April 25, 2013

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Kate Williams of the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail says the first paddlers setting forth from Old Forge after the ice melts is becoming a rite of spring.

The group says the women will be traveling without aid of cellphones, computers or GPS. They'll be communicating via postcards with students at two schools in Maine.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Maine's two senators push American-made footwear

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine have written a letter signed by 13 other senators asking that the Department of Defense be required to buy only American-made athletic footwear for military personnel.

The letter, dated April 19, asks President Obama to direct the department to follow a 1941 law requiring the military to buy American-made products for soldiers whenever possible.

As a rule, the Defense Department buys shoes and clothing that are made in America, the senators said. The department used to treat athletic footwear the same way, but in recent years it has been giving military personnel a cash allowance to buy their own footwear.

Collins and King said the military's policy has jeopardized jobs in states such as Maine and Massachusetts, where Boston-based New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. has offices and plants. New Balance is the last major American athletic footwear manufacturer.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine has been calling for the military to buy U.S.-made athletic footwear for a couple of years.

 

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