Montville Plane Crash
(Montville) – Three people survived a plane crash in the Waldo County town of Montville. WABI-TV reports the plane went down by Hidden Valley Camp. All three people on board went to the hospital, but a public safety official said they were all walking under their own power after the crash. The two passengers were staff members of the camp, and the pilot had been hired by the camp to fly the small plane.
(Local) Barbeques and picnics can be fun for the whole family, but not necessarily a good place to bring your 4-legged family members. Hancock County SPCA director Nichola Redmond warns of the potential dangers dogs could encounter during what may seem like a harmless outing. Redmond suggests having the number for Animal Poison Control programmed in your phone just in case.
Open Door Closing
(Ellsworth) A substance abuse rehab home in Ellsworth will close its doors after the Department of Health and Human Services pulled funding due to numerous regulatory deficiencies. The Ellsworth American reports that Open Door Recovery Center and Hills House will close Friday because of financial troubles. Executive director Barbara Royal has also resigned. DHHS has given Open Door 30-days for the transition of clients and residents, but the organization’s license to practice as a substance use disorder treatment program will not be renewed.
(Turner) One of Maine’s top Nordic skiers has died from injuries in an accident on his family’s farm. 19-year-old Roy Varney died Tuesday morning at the Lewiston hospital. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office says Varney was cleaning manure out of the Turner farm’s cattle barn on Monday while operating a skid-steer machine that accidentally fell into a liquid manure pit. He was pulled out and transported to the hospital. Varney was named the Class A Boys Nordic Classical State Champion for the second time this year.
Challenge Coin Recipient
(Bangor) Bangor police have recognized a local man’s heroic efforts by presenting him with a Challenge Coin. Kyle Langlois was working at Sprague’s Nursery two weeks ago when he heard gunfire on outer Union Street. He spotted the shooter driving away and located the victim nearby. Langlois used his belt as a tourniquet and applied pressure to the victim’s leg. The victim survived and so did his leg. Bangor police say Langlois has a brave heart and a green thumb.
July 4th Happenings
(Bar Harbor) Bar Harbor is a happening place today! The Independence Day celebration begins with the Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary Club’s blueberry pancake breakfast at the Park Street athletic field from now until 10am. The parade downtown begins at 10, immediately followed by the MDI YMCA’s Lobster Races. The Seafood Festival is from 11 ‘til 2 at the athletic field. There’s live entertainment happening in different locations throughout the day. And the evening closes with fireworks over Frenchman Bay starting around 9:15.
(Castine) The town of Castine welcomes locals and visitors for their Fourth of July festivities. The day kicks off with the annual 4th of July Fun-Run from 8 to 9:30 at the Town Dock. The kids’ parade starts at 10 from the Town Common, followed by games and goodies. The Castine Town Band performs beginning at 4. The dance at the Town Dock gets underway at 7. And the fireworks display in Castine Harbor lights up the sky around 9 o’clock.
(Bangor) Bangor and Brewer will host lots of Fourth of July fun again this year. The pancake breakfast is 7 ‘til 10 this morning at the Brewer Auditorium. The parade steps off on Wilson Street in Brewer at 11 AM. The Chords for a Cure concert on the Bangor Waterfront is from 6 to 9:30 tonight, followed by fireworks launched from a barge in the Penobscot River.
Operation Dry Water
(Statewide) If you plan to put your boat in the water today or anytime through the weekend, the Coast Guard says make sure you do it sober. The agency is partnering with local law enforcement crews for Operation Dry Water, ensuring boaters are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Statistics show drinking alcohol is the leading cause of boating fatalities. Coast Guard members may come aboard your commercial or recreational boat on any waterway to ensure the safety and security of the boating community.
Acadia’s Birthday Broadcasts
(Bar Harbor) In celebration of Acadia National Park’s birthday, Friends of Acadia is partnering with park officials, local historians, conservation experts and volunteers to do a series of live, half-hour Facebook-Live broadcasts each day next week. On July 8th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation formally accepting the gift of land for Sieur de Monts National Monument which became the center of today’s Acadia National Park. The shows will be streamed online on Friends of Acadia’s Facebook page at Noon next Monday through Friday, videoed from the porch of the Bar Harbor Inn.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Public Library and artist Barbara Shelley invite the public to the July art show in the Riverview Room. The show is available for viewing during the library’s business hours from July 8th to August 2nd, when the Riverview Room is not occupied. An Artist Reception is planned for Tuesday the 16ht at 2 p.m. with light refreshments. Shelley’s paintings are primarily of Maine and the beautiful Acadia/Downeast area.
Star 97-7 Sports….
- Toronto Blue Jays 6 Boston Red Sox 3 (Chris Sale took the loss, gave up 3-home runs)
- Rick Porcello will start against the Jays tonight.
- Portland Sea Dogs 9 Trenton Thunder 2 (Sea Dogs complete 3 game sweep)
- The Sea Dogs play the Fisher Cats in New Hampshire tonight
- 15-year old Coco Gauff who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon continued to win yesterday, advancing past the 3rd round.