Lamoine – Solar
(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine will decide tonight whether to allow Selectmen to move forward with a plan to lease land to a solar energy company. A proposed 3-and-a-half megawatt solar energy project would locate on property where the town’s closed landfill is located. The town would make at least $40-thousand dollars a year from the lease plan. The special town meeting is set for 7-o’clock tonight at the Lamoine town hall.
(Bangor) – Two people sustained injuries as they test drove an ATV in Bangor last evening. Police tell Star 97.7 both men went to the hospital after the crash on Banair Road. The crash shut down the road for a few hours while police reconstructed the accident. Investigators did not release the men’s names or conditions.
Route 1A Bridge
(Harrington) – The end of a road closure in Washington County is in sight. The Maine Department of Transportation has closed Route 1-A in Harrington while construction crews work on the Johnson Bridge. That work should be to a point that the road can reopen on November 19th.
(Bucksport) – Town officials in Bucksport will recount the ballots cast in Tuesday’s town council elections after an incumbent fell 2-votes short of re-election. James Morrison initially received 434-votes to Robert Carmichael’s 433. Carmichael has requested the recount. Six candidates ran for a pair of 3-year terms and one two-year term. Meanwhile, voters in Bucksport approved spending up to a million dollars to fix the town’s municipal swimming pool which didn’t open last summer after leaking more than 600-thousand-gallons of water in a week.
(Augusta) – The state’s fall turkey hunt comes to a close today and projections show the harvest rate is down this season. Roughly 2-thousand turkeys were bagged this season, which is down from the 5-year average. Game bird biologist Kelsey Sullivan says it’s partially the result of fewer “poults” or baby turkeys as the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife monitored turkey productivity in August and found that nest success was down as well. Sullivan also attributes the reduced number of turkeys bagged to the abundant food sources, allowing turkeys to sprawl and become scarce to hunters.
Parking Meter Money
(Bar Harbor) The town of Bar Harbor collected $1-point-7-million-dollars in its inaugural year of charging for parking downtown. The Bangor Daily News reports that amount is three times more than what city officials expected from parking fees, fines, and permits. The paid parking season ran May 15th through October 31st. The town spent over $128-thousand-dollars paying vendors who supplied equipment and services to set up the parking meters and kiosks. That left Bar Harbor with a profit of $1.6-million-dollars. Town officials have not yet decided how to spend the revenue.
Public Pool & Roads
(Bucksport) – Voters approved an overhaul for the deteriorating public pool in Bucksport. Voters Tuesday favored allocating as much as a million dollars to rebuild the 1950’s pool, which closed for the summer last June after leaking 600-thousand gallons of water within a few days. The Bangor Daily News reports the Bucksport Town Council will meet on November 14th to decide how to proceed with rebuilding the pool. Meanwhile, the town council will recount the town council race between incumbent Robert Carmichael and James Morrison, who outpolled Carmichael by a single vote.
(Rockland) – A Rockland man faces charges after he posted on social media that his son bit into Halloween candy that contained a needle. Police say 29-year old Justin Sanford falsely reported a crime. He made the post on Tuesday and the boy’s mother took the child to the hospital where staff told her to report the incident to police. Investigators say the mother was not aware the posting was a hoax. The father could face up to a year in jail and a $2-thousand dollar fine.
Franklin Vets Club
(Franklin) The Franklin Veteran’s Club will host its second annual Stars and Stripes Swing Dance, a fundraiser for the Maine Veterans Project. Club president Steve Mosley says folks are invited to dress up this Saturday evening and enjoy the sounds of the Al Corey Big Band.
Digitizing Legislative Journals
(Augusta) The Maine State Archives has received a $96-thousand-dollar grant to digitize previously unpublished journals of the Maine Legislature. Archives staff will work closely with staff from the Law and Legislative Reference Library to complete this project. The work will result in the creation of a permanently accessible collection of the currently unpublished early journals of the Maine House and Senate.
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- The Celtics take on the Charlotte Hornets tonight
High School Soccer – Northern ME Finals
Class “B” Boys – Caribou 1 MDI 0
Class “B” Girls – Hermon 2 Waterville 1 (OT)
Class “D” Boys – Central Aroostook 2 Penobscot Valley 1 (OT)
Class “D” Girls – Penobscot Valley 2 Central Aroostook 1