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Local News – June 28, 2019

Sumpter – Mt. Desert Chamber

(Mt. Desert) – A familiar face will lead the Chamber of Commerce in Mt. Desert.  Former Ellsworth Economic Development Director Micki Sumpter has agreed to head up the business agency in Mt. Desert.  She’ll replace Tom Reeve at the end of July.  He has stepped down after two years at the helm.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Sumpter, who spent nearly 20-years running the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce will work on an interim basis to see if the job is a good fit.  She had planned to retire after leaving the City of Ellsworth post.


SW Harbor – Code Officer

(Southwest Harbor) – The Town of Southwest Harbor is scrambling to find a code enforcement officer.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Donald LaGrange is stepping down, and there are few certified code officers and plumbing inspectors available to fill in.  LaGrange, who is also the former town manager, will leave in the next few weeks.  Current town manager Justin Van Dongen plans to talk with Lamoine’s code officer who also serves 6-other towns to fill in as an interim.


Child Stalker Convicted

(Belfast) – Jurors have convicted a 76-year old Belfast man who propositioned two boys at a park in his home town more than a year ago.  WABI-TV reports Edmund Melanson faces up to a year in jail when a judge sentences him later.  In March 2018 Melanson approached two boys at the city park and offered to perform sexual acts on them.  The youngsters found another adult and reported Melanson to the police.


RB Hall Day


(Ellsworth) – More than a century ago, a musician named Robert B. Hall from Bowdoinham was one of the most prolific march music writers.  Saturday, hundreds of community musicians from all over Maine will travel to Ellsworth to celebrate RB Hall’s legacy.  RB Hall Day is actually a Maine holiday of sorts.  Event co-organizer Marleina (mar-LAY-nuh) Ford tells Star 97.7 she’s played at RB Hall Day since childhood.  The event is free to attend at the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School with the first performance from the Bangor Band at about 8AM.  In the event of rain, the performances will be inside the school.


Taste of Ellsworth Reminder

(Ellsworth) Local vendors will serve craft beer, delectable dishes and rich desserts at tomorrow evening’s Taste of Ellsworth. The 3rd annual event is an outdoor dining experience under tents on lower Franklin Street extension near City Hall. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano says they’ll also have family-friendly games AND there’s still time to buy your tickets. The event opens at 5 o’clock tomorrow and the downtown party will wrap up by 10 PM.


Emera Rate Decrease

(Local) Some unexpected but welcomed news for Emera Maine customers in the Bangor Hydro District –monthly bills could drop beginning in July. Spokeswoman Judy Long says customers will see changes to the transmission, stranded cost, and conservation rates on their monthly bill, though Emera Maine’s distribution rates won’t change. The transmission rate decrease that affects Hancock, Washington, Piscataquis and most of Penobscot counties is the result of lower federal taxes and a delayed transmission project. Customers could see a savings of $3.50 a month.



Washington Cty DHHS Office

(Calais) The Maine Department of Health and Human Services will once again have a permanent presence in Washington County as they open an office in Calais. The department has signed a 20-year lease on a building at 330 North Street and expects to open in October. About 10 employees will work there to processes applications and renewals for public assistance programs.


Drug Testing Deputies

(Hancock Cty) The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is considering drug testing its officers and job applicants. Sheriff Scott Kane met with the League of Towns this week, and asked if any had policies to test police officers for drug use.  None of the local towns that employ police conduct drug testing. The Ellsworth American reports the potential of drug testing comes after a Lewiston police officer died of a fentanyl-overdose in February. There’s no set date for when this policy may be instituted.


Orland Crash

(Orland) Three people suffered injuries in a crash on Route 1 in Orland this week. A Maryland couple was traveling east Wednesday as 67-year-old Roberta Mann of Orland was traveling west and struck their vehicle as she turned into a business. The impact sent both vehicles into the roadway, blocking Route 1. The Maryland couple suffered leg and head injuries while Mann was treated for chest and leg injuries. Firefighters had to cut at least one vehicle to get the victims out.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Orland Fire Department, Bucksport Ambulance, Northern Light Ambulance and Maine State Police.



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