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Local News – April 29, 2016

Fired Chief Sues
(Orrington) – The former fire chief in Orrington has appealed his dismissal and filed suit against the town claiming he was a whistleblower. The Bangor Daily News reports former chief Michael Spencer claims town manager Paul White fired him because he scheduled volunteers to respond to ambulance calls and that he visited the fire station in Newport without authorization. The town is not commenting other than the town attorney characterizing Spencer’s attorney as misinformed. Spencer has filed suit with the Maine Human Rights Commission and appealed the firing to Orrington’s Board of Selectmen.

Old Town Meth Lab
(Old Town) – Another methamphetamine making operation is out of business – this time in Old Town. WABI-TV reports residents alerted police after finding items in the trash that pointed to a meth lab. Officers called in the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to the Pembroke Pines Apartment complex. Three people live in the suspected apartment, and no one’s been charged yet. It’s the 30th meth making operation response for drug agents so far this year.

Spring Fling Tomorrow
(Ellsworth) Tomorrow night is Spring Fling for Caleb’s Crusade. Friends and family of Caleb Gibson are putting on a fundraiser for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Caleb to raise money for his liver transplant. He’s a 17-year-old senior at Ellsworth High School and suffers from complications of Cystic Fibrosis. Lead volunteer for Caleb’s Crusade, Cheryl Moors, says organizing the fundraiser was an emotional feat for Caleb’s mother.  Spring Fling for Caleb’s Crusade starts at 6 tomorrow night at Big Cat’s Event Center in Trenton. Tickets are $30 and that includes dinner and dancing to live music by the Crown Vics. Attendees can also participate in raffles and the silent auction.

Greenhouse & Nursery Day
(Statewide) Greenhouses, nurseries, and garden centers statewide will celebrate Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day tomorrow. It’s the industry’s kick off to the growing season and this annual event is always the Saturday of the weekend before Mother’s Day. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry certifies plant exports, regulates imported plants and assists growers with plant pest problems at more than 13-hundred businesses around the state.

Card Brook Cleanup
(Ellsworth) Card Brook Cleanup is tomorrow. The City of Ellsworth and Frenchman Bay Conservancy host the event as a celebration of Earth Day. Participants should bring gloves and sturdy footwear, and will meet in the parking lot on the west side of Hannaford in Ellsworth to receive further instructions. Those volunteering will be entered in numerous raffle drawings. Card Brook Cleanup is from 9:30am to Noon tomorrow.

DE Scenic RR Gets Money
(Ellsworth) Downeast Scenic Railroad has been awarded 5-thousand-dollars from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation through their Community Matters More grant program. Downeast Scenic Railroad was one of 68 nonprofits receiving money based on votes cast by the community. Railroad president, Tom Testa, says they already have a plan for the grant money, fixing a combine-car. The combine car is housed locally at Washington Junction and Testa says restoration efforts will begin soon. Downeast Scenic Railroad resumes train trips starting Saturday, May 28th. Get more information at: Downeast Scenic Rail Dot Org.

Bangor PD Narcan
(Bangor) The Bangor Police Department will be training with Penobscot Community Health Center to learn how to administer Narcan. WABI-TV reports the police department is expecting to get city council approval soon for officers to carry Narcan in their vehicles, a medication that quickly counteracts an opiate overdose. Bangor PD is still working out details on training and how to finance the new venture.

Chef’s Gala

(Ellsworth) The 22nd annual Chef’s Gala is tomorrow at the Ellsworth Ramada. The fun-filled event raises money for the Breast Clinic at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Jack Frost with the hospital says the clinic is looking to buy a 1-hundred-60-thousand-dollar machine that will better serve its patients.
Tickets are sold out but you can still make a donation to help the Breast Clinic purchase some much needed equipment. To do so, call Jack Frost at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Sports
• NBA Playoff: Atlanta Hawks 104 Boston Celtics 92 (Atlanta wins playoff 4-2)
• Atlanta Braves 5 Boston Red Sox 3 (Sox vs. Yankees tonight, Henry Owens starts for Boston)
• California Quarterback Jared Goff is the top NFL draft pick this year, going to the L-A Rams. The Patriots had no 1st round pick due to deflate-gate, and will have two 2nd round picks today.
High School Baseball
Old Town 14 Ellsworth 0
Hermon 9 MDI 5
Shead 13 Narraguagus 2
Softball
Hermon 15 MDI 0
Old Town 14 Ellsworth 4
Narraguagus 12 Shead 0
Highview Christian 22 Jonesport Beals 9

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