(Augusta) – Maine’s first flu death of the season came in Hancock County. The Maine Center for Disease Control reports a 65-year old resident died during the next to last week of December. Two others were hospitalized in Somerset and Cumberland Counties. The Maine CDC report says Maine’s flu season this year is less intense than a year ago. So far 17-people have gone to the hospital with the flu in late 2018 compared to 99 during the same period in 2017.
Wind Project Meeting
(Aurora) – A meeting on a proposed wind tower project in Eastbrook and Osborn is slated for later this month. The so-called Weaver Wind Project would erect 22 wind turbines. The hearing is set for January 16th from 6PM to 8PM at the Airline Community School in Aurora. Weaver Wind filed a permit application at the end of October with the Department of Environmental protection. The DEP says besides the turbines the project includes electric lines and meteorological towers.
(Ellsworth) – Police in Ellsworth checked a lot of cars during a sobriety road detail last weekend. A road block on High Street Saturday night saw officers pass 429-cars through beginning at 9-o’clock at night. Four drivers were checked for possible operation under the influence and one was arrested for OUI and another for having outstanding warrants. A grant paid for the OUI checkpoint.
New Year Weather
(Ellsworth) – The early morning commute in Downeast Maine is a bit on the greasy side this morning as overnight wet snow coated the roads. State and local plow trucks were out early on to push the slushy mess off the road. The snow along the coast changed to rain this morning, making for more of a mess. Temperatures are expected to stay high enough to melt most of the snow, then plunge tonight, freezing up what is left. Police reported no serious accident in early going.
Minimum Wage History
(Maine) A new year means a new minimum wage for our state. Maine’s first wage law was established in 1937 to compensate women and minors in the fish packing industry at 33-cents per hour. The state’s first uniform minimum wage, barring a few exempt occupations, took affect in 1959 paying $1 per hour. It was bumped up to $2 per hour in 1974. But since then, Maine has increased its minimum wage 22 times – both independently and to align with the federal minimum wage. The term “tip” was redefined in 2007 and again in 2011 ensuring workers like wait-staff got to keep gratuity from customers. And today Maine’s minimum wage is officially $11 per hour. Next year at this time it’ll increase to $12!
Father Stabs Son
(Belmont) A Lewiston man is held without bail for stabbing his son during a confrontation in Waldo County. A state trooper traveling Route 3 in Belmont last Friday came upon a father and son fighting along side the roadway. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 that 59-year-old Allen Sanborn was driving with his 17-year-old son and a 16-year-old girl when an argument broke out. After Sanborn stopped the car he and the son continued the fight when Sanborn allegedly stabbed his son in the torso. The teen was treated at Waldo County General Hospital. Sanborn faces numerous assault related charges.
Escaped Killer Indicted
(Charleston) A grand jury in Penobscot County has indicted an inmate who escaped from the Mountain View prison last September. 65-year-old Arnold Nash was just 14 months away from completing his 27-year murder sentence when he walked off the Charleston facility last fall. A Piscataquis County deputy captured Nash days later walking along Route 15 in Dover-Foxcroft. Nash robbed and beat his disabled neighbor to death in Sullivan in 1991. Nash’s arraignment date has not been set yet.
(Tremont) The temperature is above freezing and includes some rain, but it’ll still be a chilly dip for folks taking part in the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department’s 6th annual Polar Plunge. Anyone interested in participating can join them off the Lopaus Point Road in Bernard this morning. The Polar Plunge happens at 9AM; it’s recommended you wear water shoes as the tide will be going out.
(Bar Harbor) Music and politics is an unlikely mix, but the current partial government shutdown has affected a concert planned for Saturday at the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor. The Mt Desert Islander reports the concert with Acadia National Park composer-in-residence Rachel Panitch had to be scrapped. The event was an official National Park Service outreach event and part of the visitor services that have been discontinued during the shutdown.
ME Losses 2018
(Statewide) A president and a first lady who spent summers in Maine, a man who popularized Down East humor, a mysterious artist, and an ice cream company founder are among notable Mainers who died in 2018. Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were the patriarch and matriarch of a famous political family. She died April 17th at age 92; he died November 30th at 94. Robert Indiana, the pop artist known for his “LOVE” series, died on May 19th at his home on Vinalhaven Island, he was 89. Bob Bryan was half of the comedy duo behind “Bert and I,” a 1958 comedy album that shaped Maine’s humor and image. He died Dec 12th at 87. And Randall Gifford, who turned a small dairy into Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, died on May 21st at age 90.
(Portland) Maine health officials say Lyme disease cases dropped in 2018. The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 1,310 Lyme disease cases through Dec. 27. That’s a 29-percent drop from 1,852 reported cases in 2017. Lyme disease is spread by ticks and causes flu-like conditions, neurological problems, joint paint and other symptoms. Experts say hot, dry weather during the summer may have stressed tick populations. Researchers add that snow and colder weather in November probably deterred tick activity.
2018 Fire call totals
(Hancock Cty) – Volunteer fire departments in Hancock County saw a lot of business during 2018. Hancock’s department saw just over 350-calls, the vast majority were medical calls for the first responder service. Two calls came in during New Year’s Eve. Trenton’s fire department which does not have a first responder service, responded to 121 calls which also included training and fundraising. Lamoine’s fire department had 82 calls for service during the year, down about 10 from last year’s record setting pace.
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High School Basketball
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