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Local News – December 27, 2017

Wind Chill Advisory

(Undated) – Bundle Up if you’ve got to be outdoors for any amount of time.  That’s the advice of weather forecasters who’ve posted a wind chill advisory for pretty much all of the state.  Wind chills will dip to 25-below along Maine’s Coast overnight, and stay that way despite bountiful sunshine tomorrow.   Inland, temperatures will be even colder.  The good news is that no major snowfall is expected for the next few days.

 

Reporter/Planner

(Ellsworth) – A familiar name in Ellsworth will become the city’s assistant planner.  Steve Fuller has worked as a reporter covering city hall for the past 5-and-a-half years with the Ellsworth American.  Before that he worked for the Republican Journal in Belfast.  He will become Ellsworth City Planner Michelle Gagnon’s assistant in the next few weeks.

 

Montville Fire

(Montville) – Firefighters in Waldo County ended up calling in an excavator to tear down a burning building in Montville yesterday.  The call to the Halldale Road came in around 10-o’clock in the morning and the building was fully ablaze when the first fire trucks arrived.  No injuries are reported, but cold weather and deep snow made firefighting conditions difficult at best.  A half dozen fire departments responded to the scene.

 

Fireball

(York) – Social media was abuzz last evening after a fireball roared across the sky from Maine to Vermont.  The giant meteor caused quite the sensation and a web cam on to of Mt. Agamenticus in York recorded the while thing.  Postings on Facebook and Twitter speculated on alien invasions or North Korean missiles.

 

Drive Sober Campaign

(Augusta) Police in Maine’s capital city are cracking down on impaired driving during the last week of 2017. The Augusta police department says now thru December 31st officers will conduct multiple direct patrol activities as part of the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

 

Botanical Gardens Suit

(Boothbay) Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is suing the town of Boothbay for violation of the Civil Rights Act. In 2016 the Boothbay Planning Board granted the Botanical Gardens a permit for a $30-million-dollar expansion that would’ve included a new visitors center, gift shop, restaurant, horticulture research and production facility, and bigger parking lot. The Bangor Daily News reports several opponents cited among other concerns, including further degradation of the water quality of a nearby lake. The Planning Board voted in November to repeal the permit. And in early December the Board of Appeals upheld the revocation. Two days later the gardens filed the suit asking the court to reverse the decision citing bias and violation of due process.

 

Murder Indictment

(Augusta) A grand jury has indicted a Winthrop teenager for murdering his parents on Halloween last year. At the time of the killings, Andrew Balcer was a month away from his 18th birthday when he stabbed his mother, father, and the family dog to death. The Kennebec Journal reports Balcer’s attorney says the now 19-year-old was having gender identity issues and felt his parents would not accept him. A judge says Balcer will be tried as an adult.

 

ANP Maintenance Bill

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth city council says the federal government should address Acadia National Park’s $71-million-dollar maintenance backlog. The park’s deficit came to light when Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke suggested raising the price of visitor fees at all national parks to cover the National Park System’s $11-point-3-billion-dollar maintenance shortfall. The Bangor Daily News reports if Zinke’s proposal came to fruition it would raise Acadia’s weekly vehicle pass from $25 to $70 between June 1st and October 31st. Ellsworth city council recently approved a resolve that asks Congress to find a sustainable income and reasonable payment method to tackle the deficit.

 

So. ME Ferry

(Portland) The ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia may return if Portland finds $2 million to upgrade its ferry terminal. Service from the Ocean Gateway terminal looked like it was ending last month after U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it needed about $7 million in upgrades to meet federal standards. The Bangor Daily News reports Customs and Border Protection now say agents can start doing customs screenings next spring if less costly changes are made.

 

Revenue Forecast

(Augusta) Economic forecasters say there are early signs that rates of growth in Maine’s economy this year have proved somewhat lower than in 2016. The revenue forecasting committee said despite this, gasoline and heating oil prices remain low, personal income continues to rise and mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures continue to decline. The committee says the roll-out of ballot measures and the federal tax reform has created uncertainty.

 

Interim Director

(Augusta) Maine Housing deputy director Peter Merrill is stepping up to serve as interim director upon the retirement of John Gallagher on January 5th. Merrill has served as deputy director for more than five years, and has been with the agency for more than two decades. Gallagher announced his retirement in November.

 

LePage’s Final Year

(Augusta) Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Maine’s economy is growing, but he’s urging Mainers to remember those who are struggling. He said he hopes to use his final year “to continue to fight for the future of Maine” and make the state a better place for generations to follow.

 

LePage on Energy

(Augusta) The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Maine residents for input in developing a roadmap for energy planning in the state. Governor Paul LePage says Maine must reduce its energy prices to become more competitive with states in different regions. The starting point is a 2015 state energy plan. It aimed to achieve energy and cost savings in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors.

 

Sports

  • The Patriots have signed linebacker James Harrison, less than a week after the Pittsburgh Steelers released the 39-year old future hall of famer.
  • Celtics take on the Hornets in Charlotte tonight
  • The Bruins host the Ottawa Senators
  • High School basketball season resumes in Eastern Maine this afternoon and evening.

 

Games today:

Boys

Ellsworth @ Presque Isle

Greenville @ DI/Stonington

John Bapst @ Washington Academy

MDI @ Caribou

Sumner @ Bucksport

Hampden @ Bangor

Girls

Ellsworth @ Presque Isle

MDI @ Caribou

Greenville @ DI/Stonington

Calais @ Sumner

Dexter @ Bucksport

GSA @ Mattanawcook

Bangor @ Hampden

John Bapst @ Washington Academy