AUGUSTA – Gov. John Baldacci signed a proclamation in honor of the U.S. Power Squadrons’ 90th anniversary.

The proclamation, honoring and expressing appreciation for the efforts of the Power Squadrons’ to promote boating safety through education, will hang at the USPS headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. It will be signed by the governors of all 50 states.

Present at the signing were John H. Little, commander of the 19th District, which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; Col. Timothy Peabody, chief, Maine Warden Service; and Maj. John Fetterman, deputy chief, Maine Marine Patrol. Peabody and Fetterman are boating law administrators.

The U.S. Power Squadron is a national, nonprofit organization, offering boating courses to the public. Times and places are published in the local newspapers.

To learn more about where and when the courses are offered, go to or call 1-888-367-8777.

The U.S. Power Squadrons also provide free vessel safety checks to boat owners who request them.

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