Lincoln County Hosts Governor’s Capitol for a Day

May 16, 2011

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 17, 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 Lincoln county on Friday, May 20, 2011. This will be the Governor’s fourth Capitol for a Day.

Governor LePage will first travel to Edgecomb for a tour of The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a K-8 independent school founded in 1990. CTL is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, licensed by the Maine Department of Education, and has state and federal tax-exempt status as a 501(c) (3) corporation. Nearly 80 students from more than twenty communities attend CTL.

While in the heart of Maine’s maritime the Governor will also visit Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay. The company specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels. The yard began building fishing boats in 1977. Since then, owners Bruce Doughty, Bruce Washburn and Carl Pianka, have continued to prosper by diversifying its capabilities, developing innovative designs and building techniques, and reaching out to new markets. Washburn & Doughty has delivered of a diverse mix of tugboats, commercial passenger vessels, fishing boats, barges, ferries and research vessels.

“We are delighted the Governor selected Washburn & Doughty to visit during Capitol for a Day,” said Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Lee Smith. He adds, “We experienced a remarkable recovery since the devastating fire in 2008, and State government’s role was pivotal in rebuilding at a rapid rate necessary to preserve existing contracts and jobs. Washburn & Doughty exemplifies what can be achieved when we all work together for the common good of all.”

Boothbay is the home to the Maine Department of Marine Resources laboratory where water quality and biotoxin testing is conducted. The Governor will visit the lab where he will be given a briefing by staff about paralytic shellfish poisoning issues that dramatically impact Maine’s shellfish industry. In addition, Governor LePage will tour the Maine State Aquarium and board a Marine Patrol vessel for a demonstration of Marine Patrol at-sea techniques.

During the fourth Capitol for a Day Governor LePage will also visit the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and meet with local fisherman before travelling to Damariscotta where he will tour downtown businesses. The Governor will conclude Capitol for a Day with a town hall meeting at Lincoln Academy located at 81 Academy Hill in Newcastle. 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.

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. 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, York and Sagadahoc counties.