(Ellsworth) – Governor Paul LePage is blaming lawmakers for an Ellsworth restaurant’s decision to close down for good. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Governor blamed lawmakers for high labor and overall business costs. Those were two of the three reasons the owners of Fuddruckers cited for deciding to close for good. Restaurant patrons, though, begged to differ. Posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page, some blamed the high burger prices, noting that good burgers were available for a lot less elsewhere in town.
Bangor – Explosives
(Bangor) – Essex Street in Bangor is reopened after the city police department’s bomb squad removed possible explosives from a home. Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that officers were executing a search warrant on a home at 979 Essex Street yesterday afternoon and spotted the explosives inside. They closed down the road and waited for the explosives team to arrive and secure the building. That happened around 7-o’clock last evening. No arrests yet.
(Kingman) – Police say foul play does not appear to be involved in the deaths of two women inside a home in the tiny town of Kingman. WABI-TV reports investigators spent much of the night on the Park Road scene last night after discovery earlier in the day. They’ve not yet released the victims names.
Taste of Ellsworth
(Ellsworth) The 2nd annual Taste of Ellsworth brings together some of the city’s finest food and beverage in a family-friendly outdoor setting. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano says Franklin Street extension will be closed to traffic and lined with dining tables underneath a giant tent. Romano says you can buy tickets for the Taste of Ellsworth in advance. Taste of Ellsworth is June 30th at 5 o’clock.
(Augusta) – We should know later today who won the Democratic primaries for governor and 2nd Congressional district. The Secretary of State’s office had to collect ballots from five municipalities yesterday because the memory sticks in their voting machines were not clear. The towns included Orland and Ellsworth. Those ballots have now been scanned, and once the computers figure out how to allocate 2nd place and beyond choices from the candidates that finished at the bottom of the balloting, there should be a winner. Maine is the first state in the nation to use a ranked choice system in a statewide race.
(Bucksport) A motorcyclist hurt during a crash earlier this month in Bucksport succumbed to his injuries and died. The Ellsworth American reports police are still investigating the June 8th crash on Bucks Mills Road. Witnesses told police that 70-year-old Robert Bowley of Orrington veered off the northbound lane and came to rest in the ditch. An ambulance transported Bowley to EMMC in Bangor where he passed away a week later.
Bathroom Fan Lawsuit
(S. Thomaston) A South Thomaston couple whose home was badly damaged by a fire allegedly caused by a defective bathroom ventilation fan is suing the manufacturer. Village Soup-dot Com reports David and Melanie Eaton filed a suit this month against Broan-NuTone LLC of Wisconsin. The Eaton’s home on Mill Pond Lane suffered more than $100-thousand-dollars in damage in July 2016. The suit claims the fan’s design was defective, posed a fire hazard, and the company knew about the defect.
Emera Rate Increase
(Bangor) Emera Maine customers will see a slight increase in their electric bills beginning July 1st. Maine regulators on Tuesday approved a rate increase for Emera, but it’s less than what the utility originally requested. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long reports the increase request was made to support improvements in reliability and service, and customers should only see an increase of $1.60 per month. This is Emera’s third rate hike in 5 years.
North Woods Development
(Brewer) The Land Use Planning Commission is holding a public hearing about a proposal to open up 2-million acres in Maine’s North Woods to development. For over 40 years the LUPC has had an “adjacency principle” requiring all new development to take place within one-mile by road of existing development. Now the LUPC wants to change that rule to allow developments to stretch 10 miles from rural hubs and 2 miles from public roads. The public hearing is this afternoon at 1 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
Silver Collar Nominations
(Augusta) The State Workforce Board’s Older Worker Committee is accepting nominations for the best employers in Maine for workers over the age of 50. The Silver Collar Employers Award will be given to a business whose policies and practices match the needs of older employees, valuing their skills and experience and strong work ethic. Nominate an employer by August 17th by visiting: Maine dot Gov.
- Minnesota Twins 6 Boston Red Sox 2 (Sox now 1-game behind the Yankees. David Price starts for Boston against the Twins tonight
- The Sea Dogs lost both ends of a double header to Reading yesterday. They take on Reading again tonight.
- American Legion: Motor City 4 Skowhegan/Messalonskee 0