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Local News – July 9, 2018

SW Harbor Parking

(Southwest Harbor) – Starting today a parking lot in Southwest Harbor will close for public use, eliminating 30-parking spaces.  The parking lot is privately owned and serves the post office and other businesses.  The lot owner says the town had leased the lot for public use, but that lease expires.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the town still has the option to either buy or lease the parking lot from the company that owns the land.  Post office patrons can still park in the lot, as can patrons of the other businesses in buildings owned by the same company that owns the lot.


Lubec Motorcycle Crash

(Lubec) – A weekend accident sent a motorcyclist to the hospital via helicopter after his bike collided with a pickup truck in Lubec.  It happened Saturday around noon time on Dixie Road.  WABI-TV reports the crash occurred on the crest of a hill, and neither driver saw the other coming.  No charges are filed, and police have not yet released names.


DI/S Principal

(Deer Isle) – Deer Isle/Stonington High School will have a new principal on board when it reopens for the next school year.  The Island Advantages reports Dennis Duquette will start on the job next Monday.  Duquette is from Southern Maine and has previous experience as a principal and a superintendent of schools.   He replaces Ed Hatch who served as principal and athletic director for both the high school and elementary school and resigned after a little less than a year on the job.


FBC Event  

(Hancock) Live music – outside – by the ocean. Frenchman Bay Conservancy presents live music this summer. Spokesman Austin Schuver says everyone is invited (weather permitting). You can find out which band is playing by visiting the Music Mondays page at: Frenchman Bay dot Org.


Bastille Day

(Castine) Castine will host the 4th annual Bastille Day Celebration this Saturday. Town manager James Goodson tells Star 97-7 that Bastille Day celebrates the liberation of the Bastille prison in Paris more than 200 years ago and there’s a direct connection to CastineBastille Day events include a French-Acadian cooking demonstration, kayaking and historic walking tours, and the signature Picnic en Blanc where festival goers dress in white and sit at long white tables in front of Town Hall.


Robbery Arrest

(Bangor) Bangor police arrested a local man shortly after he allegedly robbed a business. Police say 69-year-old George Gatcomb walked into a store on Main Street before 8:30 Friday morning claiming to have a gun when he handed an employee a note demanding money. Within minutes of getting the call police located Gatcomb outside the building and arrested him without incident. No weapon was displayed and none were found.



Operation Dry Water

(Augusta) Game wardens issued more than 100 summonses and 328 warnings to boaters the weekend before last during Operation Dry Water. Warden Service spokesman John McDonald reports to Star 97.7 they arrested 8 people for boating while intoxicated. Game wardens encountered close to 50 non-boating related violations as well, two of which involved adults providing a location for minors to drink. 80 Maine game wardens enforced safe recreational boating activity, inspecting nearly 25-hundred watercraft across the state as part of the national law enforcement campaign.


Bills Vetoed 


(Augusta) – Governor Paul LePage vetoed 35-bills earlier this month after lawmakers attempted to wrap up its work for the year.  They’re back today to deal with the vetoes.  Among the bills scuttled by the governor are funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility which is operating on a skeleton crew and very few inmates after the governor attempted to shut it down last year.  Also vetoed – a bill to allow forest rangers to carry firearms.  State Representative Will Tuell tells Star 97.7 that he doesn’t believe there is enough support for the Machiasport prison to override the governor’s veto.





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