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Local News – July 30, 2015

Park – Transportation
(Bar Harbor) – Planners at Acadia National Park listened to ideas on how to improve traffic congestion in the park. A public hearing last night is one step toward developing a new transportation plan. Officials say on good days the Island Explorer buses don’t have enough room for everyone who wants to get into the park, and folks who drive themselves often can’t find any place to park near popular attractions like Sand Beach. A new plan is likely at least 3-years away.

Proposed fireworks ordinance in Calais
(Calais) – Town officials in Calais are exploring a fireworks ordinance that would prohibit use of the explosives within 15-hundred feet of livestock. The town’s public safety committee discussed a new ordinance after complaints came in about using fireworks near animals. The Washington County city has no local ordinance. A special meeting is set for tomorrow to talk about a fireworks ordinance. An incident on July 4th where a young Calais man died when an explosive went off on top of his head played no part in the proposed ordinance.

Bangor Arby’s to close 
(Bangor) Arby’s in Bangor will close it’s doors for good Friday night. Owner Bob Smith told WABI-TV he’s retiring after fifty years in the restaurant business in Bangor and has been trying to sell the Bangor Mall Boulevard business but has had no interested buyers. Twenty employees will lose their jobs but Smith says he’s doing his best to help them find other work.

Golden Keg Hunt

(Ellsworth) A unique scavenger hunt is coming to Ellsworth in September and the folks planning the event are hoping to sweeten the pot. Union Square’s Golden Keg Hunt will be a challenge of wits, skill, and logic according to organizer Patricia Patterson-King. Teams will walk around Ellsworth to businesses, which will have challenges and clues that lead to the “golden keg.” King says that’s where they need the business communities help. Businesses and teams can sign up on the Golden Keg Hunt website – we’ve posted a link on the Star 97-7 website. The search for the golden keg begins on September 19th.

 

Commissioners ask for jail funds

(Ellsworth) – Hancock County wants the state to pay up for its share of running the county jail. Commissioners say the state owes the county a little over $85-thousand dollars for last year’s jail operations. The state owes just about every county jail tens of thousands of dollars apiece, but reportedly has run out of money to reimburse the counties. A law passed in 2008 saw the state take over jail operations with the intent of paying all county jail costs. The Legislature this year returned control of the jails to the counties, but that’s tied up in the Supreme Court case involving Governor LePage’s veto efforts.

 

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