Nor’Easter – Again
(Undated) – Schools in the Downeast area will get morning classes in, but most are dismissing early today as another nor’easter slams into Maine. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather warning for Hancock and Washington Counties, and a blizzard warning for mid-coast Maine. When the storm ends tomorrow afternoon, well over a foot of heavy, wet snow will be on the ground. A similar storm last week pretty much closed down the state last Thursday.
Firepond – Dam Collapse
(Bar Harbor) – A dam that created a fire pond in the Salisbury Cove section of Bar Harbor has collapsed, and the water level is very low. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the dam created Hamilton Pond off Route 3. A dry hydrant is hooked up to the pond, and firefighters drew water from it during a fire in December. The MDI Biological Laboratory owns the land where the dam is located and tells the paper it’s looking into options for repairing the dam and getting water levels back up.
(Bangor) – A game warden got a little help stopping a theft at the Home Depot in Bangor from another customer that had pulled into the parking lot. WABI-TV reports the warden was talking with 34-year old Jason Phillips who allegedly walked out of the store with stolen power tools. A struggle ensued and Phillips ran off. Monty Rand saw the confrontation and jumped out of his truck and wrestled the alleged thief to the ground. Phillips is charged with robbery, theft and assault after he hit the game warden in the face.
(Rockland) – The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause of a blaze that badly damaged a Rockland home yesterday. A family pet perished in the flames on Melrose Circle, but all the humans got out safely. Firefighters from Rockland and three other departments responded to the fire call shortly after 1-o’clock in the afternoon and found flames shooting out of the rear of the two story home.
Schools & Snow Days
(Sullivan) Many schools in Downeast Maine have used up their planned snow days for the year. RSU 24 superintendent Michael Eastman says schools in his district planned for 3 storm days this year, but they’ve taken 5 so far. Eastman says unless more snow days accrue, the schools will just continue adding those missed days to the end of their June calendar
Citizen of the Year
(Ellsworth) – The Chamber of Commerce in Ellsworth has named its citizen of the year, and we didn’t have to go far to find her. Natalie Knox is one of the owners of Star 97.7. She says she got the call last Friday evening from a friend who told her the good news which she says flabbergasted her. Knox has been extremely active in the community for years, and daily volunteers in caring for animals at a local shelter before coming in to work at the radio station.
(Walpole) A Lincoln County woman is in the Two Bridges Jail for shooting her husband. Police say 39-year-old Angela Lemire of Walpole was arrested Sunday following an investigation into Friday’s incident. She’s charged with Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon and Aggravated Assault. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the hospital. The shooting happened at their home on Clarks Cove Road. Lemire will appear in court this week.
(Lincoln) A hospital in Penobscot County that’s experienced a lengthy staffing shortage will remain that way after more than a dozen jobs were cut. Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln announces they’re eliminating 17 positions. WABI-TV reports 10 people who were currently employed have been fired; the other 7 positions were vacant and will not be filled as part of a hiring freeze now in place.
Ecstasy & Pot
(Auburn) An Auburn man has been charged for his alleged roll in an illegal marijuana grow operation. 31-year-old Tyler Poland was arrested and charged by a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in US District Court with illegal marijuana and Ecstasy trafficking. An organization in the Lewiston-Auburn area falsely claimed to be growing pot under Maine’s Medical Marijuana program and distributed it to people who weren’t program participants. Law enforcement agents searched over 20 locations in February, including Poland’s home. Overall Agents seized over 600 marijuana plants, 366-pounds of processed marijuana, hundreds of Ecstasy pills over $156,000 in cash. If convicted Poland faces up to 20-years in prison and a million-dollar fine.
(Maine) Some Maine high school students say they will join a national walkout this week following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people died. The Portland Press Herald reports students across the state have planned rallies Wednesday as a part of the National School Walkout to End Gun Violence, though Wednesday’s storm could throw a wrench in that plan.
African Children’s Choir
(Ellsworth) The African Children’s Choir returns to Ellsworth and will perform Wednesday evening at 7 at The Grand. Faith Community Fellowship pastor Todd Crosthwaite explains that choir participants are groomed by the touring experience to become better leaders for tomorrow’s Africa. There’s no admission cost. A free-will offering will be collected to support the African Children’s Choir. More info is available at: Grand Online dot Org.
(Union) American rock singer Melissa Etheridge will perform at one of Maine’s premier vineyards and music venues this summer. Savage Oaks in Union has secured the Grammy winner for an intimate concert on Saturday, June 16th at 7:30pm, rain or shine. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for the outdoor festival-like atmosphere, but no outside food or beverages are allowed. It’s $75-per ticket, doors open at 5 o’clock. Visit Savage Oaks dot Com for details.
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate fell slightly in January to 3-percent. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate was down from 3.1 percent for December and 3.4 percent a year ago. The department says the state’s rate of unemployment has been below 4- percent for 26 consecutive months.
- The University of Maine women’s basketball team will face 2nd seed Texas in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament. They’ll play in San Antonio at 6-o’clock Saturday night. Maine is the 15th seed.
- Red Sox 6 Blue Jays 4 (Spring Training) – Sox are off today.
- The Bruins play the Carolina Hurricanes tonight
- Celtics forward Daniel Theis is likely out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus.