Solar (Bar Harbor) – Solar energy projects have started popping up across Hancock County.  Yesterday political leaders celebrated completion of solar panel installation at Mt. Desert Island High School.  A lobsterman’s co-op also marked completion of a solar project on Cranberry Isles.  Today, representatives of a Massachusetts solar grid company will tour the closed landfill […]

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Local News – September 19, 2019

Solar

(Bar Harbor) – Solar energy projects have started popping up across Hancock County.  Yesterday political leaders celebrated completion of solar panel installation at Mt. Desert Island High School.  A lobsterman’s co-op also marked completion of a solar project on Cranberry Isles.  Today, representatives of a Massachusetts solar grid company will tour the closed landfill in Lamoine with an eye on building a large solar farm.  Recent tax law changes have made solar projects feasible.  Critics say the solar panels do not provide much energy savings.

 

Blue Hill Administrator

(Blue Hill) – The current deputy town clerk in Blue Hill will be the town’s first administrator. Selectmen named Shawna Ambrose to the post funded earlier this year by town meeting voters.  Ambrose has worked as the town’s deputy clerk for about a year and was one of 14-candidates for the job.  Ambrose will take over the town office role that a Selectman has traditionally held in Blue Hill for decades.

 

Driving Hands-Free

(Statewide) If you’re caught holding a cell phone while driving, be prepared to get pulled over. A new law goes into effect today prohibiting Maine drivers from holding devices behind the wheel. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane tells Star 97-7 his deputies may be lenient in the beginning as folks get used to the new law.  Kane says the first offense is a $50 fine. Every subsequent violation after that will cost you $250-dollars.

 

Recovery Coach Academy

(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia encourages folks who are in long-term recovery from substance abuse or family members of those in recovery to become volunteers. Spokeswoman Denise Black says you can obtain valuable information by attending their next Recovery Coach Academy.  The Recovery Coach Academy is September 24th thru the 27th at the Ellsworth Ramada Inn. Contact Denise Black at Healthy Acadia to register.

 

Howland Fatal Update

(Howland) State police have identified the two people who died Monday in a crash on Interstate 95 in Howland. They say the driver, 63-year-old Michael Dentico of Arundel likely fell asleep. Witnesses reported seeing the pickup truck drift into the median before abruptly veering across both lanes then go into the ditch on the right side of the Interstate and overturning. Dentico died at the scene. 66-year-old Jacqueline Gordon of Ellsworth died while in transit to the hospital. Both occupants had been ejected from the vehicle. Another passenger, 43-year-old Tammy Dentico of Arundel suffered minor injuries. Police say none of them wore seat belts.

 

Ellsworth City Council

(Ellsworth) Four Ellsworth residents have taken out nomination papers to fill the 3 vacant seats on the city council. City Clerk Heidi Grindle reports to Star 97-7 that Mark Blanchette and Gene Lyons have returned their nomination papers already while Michelle Kaplan and Robert Miller have yet to turn in their paperwork. Each candidate must have 50 valid signatures from registered Ellsworth voters to make it onto the ballot. The deadline is tomorrow.  Long time city councilor Gary Fortier has decided to retire.

 

Hep A Exposure

(Boothbay) The Maine CDC warns that patrons of Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Trip may be at risk for hepatitis A. It’s confirmed a food service worker in Boothbay Harbor prepared food while infectious from August 18th through September 8th. Health officials say the vaccine is most effective within 14 days of exposure to the virus. Patrons who visited Cap’n Fish’s from August 19th to the 30th could have been exposed, but are outside the window for which the vaccine could help prevent illness. Those individuals are urged to watch for symptoms of the illness.

 

Body Unearthed

(Norway) Maine State Police say they’ve recovered the body of a woman buried in the backyard of a home in the town of Norway. Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday on the remains of the woman, believed to be in her 80s. He said the woman likely died in the past 12 to 18 months and may have lived in a mobile home on the property. The medical examiner’s office will provide a positive identification, along with her cause of death. It’s unclear what led investigators to the property in Oxford County.

 

Dysart’s Restaurant Hours

(Hermon) The restaurant at Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon will no longer be open 24-hours a day. Dysart’s officials say as of October 1st the restaurant will be open from 5 AM to Midnight, though fuel operations and the store at the same location will remain open 24/7. Dysart’s on Broadway will not be affected by the change.

 

Infected Mosquitoes

(York Cty) Maine’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirms a mosquito pool in York County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The lab collected the sample this month in the town of Lebanon. The EEE virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. It cannot be passed from human to human or from animal to human. Maine CDC officials urge residents and visitors to be vigilant in taking steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

 

Sports

 

  • San Francisco Giants 11  Boston Red Sox 3  (Win was Giants manager Bruch Bochy’s 2,000th)

High School Boys Soccer

(tie) Houlton 1  Orono 1

Girls Soccer

MDI 4  John Bapst 3

Washington Academy 3  GSA 2

Dexter 2  Searsport 0

Shead 1  Woodland 0

Hermon 5  Nokomis 1

Volleyball

Bucksport 3  Brewer 2

Washington Academy 3  MDI 0

Narraguagus 3  Sumner 0