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Local News – July 5, 2019

Ellsworth Fire


(Ellsworth) – A retired Ellsworth High School business teacher and her family are safe, but their Fletcher Street home is in ruins following a 4th of July fire. The blaze started in a bedroom at Joanne Avery’s home at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Her daughter and son-in-law got Avery’s elderly mother out of the house along with two pets. Fire Captain Daryl Clark tells Star 97.7 that it was a hot day to be battling a fire. The home is insured, the fire marshal’s office will try to find the cause. The Red Cross helped the family with lodging for the night.


Warden Mishaps


(Augusta) – Maine’s game wardens are preaching safety after a number of July 4th mishaps in the state.  Warden Service spokesman John MacDonald reports to Star 97.7 a number of the accidents involved ATV users who did not wear helmets.  Games wardens reported injuries in two ATV crashes in Aroostook County and one in the Waldo County town of Burnham.  And on Long Lake in St. Agatha, two men were able to put on life jackets and dive into the water after their boat caught fire.  The flames were so intense that another boat pulling the boat to shore had to cut the line.


Madison Fatals 

(Madison) – An elderly couple died yesterday in Madison after their vehicle turned into the path of a dump truck.   The Bangor Daily News reports 85-year old Joyce Gipson was driving the car on Preble Avenue and turned onto Ward Hill Road when the truck his the vehicle.  She and her 80-year old husband Keith Blackwell both died in the crash reported at about 9-o’clock yesterday morning.


Greenfield Body Info


(Greenfield) State police say there’s no indication of foul play in the death of a Greenfield man. Human remains were found on Crocker Turn Road on Monday. Police believe the body is that of the man who lived there, 60-year-old Joseph O’Clair. Investigators await DNA results from the state police crime lab to confirm the identification. In the meantime detectives want to hear from anyone who had contact with O’Clair in recent months.


Lobstermen Charged

(Friendship) Two men from Knox County are accused of drilling holes in the hull of a rival lobsterman’s boat and sinking it. Village Soup dot-Com reports the 34-foot boat “Rotten Hog” was found underwater in December near Cow Island. Prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jason Weeks and 45-year-old Lyndon Harrington with Aggravated Criminal Mischief and Theft. Investigators say messages between Weeks and Harrington show they were working together the night the boat was stolen and sunk. Damage is estimated at more than $65-thousand-dollars.


Lost in Woonsocket

(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia will screen the documentary film “Lost in Woonsocket” next week, followed by a Q & A session featuring a special “mystery” guest. The documentary is a candid look at how media coverage can impact lives, as the two film directors try to help two homeless alcoholics. Spokeswoman Denise Black says she hopes the audience will be enlightened by the film’s message. The event benefits Healthy Acadia’s Recovery Support Fund and also Your Place Recovery Center in Ellsworth. “Lost in Woonsocket” will be shown at the Moore Community Center next Wednesday night at 5:30.


Daylight Saving Time

(Augusta) Maine could stay on Eastern Daylight Time all year long under a new law, but only if Congress first passes a law to allow the year-round observation. And all states in the Eastern time-zone and Washington, D.C. would also have to observe Eastern Daylight Time all year. Then, the Secretary of State would issue a public notice announcing the start of year-round Eastern Daylight Time. Maine’s law was enacted without the Democratic governor’s signature last month and is set to be effective in September.


Prostate Talk

(Ellsworth) Statistics show that one out of every 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center will host a free talk about Prostate Cancer Rehab and Recovery. The presenter is a Physical Therapist from Maine Coast Hospital who will focus on the benefits of Pelvic Rehabilitation. The talk is July 25th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Harrington Family Health Center.



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