March 23, 2018

Windham student nominated by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to attend Air Force Academy

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that James Mannette from Windham has accepted an offer to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pingree nominated Mannette to the Academy in December.

“Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, and character,” said Pingree. “Along with all the other Maine students my office nominated, James has demonstrated an incredible commitment to serving the country and a maturity well beyond his years. I’m very proud that he was accepted to the Air Force Academy and wish him the very best in his time there.” 

Mannette graduated from Windham High School last May and currently attends the University of Southern Maine.

“The brave men and women who risk their lives every day for the greater good is what makes America a country of which I am proud to be a citizen,” Mannette wrote in his letter requesting a nomination. “I hope to devote myself to a life of service. By attending a service academy, I will begin to fulfill my long-held dream of working selflessly alongside brothers and sisters in arms for the good of our country.” 

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress.

Rep. Fay’s K-9 animal emergency treatment bill signed by governor

AUGUSTA – Rep. Jessica Fay’s bill to ensure working and service dogs have more access to emergency care was signed into law by the governor last week.
The bill clarifies existing Maine law governing treatment of animals by extending Good Samaritan
Liability Protection to cover trained emergency personnel who treat working and service animals in emergency situations.

“I’d like to thank Governor LePage for signing this common-sense piece of legislation,” said Fay, D-Raymond. “These dogs and the people who work with them are absolutely dedicated to each other, and this law will give these specially trained dogs a better chance to survive a serious injury in the field.”

The bill, LD 1716, An Act to Protect Persons Who Provide Assistance to Law Enforcement Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Service Dogs was proposed by law enforcement personnel, and it enjoyed wide bipartisan support. It will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

Fay is serving her first term in the Maine Legislature and represents part of Casco, part of Poland and part of Raymond. She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.