(Trenton) – Snarled traffic this morning from Mt. Desert Island through Ellsworth as Route 3 in Trenton was closed for hours after a traffic accident. A vehicle clipped a utility pole overnight, bringing lines down over the busy road and forcing firefighters to close it to traffic from Route 204 to Route 230. That meant motorists had to use the much narrower Route 230 to get to and from MDI, and that backed up traffic on both sides of the closure, forcing local police departments to utilize a lot of manpower to manage the traffic. State Police report no serious injuries in the crash.
Valet Service, Dental Clinic cut
(Ellsworth) – The hospital in Ellsworth is closing down little used and expensive services. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital tells the Ellsworth American that it’s shutting down valet parking services, the Dental Clinic on Christian Ridge Road and chaplaincy services. The Dental Clinic will relocate to Southwest Harbor which had shared the staff with the Ellsworth clinic. A spokeswoman says the valet parking program used to be a volunteer service, but they had trouble finding volunteers, so they hired a contractor to run the service which few people utilized.
Lamoine School Budget
(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine swiftly approved a $2-point-7 million dollar school budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget will mean about a 6-percent property tax increase. School officials told the special town meeting last evening that a 30-percent increase in elementary school population, increased special education costs and more high school tuition costs drove the budget increase, even though some programming at the elementary school level is reduced. Voters will decide whether to validate the approved budget on June 13th.
Chamber Member Breakfast
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce says ‘thank you’ to its members next week by offering a free breakfast. Executive director Gretchen Wilson says they’ll award several prizes at Tuesday’s member gathering. Contact the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce if you plan to attend Tuesday’s breakfast at Big Cat’s Catering in Trenton.
(Union) A Union man who admitted to hurting his two children will be released from jail soon. 38-year-old Michael Feeley was arrested in March for pulling the hair of one child and hitting the anther who came to help. Police also tell WABI-TV that Feeley then destroyed on of the kid’s trophies and an urn containing the family dog’s ashes. Last week he was sentenced to 60 days in jail for domestic violence assault and criminal mischief, but Feeley has already served most of his sentence. He’ll be released this week and must begin an alcohol treatment program.
Garbage Truck Fire
(Ellsworth) A garbage truck driver is okay after his load appeared to catch fire. Ellsworth police stopped the truck on the Bangor Road Wednesday morning. The driver was unaware of the issue – he investigated and found a piece of cardboard lodged between the compactor and exhaust causing the cardboard to smolder. Ellsworth Deputy fire chief Gary Saunders tells Star 977 firefighters monitored the load with a thermal imaging camera and confirmed there was no other fire inside the garbage truck.
Rare Tick Virus
(Augusta) – A couple of mid-coast Maine residents have contracted the Powassan virus – a tick born disease. The Maine Centers for Disease Control reports they’ve only seen 9-cases in total since 2000, including the latest two. There is no treatment or vaccine, and the infection can cause permanent neurological symptoms like memory issues, facial tics and blurred vision. Some victims have no symptoms at all.
(Augusta) A woman whose daughter was fatally shot in a landlord-tenant dispute in 2012 has sued her former employer, saying it failed to accommodate her depression and fired her illegally. Jocelyne Welch is seeking damages in her lawsuit against the American Red Cross, where she worked until September 2015.
Copyrighting Public Hearings
(Augusta) A little-known group of legislators in Maine is fearful of political groups twisting statements that lawmakers make in public hearings. As a fix, the lawmakers are considering copyrighting audio recordings of public hearings. But critics like the Maine First Amendment Coalition say there’s no precedent for the move, and doubt it’ll work.
- Boston Red Sox 4 Chicago White Sox 1 (Drew Pomeranz gets the win, Pablo Sandoval knocked in the winning run) Sox take on Baltimore tonight, Eduardo Rodriguez starts for Boston)
- Stanley Cup Finals: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Nashville Predators 1 (Pittsburgh leads 2-0)
- NBA Finals start tonight – Warriors vs. Cavaliers in Oakland California
High School Baseball
MDI 8 Ellsworth 1
Old Town 5 John Bapst 2
Bucksport 9 Sumner 4
Washington Academy 4 Narraguagus 3
Shead 17 Calais 3
Greenville 14 Machias 4
Ellsworth 8 MDI 3
Old Town 10 John Bapst 1
Bucksport 17 Sumner 3
Narraguagus 13 Washington Academy 9
Calais 10 Shead 6
Greenville 21 Machias 1