in this year's Congressional Art Competition... The DoD has positioned the new medal immediately below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.... Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Windsor Fire and Rescue Department will receive funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program.... Rep. Michaud met with constituents from Greenville and provided them a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building (see photo inside.)
Mar 16, 2013 - 7:20:26 AM
Obama receives Obama 159 Letters from Mainers on State's Paper Sector
"Business in the woods hasn't changed much over the years in some ways. Contracts are still made with a handshake. However, the ability to make a profit is slipping away more every day. Not many years ago, fuel was 89 cents/gallon and therefore related products like tires and many parts were similarly low," wrote Susan D'Alessandro of Millinocket.
Mar 16, 2013 - 7:08:36 AM
Michaud and Pingree meet with Navy about effects of spending cuts in Maine
Michaud and Pingree pressed Greenert on the plans for repairs of the USS Miami, the submarine that was damaged in a fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard last year. They also expressed their support for uninterrupted construction of two lines of destroyers at Bath Iron works.
Mar 16, 2013 - 6:53:17 AM
Michaud Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Development Work
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud has accepted the National Association of Development Organizations' (NADO) Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob Clark, the Executive Director of the Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), presented the award to Michaud for his leadership in promoting federal economic development programs.
Mar 13, 2013 - 8:48:43 AM
Michaud Praises Release of Funding for Eddington Fire Department
Representative Mike Michaud has praised the announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing $87,000 to the Eddington Fire Department. These funds, which are made available through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program, will be used to help the Eddington Fire Department acquire new safety products, such as turnout gear and air packs.
Mar 8, 2013 - 4:38:34 AM
Crisis & Counseling Centers of Augusta Maine Receives Award
AUGUSTA, ME -- Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) was recognized for its vision and treatment of individuals with co-occurring disorders at the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine's (CCSME) Annual Meeting on Feb. 15.
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:56:33 PM
Maine call center jobs in light of merger
Congressman Mike Michaud sent a letter signed by 61 of his colleagues to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to focus on job retention and creation as the agency reviews the proposed merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications. T-Mobile has a call center located in Maine, which employees over 500 workers.
Mar 2, 2013 - 5:36:52 AM
600 workers in Limestone could be impacted by sequestration
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a letter to House Leadership today urging them to take action to avoid sequestration, highlighting the impact it could have on workers at the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) facility in Limestone.
Feb 25, 2013 - 9:27:09 PM
Avoid cuts in sequester and pass defense spending bill
Michaud and Pingree say defense-dependent companies in Maine, including BIW and PNSY, face two problems: the threat of arbitrary and extreme spending cuts under the so-called sequester, and the lack of a funding bill for the Defense Department. Without that funding bill, the Department would operate on last year's spending authority, which would not allow the startup of new projects, including some new ship construction at BIW.
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:18:09 AM
Weekend Snowstorm to Hit Part of I-95
A storm, that AccuWeather.com meteorologists have been monitoring for a week, will bring some snow to portions of the mid-Atlantic, New England and Atlantic Canada this weekend. The odds are against a storm coming anywhere close to the magnitude the New England Blizzard of 2013.
Feb 14, 2013 - 9:02:24 PM
Maine to Receive $3.5 Million for Flood Repairs in Durham
According to Maine DOT, it has been carefully monitoring an embankment supporting about two miles of Route 136 along the Androscoggin River in Durham. Recent heavy rains, coupled with changes in river elevation, triggered deterioration and forced the department to reduce traffic to one lane
Feb 13, 2013 - 7:45:39 AM
Michaud Statement on President's Address
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address:
Feb 13, 2013 - 7:36:23 AM
Michaud, Pingree Seek Answers from USPS
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe requesting information on the decision of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to end six-day service. Donahoe is scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs next week. On Wednesday, Michaud and Pingree pressed congressional leaders to act on postal reform as soon as possible.
