Next Capitol for a Day Set in Sagadahoc County

April 16, 2011

Governor Teams up with Businesses to Help the Homeless

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, April 16, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage announced today the next Capitol for a Day event will be held throughout Sagadahoc County on Friday, April 22, 2011. This will be the third Capitol for a Day since the first which was held in February.

Capitol for a Day is designed to enable business leaders and community members to engage with the Governor and discuss issues that are important to them. On Friday, Governor LePage will tour and meet with staff at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, FHC Inc., H.C. Crooker & Sons and The Highlands.

General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology.

FHC, Inc. designs, manufactures, and internationally markets quality products for neuroscience, the study of the brain and nervous system, and neurosurgical research.

H.C. Crooker & Sons is a General Contractor specializing in Earthwork and Paving, as well as a major aggregate producer and supplier.

The Highlands offers Independent and Assisted Living in a magnificent natural setting, covering 75 acres complete with meandering nature trails.

In an effort to end homelessness in the mid-coast region, area businesses will join Governor LePage at the Southern MidCoast Chamber of Commerce where a fundraiser will take place from 4pm to 5pm. The benefit will raise money for the Tedford Homeless Shelter at 34 Federal Street in Brunswick. The Brunswick Area Interfaith Council established Tedford in 1987 after a growing number of people sought shelter at mid-coast Maine churches. Today Tedford is the primary agency providing shelter and services to families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in mid coast Maine. At 5:30pm Governor LePage will visit Tedford and present staff a check from the funds raised. “The number of families facing homelessness is increasing. Tedford has experienced these unfortunate circumstances and the agency is committed to helping them get back on their feet again,” said Governor Paul LePage. “Tedford offers free programming including a homelessness prevention program, a Master Lease program and an outreach management program for homeless and at-risk youth.”

Capitol for a Day will conclude with a town hall meeting at the Orion Performing Arts Center located at Mt. Ararat Junior High School. The town hall will begin at 6pm. For an hour and a half, Mainers will have the opportunity to ask questions which will be answered by Governor LePage, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and Commissioners. Mt. Ararat Junior High School is located at 50 Republic Avenue, Topsham.

The public is encouraged to attend the Tedford Homeless Shelter Fundraiser, check presentation and the town hall meeting. Due to business policy, media is asked to refrain from attending the business tours unless they have received authorization from the business owner.

Each month one of Maine’s sixteen counties will host a Capitol for a Day. Capitol for a Day events have already been held in Cumberland and York Counties.