Friday, 10 November 2017 08:45

New citizens celebrated Featured

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AUGUSTA - Across the country Thursday, more than 1,600 people became American citizens.

And, the Hall of Flags at Maine's state capitol was where nearly two dozen people swore allegiance to America.

 

A total of 22 people from 20 different companies converged on Maine's state house. And when they left they were all Americans.

 

Among them was a native of  India, who has lived in the U.S. For 17 years.

 

Amita Mittal said, "Maybe I'm going to start getting more attached to America, even though I am to start with. But I feel like things are going to change for me. I don't know how as of now.."

 

One Turkish native went to college at Penn State and always wanted to return to America.

 

"I love it. I've always felt even as a student that this was my country," said Suphi Turker.

 

When he returned he brought his wife, a native of At. Petersburg, Russia.

 

Tatiana Turker said, "I grew to love this country. And I wanted to be a full member.

 

They were sworn in as American citizens by an immigration officer who spent 9 years in the United States Navy.

 

"They chose this country. To make this their home, to make it a better place than where they were before," said Kurt Pelletier, a U.S. Immigration officer.

 

Eight-year-old girl SophiaTurker, whose parents became Americans defined the occasion with four words.

 

She said, "I think it's awesome."

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and two grandchildren.