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October 4, 2018
Island Time
           Congressman Langevin at North Light Fibers in New Shoreham

Dear Friends,

Most people know Block Island as a vacation destination. Travelers flock to the island in droves during the summer months to enjoy the sandy beaches, boutique-lined streets, and pristine nature trails. However, for just over 1,000 Rhode Islanders, Block Island is something much more than a seaside retreat – it is their home.

I am fortunate to represent the residents of this beautiful community, and I always enjoy the time I spend there. This past September, I traveled to New Shoreham to meet with my constituents across the island.

My first stop off the ferry was a visit to the Block Island School where Principal Kristine Monje assembled the student council. We had a fascinating discussion covering a range of topics, and I was very impressed with the students’ insightful questions. Before leaving the school, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mason Miro, an inspiring 4th grade student who is a Special Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The remainder of the day included multiple stops around town. I visited the Block Island Power Company to discuss the impact of transitioning service from diesel generators to renewable energy provided by the Block Island Wind Farm. I also took the opportunity to visit the only manufacturer on the island, North Light Fibers, and to stop by the Block Island Medical Center to meet with their staff. Lastly, I had the honor of presenting a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Block Island’s North Light

Overall, the trip was very productive. Meeting constituents in person through visits to their communities is essential to my work in Congress – even when it takes a ferry ride to get there!

For more information on my visits around the Second District, and for updates on many other topics, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

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