Local News 11-8-19 Canoeing Death (Sullivan) – When two men headed out to dig clams in Sullivan yesterday, they put a canoe in the water in Flander’s Bay and didn’t wear life jackets.  A short time later the canoe swamped off shore, dumping both men into the 52-degree water.  One swam to shore;  36-year old […]

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Local News – November 8, 2019

Local News 11-8-19

Canoeing Death

(Sullivan) – When two men headed out to dig clams in Sullivan yesterday, they put a canoe in the water in Flander’s Bay and didn’t wear life jackets.  A short time later the canoe swamped off shore, dumping both men into the 52-degree water.  One swam to shore;  36-year old Robert Hill of Trenton didn’t make it.  Firefighters searched for Hill and the Marine Patrol recovered his body about 3-hours later.

Lamoine – Solar

(Lamoine) – Voters packed the town hall in Lamoine last evening and swiftly approved of leasing town owned land to a California based company that wants to build a solar energy project.  The huge solar farm would place hundreds of solar panels on property shared by the town’s closed landfill and generate about 3-and-a-half megawatts of power.  The town would see between $40-thousand and $79-thousand dollars a year in lease payments.

Attorney – Warrant

(Bangor) – A former attorney who once represented some of Maine’s more notorious criminals is now a wanted man.  The Maine Attorney General’s office says there is an arrest warrant out for Dale Thistle who used to live in Newport and is now believed to be living in Canada.  Thistle is accused of negotiating a settlement in a wrongful death case, but never turned the money over to his clients.  He was supposed to appear in court this week, but didn’t, resulting in the warrant.  Maine officials say they’ll talk with Canada about extraditing Thistle back to Maine.

Farmer’s Market Indoors

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Farmer’s Market has moved indoors for the season. Patrons will still find all kinds of locally produced products like veggies, bread, dairy, meat and other special items. The Ellsworth Farmers Market to set up downtown at 142 Main Street at the former J & B Atlantic Building. Tomorrow’s hours are 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. (The Farmer’s Market will be cleaned up before the 2nd annual Downeast Cider & Cheese Fest that afternoon.)

Cider & Cheese Fest

(Ellsworth) To celebrate the city of Ellsworth’s apple history, the Heart of Ellsworth is highlighting the revival of two traditional foods – hard cider and artisanal cheese. Executive director Cara Romano says the 2nd annual Downeast Cider and Cheese Fest is tomorrow inside the former J & B Atlantic Building downtown. Ellsworth’s apple history will be led by historian Todd Little-Siebold, a professor at College of the Atlantic. And the guided tasting of cider and cheese will be lead by Max Treitler, owner of the Blue Hill Wine Shop.

Tattoos & Vets

(Brewer) A tattoo contest will be held in Brewer this Sunday to benefit the Maine Veterans Project. Diversified Ink is hosting the 3rd Annual Veterans Benefit Tattoo Contest. Tattoos will be judged by artists from 4 area tattoo parlors. There are seven different categories and first place in each of them receives a $200 gift card toward their next tattoo. The contest is from 1 to 6 this Sunday at Jeff’s Catering. Admission is $10, vets get in free with ID.

Safe Driving

(Augusta) The Maine Emergency Management Agency says automobile accidents are the leading cause of deaths and injuries during and after winter storms. While snow and ice contribute to the slippery conditions, vehicle speed is the single most important factor in determining the likelihood of a death or serious injury from a crash. MEMA cautions drivers to be aware of patchy black ice, even days after a storm. Many hazards are not apparent until it’s too late. MEMA officials say slow down before your vehicle begins to slip and slide.

Fatal UTV Crash

(Bangor) Bangor police say one man died and another was injured during a UTV crash Wednesday night. The pair was test driving the machine on the Banair Road when the crash occurred around 5PM. Police say 31-year-old Shane Brown of Hermon was ejected from the side-by-side when it went into a ditch and he died shortly after arriving at a local hospital. The injured victim’s name was not released. WABI-TV reports Brown was an employee at Bangor Motorsports.

City Council Recount

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth city officials will recount the city council ballots today. City clerk Heidi Grindle tells Star 97-7 they will recount the votes cast for the Ellsworth City Council race between Marc Blanchette and Gene Lyons    beginning at 8:30 this morning. Blanchette had the third highest number of votes Tuesday with 618, giving him the final city council seat. Lyons had 598 votes. Grindle says because the recount will take place during regular business hours, no cost will be incurred.

Smoked Salmon Recall

(Hancock) A Hancock-based company has voluntarily recalled ten lots of Cold Smoked Salmon because of potential botulism contamination. The FDA reports Sullivan Harbor Farms initiated the recall for products sold between March 6th and September 17th of this year. The Cold Smoked Salmon was sold in Maine and 22 other states. No illnesses have been reported.

Sports

  • Boston Celtics 108  Charlotte Hornets 87
  • The Bruins take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight
  • The U-Maine women’s basketball team plays at Delaware this afternoon
  • The U-Maine hockey team plays at Lowell tonight
  • Thursday Night Football:  Oakland Raiders 26  L-A Chargers 24