Golden Visits Nine Cities & Towns Across Five Counties Over Busy District Work Period
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) continued his listening tour throughout the Second District with a packed 10-day district work period. The congressman spent his time listening to local leaders, workers, small business owners, and constituents in Millinocket, Lincoln, Milo, Etna, South Paris, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Lewiston, and Turner.
The congressman started his weekend in Millinocket, where he met with Our Katahdin to learn more about their plans for economic development in Millinocket and the Katahdin region. Afterwards, he stopped by the Millinocket Memorial Library to talk with library staff and volunteers and tour the local landmark as it prepares for their centennial renovation.
Congressman Golden wrapped up Friday with a tour of downtown Lincoln that included a visit to the Lincoln Memorial Library. He also had the opportunity to talk with Lily, a youth volunteer at the library.
On Saturday, Congressman Golden travelled to Milo, where he started his morning with a coffee hour for Milo residents at the Milo American Legion. He answered questions from constituents, thanked the veterans in attendance for their service, and spoke about the importance of the American Legion to his generation of veterans.
Congressman Golden continued his morning with a tour of the Old Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Car shop in Derby. Central Maine & Quebec Railway has invested heavily in upgrading the car shop and refurbishing the former machine shop into a state of the art tank car cleaning and repair facility. The congressman learned how investments in Derby Shops is benefitting local contractors and other small businesses and bringing millions into the local economy.
After visiting the railyard, Golden paid his respects at the Milo Veteran’s Memorial. He was joined by local veterans, including Ronnie Knowles, who raised the funds for, built, and currently maintains the monument.
Afterwards, Golden toured Harrigan Learning Center and met with representatives of Dirigo Solar at the future site of their 20-MegaWatt solar farm. The congressman closed out his day meeting with small business owners and touring two local small businesses: Bissell Brothers Three Rivers, a brewery in Milo, and Mossy Ledge Spirits in Etna.
Golden visited South Paris on Sunday to mark Memorial Day with veterans at the South Paris Maine Veterans Home. Golden spent time with the veterans and their families and took the podium to speak to what Memorial Day means to him. Monday took Golden to Augusta and Bangor. He started the day with the Miles for Mills 5K, a race to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation and the work they do to support post-9/11 veterans and their families. The congressman spent the afternoon at the Cole Museum in Bangor. He joined local folks for the museum’s Memorial Day cookout before attending the wreath-laying ceremony to honor fallen servicemembers.
MSEA-SEIU welcomed Golden to their retirees day breakfast Tuesday morning. He updated the attendees on his work for unions, working Mainers, and seniors before taking questions from attendees.
Congressman Golden spent Wednesday in Hancock County. He started off with a small business roundtable at Galyn’s in Bar Harbor where he heard from small business owners about the need to invest in local infrastructure, workforce challenges, and focusing on the skilled trades in the American education system.
After the roundtable, Congressman Golden held a coffee hour with Bar Harbor residents. Around 40 people turned out to talk with the congressman and hear what he had to say about his work in Congress.
Afterwards, Congressman Golden headed to College of the Atlantic. At the college, the congressman talked with a group of students leaders concerned with climate change and how Congress can address the issue.
Congressman Golden closed Wednesday with a tour of Jackson Laboratories, a leading institute in Alzheimer's and dementia research and one of the biggest employers in the state. During his tour of the facility, Golden received an update on the important research the lab is doing and discussed Jackson Labs’ priorities for federal funding.
On Friday, Golden was in downtown Lewiston for the grand opening of the Hartley Block development. The building is a new fixture in downtown Lewiston, offering space for small businesses, artists and galleries, and affordable housing. The congressman addressed the crowd and helped unveil new murals that adorn the Hartley Block.
Golden closed out his district work period by returning to his old high school, Leavitt Area High School, to celebrate the students graduating the MSAD 52 Adult Education program. The congressman encouraged students to trust their gut in life and spoke to his belief that hard work is the best tool for success.