(Local) The Maine Center for Disease Control continues to monitor influenza and says it’s widespread throughout the state. The Maine CDC reports 62 new hospitalizations occurred last week along with 12 new outbreaks reported. State epidemiologist Siiri Bennett says the data shows this year’s flu may be a bit worse than previous years. The CDC updates influenza information weekly and posts it online at: Maine Flu dot Gov.
Street Sweeper Accident
(Bangor) – A street sweeper operator went to the hospital after a car rear ended his machine in Bangor. WABI-TV reports it happened late yesterday morning on Outer Broadway near the Glenburn line. The crash caused the rear axle to fall off. The driver who hit the sweeper was not injured.
Bucksport – King Grant
(Bucksport) – Students at the Bucksport Middle School are pretty well read thanks to the state’s most famous writer. Stephen and Tabitha King’s Foundation gave a grant to the middle school that allows students to purchase books from a local book store. They filled the store yesterday, picking out books. Bookstacks’ owners tell WVII-TV they discounted prices to allow the school grant to go even further.
(Trescott) – A bald eagle rescued in Washington County may be one of the oldest on record. The tag affixed to the eagle when it was a baby dated back to 1983. Newscenter 2 reports Warden Joe McBrine helped recover the injured bird and reported the tag. Biologist Charlie Todd who now heads the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife endangered species program had put on the tag 34-years ago. The eagle had injuries to a wing consistent with a fight and is now under rehabilitation in Waldo County. They may release it to the wild soon.
Stockton Springs School Closure
(Searsport) – Voters in Searsport and Stockton Springs head to the polls today to decide whether to formally approve closing the Stockton Springs Elementary School. Students from Stockton Springs attend school in Searsport – the two towns make up RSU 20. The town has used the school for a pre-K program for several years. The RSU says closure would save the school system $70-thousand dollars a year. If the vote passes, the town will have to decide what to do with the building.
(Portland)The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says reported cases of Lyme disease reached an all-time high in the state last year. The agency says the total of 1,464 cases surpassed the previous high of 1,410 in 2014. The Portland Press Herald reports Lyme cases surged in the fall after a dry summer caused ticks to take on a hibernation-like state.
(Stonington) Police swarmed to a store in Stonington slated to open this month when three assaults were called in Sunday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office tells Star 97-7 while a deputy was responding to the first assault at the Harbor View Store, a second and third assault were reported, all stemming from the first incident. The investigation led to summonses for 3 people in their 20s. Police did not say what caused the scuffle.
(Stonington) A Stonington woman will face a judge for allegedly stealing a check from a local business, forging it then cashing it. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the theft was called in Sunday from the unnamed business, who said 31-year-old Heather Betts was there earlier that day. She’s accused of making the check out to herself for $450 and cashing it at a local store. Betts was issued a summons for theft and will appear at Ellsworth Unified Court on May 16th.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth high school senior Keith Jordan was bestowed with the Maine Principals’ Association “Principals’ Award”. The criteria for the selection is academics, leadership, and citizenship. Jordan attended the honors banquet in Bangor on Saturday. In the fall he’ll attend Maine Maritime Academy to major in Engineering.
(Maine) Selections have been named for the 28th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. This East vs. West match-up brings together over 150 student athletes and coaches from all over the state for what’s considered the premier High School sporting event. Some of the local players chosen include Keith Jordan of Ellsworth, Chris Farnsworth of MDI, Travis Tran of Belfast, Josh Geagan of Bucksport, and Justin Villone from Washington Academy. Top cheerleaders were also selected to perform at the game. The high school senior all-star football game benefits 22 Shrine Hospitals for Children across the US, Canada, and Mexico. The game is July 15th at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. Tickets go on sale in June.
(Kennebec Cty) Authorities still don’t know what caused a loud boom in central Maine. People in Kennebec County reported hearing the earthquake-like rumbling around 10 o’clock Sunday night. One person reported the boom made their glass shower door shatter. WABI-TV reports the US Geological Survey does not show an earthquake occurring during that time.
(Augusta) Legislators will consider a bill to give parents state money they can use for their children’s education outside of the public school system. A Republican lawmaker’s bill would have the Treasurer of State direct 90-percent of a state subsidy for a child’s education into a savings account.
(Augusta) A legislative committee will start to consider bills that would reform the state’s general assistance program. Maine towns each run a general assistance program that helps people lacking enough money to pay necessary expenses.
(MONTPELIER, VT) A request by Massachusetts for a supply of clean, renewable electricity could give a boost to a series of proposals to carry Canadian renewable energy to southern New England through proposed transmission lines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are a handful of proposals across the three states intended to help the energy-hungry southern New England states make use of the renewable energy available in Canada.
(Ellsworth) Just as people are planning their gardens for this year the Ellsworth Garden Club will host a program about making your produce last by preserving, storing, canning and pickling. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alan Majka will offer tips and techniques for getting the most out of your summer harvest. The free program will be at the Moore Community Center next Monday night at 7PM.
(Augusta) Maine’s conservation department is getting involved in the proposed pardoning of a dog, saying the case could have implications for the state’s animal welfare laws. Republican Gov. Paul LePage said last week he was pardoning Dakota the Alaskan husky from a death sentence levied at a court hearing because Dakota killed a neighbor’s pug last year. Dakota’s case is scheduled for a court hearing today.
(Portland) Dozens of attorneys are sending a letter to federal officials urging them to end the practice of arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at courthouses in the wake of the detention of an asylum seeker in Portland. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine says 179 attorneys are sending the letter on Monday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
(Maine) Gas prices are rising in northern New England, although they remain below the national average. The latest GasBuddy.com survey of Maine gas stations shows the average price of gas rose 4.4 cents to $2.31 per gallon last week. In New Hampshire, the average price rose 4.3 cents, to $2.25 per gallon. The price in Vermont rose 3.2 cents per gallon, to $2.33.
• Boston Celtics 114 Brooklyn Nets 105
• Detroit Tigers 2 Boston Red Sox 1 (Chris Sale takes the loss) Sox host Orioles tonight, Drew Pomeranz schedule to come off the Disabled list to start for Boston.
• Patriots have resigned defensive lineman Alan Branch.
• Long time Belfast High wrestling coach Ted Heroux has died. He notched over 600-team wins. He was 74.