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Wednesday June 17, 2015 Workshop 3:00 PM Meeting 3:30 PM
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Somerset County 2015 Budget Committee Members

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County of Somerset, Maine
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     Somerset County is the 3rd largest county in the State of Maine in geographic land area and contains the 9th largest in population. The Kennebec River, one of the largest Maine river tributaries flows from North to South through the county and is used for commercial as well as recreational purposes. Somerset County also contains major ground transportation routes that support heavy commercial, tourist, and residential use.

     Somerset County is the gateway to the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests of western Maine. Maine's four seasons offer opportunities to experience skiing, fishing, white water rafting, hiking, snowmobiling and many other outdoor activities. The Kennebec and Moose River travel ways, embraced by lakes and forest, are rich in history, culture and natural beauty. These travel ways lead to spectacular waterfalls, scenic hikes along the Appalachian Trail and East Coast Greenway, tours of historic districts, forts and museums, four seasons of festivals and fairs and the adventure of whitewater rafting, snowmobiling and sport fishing.

     The region's history spans 12,000 years of Native American habitation, including the Abenaki mission site associated with Father Sebastian Rasle at what is now Old Point in Madison and the Pilgrim Fur Trading Post site on the east bank of the Kennebec River in Augusta where beaver and other pelt were exchanged for European trade goods.

     Benedict Arnold followed the Kennebec River north on his ill-fated attempt to capture Canada in 1775. Thousands and thousands of Irish and French Canadians used the Old Canada Road (now a scenic byway) section of Route 201 during the 19th century to find seasonal or project employment and later to make the Kennebec Valley region their home. And until the 1970's, as many as 4,000 cords of wood at a time would be floated in great drives down the Kennebec from the northern forests to the saw mills down river.

     Maine Route 201 is a route of vehicle and commercial transportation that stretches from the United States and Canadian border crossing site near Jackman on Route 201 to the I-95 Connector in Fairfield, the most southern community. This route carries heavy tourist traffic from the Quebec Province in Canada as well as heavy commercial transportation of manufactured products to New England and Southern States.

     U.S. Route 2 traverses Somerset County, which serves as the major East-West Connector Route from the I-95 Connector in Newport/Palmyra through to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and points beyond to Vermont, Up-State New York, and the Province of Ontario, Canada. Commercial, tourist, residential and much Canadian traffic also travels this route from New Brunswick, Canada to Western Canadian Provinces.

     There are 33 Communities, as well as 82 Unorganized Territories in Somerset County that offer the tranquility of a rural lifestyle coupled with many of the amenities of a more suburban setting in our four largest communities.

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Click to visit Merle Lloyd &Sons
Merle Lloyd and Sons is a second-generation, family owned and operated earthwork contracting corporation. Our company was founded in 1949 by Merle L. Lloyd with nothing more than a unique entrepreneurial spirit and a used cable shovel. For the past 60 years we have diversified our experience and evolved our business, but our mission has remained static and simple: to deliver quality products and first class services.
Click to visit 15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters
We are a four-season outdoor recreation/lodging facility offering an abundance of hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities. We offer full and semi guided hunts for big and small game. Our Lodge features a full service restaurant and bar, which is your offical home for Click to visit Skowhegan Savings Bank
Skowhegan Savings, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank dedicated to strengthening the Maine families, businesses and communities it serves. Named as one of Maine's Best Places to Work in 2009 and 2010, Skowhegan Savings delivers personalized and competitive banking services with integrity; their team of committed, friendly employees put the needs of customers first. An innovative and progressive approach to banking ensures a banking experience that is quick, easy and convenient. Skowhegan Savings' ten Maine branches include two locations in Skowhegan, as well as locations in Belgrade, Bingham, Dexter, Fairfield, Jackman, Madison, Norridgewock, and Pittsfield.
Click to visit U.S. Rafting, Inc.
Whitewater rafting at it's finest with Class III, IV & V rapids in Maine.  Click to visit Historic Pittston Farm
We are a unique historic facility like on other, at such a remote location, surrounded by over 393,000 acres of wilderness adventure!  Our lodge an restaurant, a green certified facility, is open year round as a recreation destination for all outdoor fun including:  birding, fishing (Native Brook Trout), snowmobiling, ATVing, hunting, swimming, horseback riding, group retreats, weddings, photography, hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, and a Logging History  Museum. Amenities Include: home-cooked food from scratch, 30 rooms, WI-FI, Satellite TV, private baths.
We are your home in the North Maine Woods!
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