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Local News – November 13, 2017

Kidnapping

(Bangor) – Three people from Georgia face kidnapping charges after picking up a man in Brewer and forcing him to make a fraudulent bank transaction.  Sergeant Brent Beaulieu reports to Star 97-7 the incident occurred last Friday and the suspects who range in age from 20 to 44 are due in court today.  Beaulieu says the victim provided police with a plate number and officers pulled over the vehicle on Interstate 395.  Police spent the weekend investigating the incident.

 

Searsport Trash

(Searsport) – Voters in Searsport will decide next month whether to see the town’s share of the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.  Village Soup dot-com reports Searsport is one of a handful of communities that will continue sending trash to the PERC plant in Orrington after contracts expire next March.  Dozens of towns have decided to build a trash to bio-gas plant in Hampden. If voters approve, the town will receive just over $12-thousand dollars for its share of PERC.  Funds started going to municipalities last week.

 

Business Preparedness

(Ellsworth) Business owners, managers and employees are encouraged to attend a forum about preparing for emergencies in the workplace. It’s one of 4 preparedness forums hosted by the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. Tomorrow morning’s discussion will be led by the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency. Deputy director Bradley Nuding says it’s about preparing for the “what if’s” at your workplace. Contact the Ellsworth Chamber by the end of today to RSVP.

 

Disaster Assistance

(Maine) Governor Paul LePage gave the Maine Emergency Management Agency the green light to request a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment for Public Assistance for 14 counties after the severe windstorm that swept over much of Maine two weeks ago. MEMA officials quickly forwarded this request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has indicated their readiness and support. The process won’t begin for a few weeks, but it will help determine whether Maine reaches the threshold required to formally request a Federal Disaster Declaration.

 

Healthy Acadia’s Pot Luck

(Ellsworth)  90 drug addiction recovery coaches have graduated from academies in Hancock and Washington Counties. Denise Black of Healthy Acadia is now calling on coaches or anyone interested in becoming one to join them at a Pot Luck dinner and discussion tomorrow evening.

 

Marijuana Discussion

(Ellsworth) Four prominent figures in Ellsworth will gather to discuss how retail marijuana could affect our community. Retail operations that are allowed under the Marijuana Legalization Act but are not yet permitted until state regulations are in place include retail pot stores, social clubs, cultivation facilities, testing facilities and product facilities. Police chief Glenn Moshier, representative Louie Luchini, Healthy Acadia prevention specialist Tara Young and lawyer Alysia Melnick will lead a conversation on Wednesday at 6pm at the Moore Community Center. A state moratorium on retail marijuana is in place through January 31st, 2018.

 

FFCC Ground Breaking

(Ellsworth) Families First Community Center broke ground on their new transitional home last Thursday. The organization’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with young children, with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency. President Dawn Carter-Coffin says renovations can now begin but it will take a village.  The barn will have 2 apartments upstairs; downstairs will be daycare and classrooms. Anyone interested in donating their time, materials, or money can find details at: Families First Ellsworth dot Org.

 

Blueberry Crop

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A trade group says Maine’s wild blueberry crop fell sharply this summer to land below 100 million pounds for the first time in four years. Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine executive director Nancy McBrady says preliminary industry figures show the crop coming in at about 65 million pounds. It’s more than enough for Maine to remain far and away the wild blueberry capital of the country, but a sharp drop from recent years.

 

Sports

  • New England Patriots 41  Denver Broncos 16
  • Boston Celtics 95  Toronto Raptors 94 (Celtics have won 12 straight)

High School Football – N ME Finals

Class “A” – Windham 42  Portland 6

Class “B” – Skowhegan 23  Lawrence 0

Class “C” MCI 27  MDI 6

Class “D” Foxcroft 34  Bucksport 0