(Bar Harbor) – What started out as a relatively small grass and forest fire in Bar Harbor yesterday turned into a potential big threat. Firefighters from at least 9-Hancock County towns converged on the scene off Town Landing Road yesterday afternoon when the flames started heating up a large propane tank that powered a generator and was tucked into the woods. The forest service dropped water from a helicopter onto the tank to keep it cool, and firefighters were able to get the flames out before there was any further damage from the tank. No word on how the grass fire started.
(Acadia National Park) – Biologists at Acadia National Park say at least three falcons have hatched this spring, and hiking trails on a couple of popular mountains will remain closed until the chicks take flight. The Mt. Desert Islander reports they’ve spotted chicks at Valley Cove, but it doesn’t appear that adult falcons nested on the precipice of Champlain Mountain and Jordan Mountain. A footbridge leading to the precipice trail also awaits repair from winter damage before the trail can reopen.
(Ellsworth) Maine comedian Tim Sample will speak at next week’s Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce annual membership breakfast. Sample tells Star 97-7 his comedy is authentic because of his Maine heritage. The Ellsworth Chamber’s annual membership breakfast is next Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30AM, held at Big Cat’s Event Center in Trenton. Contact the chamber to reserve a seat.
Free Fishing Weekend
(Maine) This Saturday and Sunday is Maine’s free fishing weekend. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy a day with family or friends casting a line in any of Maine’s nearly 6-thousand lakes and ponds or 30-thousand-plus-miles of rivers and streams. Anyone, including non-residents, may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways this weekend, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.
NY Video Contract
(Hancock Cty) A New York-based advertising company will create free promotional videos about Hancock County. The Ellsworth American reports county commissioners signed a 3-year contract with CGI Communications last November. CGI Communications spokeswoman Nicole Rongo says they offset the cost of the free video by showcasing private and public entities. If no local businesses contract with CGI to produce a video it’s still a free program, according to Rongo. Some local medial outlets are disappointed that county commissioners didn’t chose a local company. The five minute video is intended to promote tourism in Hancock County.
(Otisfield) Seven of Maine’s Warden Service K9 teams are now certified in detecting human remains. The dogs and their handlers spent the past 2 weeks training in Otisfield. When incidents involve lost or missing people who are suspected to be deceased, the latest skills and certifications learned by Maine’s game wardens and their K9 partners becomes particularly important for bringing closure to surviving family members and the investigation.
Not Guilty-ATV Crash
(Augusta) A jury says a 23-year-old Pittston man is not guilty of manslaughter for the death of his ATV passenger in September 2015. Police say at the time of the crash Alexander Biddle told them he had 4 or 5 beers that night. WABI-TV reports18-year-old Halee Cummings of Sidney was on the ATV with Biddle and died as a result of the crash.
Child Abuse System Failures
(Augusta) Maine’s governor says an outdated child protection system played a role in the deaths of two children who were abused for months. Governor Paul LePage made the comments yesterday before the Government Oversight Committee. The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability presented the findings last week to the Government Oversight Committee about the deaths of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in February in Stockton Springs, and 4-year-old Kendall Chick in December in Wiscasset. The report referenced missteps by Maine’s child protection system.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Health officials say Maine has experienced its worst flu season in at least five years. The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention tallied 9,018 reported cases in 2017-18. State epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett attributed part of the increase to better reporting by doctors and health agencies.
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