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Local News – September 7, 2018

Wind Project

(Ellsworth) – More windmills could crop up in remote Hancock County in the next couple of years.  The Ellsworth American reports a company called Longroad Energy is proposing a $140-million dollar wind tower project.  The project would tie into an existing substation at Bull Hill.  Wind Tower projects are required to provide community benefit funding; the community in this case is an unorganized territory, so the county would benefit from the benefit funding.   Longroad says it has submitted applications to various state agencies.



Otis Fire Station Vote

(Otis) – Otis voters will decide next week whether to use surplus funds to construct a new fire station to be shared with Mariaville.  The $750-thousand dollar project would replace the existing fire house in Mariaville.  That building has no running water, and the fire trucks have to fold in their mirrors to fit into the building.  A public hearing is set for Monday evening with a special town meeting for Tuesday the 11th.


Plane Crash Update


(Bigelow Mountain) – As Frank Gibney and Diane Muhr were flying their small float plane from Vermont to Greenville a thunderstorm popped up over Carrabassett Valley.  They lost visibility and site of the other plane flying beside them and crashed into the side of a mountain.  The pair not only survived the crash, they were able to hike up the mountain and catch the Appalachian Trial to get out of the woods.  The other plane called in the crash.  The two who are in their 60s suffered only minor injuries.


Family Murder

(Winthrop) – A teen-ager from Winthrop is expected to enter a guilty plea to murdering his parents and a family dog.  19-year old Andrew Balcer was just 17 when he admitted to killing his parents at their home on Halloween 2016.  WABI-TV reports the guilty plea is likely later this month and Balcer will be sentenced a few weeks after that.  He could face at least 25-year and up to life in prison.


Torrey – Franky’s Owner

(Winter Harbor) Two men made their first court appearances Wednesday in connection with killing a dog and burglarizing a home in Winter Harbor late last month. 37-year-old Nathan Burke is out on bail while 22-year-old Justin Chipman is held for violating release conditions of a previous terrorizing charge. The dog’s owner was in that court room. Phillip Torrey tells Star 97-7 it was the first time he’d seen Burke and Chipman since the incident. Torrey says he’s been contacted by many people including lawyers and animal welfare advocates who say they’re contacting lawmakers to push for stronger animal cruelty punishments.



School Burglary

(Veazie) Police are asking the public’s help identifying 3 suspects who burglarized Veazie Community School during Labor Day. WABI-TV reports the culprits forced their way in through windows and stole items from teachers’ desks. They also damaged the sports field, storage buildings, broke lights and cut holes in the soccer nets. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Veazie police.


Nat’l Preparedness Month

(Augusta) September is National Preparedness Month and the Maine Emergency Management Agency is calling on Mainers to be more preparedness-minded this month. MEMA spokeswoman Susan Faloon says this week’s focus is to make a plan and practice it.

Street Closure

(Ellsworth) Washington Street in Ellsworth will be closed to thru-traffic for most of the day today while the entrance to Oriole Way gets paved. Emergency vehicles will be permitted but may be delayed. The Washington Street closure is in effect now (6:30am) through 6:30 this evening.


Benefit Dinner

(Ellsworth) Families First Community Center will host its second annual benefit dinner this Sunday. The public is invited to attend “Reaching for the Stars” featuring a 3-course dinner at Big Cat’s Catering in Trenton. Raffle prizes have been donated by businesses throughout Hancock County and Star 97-7’s morning show news anchor Stu Marckoon will be the auctioneer. Preregistration is required; contact Families First Community Center in Ellsworth.


Blue Hill/Surry Happenings

(Surry) Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host their first 5k-10k race on their newly acquired Surry Forest Preserve. Outreach director Chrissy Allen says the race begins at 11 AM this Sunday.  The Surry Forest Preserve is located off the Toddy Pond Road in Surry.


Maine Apple Sunday

(Statewide) The peak of apple picking season will be celebrated across the state with the 18th annual Maine Apple Sunday. Orchards around Maine are participating this Sunday the 9th by offering special activities and free samples of apple products as crops are ready for their first pick.


Ash Tree Concern

(Augusta) Maine officials are asking for the public’s help finding ash trees that were sold in the state this summer because they’re concerned about spread of an invasive forest pest. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says it’s concerned the trees might contain the emerald ash borer, which is an insect that destroys ash trees. Workers discovered that the ash trees that were shipped from a New Jersey nursery last month had been kept inside an emerald ash borer quarantine area.




  • Philadelphia Eagles 18  Atlanta Falcons 12 (NFL Opener)
  • Red Sox are home tonight against the Houston Astros.  David Price will start for Boston.  The Sox have a 9-and-a-half game lead over the Yankees.

High School

Girls Soccer

Bucksport 5  Central 2

Orono 6  Lee 0

Bangor Christian 3 Sumner 1


Washington Academy 3 Ellsworth0

Brewer 3  Lee 0

Sumner 3 Machias 1