Commissioner’s Update – November 15, 2012

Commissioner’s Update – November 15, 2012
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On Monday I had the opportunity to attend an incredible event at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. Three middle school and three high school students read their winning essays based on interviews with veterans, arranged by the Museum and the Cole Family Foundation.

It’s one thing to create a museum and fill it with jeeps and a locomotive and other vehicles (and don’t get me wrong – this is impressive). It’s another to actively connect people together with a strong educational component. Cole, largely through the efforts of its founder and the founder’s son, has done both.

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Please note: There will be no Commissioner’s Update on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving. The next Update will be published Nov. 29.

— Stephen Bowen



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