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Local News – April 16, 2018

Air Carrier

(Ellsworth) – County Commissioners in Hancock County have recommended that Silver Airways serve as a seasonal commercial passenger service at the county airport in Trenton.  The Federal Transportation Department will make the final decision on which airline will serve the airport during the busy summer months.  County officials recommended Silver Airways over competitor Boutique Air because Silver offers connections with Jet Blue.  The new airline will replace Pen Air which is pulling out after June 30th. Cape Air also serves the Trenton airport.



Park Fees

(Bar Harbor) – Entrance fees to Acadia National Park will rise this year, but not by nearly as much as first proposed.  Park officials report to Star 97.7 that weekly passes will rise by $5-dollars to $30-bucks, while annual passes will increase by $5-dollars to $55-dollars.  A Senior, lifetime pass will remain at $80-dollars. A few months ago the National Park Service had proposed nearly doubling fees at the most popular parks, including Acadia.


Robbery Suspect Sought

(Belfast) – Police in Waldo County are looking for a 33-year old man they think held up a pharmacy in Unity last week.  The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 they approached Andrew Sousa of Brooks a week ago, but he ran into the woods.  Sousa allegedly held up the Unity Pharmacy last Monday.  Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton said his department got help from state and local police as well as the public on the hold-up, and generated an arrest warrant for Sousa.


State Police Chief


(Augusta) – A 29-year veteran with the Maine State Police is poised to become the next chief of the law enforcement agency.  Governor Paul LePage’s office reports to Star 97.7 that Lt. Colonel John Cote is the pick to replace Robert Williams to lead the state police force.  Cote has been the number two person at the state police under Williams.  He has served most of his time on the state police force based in his home area of Aroostook County.


Inmate Death

(Warren) – Another inmate at the Maine State Prison has died. The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy on 48-year old Jeremiah Young.  Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick reports to Star 97.7 that Young died Saturday morning at the facility in Warren.  He was serving time for robbery and theft, having begun his sentence in September 2015.


The Grand Events



(Ellsworth) Maine kids are out of school this week and not all families fled to warmer climates. For kids who are staying close to home The Grand in Ellsworth has prepared a variety of theater workshops. Executive director Nick Turner says each will be taught by a different talented adult.  The Grand is also offering a daily showing of the movie CoCo in 3D.


Hungry For Health

(Calais) Healthy Acadia is ready to launch the 3rd year of their Hungry for Health campaign. This time they’ve partnered with Jo’s Diner and Pizzeria in Calais. Two-dollars from each veggie pizza purchased at Jo’s Diner will go toward Healthy Acadia’s Healthy Food for All programming. The Hungry For Health initiative focuses on different community health issues and coordinates efforts with restaurants in Hancock and Washington Counties to raise funds and awareness.


Whooping Cough

(Sanford) School officials say 6 students in Sanford have been diagnosed with whooping cough. A health alert was issued to parents last week after four reported cases at Margaret Chase Smith School and two cases at Sanford Junior High School. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is spread through sneezing or coughing. Symptoms include sore throat, uncontrollable coughing and fever.



Treeing Ellsworth



(Ellsworth) How different would the city of Ellsworth look if you drove down High Street or Main Street and saw trees? And what are the health benefits of having more trees? That’s the focus of a discussion tonight hosted by the Ellsworth Garden Club. President Mary Blackstone says a tree plan will not be successful without a maintenance plan and assigning responsibility. The presentation tonight begins at 7:00 at the Moore Community Center. The guest speaker is tree specialist Tabatha White.


Teacher Trial

(Alfred) A former teacher at Kennebunk High School will go on trial in July for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Bangor Daily News reports Jill Lamontagne was indicted last fall on 6 counts of gross sexual assault, 2 counts of unlawful sexual contact and 6 counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The accusations against Lamontagne came to light last June when a 17-year-old male student allegedly attempted suicide and revealed to his mother and a nurse that he loved Lamontagne. If convicted she faces up to 5 years in prison.




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  • Today’s Red Sox game has already been postponed due to cold rain.
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