Fire Truck Return
(Ellsworth) – The Ellsworth Fire Department is returning a donated fire truck that it has never used after the donor wrote 10-letters complaining that the department wasn’t using the truck properly. The Ellsworth American reports Brian Hogan of Raymond donated the converted military vehicle in January 2016. Since then the fire department has stored it in a temporary shelter outside the fire station and has never used it to fight a forest fire. Chief Richard Tupper said they have plenty of forest fire fighting equipment without the 2-and-a-half ton truck.
Hospital – Union
(Ellsworth) – Lab techs, LPNs and others working at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth have voted to unionize. The Bangor Daily News reports the workers have joined the Maine State Nurses Association. Eastern Maine Health Care took over the hospital a couple of years ago and recently at least 7-doctors left the facility. A hospital spokeswoman says while they’re disappointed by the vote, they will negotiate with the union.
(Bar Harbor) – Acadia National Park has started offering half price park passes for next season. The $25-dollar park passes are on sale at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Harbor House, and town offices in Gouldsboro, Mount Desert, Tremont, and Winter Harbor. The offer is good only during December.
(Searsport) – No injuries but a fair amount of damage after a fire in Searsport yesterday. WABI-TV reports firefighters responded to the 9-1-1 call at about 12-thirty in the afternoon. The blaze apparently started as a cooking fire in an apartment.
Blue Hill Tree Lighting
(Blue Hill) The annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Blue Hill is this Thursday. Blue Hill Heritage Trust outreach director Chrissy Allen says it’s the third year her organization has teamed up with the Blue Hill Chamber of Commerce on this event. Event details are posted online at: Blue Hill Heritage Trust dot Org.
(Hancock) – As Hancock County deputies entered a mobile home in a search for stolen goods, a suspect loaded a shotgun, making a racking sound. They quickly exited and talked 19-year old Jacob Richardson out of the trailer without incident. The deputies and State Police have investigated more than 20-home burglaries since October, and they’ve recovered many stolen items from homes in Hancock and Surry. They’ve charged Richardson with creating a police standoff, receiving stolen property and reckless conduct with a weapon. A 17-year old girl who was also at the home during the search is charged with receiving stolen property and obstructing government administration.
(Machias) Machias Memorial High School officials canceled school last Friday after they received a threat. The closure also affected the neighboring Rose Gaffney School. The school’s website did not elaborate on what type of threat it was or how it was delivered. Schools in Machias and neighboring towns closed for two days in October because of a computer threat; a juvenile was charged in connection with that incident.
(Alton) A 35-year-old Lagrange man died in a crash in Alton just a short distance from where his mother perished in a car crash a week earlier. A passing motorist saw the car off the Bennoch Road about 9:30 Friday morning. Police tell WABI-TV it appears Alex Gardner crossed the center line on a curve and slammed into a tree. His mother, 63-year-old Robin Gardner, was killed the day after Thanksgiving when a Medford man hit her head-on. 25-year-old Tyler Creighton is charged with manslaughter.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Public Library is closed this week for a carpeting project. Some library events will go on as scheduled in the downstairs meeting room; the library’s website or Facebook page has details. But the library will be closed to regular patrons today through the 9th.
(Augusta) A Maine bill to try to address the problem of substance abuse and addiction among fishermen in the state is moving forward. Rep. Mick Devin, a Newcastle Democrat, proposed the bill to establish a task force to tackle the problem. The Legislative Council voted on Thursday to allow the bill to go to the full Legislature early next year.
Wreath Sues FedEx
(Columbia Falls) A Maine wreath-maker has sued FedEx for allegedly overbilling it by more than $350,000. The Bangor Daily News reports that the parent company of Worcester Wreath Co. filed the suit in federal court last month. The suit alleges FedEx was supposed to bill Amazon for the shipping of wreaths sold through the online retailer last holiday season, but instead charged the wreath company.
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- Sunday Night: Seattle Seahawks 24 Philadelphia Eagles 10
- Women’s College Basketball: Ohio State 83 U-Maine 70
- Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight
- Bruins play in Nashville (Predators) tonight