Collins to receive hall of fame honor

     AUGUSTA — On Friday, Oct. 30, at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 annual meeting and dinner at the Augusta Civic Center, the chamber’s prestigious Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame award will be presented to U.S. Sen. Susan M. Collins.


     Named in remembrance of Chuck Cianchette and awarded to those who reflect his values, the Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame award annually recognizes the contributions of an individual who demonstrates public service leadership, business success, and most importantly, embodies Cianchette’s spirit through compassion, courage, and commitment. Previous recipients of the award include Olympia Snowe, Angus King, Kenneth Curtis and several prominent Maine business leaders.

     “We could not be more pleased to present the Maine State Chamber’s highest award to Sen. Collins for her decades of leadership and service to the people of Maine, as well as Maine’s business community,” said Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors, whose ties to Aroostook County include being a former Presque Isle city manager.

     “We look forward to honoring Sen. Collins on October 30th, as she is a true champion for our state,” said Connors.”


     First elected in 1996, Collins is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, she is a key leader in Congress. During her entire time in the Senate, she has never missed a roll call vote, and was recently lauded for casting her 6,000th  consecutive vote.