(Ellsworth) – The chamber of commerce in Ellsworth is parting ways with its executive director. Board President Jeff Clark confirms to Star 97.7 that Susan Farley is no longer in charge at the chamber and they’re looking for an interim director in the short term and will search for a permanent replacement. Farley has been in charge at the chamber for a little more than a year and a half. She’s a former TV news reporter and most recently worked at the Washington / Hancock Community Agency.
Franklin Social Security Thief Sentenced
(Bangor) – A 66-year old Franklin woman will spend 2-years on probation and has to pay back more than $31-thousand dollars to the federal government for spending Social Security money sent to her dead mother’s bank accounts. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97-7 Barbara Phillips will also pay a $3-thousand dollar fine. She would withdraw money that the Social Security system deposited into her mother’s accounts even after her mother’s death. The thefts occurred between 2011 and 2013.
Ellsworth – Moratorium
(Ellsworth) – City councilors in Ellsworth have said “No” to a moratorium on development in the city’s neighborhood zone. The request came from residents upset with a condominium proposal currently before the Ellsworth Planning Board. City councilor Marc Blanchette says the ordinances address such proposals. The full council voted 6-to-1 against imposing a development moratorium.
Ellsworth Officer/Dispatcher of the Year
(Ellsworth) – City councilors in Ellsworth have recognized a couple of public safety employees for annual awards. Councilors named Leah Mattson, the city’s newest dispatcher, the dispatcher of the year. And Sergeant Glenn Moshier is the police department officer of the year.
(Trenton) – A long time outspoken social justice advocate from Trenton has died. Peter Rees was a psychologist and fought vigilantly for human rights, especially for gay teen-agers. A psychologist who practiced up until a few years ago, Rees was also a frequent letters to the editor writer and was often in attendance for events that reflected causes he believes in. He leaves behind two daughters, including Sullivan veterinarian Jenny Rees. Peter Rees was 82-years old.
Sedgwick – Shots Fired
(Sedgwick) – A Sedgwick fisherman says someone took a shot at him while he stood outside his home earlier this month. Carl Gray tells Fox 22 News he believes the gunshots were an escalation of a dispute he has with another fisherman. The Marine Patrol and State Police are investigating the incident. Gray says his young son was standing next to him when the shots narrowly missed both of them.
Webster named interim superintendent
(Deer Isle) – The school department for Deer Isle and Stonington has hired back its former Superintendent of Schools to run things until a permanent replacement is found. Bob Webster replaces Mark Jenkins through June following Jenkins’ resignation Webster will start on January 4th – he served the district for 19 years before retiring and is the superintendent for Matinicus Island. The school board also agreed to pay Jenkins through the end of the school year.
New boat to help with whale entanglements
(Undated) A new inflatable boat will help Maine’s Department of Marine Resources disentangle whales. DMR Spokesman Jeff Nichols tells Star 97.7, thanks to a grant the department can purchase a soft bottom boat that will maneuver in a safe and effective manner to guide disentanglement efforts. Nichols says a soft bottom boat is less likely to tip over and forms to the whale’s body if it’s under the boat.
SW Harbor sewer/water to dissolve
(Southwest Harbor) Southwest Harbor’s water and sewer departments will dissolve on January 1st, eliminating four jobs. Voters approved forming the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District. The Mount Desert Islander reports the laid off employees can apply for jobs in the new district though it’s unclear how many positions are open. The newly formed district held its first meeting last night.
ME slowest to dispense food stamps
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The United States Department of Agriculture says Maine is the slowest state in the country at processing applications for food stamps. Officials with the USDA sent a letter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Dec. 7 that says data for the first six months of this year show the state’s processing timeliness rating was about 69 percent. It says 95 percent is acceptable. The letter says Maine’s “poor timeliness” negatively affects residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It also says Maine was ranked 36 out of 53 state agencies with a rate of about 84 percent in fiscal 2014.
Monday Night Football: NY Giants 31 Miami Dolphins 24
NHL: Edmonton Oilers 3 Boston Bruins 2 (OT)
MLB: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball.
Pitcher Johnny Cueto has signed with the San Francisco Giants. Cueto wanted to play for the Red Sox.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston tonight.
High School Basketball – Boys
Orono 55 John Bapst 36
GSA 50 Bucksport 47
Narraguagus 60 Shead 27
Woodland 46 Machias 32