Frank's Footnotes: A Routine Visit Takes A Dramatic Turn

Lending A Helping Hand: A routine visit takes a dramatic turn

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You never know when life has something unexpected in store for you. On Tuesday afternoon, I was touring Portsmouth Harbor with local officials in a tugboat. High tides slammed another tugboat, the Miss Stacy, against the Sarah M. Long Bridge’s pilings, causing her take on water and list to one side. The tugboat I was on was diverted to assist in the rescue operation. It was an amazing experience to witness this dramatic effort up close as it unfolded. Everyone was relieved when Barry L. Watkins, Jr. and Chip Taccetta bravely jumped on the sinking tug, closed the hatches and ultimately saved it. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt, and the Miss Stacy was eventually pulled to shore thanks to their actions and those of the U.S. Coast Guard, New Hampshire Marine Patrol, the Portsmouth and Kittery Fire Departments, and many others. Along with WMUR's coverage of the story, you can also watch footage from 7 News WHDH Boston and WCVBTV Channel 5 Boston, too.

Just hours before this incident, I spoke at a special award ceremony at U.S Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle. Michael Garrity and Adam Sexton (both reporters for WMUR-TV) were recognized for rescuing a woman off a Mexican beach in 2005. You can watch WMUR's coverage by clicking here. Authorities say their prompt actions saved her from drowning. I told the audience we should all be ready to act at a moment’s notice whenever the need arises. I had no idea I would be reminded just a few hours later how true those words really are!

Getting Granite Staters Back to Work: 300+ show up for Portsmouth Job Fair

Wednesday’s Portsmouth Job Fair was the biggest, and most successful, of the four job fairs I’ve hosted since last June. More than 300 job seekers showed up. I talked with dozens of attendees, and was repeatedly told how helpful these events are to folks who are looking for work. Many participating employers felt so, too. One company reported  these results a few hours after the fair concluded: “15 interviews set, 45 people dropped resumes (8 positions per quarter to fill). AWESOME EVENT.” I’ve received similar feedback from many other businesses as well.

A combined total of 1,000 people attended the jobs fairs that were held in Derry, Rochester, Manchester and Portsmouth. This shows the genuine need for these events. Until our economic recovery is complete, and good middle-class jobs return in large numbers, I will continue hosting them.

In case you missed it, you can read more about the Portsmouth Job fair in the, Fosters Daily Democrat, and Portsmouth

Honoring Hard Work: Saluting Miss Manchester Lissa Silk’s fight against distracted driving

It’s always inspiring to see a young person actively involved in making New Hampshire a better place for all of us. Lissa Silk, Miss Manchester 2011-12, is one of them. This Dover resident has been recognized by for her work against distracted driving. Lissa became involved with the Drive Against Distraction campaign after several relatives were involved in distracted driving-related accidents. She has partnered with the Rochester and Dover Police Departments, speaks with students in drivers’ education classes and works with the media to promote awareness and push for tougher laws.

I presented Lissa with a special certificate of recognition this morning, and will soon enter the text from it in the Congressional Record. Lissa’s father, Don Silk, and grandmother Helen Syvinski were on hand for today’s presentation.

It’s always a pleasure to make sure outstanding young Granite Staters are recognized for their hard work and devotion to their community. Keep up the good work, Lissa!

Seeing Business Growth: My visit to TURBOCAM International

What a year can make! I spent a fantastic hour Thursday afternoon touring TURBOCAM International in Barrington. I visited there about a year before, and was impressed by all its new equipment and expanded workforce. Company executives told me the turbomachinery developing and manufacturing producer plans to hire even more employees in the future. I listened as company leaders told me what the U.S. House can do, plus what it should avoid doing, in order for it to expand as planned.

The visit was part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative. As your Congressman, I’m committed to doing everything I can to help New Hampshire businesses innovate, grow and put more employees on their payroll.