(Ellsworth) – County Commissioners in Hancock County have approved a budget, but the vote was split. The Ellsworth American reports Commission Chair Antonio Blasi refused to sign the 8-and-a-half million dollar budget, saying he opposed County Administrator Scott Adkins’ salary. Commissioners William Clark and Joseph Wombacher approved the budget and Clark chastised Blasi for his stance. The budget is up nearly $360-thousand dollars over the current year as the Sheriff’s department will add a deputy and the regional communications center will add a dispatcher.
(Steuben) – No injuries in Steuben last night after fire tore through a mobile home. Firefighters from several departments rushed to the scene on Augusta Road shortly after 9:30 last night. It took a couple hours to put out the blaze and clean up. WVII-TV reports no one was at the trailer when the fire broke out.
Franklin Vets Club Thanksgiving
(Franklin) The Franklin Veterans Club understands that not everyone has somewhere to go on Thanksgiving. That’s why they’ll open their doors from 1 to 4 tomorrow afternoon for a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Club President Steve Mosley says they have volunteers lined up to prepare the feast, but anyone can pitch in. Following Thanksgiving the Franklin Veterans Club will host the Festival of Trees beginning December 5th put on by the Anah Shriners Facts and Figures Unit.
Police Academy Graduation
(Vassalboro) Maine’s 62 newest police officers graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy today. Some of the new officers will begin patrolling this weekend, beefing up the presence of law enforcement during the Thanksgiving weekend. The new officers have completed 18 weeks of study and training at the academy. Among the graduates are 6 State Police Troopers, 5 Portland Police officers, 3 Bangor Police officers, and 3 deputies from the Cumberland Sheriff’s Office.
No More American Folk Festival
(Bangor) – The American Folk Festival won critical acclaim for the 18-years that it ran in Bangor. Financially, though, it could not sustain itself. Officials announced that last summer’s folk festival along the Bangor Waterfront was the last one. The festival began as the National Folk Festival in 2002 and drew big crowds. Some years five stages were going at once with diverse acts from across the world. The festival never charged admission, but attendees would fill buckets with cash as volunteers walked through the crowds. The organization that produced the event said the decision to stop was financially driven.
(Waterville) A Waterville man stands formally charged with murder for allegedly shooting his girlfriend to death. A Kennebec County grand jury indicted 28-year-old Nicholas Lovejoy. WABI-TV reports court documents say Lovejoy told police that Melissa Sousa pushed him down a flight of stairs, then grabbed one of his rifles, pointed it at him and pulled the trigger, but it didn’t fire. That’s when Lovejoy says he picked up a handgun and shot Sousa two times. Lovejoy was arrested the day after Sousa was reported missing. He’s held in jail and is due in court next month for a bail hearing.
City Employee Killed
(Sanford) Sanford police say a city employee was struck and killed by the bucket truck he had been driving while he and another worker were hanging Christmas wreaths Monday afternoon outside Springvale District Court on Main Street in Sanford. Police Chief Thomas Connolly Jr. says investigators aren’t sure why the driver was out of his truck or how it ran him over. His identity hasn’t been released. The second city employee was in the bucket and wasn’t injured.
BHBT Food Drive Stats
(Ellsworth) – A bank with branches across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont has helped fill cupboards at local food pantries in 30-cities. Bar Harbor Bank and Trust reports to Star 97.7 their food drive that ended last Friday collected more than 3-thousand items. It’s the 31st year the bank has held the food drive.
- Boston Bruins 8 Montreal Canadiens 1 (David Pasternak with a hat trick for Boston)
- The Bruins play at Ottawa tonight
- The Celtics are home tonight against the Brooklyn Nets
- Stephen F Austin pulled off the biggest upset in college basketball in decades as they beat Duke 85-to-83 in overtime last night.
- Ohio State is number 1 in the latest College Football poll.