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Local News - March 2, 2015

Cole named interim Ellsworth manager

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth City Council has appointed David Cole as Ellsworth's interim City Manager. Cole will work alongside current City Manager Michelle Beal until she leaves March 20th. Cole tells Star 97.7, he worked with the city on various transportation projects during his time as the MDOT commissioner and on economic development projects as the CEO of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. Cole has his own consulting firm and lives in Brewer. He says he'll work the equivalent of 3 business days a week. His first day on the job is today.

Rockefeller Hall

(Acadia National Park) - The stately building on the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National park will get a lot of expensive repair work this coming summer. The Ellsworth American reports Rockefeller Hall needs masonry, electrical and plumbing work, even after a nearly $3-million dollar improvement project a couple of years ago.

Scaffolding will go up later this spring, but the building will remain open during the renovations. The building remains on the natioanal historic register.

Machias hospital CEO
(Machias) Downeast Community Hospital has a new Chief Executive Officer. The Machias based hospital reports to Star 97.7, Dennis Welsh will become CEO on April 27. The hospital's board voted unanimously to hire Welsh who currently works at Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville Junction. The hospital reports Welsh has a 20 year background in healthcare. He and his wife, Donna, will move to Machias. Welsh says they "look forward to being active participants in the Washington County community."

Lobster landings
(Undated) It's good news for lobsterman and those who depend upon Maine's fishing economy: another great year of lobster landings according to Maine Department of Marine Resources. DMR Spokesman Jeff Nichols tells Star 97.7, in 2014 not only were the landings good, the value per pound rose too. Nichols says part of good numbers for 2014 can be attributed to the effort of Maine lobster dealers to expand markets for their product. He says favorable environmental conditions also helped.

Transportation talks
(Calais) - Maine's Department of Transportation begins listening to what Mainers think about their roads today. The first in a series of Transportation Talks gets under way in Calais, and Ellsworth will hold its forum on Wednesday. Assistant Planning Director Scott Rollins tells Star 97-7 the forums are to educate and be educated.

Dedham fire Friday
(Dedham) A home in Dedham damaged by fire Friday afternoon on the Mill Road. The Bangor Daily News reports the owners were leaving the residence and saw smoke and fire downstairs. Dedham's fire chief says they contained the blaze to the interior of the two story home. The second story of the home suffered heavy smoke and heat damage with fire damage in the downstairs. A long driveway also made it difficult for firefighter's water supply. The state fire marshal's office will investigate. Orrington, Brewer, Eddington, and Holden provided mutual aid.

Bucksport man indicted
(Bangor) - Grand Jurors indicted a 29-year old Bucksport man who slammed his vehicle into another car and killed a 59-year old Brewer woman last September. Marc Sparks appeared in court last Friday and entered a not guilty plea. Investigators say Sparks was driving under the influence of methodone last September when he hit Robin Rie's SUV. Sparks drove off after the crash, but police caught up to him and he remains in jail after.

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Class "D" Forest Hills 51 Fort Fairfield 45


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Class "C" Houlton 59 Maranacook 51

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