SW Harbor Selectboard
(Southwest Harbor) – The Board of Selectmen in Southwest Harbor has gone through three chairmen in the past month. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Lydia Goetze resigned as board chair in January, and the vice-chair, Chad Terry stepped down from the top spot a meeting later. Dan Norwood is the new selectboard chair, but his term expires in May. Selectmen say they’re having trouble struggling with proposed budget increases.
Winterport Barn Fire
(Winterport) – A Winterport couple believes a wood stove is the likely cause of a fire that destroyed their barn. Firefighters from Winterport and Frankfort responded to the blaze on the Lebanon Road just before noon-time yesterday. Owner Tim Canham told WABI-TV he had just finished snow plowing and lit a fire in the wood stove in the barn and went inside his detached home when the fire broke out. No one was hurt.
Port Authority Vote
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) – A bill to give Bar Harbor permission to form a port authority has won initial support from the state Senate. The Senate voted Thursday 25 to 9, with one excused, to pass the bill which would give Bar Harbor voters the opportunity to vote to create a town port authority. The Bangor Daily News reports the bill will now move to the House for a vote, before further consideration in both chambers of the Legislature.
All nine senators who voted against the bill are Democrats, who say residents fear the town could install a cruise ship pier. Bar Harbor town councilors have supported the bill, saying it merely gives residents the option of choosing a harbor authority.
Rockefeller Estate Sale
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) – Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller’s home on Mount Desert Island has sold for $19 million. The real estate company that handled the sale declined on Thursday to identify the buyer, who paid the asking price. A limited-liability corporation assumed ownership at the closing on Feb. 2. Money from the sale will be used to help fulfill bequests in Rockefeller’s will. Rockefeller left $20 million to the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor and $5 million to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Rockefeller was the son of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. He was 101 when he died last March 20.
(NEW HAVEN, Conn.)The ringleaders of a credit card scheme that made almost $180-thousand-dollars in fraudulent purchases at stores in multiple states including Maine have been sentenced to prison. The U.S. attorney for Connecticut says the group’s leader, 31-year-old Mei Bao Lu, was sentenced 18 months behind bars. His second-in-command, 31-year-old Yang-Shi Lin was sentenced to a year in prison. Prosecutors say they distributed 120 counterfeit credit cards.
(Maine) The US Food and Drug Administration says an herbal alternative to prescription painkillers contains the same chemicals found in opioids and could be addicting. The concern is over a botanical substance called kratom, which grows naturally in Southeast Asia and is used to treat pain, anxiety and withdrawal symptoms. The FDA has not approved its uses or found any evidence of health benefits. The Bangor Daily News reports Mainers are buying kratom as powder capsules sold in Maine stores and online. Kratom has been linked to 44 reported deaths associated with its use.
Fentanyl OD Arrest
(Waterville) A Waterville man accused of selling a fatal dose of fentanyl was arrested Tuesday. 33-year-old Sean Rancourt is held on $100-thousand-dollars bail for the December death of 35-year-old Kevin Hubert. WABI-TV reports Hubert was found dead in his bathroom with a syringe in the trash. Police reviewed Hubert’s text messages and determined Rancourt supplied him with the drugs.
(Sullivan) When the new Sumner Memorial High School is built it will also house grades 6 thru 8. School board members from RSU 24 voted this week to include middle school students in the new high school, slated to be replaced in 2020. The Ellsworth American reports a few parents have shared concerns like possible overcrowding, the distance that some students will travel to attend middle school, and whether the new facility will offer vocational programs. The new high school-middle school complex will be built in the high school’s current location along Route 1 in Sullivan.
(Deer Isle) The town manager in Deer Isle is navigating his own course, being the first person to ever hold the position. Jim Fisher tells Star 97-7 his first few weeks on the job have involved a lot of multitasking.
(Jackman) Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to provide nearly $500-thousand-dollars to a struggling community health clinic so it can maintain after-hours on-call service. The Morning Sentinel reports that the Jackman Community Health Center adopted the on-call system last year after announcing that the clinic could no longer afford round-the-clock staffing. But officials say it is still facing a $250-thousand-dollar shortfall and needs more money to continue the service.
(Augusta) A state senator who resigned his leadership post after being fined for violating campaign finance laws last summer now says he’s decided against seeking re-election. Republican Sen. Andre Cushing of Newport said he appreciates the experience and friendships but says it’s time to “refocus on family and personal matters.”
Clary Lake Dam
(Wiscasset) A Maine mill owner is suing the state Department of Environmental Protection to overturn a water level order for a lake impounded by a dam. The Kennebec Journal reports lawyers for AquaFortis Associates LLC and the DEP appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday to present their cases concerning Clary Lake. AquaFortis claims the DEP doesn’t have any jurisdiction over the dam.
Star 97-7 Sports….
- Boston Celtics 110 Washington Wizards 104 (Overtime)
- The Cleveland Cavaliers have made numerous trades at the deadline, sending former Celtic Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers. The Cavs also sent former Celtic Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz
- (Men’s college basketball) New Hampshire 71 Maine 56
High School Basketball
Mount Desert Island 65, Ellsworth 35
Bucksport 57, Dexter Regional 49
Central 73, Sumner Memorial 62
Orono 40, Old Town 38
Hampden Academy 60, Nokomis Regional 48
George Stevens 86, Narraguagus 33
Edward Little 64, Bangor 61
Belfast Area 57, Mount View 43
Mount Desert Island 41, Ellsworth 28
Bucksport 56, Sumner Memorial 27
Hampden Academy 36, Nokomis Regional 31
Mount View 40, Belfast Area 24