(Lamoine) – A lightning bolt is blamed for a fire that destroyed a valuable waterfront home in Lamoine during the weekend. The call to the Richard Haff home on Falcon Lane came in around 6:30 Saturday evening. They’d been eating dinner when the lightning hit and they tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher with no success. All three got out safely and shortly after firefighters arrived flames were consuming the building. Fire Chief George Smith tells Star 97.7 they called in a dozen departments from across Hancock County to help get the fire out. The home is a total loss, but firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to the garage. Ambulance crews carried one firefighter to the hospital with probably heat exhaustion.
(Wayne) – A 33-year old Wayne man is dead after a boating mishap during the weekend. The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that neighbors spotted what looked to be an abandoned boat operating in Pocasset Lake Saturday morning. On inspection, Game Wardens found 33-year old Christopher Brown’s body inside the boat. Investigators say it appears Brown’s boat hit rocks in the lake sometime late Saturday night after leaving a group of friends. The medical examiner’s office will try to determine how he died.
(Camden) – The same storm line that produced the lightning that destroyed a Lamoine home is blamed for a fire in Camden. Firefighters say a lightning bolt hit a seaside home, starting a fire on the second floor. Firefighters from five communities responded to the house just off Route 1 Saturday evening. No serious injuries are reported, though a firefighter was evaluated at the hospital when part of a ceiling fell on him.
(Ellsworth) – Folks saving up old computers, broken TV’s and other electronic waste finally have a date to dispose of it. The Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club will hold the annual waste collection on Saturday, July 20th at the Home Depot parking lot in Ellsworth. Air conditioners are not allowed, but pretty much everything else electronic is. The event runs from 7am to 11am and donations are accepted.
Temporary Pier Closure
(Winter Harbor) Acadia National Park’s Frazer Point pier in Winter Harbor will temporarily close for upgrades. The pier provides boat access to the picnic area, a place to launch a kayak or canoe into Frenchman Bay, and offers an ideal fishing location. The upgrades, which include a ramp and replacing the old wooden deck, are funded directly through visitor entrance fees to the park. Work will be performed by a National Park Service work crew based out of Maryland beginning on Tuesday, July 17th through mid-September.
- Boston Red Sox 6 Detroit Tigers 3 (Sox sweep series, David Price gets the win)
- Major League Baseball has started its All-Star Break. The home run derby is tonight
- New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7 Portland Sea Dogs 2
- The US Women’s team wins the World Cup, beating the Netherlands 2-0.