(Bar Harbor) – A nursing home that employs 58-people in Bar Harbor reportedly will shut down in two months. Sonogee Rehab and Living Center’s parent company, North County Associates, says a hospital run program in Bar Harbor has reduced the number of patients. Numerous media outlets say residents got word yesterday that they will have 30-days to find other arrangements. The facility says it has been difficult finding help and the minimum wage increase led to higher operating costs.
Levant Woman Sentenced
(Bangor) – A 34-year old Levant woman will spend a year and a day in prison for buying a gun for someone else. The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that Amy Bingaman lied to a firearms dealer when she said she was buying the gun for herself. A co-conspirator who was prohibited from owning a gun supplied the money for the weapon which turned up during a drug raid. The purchase took place a year ago. Prosecutors say Bingaman had purchased guns for others several times.
(Augusta) – Police in Augusta seek leads in another convenience store holdup. The Augusta Police Department reports to Star 97.7 that a man held up the Big Apple store on Stone Street shortly before 7:30 last night. Police say a caller said a man threatened to use a weapon and demanded money. They’re not saying how much the robber who fled before officers arrived took. No one was injured.
(Lamoine) – As the wind continues to howl, linemen in bucket trucks are struggling to splice broken power lines together in several Hancock County towns. Overnight more than 3-thousand Emera Maine customers lost power. That number was down to under 400 as of 6:30 this morning. The gusts reached more than 160-miles an hour atop Mt. Washington. A gust in excess of 100-miles an hour combined with icing is blamed for a communications tower collapse on Sugarloaf Mountain.
Orrington Town Manager
(Orrington) – Selectmen in Orrington have hired a Levant farmer with no municipal government experience as the town’s next town manager. Joan Gibson will start on the job in a couple of weeks. The Bangor Daily News reports Gibson and her husband operate the Milky Way Organic Farm in Levant. She was one of four finalists for the job. Two town managers quit amid discord within the Board of Selectmen in the past year in Orrington. A recall petition on two of the Selectmen has been withdrawn with the hire.
Fatal Snowmobile Crashes
(Springfield/Staceyville) Maine’s snowmobile death toll is up to 7 after two crashes. The Maine Warden Service reports a Massachusetts man who was critically injured during a crash near Staceyville last Friday later died at a Bangor hospital. And in Springfield a man died Saturday when he crashed into a tree. Wardens say 52-year-old John Dorsey of Lee left a friend’s house that evening, failed to negotiate a corner and crashed. A passing snowmobiler discovered his body the next day. The snowmobile was still running.
Woodlawn Project Begins
(Ellsworth) The Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth has launched the first phase of a large project to rebuild the Carriage Barn. The Ellsworth American reports a new water line will improve water flow and pressure, which dramatically improves the fire safety systems inside the Black House. Three-phase power brought underground from the Surry Road along with installation of a backup generator provides security and helps protect irreplaceable contents. Plan details as well as information about The Campaign for Woodlawn fundraising effort can be viewed online at: Woodlawn Museum dot Org.
Bangor Mall Bidding
(Bangor) Online bidding to become the new owner of the Bangor Mall got underway Monday morning. The Bangor Daily News reports the auction continues through 11am on Wednesday and is run by Ten-X, the same auctioneer website that sold the former Macy’s building attached to the mall. The starting bid for the Bangor Mall is $6-and-a-half-million-dollars with a $50-thousand-dollar deposit due from bidders who participate. Ten-X said it will post the final bid when the auction ends Wednesday.
Statewide Plastic Bag Ban
(Augusta) Maine could become the first state in New England to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The Portland Press Herald reports at least three lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban the bags that environmentalists say harm local wildlife and contribute to pollution. The move comes after 20 towns and cities in the state have approved bans or fees on plastic bags, and several more are considering local ordinances.
Child Welfare Public Hearing
(Portland) Lawmakers want answers about the state’s troubled child welfare system and are asking the public to weigh in. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing March 8th about a legislative watchdog’s recent survey of child protective caseworkers across Maine. The survey found caseworkers faced a “dramatic and sudden” spike in their workload since the deaths of two young girls from alleged child abuse.
(Local) Emera Maine crews will continue installing equipment on select overhead lines during the next few months that will help lineman pinpoint specific areas where repairs may be needed. Fault indicators emit a bright flashing light for up to 16 hours after an error occurs on a line, helping crews find the problem and restore service more quickly during outages. The installation of fault indication equipment is one of several improvements that Emera Maine is making to minimize and eliminate customer outages.
(Rockport) The largest fishermen’s trade show in New England is this weekend in Rockport. The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is at the Samoset Resort this Thursday thru Saturday. The event consists of seminars, meetings and other events about New England fishing. Maine fishery regulators also use the event to release new data about the state’s annual catch. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s 65th Annual Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1. Lobstering is one of the most important industries in the state, and one of the biggest customers worldwide is China, which is locked in a trade dispute with the United States about seafood and other goods.
- Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Boston Red Sox 3 (Spring Training). The Red Sox face the Blue Jays today.
- The Bruins acquire forward Marcus Johanssen from the New Jersey Devils for a draft pick. The B’s host the San Jose Sharks tonight. San Jose acquired former U-Maine star Gustav Nyquist from Detroit yesterday.
- Police issued an arrest summons to Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft who reportedly visited a massage parlor just before the Pats’ AFC Championship game against Kansas City in January.
- Celtics play the Toronto Raptors tonight.