Sens. Collins, King Announce $120, 400 In USDA Funding To Benefit Local Snowmobile Clubs, Promote Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a total of $120,400 in Rural Business Enterprise Grants to two Maine snowmobile clubs to support the state’s snowmobile industry and help promote the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. 
 
Moosehead Riders, Inc. in Greenville will receive $75,000 and the Portage Lakers Snow-Mobile Club, Inc. in Portage Lake will receive $45,400 to help acquire snowmobile trail grooming equipment.
 

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“The Season To Raise Awareness Of Senior Falls”

As Mainers, we appreciate the beauty of all four seasons in our state. There is nothing more spectacular, however, than fall in Maine with our fresh, crisp autumn air, harvest festivals, and foliage so brilliant that it attracts countless out-of-state visitors to take in the beauty that we see in our own backyards. 

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Sens. Collins, King Urge Labor Dept. To Approve Assistance For Bucksport Mill Workers

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are urging U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez to swiftly approve a Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for the 500 workers affected by Verso Paper’s decision to close the Bucksport mill.
 
Below is the full text of their letter to Secretary Perez: 
 
 
October 2, 2014
 
The Hon. Thomas Perez
Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
 

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Senators Collins, Reed Lead Bipartisan Group Urging HHS To Swiftly Release Federal Home Heating Aid

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help millions of low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes afford their energy bills this coming winter, a bipartisan group of 46 U.S. Senators, led by Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to quickly release as much federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) heating aid as possible.
 

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Collins, King Statement On Verso Decision To Close Bucksport Paper Mill

Bangor, Maine-- U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today released this statement following the announcement that Verso will close its Bucksport paper mill later this year.

          "This is absolutely devastating news for these dedicated employees and their families, as well as for Bucksport and the surrounding communities.  Many of these workers have spent much of their lives working at the mill and have poured their hearts into the work there.  

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Sens. Collins, King Announce Two New National Historic Landmarks In Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the National Park Service has designated two new national historic landmarks in Maine, recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  The Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle and Eagle Island in Harpswell were designated along with seven other sites from across the country, joining the more than 2,500 national historical landmarks nationwide.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.5 Million To Support Job Training Programs For Displaced Workers In Maine

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will receive $2,499,977 in federal funding from the Department of Labor (DOL) to support and expand ongoing efforts to train displaced workers, including those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The KVCC project, titled “Advancing Healthcare and Construction Careers in Mid-Maine,” will support job training programs in the construction, healthcare and social assistance industries.

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