(Augusta) – Enough Maine voters signed a petition to force the June primaries to use ranked choice voting for the first time in the state’s history. The petition also forces a referendum vote on the future of the ranking system passed a couple years ago, but postponed by the Legislature because it runs counter to the state constitution. The system will require voters to pick more than one candidate for office if more than two appear on the ballot and rank them in order of choice, then provides for a complex system for the Secretary of State’s office to complete the counting.
Bucksport Student Arrest
(Bucksport) – A Bucksport high school student faces criminal charges and possible expulsion after he allegedly made a threat against the school. The Bangor Daily News reports police arrested 18-year old Nathan Tapley last Friday morning, less than an hour after the school department received the threat. They confiscated a gun from Tapley’s home yesterday. School opened on time last Friday after authorities made a perimeter search and determined all was safe.
Lamoine Election Day
(Lamoine) – Voters will elect a pair of Selectmen in Lamoine today, choosing from among three names on the ballot. Challenger Wynne Guglielmo faces incumbents Jo Cooper and Gary McFarland in today’s balloting. Voters will also have to write in a candidate for tax assessor as no one took out nomination papers to appear on the ballot. The open town meeting is set for tomorrow evening, despite a snowstorm that is supposed to start shortly before the meeting.
(Ellsworth) – The former Bangkok Restaurant building in Ellsworth has a new owner. The property was supposed to go up for auction last month, but the Ellsworth American reports a corporation call Xinyi LLC purchased the property from a local bank that had foreclosed on the Route 1 property. The corporation is registered to an Ellsworth lawyer. The property is assessed at nearly 3-quarters of a million dollars, and sold for $400-thousand.
(York County) This weekend’s nor’easter did more than flood streets and knock out power for some Mainers; it also revealed the remains of two sunken ships in York County. The York Police Department posted pictures of the wooden skeleton of a Revolutionary War-era vessel which appeared again at Short Sands Beach as it does every few years after a storm moves enough sand for it to be seen. And another ship on Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk also surfaced. Little is known about that ship but it’s possibly one of two ships that ran aground in the early 19th century.
(Bar Harbor) Shoppers who recently bought ground beef at Hannaford in Bar Harbor are asked to check the package in case it’s part of a recall. Customers who bought 80% lean ground beef last Friday, March 2nd are asked to return the item for a full refund. The label has a sell-by date of March 3rd. No illnesses or issues have been reported, but the ground beef may contain fragments of soft plastic that should not be consumed.
(Camden) The lawyer for a woman accused of killing her 10-year-old daughter last month says his client did not participate in abusing her daughter. 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo’s lawyer questions the documents filed by state police that claim she and her husband Julio physically abused Marrissa Kennedy from months before she died. WABI-TV reports the lawyer says Mrs Carrillo did not hurt her daughter and claims she was a victim of abuse herself and has bruises on her body.
Route 3 Project
(Bar Harbor) Construction on Route 3 in Bar Harbor will ramp up again in two weeks. One-way traffic will begin alternating March 19th with flaggers directing cars. Then on April 12th motorists can expect a portion of the road to be one-way inbound traffic only between Hulls Cove, where the first phase of the project is already completed, and the downtown village. The Mt Desert Islander reports outbound traffic will be routed on to Eagle Lake Road or Paradise Hill Road in Acadia National Park. You can learn more during an open house discussion on March 13th at the Bar Harbor town office from 3 ’til 6pm.
(Deer Isle) The woman who’s been the Tax Collector and Treasurer for Deer Isle for the last 32-years is hanging up her hat. Family and co-workers joined Myra Weed Monday to celebrate her retirement. Weed opted not to run for re-election and voters elected Judy Dunham to replace her. Town manager Jim Fisher tells Star 97.7 they have funding to hire a treasurer should Dunham need assistance. A recognition reception for Weed is planned in June.
Movie Theater Renovation
(Bangor) The leading movie theater in Bangor is getting a much needed facelift. Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 on Stillwater Avenue announces that renovations in the complex are underway, adding luxury reclining seats, new carpet and new flooring. The brand new plush reclining seats are electric powered, oversized lounge chairs with extendable foot rests and cup holders. Five theaters are complete and the remaining 5 will be upgraded over the next few months.
- The University of Maine has replaced men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh with former women’s coach Richard Barron.
- The Maine women will host Hartford on Friday for the America East Championship game.
- Boston Celtics 105 Chicago Bulls 89 (Kyrie Irving sat out with a sore knee)