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Local News – May 17, 2017

FD Quits

(Newburgh) – All 11 firefighters for Newburgh’s fire department have quit after the town manager and the Board of Selectmen refused to reinstate the former fire chief to his post.  The Bangor Daily News reports former Chief Glenn Williamson resigned last year but was the acting chief.  Firefighters presented several demands to Selectmen this week, and the board rejected the demands.  Other towns will provide emergency coverage to Newburgh while new chief Ralph Shaw recruits volunteer firefighters.

 

Sieur de Monts closed

(Bar Harbor) – One of the more popular attractions in Acadia National Park is closed to vehicles today.  Park spokesman John Kelly reports to Star 97.7 that the Sieur deMonts parking lot is getting paved.  Kelly says the paving project will not affect Park Loop road access through the Sieur deMonts entrance.

Returnable Nip Bottles

(Augusta) – Governor Paul LePage says he will veto any bill that calls for a deposit on “nip bottles”.  Those are tiny bottles of hard liquor that increasingly end up on road sides after they’re consumed in vehicles.  Lawmakers have talked about putting a deposit on the 50-milliliter bottles.  The Governor said if that happens, he would order that the bottles are not sold in Maine by ordering them “de-listed”.

Young Arrest

(Bar Harbor) – The former police chief in Bar Harbor went to jail again last week after officers described him as unruly and out of control at an Ellsworth hospital.  The Ellsworth American reports Nathan Young went to the Hancock County jail following the incident.  Police in Bar Harbor charged Young with violating bail conditions. Young was arrested twice last Christmas on OUI charges, once in Ellsworth and another in Bangor.  Town officials fired Young a few years ago after officers found him slumped behind his truck’s wheel.  He’s sued the town for allegedly illegally firing him.

 

Officer convicted

(Thomaston) – A former Thomaston police officer fired after he altered an accident report will have to pay a thousand dollars in fines, but he won’t go to jail.  Michael Blais, who also drove a snow plow for the Town of Thomaston, backed into a vehicle, but didn’t report the accident to the Sheriff’s Department in 2016.  He later got into the computer file and changed the record from a hit and run accident to a property damage crash.  A judge yesterday suspended a two-week sentence.  The town suspended Blais a year ago and fired him a couple months ago.

Canoeing Fatal

(Vasslaboro) – A 5-year old Vassalboro boy has died after a canoeing accident in his hometown.  The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that William Egold and his mother fell into the water on Outlet Stream and the child got trapped in some debris.  Both wore lifejackets, and his mother was able to pull him out of the water, but he suffered severe hypothermia and died at a Bangor hospital after the Lifeflight helicopter flew him there.

 

Grand Opening & Shearing Event

(Unity) It’s a big weekend for Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm – Saturday’s the Grand Opening of their Ellsworth store, Alpaca Experience on Main Street. And Sunday’s their annual Shearing Event at their farm in Unity. Co-owner Corry Pratt says it takes about 12 minutes per alpaca to shave off a year’s worth of hair. Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm is expecting 8 babies to be born at their Unity farm this year.

 

Planned Outage

(Frenchboro) Emera Maine customers in Frenchboro will be without power for a couple hours today (5/17). Emera spokeswoman Judy Long reports the ferry terminal and Frenchboro Island School will be affected in addition to all Frenchboro residents. Power will be turned off at 11 this morning while crews conduct electrical system maintenance, which should take about 2 hours.

Chamber Meeting/Awards

(Ellsworth) Local businesses and community members will be honored tomorrow evening during the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Meeting and Awards. During the 5PM gathering at Acadia Events Center in Trenton The Chamber’s Top Drawer Award will be presented to Wallace Events of Ellsworth. Lamoine resident Donald Clark will recognized as Citizen of the Year. And other awards include New Chamber Business, Revitalization Award, and Customer Service Award.

Meeting & Dinner

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth High School Alumni Association’s annual meeting is tonight in the high school auditorium. A lasagna dinner will be served beforehand at 5:30. The meeting starts at 6:30 with recipients of the 2017 association scholarships being announced, followed afterward by a performance by the high school Show Choir. Tickets are available at the door.

Planning Board

(Ellsworth) A former Ellsworth police chief will fill a vacant seat on the city’s planning board through the end of June. The Ellsworth American reports John DeLeo’s appointment was approved during Monday night’s city council meeting. DeLeo retired from the police department in 2014 and once served as a member of the city’s Technical Review Team. When the term expires at the end of next month DeLeo would then be eligible for re-appointment to a full 2-year term.

Franklin Fire

(Franklin) – Fire destroyed a garage and chicken coop in Franklin.  The call to Route 182 came in shortly before 6-thirty yesterday morning.  Firefighters found the building ablaze and starting to heat up a home close by.  All the chickens perished.  Fire Chief Bob Grindle reports to Star 97.7 an electrical cord used for the chicken coop malfunctioned and caused the fire.

Botched Run

(Biddeford) Marathon organizers in southern Maine are apologizing for a course error that caused many runners to go an extra half-mile, costing some a chance to run in next year’s Boston Marathon. Maine Coast Marathon officials say some runners in Sunday’s race were mistakenly directed down a dead end before looping back, bringing their total distance to about 26.7 miles. Race director Charles Melton says they will offer refunds to those who missed qualifying for Boston because of the mistake.

Bush-ME

(Kennebunkport) Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara are back in Maine. A spokesman confirms they arrived at Walker’s Point on Monday, less than a month after the former president was released from a hospital in Texas. The nation’s 41st president has spent every summer in Kennebunkport, except during World War II when he was a naval aviator.

Moose

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Despite struggles in recent years, moose had a high survival rate in Maine over the winter. State moose biologist Lee Kantar says state data show about half of the moose calves studied in western Maine have survived this year. That is a much better rate than last year. Moose calves studied in northern Maine also did well, and survival rates were also improved for adult moose.

Disaster grant

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine nonprofit group is receiving $240,000 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to fund a project on disaster preparedness in the state in the era of sea level rise. The Island Institute says the fund will help pay for a project that benefits Maine’s island and coastal communities by addressing threats from natural disasters and environmental change stemming from sea level rise.

 

Sports

  • Boston Red Sox 6  St. Louis Cardinals 3  (Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. homer, Eduardo Rodriguez gets the win, tonight , Sox send Rick Porcello against St. Louis)
  • The Celtics get the number one overall pick in the NBA draft after winning the lottery yesterday.  Boston got the pick from a trade to the New Jersey Nets 4-years ago.
  • Celtics take on Cleveland in game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals tonight.

 

High School Baseball

George Stevens 5  Orono 2 (8-innings)

Hermon 10 Foxcroft 3

Bucksport 5  Central 4

Mattanawcook 8 Lee 6

Searsport 9 Penobscot Valley 1

Softball

Hermon 14  Foxcroft 1

Bucksport 10 Central 3

Mattanawcook 47  Lee 1

Penobscot Valley 5  Searsport 0

 

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