Inmates Moved (Machiasport) – Corrections workers drove 15 prisoners from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Buck’s Harbor to other lockups, and the corrections commissioner says it’s in preparation for closing.  The Governor included funding for the Machiasport prison through next February.  Local lawmakers fought an effort to shut down the minimum security prison.  A […]

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Local News – June 2, 2017

 

Inmates Moved

(Machiasport) – Corrections workers drove 15 prisoners from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Buck’s Harbor to other lockups, and the corrections commissioner says it’s in preparation for closing.  The Governor included funding for the Machiasport prison through next February.  Local lawmakers fought an effort to shut down the minimum security prison.  A few days ago the Governor commuted sentences for 17-prisoners.

 

Surry Municipal Building

(Surry) – Surry voters will decide whether the town should build an addition and do major renovations to the town hall.  Built in the 1980s, the municipal building houses the town offices and fire station.  The Ellsworth American reports there is little meeting and storage space, the doors are too narrow, and the building needs a new roof and boiler.  The vote to borrow $850,000 is set for June 14th at the school.

Camden Manager/Finance Director

(Camden) – Camden continues to look for a new town manager, and now the town’s finance director is done.  Village Soup dot-com reports the Selectboard offered the manager’s job, but could not come to a final agreement with the chosen candidate.  Former town manager Roberta Smith is the acting town manager, replacing Patricia Finnigan who resigned several months ago.  Finance Director Virginia Lindsay who took that post about a year ago is no longer working for the town, but Selectmen have offered no explanation about her departure.

Accident Follow-up

 

(Trenton) – Emergency officials in Hancock County say yesterday’s road closure and detour on Route 3 in Trenton went slowly, but well.  A few anecdotal road rage incidents, but no arrests or injuries.  A rental truck driver fell asleep at the wheel early yesterday morning and clipped a utility pole in Trenton, bringing lines down across the road.  That forced firefighters to divert traffic around the scene utilizing Route 230 from Ellsworth to the head of Mt. Desert Island.  The road reopened to 1-lane traffic more than 5-hours after the crash.

 

Bees & Apple Blossoms

(Ellsworth) Bees pollinating apple blossoms – it occurs naturally. However, orchard owners like Brett Johnston of Ellsworth says trucking in hives from Florida helps to ensure the process takes place. Johnston says they brought tin the bees in for “the bloom”, which only lasts a week to 10 days and is now over. The next phase for the apple trees begins in a couple weeks.

 

Hurricane Season 

(USA) The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway as of June first. NOAA released its outlook in late May, calling for a slightly above average season with 11 to 17 named storms. Of those, 5 to 9 are predicted to hit hurricane strength, and 2 to 4 classified as major hurricanes – a Category 3 hurricane or stronger. The U.S. has not seen a so-called major hurricane make landfall since Wilma in October 2005. Hurricane and tropical storm name lists repeat every six years unless one is so destructive that a World Meteorological Organization committee votes to retire that name from future lists. 

Free Fishing Weekend

(Maine) The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife invites people of all ages to fish Maine’s waterways for free this weekend. Free fishing weekend on Saturday and Sunday means any person may fish for free without a license, except those who have had their licenses suspended or revoked.

Deer Hunt

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine hunters might once again see a major bump in the number of deer they are allowed to harvest. The state has about 200,000 white-tailed deer and uses “antlerless deer” hunting permits to manage the population. The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it is planning to offer more than 65,000 permits this year. That’s a bump of more than 45 percent from last year’s total of more than 45,000, which was a 60 percent climb from the previous year.

Seasonal Worker Shortage

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s hospitality businesses continue to struggle as seasonal workers wait for work visas. The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t increased available work visas even though Congress authorized the agency to do so in May. Now, more than 2,100 foreign workers can’t work because the H-2B visa program is stalled.

Airport Grants

FRENCHVILLE, Maine (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving more than $3.3 million to 10 airports in Maine in a move lawmakers say will boost tourism and jobs in the state. The grants are going to regional and commercial airports all over the state, ranging from North Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville to Bangor International Airport. The grants will fund projects such as removal of trees obstructions and rehabilitation of taxiway pavement.

 

Sports

  • NBA Finals:  Golden State 113  Cleveland 91 (Warriors lead series 1-0)
  • Baltimore Orioles 7  Boston Red Sox 5 (Eduardo Rodriguez gave up 4 homers.  Rick Porcello starts against Orioles tonight)

High School Baseball

Old Town 6  MDI 2

Searsport 7 Sumner 1

Dexter 4 Mattanawcook 2

Penobscot Valley 15  Schenck 14

Softball

Searsport 12  Sumner 3

Mattanawcook 3 Dexter 0