LePage campaign train bound to raise funds, awareness

ROCKLAND — Paul LePage, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, will make three whistle stops Saturday, July 24 in Wiscasset, Brunswick and Bath to speak to the public about his plan to turn the state in a new direction. The Whistle Stop Express is geared toward raising campaign funds, but its primary mission is to get LePage’s message out to voters that Maine needs change.

Congressional Republican candidate Dean Scontras, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, for the 1st District seat, will also be aboard the train and will speak at each whistle stop.

The Maine Eastern Railroad excursion train leaves the Rockland Train Station, located at 4 Union St., at 9 a.m. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. Candidates will present their views to citizens who gather at each whistle stop. The first stop will be at 10:15 a.m. in Wiscasset. At 11:30 a.m., the train arrives in Brunswick, where LePage and Scontras will communicate their campaign goals. The train then leaves Brunswick bound for Bath. The train arrives in Bath at 12:45 p.m., and departs for Rockland a half-hour later. The train is scheduled to arrive in Rockland at 2:45 p.m.

For tickets and information on the train ride, call campaign headquarters at 877-7616 or visit asmainegoes.com and click on the advertisement for information on purchasing tickets.

Judge Emery appoints McNeil as campaign coordinator

ROCKLAND — Knox County Judge of Probate Carol Emery announced that Rockland Mayor Deborah McNeil will serve as campaign coordinator for her 2010 general election campaign.

“I’m very fortunate to have Deb McNeil working for my re-election this fall,” Emery said in a news release. “Deb is highly respected and has been involved for many years in state, county and community leadership and I can’t think of a better person to guide my re-election campaign.”

“It’s an honor to have been asked to undertake this responsibility,” McNeil said. “I know Carol Emery well, and I know firsthand that she is deeply committed to helping Knox County people who are facing difficult probate and family law issues.

Judge Emery has served as Probate Judge for Knox County since 1990 and has served as president of the Knox County Bar Association, both as secretary and president of the Maine Probate Judges Assembly, and has been a regular participant in conferences and seminars of the National College of Probate Judges. She maintains a private law practice in Rockland, specializing in family law.

Knox County Republican Committee summer sunset cruise

PORT CLYDE — The Knox County Republican Committee and many notable dignitaries will cruise up the coast of the St. George peninsula and around the numerous islands off Port Clyde on Friday, July 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cruise leaves from the Monhegan Boat Lines dock in Port Clyde promptly at 6:30 p.m. (plan on being there by 6:15 p.m. for the safety briefing) and returns at 8:30 p.m. Beverages, hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches will be provided. There will be a fun-filled 50/50 raffle! The cost is $30 per person. For more information and to reserve seats, call Ellen Greeke at 372-8219. The rain date is Saturday, July 24.

Johnson pleased with broadband service project

On July 16, a large crowd of Edgecomb residents, representatives of the Lincolnville Telephone Company, and state and local dignitaries gathered under a large tent at the big yellow barn owned by Joe and Lisa McSwain on River Road. The event was sponsored by the Lincolnville Telephone Company to celebrate the ribbon cutting for Edgecomb’s new Fiber To The Home broadband connection.

It was a very satisfying day for Chris Johnson, candidate for the Maine State Senate, who as an appointed member of the Governor’s Broadband Access Infrastructure Board took part in developing a report that analyzed current statewide broadband usage, and made recommendations to advance the availability of broadband access in Maine. In 2007, Johnson organized a Somerville Broadband committee and led a successful ConnectME grant application. Representing Somerville in its successful application, Johnson was present at the ConnectME Authority meeting when Edgecomb’s original grant application in 2007 was denied. At the ribbon cutting event he commended the Edgecomb Broadband Committee for their vision and perseverance in making broadband service available to more of Edgecomb’s residents. Johnson noted that Edgecomb’s FTTH is leading edge Internet connectivity. The medium is capable of offering not only voice, video and Internet services, but is also capable of orders of magnitude higher bandwidth than residential broadband service elsewhere in the state. Johnson also commended Lincolnville Telephone for its pioneering deployment of this new technology in Maine and commitment to making it work for the Edgecomb broadband project.

For more information about Johnson and his campaign for the State Senate, visit ChrisJohnsonForStateSenator.org.

Maine Senate District 20 includes the communities of Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Friendship, Hibberts Gore, Jefferson, Monhegan Island Plantation, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Waldoboro, Washington, Westport Island, Whitefield, Windsor and Wiscasset.