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Local News June 27, 2018

Clam Facility

(Beals Island) – A world class laboratory to study clams is nearly finished construction on Beals Island.  The multi-million dollar expansion at the Downeast Institute should be complete in a little over a month.  WABI-TV reports the addition includes office and lab space as well as residential quarters for students studying clam and other shellfish species.  University of Maine professor Brian Beal says the facility has been 18-years in the making, though construction on the latest addition began just over a year ago.



New Trial Denied

(Belfast) – No new trial for a Waldo County woman convicted of stabbing a man to death.  The Bangor Daily News reports a Superior Court justice turned down the request from Victoria Scott who had requested the case be re-tried because a juror had a conversation with her sister in a rest room.  Scott was convicted of stabbing Edwin Littlefield to death outside a home in Waldo.  She claimed the stabbing was in self-defense.


Candidate Arrested

(Bangor) – The democrat running for US Senate against current Senator Angus King faces charges after his arrest at a detention center for children of illegal immigrants.  WVII-TV reports Zac Zingelstein faces a misdemeanor charge after he tried to deliver toys to children at a facility in Macallen Texas.  Zingelstein said he didn’t expect to be arrested for what he called a humanitarian trip during which he demanded access to the facility.  Authorities told Zingelstein he could donate toys and aid supplies to charity agencies.


Ward Withdraws


(Dedham) – A staunchly conservative Republican representing 7 Hancock and Waldo County towns in the Legislature is pulling out of the November election.  Village Soup dot-com reports Karl Ward is withdrawing from the general election after winning the primary election earlier this month.  Former lawmaker Sherm Hutchins will replace Ward on the ballot.  Ward’s office cited exhaustion and a need for the Republican to focus on his business duties with Nickerson and O’Day construction.  He has served two terms in the Legislature.


Electric Charging Stations



(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth has added of two electric car charging stations. Assistant city planner Steve Fuller says the device was installed at Merrill Park on Franklin Street on Tuesday, thanks to efforts and funding from “A Climate To Thrive”.  The city provided an in-kind contribution by having a Public Works crew dig the trench. Fuller says a hybrid car was brought in to test the charging station – and it works!


Salmon Farm Q&A

(Bucksport) Bucksport’s yet-to-be-built land-based salmon farm is helping to inform and educate the public this summer about their mission. Whole Oceans intends to invest over $250-million-dollars in Bucksport and become America’s premier land-based producer of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon. Construction at the old Verso paper mill site will begin in August. Folks who want to know more about Whole Oceans can talk to the company’s Outreach and Development Associate, Jennifer Fortier – she’ll be at The Local Variety in Bucksport every other Thursday this summer to answer questions. You can meet Fortier tomorrow morning from 7:30 ‘til 10.



Coffee With A Cop

(Ellsworth) Members of the Ellsworth police department will mingle with the public during Coffee with a Cop. The initiative is intended to strengthen relationships between community members and local police by giving the public an opportunity to ask officers questions, voice concerns or just say hello. Coffee with a Cop is from 9 ’til 10:30 this morning at Flexit Cafe and Bakery on Main Street in Ellsworth.


Jordan Homestead

(Ellsworth) Frenchman Bay Conservancy is raising funds to build a parking lot and cover acquisition costs of their newest property. A new sign is posted on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth for the Jordan Homestead. Community engagement coordinator Austin Schuver says the conservancy’s goal is $220-thousand-dollars. Schuver says volunteers who would like to help build a new trail at the Jordan Homestead Preserve this morning should call Frenchman Bay Conservancy for information on where to park near the Jordan Homestead.



Transfer Station

(Bar Harbor) The new transfer station in Bar Harbor is set to be fully operational beginning today, a few days later than originally planned. The Mt Desert Islander reports the recycling side of the new facility on White Spruce Road is open for single-sort recycling and glass. Once the solid waste side of the new facility opens residential customers will have two lanes to drive up to the hopper, dispose their trash, then drive out of the building. Public Works Director Chip Reeves tells the newspaper that contractors will still be on site finishing up work on the building after the Wednesday opening.



(Seal Cove) The Seal Cove Auto Museum is throwing a Car-B-Que tomorrow and inviting the public to enjoy some delicious barbeque while checking out their early collection of some of the very first cars ever created. Executive director Raney Bench says the museum’s mission is to share the stories of invention and innovation surrounding those early autos. Opening ceremonies begin at Noon tomorrow. Participants in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race will arrive in one-minute intervals throughout the early afternoon. And the Car-b-que is from 4 ‘til 9 at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.




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  • Tonight, Rick Porcello is on the mound against the Angels.
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