(Bangor) – Bangor police say two students have told them a man driving an SUV exposed himself to them before he drove off. Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 the police department is working with the school department but they have yet to identify a suspect. School principal Michael Missbrenner sent a letter to parents with several safety suggestions to pass along to school children who might be approached by a stranger. The case remains under active investigation.
(Hancock) – Planners in the Town of Hancock may have to deal with an application from a company that produces cannabis based pain relief products. The Ellsworth American reports the company that hopes to build on Route 1 near the Town offices has yet to submit a complete application to the Planning Board. The town has no ordinances for commercial marijuana production or sales. The company would sell CBD products which reduce pain but without the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
(Tremont) – Maine’s Department of Transportation will meet with the public in Tremont this morning about a bridge replacement project. No one’s terribly upset about the bridge, but there are big concerns about a beloved elm tree. Town Manager Chris Saunders says he expects a big crowd at the meeting at 10-o’clock this morning. The Siberian Elm is located near the bridge, and there has been a lot of concern that the construction activity has damaging the tree.
(Bucksport) – A Bucksport business owner has proposed to purchase a deteriorating piece of history and using a forgivable loan from the town to stabilize it. WABI-TV reports Larry Wahl would then invest a lot of money into Wilson Hall and turn it into apartments. The town council will consider the offer at its meeting in February. Several efforts to save the crumbling former seminary building have failed to produce any results, and the town’s code enforcement officer says it should be torn down because of its state of disrepair.
(Sullivan) – If you start seeing a lot more signs around Downeast towns that display how fast you are driving, don’t be surprised. The Department of Transportation this week distributed signs to a couple dozen communities in Hancock and Washington Counties to help slow traffic down. About 15-towns received training on how to mount and program the signs yesterday in Sullivan. The signs were free to the towns and run on rechargeable batteries.
(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 3 people have died from the flu this season. CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through Jan. 5th – down from 768 cases during this same time period last year; flu season runs from October through May. Health officials also say 53 people have been hospitalized as a result of the flu this season.
Fuel Tanker Rollover
(Whitneyville) A fuel truck rolled over in Whitneyville closing Canal Road yesterday morning. Police say the RH Foster tanker was leaking and required a response from the Department of Environmental Protection. No other vehicles were involved and the truck driver was not seriously injured.
Potluck & Training
(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia continues its mission to help folks in Hancock and Washington Counties recover from addiction. Spokeswoman Denise Black says a potluck dinner is planned this month that focuses on recovery messaging and advocacy training. Black says anyone who wants to volunteer in their community is invited to join the gathering The Potluck Dinner and Training is Monday, January 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Your Place Recovery Center on the Old Mill Road in Ellsworth.
Pie Town Parade
(Rockland) The city of Rockland plans to live up to its nickname “Pie Town USA” given by the Food Network, by hosting the 15th annual Pie-A-Thon in celebration of National Pie Day. Both Rockland and Camden will hold events next weekend January 25th through the 27th. Activities including a silent auction, pie gala, scavenger hunt and the weekend will culminate with the annual Pies on Parade. Money raised during the 2-day event benefits the AIO Food Pantry in Rockland.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s new Democratic governor says more than 500 Mainers already have health care coverage under voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday she’ll work with lawmakers to fully fund expansion for at least 70,000 Mainers without tax increases in the two-year budget. She says an independent estimate suggests Maine’s expansion costs will total about $140 million from fiscal year 2019 through 2021.
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