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Local News – October 12, 2017

Blue Hill Treasurer

(Blue Hill) – Selectmen in Blue Hill have placed the town’s treasurer on administrative leave, but they’re not saying why.  The Ellsworth American reports Jody Murphy will get paid while she’s on leave and the town attorney investigates the situation.  The suspension followed an executive session meeting last week.  The town office will open fewer hours while they are short staffed.


SW Harbor Manager

(SW Harbor) – Southwest Harbor’s town manager is out on medical leave and Selectmen have appoint one of his staffers to fill in for the time being.  Don Lagrange plans to retire in a few months.  Town Clerk Marilyn Lowell has assumed most of his duties during his absence, but the Mt. Desert Islander reports she is looking for help with Code Enforcement matters.  LaGrange is also the town’s code enforcement officer and plumbing inspector.


Bangor Dispatch

(Bangor) – Bangor city officials estimate residents generate nearly 180-thousand 9-1-1 calls, but most of those calls are not really an emergency.  City councilors have voted to route 9-1-1 calls to the Penobscot County Regional Communications Center, ending several decades of having city dispatchers just a couple miles away.  New state requirements for police and fire 9-1-1 call handling prompted the move to the regional communications center which dispatches for virtually every other town in the county.


Detroit Explosion

(Detroit) – An explosion at an agricultural business in Detroit injured at least three people.  The Life Flight helicopter flew one of the injured to a Portland hospital for burn treatments.  It happened at Northeast Agricultural Sales on Route 100 in Detroit. The Pittsfield Fire Chief tells Newscenter sulfur dust inside a hopper ignited and caused the explosion.  The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.



Harvest Fest

(Blue Hill) The third annual Blue Hill Peninsula Harvest Fest is this Saturday. Entries for the scarecrow contest are due to Mainescape on South Street by Friday the 13th. Blue Hill Heritage Trust development and outreach director Chrissy Allen says the free event is a way for local businesses to thank the community for its support. Blue Hill Peninsula Harvest Fest is put on by Mainescape, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, and the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.



Escaped Inmate Caught

(Warren) An inmate who escaped the Bolduc Correctional Facility early Wednesday morning is back in custody. 33-year-old Jason Brown left the grounds in Warren unauthorized about 1AM. Village Soup-dot Com reports Brown was caught near an auto body shop on the River Road in Cushing at about 9AM yesterday. Brown is serving a 7-year prison term for arson, convicted of setting an Augusta home on fire while 2 people slept inside. This is the 2nd time in two months that a prisoner has walked away from the Bolduc Center. The last occurrence was in August; the inmate was captured six hours later.


Red Cross – Update

(Ellsworth) The American Red Cross visited 35 homes in Ellsworth last Saturday and installed 135 free smoke alarms. Executive director of the American Red Cross in eastern Maine, Caroline King says she was one of 22 volunteers assisting with installing smoke alarms, replacing batteries and educating families about fire safety. Emera Maine and members of the Ellsworth fire department also volunteered with the Home Fire Safety campaign.



Job Search

(Machias) The Downeast Coast Conservancy is on the hunt for a new executive director. The organization announced this week that its current executive director Rich Bard has accepted a position with the Scarborough Land Trust. Bard has served as executive director for the conservancy since January 2014. Interested candidates can learn how to apply and view the job description on the DCC’s website. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


Splash Pad Closed

(Ellsworth) Children and families spent all summer enjoying the splash pad at Knowlton Park. Fall temperatures mean no more water play. The City of Ellsworth announces the splash pad, bathrooms and changing rooms are now being winterized and will remain closed until next spring. [A port-a-potty will be brought in for use by those who continue to play at the park.



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  • The Red Sox fired manager John Farrell
  • NLDS – Washington Nationals 5  Chicago Cubs 0 (series tied 2-2, game 5 is tonight in Washington)
  • NBA Pre-season:  Boston Celtics 108 Charlotte Hornets 100
  • NHL: Colorado Avalanche 6  Boston Bruins 3

Boy’s Soccer

(Tie) Ellsworth 1 Washington Academy 1

George Stevens 4  DI/Stonington 0

Sumner 3 Calais 2

Shead 2 Machias 0

Woodland 2 Hodgdon 0

Old Town 3 Brewer 0

Girl’s Soccer

Brewer 4 Old Town 0

Narraguagus 1 Calais 0


MDI 3 Ellsworth 0