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Local News – November 14, 2017

Ellsworth Mayor

(Ellsworth) – The city of Ellsworth has a new city council chair.  Fellow councilors voted 4-to-3 in favor of Marc Blanchette to lead the city council meetings for the next year.  Former chair Bob Crosthwaite garnered the minority vote.  The city council also welcomed new city councilor Dale Hamilton in its organizational meeting yesterday morning.  Hamilton was elected a week ago.

Bar Harbor Pier


(Bar Harbor) – What should Bar Harbor do with the former ferry terminal property on Eden Street?  That’s the question an advisory committee would like the public to answer this afternoon.  The hearing in the town council chambers begins at 4:00 this afternoon.  Bay Ferries Limited stopped service to Nova Scotia back in 2009 and the town is exploring whether to purchase the property and possibly build a pier to accommodate cruise ships.  Recently, Bay Ferries, which runs the Cat between Portland and Yarmouth Nova Scotia, might be interested in returning to Bar Harbor.


Lamoine Gravel

(Lamoine) – After months of reviewing mounds of paper work and two full nights of public hearing, Lamoine’s Planning Board may decide tonight on whether to allow a gravel mining operation to expand.  The hearings produced a lot of public opposition to the plan by Harold MacQuinn Incorporated to enlarge a 30-acre permitted mining area to nearly 100-acres.  It’s the second time around for the application first submitted in 2012.  A court settlement saw the town agree to re-hear the application after MacQuinn sued, claiming bias the first time around.


Caribou Russet Potato

(Local) A new breed of Maine potatoes will hit local stores this week. Maine Potato Board executive director Don Flannery says it took years to invent and perfect the Caribou Russet potato at the University of Maine in Orono. Caribou Russets become available this week at Hannaford supermarkets and Tradewinds stores.


Treasurer’s Hearing  


(Blue Hill) – No immediate word from town officials in Blue Hill regarding the fate of the town’s treasurer. Selectmen placed Jody Murphy on paid administrative leave more than a month ago, but no one is saying why.  The Board held a closed door meeting with Murphy yesterday afternoon.  Blue Hill hired Murphy about 3-years ago.


Damage Assessment

(Maine) Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit towns and cities in Maine this week to observe damage caused by the “bombogenisis” windstorm on October 30th. MEMA spokeswoman Susan Faloon tells Star 97-7 a schedule has not been set yet for exactly where FEMA officials will visit, but they will meet with county EMA’s and local officials for a preliminary damage assessment to determine if counties qualify for the disaster declaration.


Power Outages-Legislature

(Maine) The Maine Legislature is expected to consider options that include burying power lines and more aggressive tree cutting after a wind storm knocked out power for up to 10 days. Democratic Representative Seth Barry says his panel will review proposals that could’ve reduced the number and duration of the power outages. At the peak, nearly a half million homes and businesses were in the dark in Maine after the storm struck with powerful winds the October 30th. Central Maine Power spokesman John Carroll said the utility is proud of the swift and safe response to the storm. He said that if there’s going to be a review then the Maine Public Utilities Commission is in the best position to do so.


Illegal Harvest

(Jonesboro) Rangers patrolling Washington County nabbed some early holiday thieves in the act. Ranger Brian Getchell caught 2 two people illegally harvesting evergreen boughs in Jonesboro on Sunday. Maine law requires written landowner permission to cut down and take branches. Anyone who suspects illegal harvesting on their property is encouraged to call the Maine Forest Service.


PEO Pies

(Ellsworth) The local Philanthropic Educational Organization’s annual pie sale is coming up. Past president Ann Dederer says their grass roots fundraiser allows them to help deserving women become successful. The PEO pie sale is at Reny’s in Ellsworth from 9AM to 1PM on Wednesday the 22nd, just in time for Thanksgiving.



Scallop Numbers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine is allowing scallop fishermen to catch the same amount of scallops in the coming season as they did in the previous one. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says its advisory council has approved the specifications for the 2017-18 scallop fishing season. Last year, fishermen were allowed to harvested 15 gallons of scallops per day in the Cobscook Bay area and 10 gallons per day in the rest of the state.



  • Monday Night Football:  Carolina Panthers 45  Miami Dolphins 21
  • The Patriots are staying in Colorado to practice for the week before the head to Mexico City to play the Raiders.
  • Aaron Judge was named the American League Rookie of the year; Cody Bellinger the NL Rookie of the year.
  • The Celtics are in Brooklyn to take on the Nets tonight