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Local News – May 4, 2018

Tannery Cleanup Grant

(Hancock) – The Town of Hancock has won a $400-thousand dollar federal grant to clean up the site of a defunct tannery.   The Ellsworth/Hancock Tannery just off Route 1 closed several decades ago, leaving behind a huge, vacant building and a lot of hazardous waste.  The EPA awarded the town a Brownfields grant designed to clean up unused industrial sites to make way for new uses.  The Ellsworth American reports the grant was one of ten approved in Maine this year.


Mt. Desert – Pot vote

(Mt. Desert) – Voters at Mt. Desert’s annual town meeting will decide whether to place a moratorium on retail marijuana sales to give the town time to write an ordinance governing the activity.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports that vote really won’t matter all that much.  Legislation approved this week by state lawmakers requires any community in which a retail marijuana seller hopes to operate to pass a measure to allow such activity.  A lot of Maine towns have already passed ordinances to prohibit recreational marijuana sales.


School Closure Rumors

(Deer Isle) – Rumors are circulating in Deer Isle and Stonington that the high school might close.  Not true says superintendent of schools Chris Elkington.  The school is advertising for a new principal whose job title will read transitional leader.  Elkington told the Island Advantages that a strategic consultant has worked for the school since 2016 to map a future course for the school district.  He said voters would make any decision on whether to close the high school or possibly turn the newer elementary school into a K-thru-12 building.


Card Brook Cleanup

(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth and Frenchman Bay Conservancy have coordinated the annual Card Brook in Ellsworth to improve the health of the watershed. City planning assistant Steve Fuller says anyone can show up tomorrow morning to help out but it’s appreciated if you sign up before the close of business today. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Volunteers will be entered for raffle prizes as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts.


Hometown Careers 


(Maine) The Maine Municipal Association has launched a digital campaign promoting local government jobs to millennials. Executive director Stephen Gove says advertisements on social media this month encourage younger Mainers to consider careers in law enforcement, firefighters, code enforcement, assessing, and finance directors. Gove says the types of jobs available in municipal government vary in education requirements and skills.


Sumner Site Approved

(Sullivan) Residents in Sullivan voted unanimously to build the new high school on the same lot where the current school sits. Architects will get to work designing a new Sumner High School after finding out where it will be located. At issue is what happens to the athletic fields which were built with federal funds and came with restrictions. Superintendent Michael Eastman says that still needs to be resolved before moving forward.  A final design should be ready for RSU 24 approval early next year. The new school will house up to 500-students, including middle schoolers.



Fake News Page

(Lebanon) The Maine Department of Public Safety is warning about misinformation spread by a Facebook page called Maine Police & Fire Alerts. Officials say it spread false information during the search for a man accused of killing a deputy sheriff last week and falsely reported a state lawmaker in Lebanon had died this week. Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland called the report “outrageous” and said the website isn’t to be trusted.


Colby College-Cosby

(Waterville) Colby College says it is rescinding the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby in 1992, joining numerous other universities in revoking honors following the comedian’s sexual assault conviction. The college said Wednesday that the Colby College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rescind Cosby’s honorary degree following his conviction last week.


Elver Quota Hearing

(Brewer) A proposal to increase the amount of baby eels that Maine’s elver fishermen can catch annually goes up for a public hearing next month. Fishermen harvest elvers in rivers and streams and sell them to Asian aquaculture companies which raise them to maturity for use in Japanese food. Maine is the only state in the country with a significant fishery for elvers, and fishermen are limited to 9-thousand-688-pounds per year.




  • Boston Celtics 108  Philadelphia 76ers 103 (Boston came from 22-points down to win, Jayson Tatum scored 21.  Celtics lead playoff series 2-0.)
  • Texas Rangers 11 Boston Red Sox 5.  The Sox send Rick Porcello against the Rangers tonight.
  • The Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning in game four of their NHL Playoff tonight.  Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1.
  • High school baseball & softball rained out yesterday.