(Augusta) – Bills that will allow forest rangers to carry guns and to fund county jail operations will become law despite a veto from Governor Paul LePage. Lawmakers yesterday over rode those vetoes, but upheld several others. For Legislators and others seeking public office running a clean election campaign, it’s going to be tougher. Lawmakers failed to over ride the veto that would release funds to candidates seeking election. And a bill to provide funding for an experimental opioid treatment program in Washington County failed by just a couple votes.
(Ellsworth) The Grand Theater celebrates its 80th year entertaining Ellsworth and the Downeast community with a week of activities. Executive director Nick Turner says it’s Grand Week and tonight’s movie is a “must-see”.
(Ellsworth) The fourth of July may be over but that doesn’t stop some folks from setting off leftover fireworks. Ellsworth deputy fire chief Gary Saunders says even though fireworks are legal in the state of Maine that doesn’t mean you can set them off wherever you want. Saunders says most important is that you’re on your own property when using fireworks and you’re not setting them off near a dry field or wooded area.
Boil Water Order
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth city officials issued a Boil Water Order for a few streets in Ellsworth. Residents on Mountain View Drive, Edaco Court, the section of Surry Road between those 2 streets and Hillside Drive are advised to boil all water for at least 5 minutes before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food, brushing teeth or any other activity involving consumption of water. The order remains in effect until further notice. Anyone with questions should call the Ellsworth Water Department.
Town Manager – Court
(Ogunquit) A former town manager of Ogunquit must complete 100 hours of community service in order to have theft charges dropped against him. The Portland Press Herald reports Tom Fortier was accused of charging for parking in a town lot on the Fourth of July in 2016 and pocketing the money. A mistrial was declared in November 2017. Fortier was back in court and reached an agreement with prosecutors on June 27th. He must perform community service with a non-profit organization by April 2019 in exchange for having his record cleared.
LL Bean Credit Cards
(Freeport) Current LL Bean card holders will soon be issued new credit cards, but it’s not because of a security breach. The outdoor retailer is now partnering with Mastercard after ending its business deal with Visa. The new agreement offers rewards points on purchases, free monogramming on LL Bean purchases, and free shipping on all LL Bean orders – eliminating the $50 threshold for customers.
Property Tax Decrease
(Bucksport) For the second year in a row the property taxes in Bucksport will go down. The Ellsworth American reports despite a higher education budget, the town of Bucksport reduced the mill rate by 10-cents. That amounts to the owner of an average $100-thousand-dollar property paying $10 less in the 2018-19 fiscal year, which began July 1st. The town worked to trim its budget by reducing electricity costs at the wastewater treatment facility. A solar array system was installed, saving $20-thousand-dollars annually.
(Augusta) A bill to prevent therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity has failed. The House was unsuccessful Monday to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of the legislation. The bill would have defined so-called “conversion therapy” as any treatment to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. LePage and Christian leaders have said the bill could infringe on personal and religious liberty. Democratic Rep. Ryan Fecteau said states are passing similar bills.
- Boston Red Sox 5 Texas Rangers 0 (Steve Pearce and JD Martinez homered, Eduardo Rodriguez gets the win).
- Hector Velazquez starts against the Rangers tonight. Sox have a 2-and-a-half game lead over the Yankees who split a double header with Baltimore yesterday.
- The Sea Dogs are off again tonight for the Eastern League All Star Break.