Feb 10, 2013 - 1:00:16 AM
FEMA Invests in Mattawamkeag Fire Department
Representative Mike Michaud has praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) announcement that the Mattawamkeag Fire and Rescue Department will receive $101,175 though the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. Mattawamkeag's Fire and Rescue Department intends to use these funds to acquire new turnout gear and air packs.
Feb 7, 2013 - 6:46:30 AM
Michaud, Pingree & King Form Screening Panel for Judgeship
Congressman Mike Michaud, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Senator Angus King have announced the formation of a judicial screening panel that will assess candidates to fill an upcoming judgeship vacancy on the United States District Court, District of Maine. The panel was formed due to the Honorable George Z. Singal taking senior status on July 31, 2013.
Feb 5, 2013 - 3:54:46 PM
Medway Native Publishes New Book
Bruce A. Fleming, a Medway native (Schenck High School graduate - 1991) has published a book titled: "Milliken Mills: The Nolan's" which is now available on Amazon.com
Jan 30, 2013 - 6:23:12 PM
Michaud to Tour Maine's Pulp & Paper Industry This Coming Week
Starting Monday, Representative Mike Michaud will embark on a tour of Maine's pulp and paper sector and its supply chain. During the tour, Michaud will hear firsthand from mills, forest managers, and suppliers about the challenges they face and the steps they're taking to stay competitive in the marketplace.
Jan 27, 2013 - 1:17:05 AM
Protecting Bears from Inhumane and Unsporting Practices
AUGUSTA, Maine (Jan. 22, 2013) -- The Humane Society of the United States praised Maine state Sen. Edward Mazurek, D-Knox County, for introducing legislation that would enact comprehensive protections for bears. It would end the cruel and unsporting practices of bear hounding and trapping, prohibit the trade in bear parts such as gall bladders for the black market, enact felony-level penalties for repeat bear poachers, and prevent the opening of a spring bear hunting season when mother bears are nursing dependent cubs.
Jan 23, 2013 - 8:25:53 AM
Michaud Seeks to Provide Broadband Expansions to More Maine Communities
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has sent a letter signed by his colleagues to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to raise broadband eligibility standards for the Community Connect Grant Program so that more rural communities lacking high speed internet access can apply for assistance.
Jan 17, 2013 - 5:42:10 PM
Michaud and Pingree Protect Island Post Offices
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have said that the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to their request to designate seven island post offices as Part-Time Post Offices (PTPOs), which guarantees that they will remain open at least six hours a day.
Jan 16, 2013 - 12:20:34 AM
Maine's 48 Record-Breaking Extreme Weather Events in 2012
In 2012, at least 48 record-breaking extreme weather records were set in Maine. Nationwide, 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow were broken by extreme weather events that hit communities throughout the US, according to an updated interactive extreme weather mapping tool and year-end review released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. 2012 tallies reveal even more monthly weather records set than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011, with record-breaking extreme events that occurred in every state.
Jan 16, 2013 - 12:15:44 AM
Better Business Bureau announces new online feature free to consumers
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT announces the release of the Accredited Business Job Listings, a new online feature that allows job seekers to find employment with ethical trusted businesses that have been reviewed by BBB.
Jan 11, 2013 - 7:10:52 AM
Beware of Scammers: Certified copies of Property Deeds are not expensive
Homeowners nationwide are receiving letters asking them to pay upwards of $80 to obtain a certified copy of their property deed. What the mailings don't mention is that deeds are available from the county for a few dollars or less.
Jan 6, 2013 - 5:50:29 AM
G.E.A.R. Parent Network New Year Help for Maine Parents
Parenting children with mental health and behavioral issues is on many people's minds, and a free workshop series offered through G.E.A.R. Parent Network in the New Year could not be timelier. "Parenting With Dignity," begins January 2013 in several locations across the state including Wings for Families & Children at 900 Hammond St., in Bangor on Feb. 12.
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:52:11 AM
National Red Ribbon Week Photo-contest Winners from Maine
The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the winners of the 2012 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest: "The Best Me Is Drug Free." The nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide every year since 1985.
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:45:33 AM