COVID-19 Announcement

The changes to our lives bought on by COVID-19 have created many unforeseen consequences. I know that Knox County has been doing our part to flatten the curve and we will continue until this is over.  If you or any of your family, friends or neighbors need help getting food or services, please let me know. There are many volunteers providing support to ensure the more vulnerable…

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Join Me in Welcoming Newcomers

I spend most of my time in Knox County, but since my votes in the Senate affect the entire state, I also like to get out and see other parts of Maine. This month, I got up to Allagash to check out Sen. Troy Jackson’s neck of the woods. On my way home, I was headed down Interstate 95 when federal Border Patrol agents stopped…

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In Wake of #metoo, Men Have Obligation to Listen, Then Act

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Since The New York Times blew the lid off Harvey Weinstein’s history of systematized sexual assault, I’ve listened to women’s stories and tried to grapple with the truths they revealed. I listened to the women in my own life describe their own experiences. The prevalence of sexual harassment is undeniable. The universality of women’s experiences is irrefutable. As I tried to…

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Solar Energy Forum in Rockland

Rockland — Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, and John Luft of ReVision Energy spoke in favor of expanding solar energy in Maine and answered questions from community members at the Solar Energy Town Hall event held at Rockland City Hall on Wednesday, September 28. “I was very pleased with the turnout, with the well-informed and thoughtful comments and questions from the audience, and with John Luft’s…

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Fighting the opioid epidemic, one community at a time

The opioid epidemic in Maine represents nothing less than a public health crisis. Each week five Mainers die of overdoses and twenty babies are born in withdrawal. I know I am not alone when I say that I find these numbers intolerable. Earlier this year, the Legislature acted swiftly and boldly, passing laws that are having a real impact. But I am proud to have…

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Community Spirit

Even in international spotlight, it’s the locals who really shine Earlier this month, for the 69th time, Rockland played host once again to the Maine Lobster Festival. For visitors, the main event is the chance to eat Maine’s famous crustacean. Other highlights — the crate race and sea goddess contest, the concerts and games — help attract thousands and thousands of people from around the…

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With Smart Policy, Fisheries Can Be an Even Bigger Player in Maine Economy

.A group of about 20 lobster fishermen in Tenants Harbor are making waves this summer as they embark on a brand-new business model that gets their catch to customers faster than ever before and puts more money in their own pockets. The members of the newly formed Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-Op expect to land half a million pounds of lobster this year. They’ve entered a…

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Ocean farmers are using technology to start an economic revolution and save humanity

WRITTEN BY Bren Smith Executive director, GreenWaveOBSESSION The Sea April 07, 2016 I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption. I was born and raised in…

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Testimony on Ferry Safety Bill

Good afternoon Senator Collins, Representative McLean and members of the Transportation Committee,I am here to present LD 1468, An Act to Improve the Safety of Ferries in the StateWe are lucky here in Maine that we have a professional, committed and competent group of mariners who have done an outstanding job of operating our “Island Highways”. The Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) has an outstanding…

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