(Trenton) – Bids are due tomorrow on buses to replace those in the Island Explorer system. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the system has 20-buses that have outlived their useful life. The Maine Department of Transportation has more than $4-million dollars available to purchase new buses. The new buses will continue to run on propane and operate out of the partially completed gateway center in Trenton. The Island Explorer fleet has 34-buses, and manager Paul Murphy says he only knows of one company that manufactures propane powered buses.
High Street Project
(Ellsworth) – The Planning Board in Ellsworth will hear a developer’s ideas for the current Town Auto building on High Street. The Ellsworth American reports Scott Shapiro plans to replace the used car dealer’s building with two buildings which would double the size of the current facility. One will be an auto parts store, and the other would house three businesses, including a mattress store, a dental office and a barber shop. The Planning Board meets next week.
(Belfast) – The largest taxpayer in Belfast wants its taxes cut, big time. Stag-4 Belfast LLC owns the Bank of America building valued at more than $28-million dollars, and pays roughly $650-thousand dollars in property tax. Stag-4 says the property is really only worth $15-million and they should get an abatement of $300-thousand dollars. Village Soup dot-com reports the city will hire legal and appraisal help to deal with the abatement request.
(Madawaska) Drug agents say a meth lab operated by an Aroostook County couple is one of the largest meth labs the Maine DEA has encountered. Police arrested 36-year-old Carl Thibeault and his 34-year-old wife Casie on Tuesday after the discovery inside their Main Street home in Madawaska. Several law enforcement agencies helped with the investigation and cleanup. Police seized over 80 containers used to make the highly addictive drug. The Thibeault’s are charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated operation of a meth lab, and endangering the welfare of a child. The Department of Health and Human Services placed the two young children in the home into a safe location.
(Portland) A former Lewiston man will spend 9-years in prison for selling crack in 2012 and 13. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 30-year-old Lamar Young conspired with others to pool money to purchase powder cocaine and crack from suppliers in Massachusetts, bring it to Maine, cook it into crack, then package it for distribution. Young pled guilty last November. A judge sentenced Young yesterday.
(Maine) Maine State Veterinary officials urge horse owners to have their animals vaccinated from Rabies and mosquito-borne diseases. Officials say last year there were no cases of Rabies or Eastern Equine Encephalitis & West Nile virus – diseases caused by mosquito bites. But they encourage vaccines to maintain protection against these potentially deadly infections. Horse owners can minimize the chances of their horses interacting with the wildlife that commonly transmit the rabies virus by cleaning up food sources like trash, grain and food left out for barn cats. Owners should also consider keeping horses inside stalls between dusk and dawn during times of high mosquito activity. Suspicion of rabies or infection caused by mosquitoes in horses should be reported to the Maine State Veterinarian’s office.
Grand Meet & Greet
(Ellsworth) Folks in Hancock County will meet the new executive director of The Grand during a free gathering tonight. Nick Turner from Colorado took the job about a month ago and says he has a vision for the future of the theater. Turner welcomes public input. The free meet and greet is this afternoon from 4 to 7 at The Grand on Main Street with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.
Offender Visits School
(Wiscasset) A Wiscasset man not permitted to be around children because of a previous child abuse conviction is held without bail for attending a middle school recital. 36-year-old Andrew Seddon is a lifetime registered sex offender for a 2005 conviction. Seddon didn’t have a child in the school or performing at the recital he attended last Thursday when he was spotted by the Wiscasset School Resource Officer. The Bangor Daily News reports Seddon faces charges of violating release conditions and prohibited contact with a child in a safe zone.
(Belfast) Motorists crossing the bridge between Belfast and East Belfast Wednesday were slowed by a jaywalking moose. Some drivers swerved while others stopped to take photos. Belfast police sergeant John Gibbs tells the Bangor Daily News the moose crossed the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge over the Passagassawaukeag River on Route 1 a little before 8AM.
(Millinocket) The town of Millinocket has a new slogan and a new website. As a matter of looking to the future while embracing the past, Millinocket’s new motto is “Maine’s biggest small town.” WVII-TV reports the municipal facelift goes hand-in-hand with the newly opened Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Fort Knox Cleanup
(Prospect) Friends of Fort Knox and the Civil War Preservation Trust need volunteers to help clean the Civil War era state historic site. This Saturday is deemed Park Day in which more than a hundred parks throughout the country perform maintenance and upkeep. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive a T-shirt. Helpers are needed to sweep, rake and ready Fort Knox for its May 1st opening. For more information log on to: Fort Knox dot Maine Guide dot Com.
- NHL Playoff: Ottawa Senators 1 Boston Bruins 0 (Ottawa leads series 3-1)
- Toronto Blue Jays 3 Boston Red Sox 0 (Sox send Chris Sale against Toronto this afternoon)
- The Patriots met with President Trump to celebrate their Super Bowl victory yesterday.
High School Baseball
Sumner 7 Narraguagus 2
Calais 11 Machias 0
Bangor Christian 12 Schenck 2
Brewer 2 Edward Little 1
Narraguagus 12 Sumner 0
Calais 17 Machias 7
Hampden 12 Brunswick 4