Ellsworth – Election Results
(Ellsworth) – In a 5-way race for three city council seats, voters in Ellsworth have returned an incumbent and elected two brand new councilors. Robert Miller and Michelle Kaplan garnered the most votes, and current councilor Marc Blanchette took the third seat, beating out Gene Lyons by just 20-votes. Miller and Kaplan will fill seats held by long time councilor Gary Fortier and Dawn Hudson who both opted not to seek re-election.
Bar Harbor – Amendments Pass
(Bar Harbor) – Bar Harbor voters gave overwhelming approval to a pair of ordinance changes. With a turnout of just over 20-percent, voters passed a measure to better define the term vacation rental by a more than 3-to-1 ratio. A question that redefines the Site Plan Review process also passed by an even higher ratio.
(Calais) – The Mayor of Calais will continue in his job. Voters yesterday re-elected Billy Howard over challenger Kathleen Staples by a wide margin. City councilors Marcia Rogers and Michael Sherrard ran for re-election unopposed.
Bangor City Council
(Bangor) – Bangor will have three new city councilors come next week. Incumbent Dan Tremble won re-election while voters selected Richard Fournier and Angela Okafor to 3-year terms and Susan Hawes to a 2-year term. Two incumbents did not seek re-election and a resignation opened up the 2-year term on the city council.
(Augusta) – Two referendum questions that went before voters statewide yesterday passed by overwhelming margins. A bond question to fund road repairs passed by more than 75-percent of the voters in a relatively light turnout. That bond will borrow $105-million dollars to be combined with $137-million in federal funding. And voters approved of a constitutional amendment to allow disabled people to support petitions by using alternative signature processes.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth police are asking the public to keep an eye out for two items stolen from an antique dealer this summer. It’s believed the teapot and wood carving were stolen sometime between August 15th and 17th when the antique dealer was out of town. A picture and description of the items are posted on the Ellsworth Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Smith.
ANP Fee Free Day
(Acadia Nat’l Park) The final entrance fee-free day of the year is coming up at Acadia National Park. Folks are invited to explore the great scenery and history at Acadia National Park at no charge on Veteran’s Day, Monday the 11th. To find out which days will be free entry in 2020 check Acadia National Park’s website or Facebook page.
Open Mic Night
(Ellsworth) If you can sing, dance, tell jokes or play an instrument, you can show off your skills during The Grand’s next Open Mic Night. Executive Director Nick Turner says it’s an opportunity for adults to master their craft. People who wish to participate should contact The Grand ahead of time. Open Mic Night is Friday at The Grand in Ellsworth.
Novel Writing Month
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Public Library welcomes aspiring writers to their November workshops in honor of National Novel Writing Month. Write-ins take place each Tuesday afternoon from 4 ‘til 5 and each Thursday morning from 9 ‘til 10, excluding Thanksgiving Day. National Novel Writing Month is a world-wide program encouraging writers to complete the draft of a novel, of at least 50-thousand words, in just one month. Attendees are welcome to participate in one or all sessions and no registration is required.
(Augusta) Maine will start taking applications to license recreational marijuana businesses before the end of the fall. The state Office of Marijuana Policy says it will begin taking testing lab applications on November 18th. After that, it will accept cultivation, manufacturing and retail license applications beginning on December 5th. The Portland Press Herald reports the state is projecting it will begin collecting sales taxes from adult use marijuana starting in March 2020.
(Augusta) The fundraising committee for Governor Janet Mills’ inauguration celebration still owes the capital city $60,000. The Portland Press Herald reports Mills’ committee initially owed the city-owned Augusta Civic Center a total bill of nearly $200,000 for the Jan. 2nd event. Mills’ communication director says the debt will be paid by the end of November. The committee could face a $5,000 penalty from the Maine Ethics Commission for violating a law that requires the committee’s work to be completed by the end of February following an inauguration.
- Montreal Canadiens 5 Boston Bruins 4 (ends a 6-game win streak by Boston)
- Boston Celtics 119 Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (Gordon Hayward with 39-points)
- Ohio State is the number one college football team in the first college playoff poll released this season.
High School Soccer Northern ME Finals
Class “C” Boys – Mt View 3 George Stevens 1
Class “A” Girls – Camden Hills 1 Bangor 0
Today: Class B Boys MDI vs. Caribou
Class “B” Girls – Hermon vs. Waterville