Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:11

Take Your Kids to Work Day

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AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage wants young Mainers to know, you can never begin job searching too soon.


"If it is to be, it's up to me," said LePage Thursday morning in Augusta.  "That means if you put your mind to it you can be anything that you want to be."


Children in attendance got to hear how Governor LePage how he views working with the legislature.


"I just heard this morning that you sit in a legislator's seat, but you can't sit in a senator's seat," said LePage candidly and with a smile.  "Well let me tell you kids, you can sit in my seat any day."


Parents and grandparents came in support of furthering the interests of their little ones.


"With all the opportunities and jobs in Maine, the kids can basically do what they want with whatever program they want to enter," said Jodi Dore of South China, whose granddaughter was at the event.


LePage's central theme: the kids are our future.


"You guys are the future of the state of Maine," said LePage.  "You will be running this state some day."


The future is now message did not take long to sink in for the kids.


"I think it is interesting because we are the future and we will have to live with the decisions that we make," said Lydia Boucher, a student in attendance.


Which means the passage of the torch, is in good hands.



Patrick Thomas

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Patrick is a Southern boy at heart and was raised in Gadsden, Alabama, an hour northeast of Birmingham, AL. He is a General Assignment Reporter for ABC 7/FOX 22, having joined the news team in March 2014 and has a passion for getting to know the issues that affect the lives of Bangor and Maine residents. He is from small town America too so don’t be afraid to approach him with story ideas and questions. His passion for Broadcast News began at a young age and is now living out his dream.

He is not a stranger to the northeast! He graduated from Boston University’s Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism in December. During his time at BU, he did everything from doing Play-by-Play for Women’s Hockey games to reporting on the Boston Marathon Bombings and the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. Patrick held internships with Newton News, ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, AL and Comcast Sportsnet New England. He was voted Best Newcomer to WTBU Sports and was the budget editor for a student run news site called Boston University News Service that won two awards from the Online News Association for their Marathon Bombing Coverage.

Before attending Boston University, Patrick attended Birmingham-Southern College where he played four years of college football. In his free time, he loves to exercise and is a football fanatic. He loves his Auburn Tigers football! War Eagle!!! He also loves the Atlanta Braves. If you ever see him out in Bangor, feel free to ask him about football strategy. He loves talking X’s and O’s.