(Ellsworth) – Former local high school basketball players are among those caught at a drinking party in Ellsworth. Police issued summonses for underaged alcohol possession to 22-people after a raid on Hallbrook Road last weekend. Among them were numerous ball players from Ellsworth, George Stevens, MDI and Hermon High Schools who have graduated but are not yet 21. Alex Braley of Ellsworth is accused of hosting the party.
(Augusta) – Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for today and tomorrow as high heat covers the area. The alert advises active children and adults to limit prolonged exertion in the heat. Environmental officials also advise conserving electricity, drive less, and to keep tires properly inflated and engines tuned up to reduce harmful emissions. The highest temperatures are forecast for tomorrow.
Sewer Plant Explosion
(Brewer) – Public safety officials in Brewer say it’s likely someone dumped gasoline down a sewer line, and that led to an explosion at a sewer pump station on South Main Street. The blast significantly damaged the un-manned station according to a press release sent to Star 97.7. In addition to local authorities, the Fire Marshal’s office and Maine DEP are investigating. There is no indication that the blast was intentional. Brewer police have asked anyone with information about gas leaking into a floor drain or elsewhere to contact them.
(Maine) A record-breaking number of New England-area residents will travel 50 miles or more this Fourth of July. Triple-A Northern New England predicts Independence Day travel will be up more than 5-percent, the highest July 4th travel forecasted in over a decade. The worst congestion is expected today in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early, mixed with holiday travelers. Triple-A says expect delays on the road and at airports, and if possible plan ahead by leaving a little earlier for your destination.
(Ellsworth) The children and staff from the Downeast Family YMCA’s Early Learning Center will parade through downtown Ellsworth this morning. The public is invited to join the red, white and blue celebration or be spectators along the route. The parade steps off at 10 AM from the Moore Community Center and will along State Street, take a left up Main Street, and a left on School Street.
July 4th Activities
(Searsport) The town of Searsport has multiple July 4th activities planned, beginning with the Variety Show this evening at 7 in Union Hall. All proceeds to benefit The Searsport Historical Society. The 4th of July parade kicks off at 11 tomorrow from Norris Street and proceeds to the Public Safety Building. The Independence Day model boat race is held at the Penobscot Marine Museum from 11 ‘til 2. And this Saturday it’s the Searsport Fire Department’s annual Car, Craft and Motorcycle Show at Searsport High School from 9 ‘til 3.
(Winter Harbor) A Grammy Award winner from Maine will perform a benefit concert for Schoodic Arts for All. Executive director Mary Laury sent an email to constituents and supporters asking who they’d like to see perform during the 20th anniversary celebration. Laury says voters chose Paul Sullivan by popular demand to return. Paul Sullivan and Theresa Thomason perform an evening of Jazz, Gospel, Oldies and Originals this Friday night at 7. For ticket information contact Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor.
(Bar Harbor) – Take the bus. That’s the advice from Acadia National Park officials who expect a huge crowd for Fourth of July week. Superintendent Kevin Schneider says the Island Explorer bus is the best bet to get where you want to go in the park. Schneider said park officials expect parking lots on Cadillac Mountain and Sand Beach to fill quickly as hot, sunny weather is predicted tomorrow. He said people wanting to use the park may be able to drive with their permits to a parking space before 8am or after 5pm.
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- Tonight, the Sox send Brian Johnson against the Nationals.
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- The L-A Lakers add Rajon Rondo to their roster after signing LeBron James.
- The Golden State Warriors have signed injured all-star Demarcus Cousins to a 1-year deal.