AUGUSTA — On Friday, Governor Janet T. Mills joined Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Senator Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, and Aroostook County veterans and their families for a ceremonial bill signing at the Lister-Knowlton Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9389 in Caribou. President Jackson invited Governor Mills and Senator Hickman, Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Veterans […]
In Augusta, politicians talk an awful lot about standing up for rural Maine, fighting for rural Maine and making sure rural Maine doesn’t get left behind. We often use the same lofty rhetoric to talk about our veterans. Today, with the help of Governor Mills, the Maine Legislature matched those words with action by passing LD 2001 and keeping our promise to Maine veterans. I’m so grateful to all of the veterans, family members and staff at the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Caribou and Machias who reached out and shared their stories. The fact that we were able to put a stop to this injustice is a testament to our community.
High-speed reliable internet has become a fundamental part of how we learn, how we connect with one another and how we do business. It is really unacceptable that folks living and working in one of the largest cities in Aroostook County struggle to get online because large telecommunications companies don’t think connecting these Mainers is worth the investment. Well, I know rural Maine is worth investing in. It’s why I’m proud to partner with Hugh and the Caribou Utilities District to make sure families and small businesses in Caribou don’t get left behind.
In Aroostook County, small business owners are more than just a part of our economy, they are active and integral members of our community. Donna Murchison is a perfect example of that. As the owner of Russell’s Motel she built a successful business promoting County hospitality while volunteering in the community and encouraging others to get involved.