Cherryfield Superintendent (Cherryfield) – The Cherryfield School Department has a new superintendent of schools.  The Ellsworth American reports Robert Riley started on the job in January, replacing Katherine Mayo-Reese who remains the town’s school principal and a math teacher.  Riley had retired and commutes to Cherryfield from Saco each day, staying overnight only on school […]

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Local News – February 12, 2020

Cherryfield Superintendent

(Cherryfield) – The Cherryfield School Department has a new superintendent of schools.  The Ellsworth American reports Robert Riley started on the job in January, replacing Katherine Mayo-Reese who remains the town’s school principal and a math teacher.  Riley had retired and commutes to Cherryfield from Saco each day, staying overnight only on school board meeting nights.

 

Abbe Museum Director

(Bar Harbor) – The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has hired a new director.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Christopher Newell has taken the post at the museum that focuses on Native Americans.  Newell is the son of long time Passamaquoddy official Wayne Newell who is also an educator and singer at the Museum.  The Younger Newell served the past 5-years at a Native American museum in Connecticut.

 

Stockton Springs School

(Stockton Springs) – Voters in the Waldo County town of Stockton Springs have a tough choice to make next month – whether to sell the now empty school building.  The town acquired the school from RSU 20 which stopped using the building years ago when it was discovered to be full of mold.  Village Soup dot-com reports the mold is not as extensive as first thought.  Residents turned out this week for a public hearing on the proposal to sell the school which is on the March 3rd ballot.

 

Searsport’s 175th Birthday

(Searsport) The town of Searsport is celebrating its 175th birthday this year with a series of year-long festivities. The first event is tomorrow (on 2/13) at the Methodist Church. Searsport historian Charlene Knox Farris says the public is welcome to watch a reenactment of the first town meeting.  Also happening in Searsport tomorrow is a community pot luck supper at Curtis Hall at 5 o’clock followed by Knox-Farris presenting a slideshow of The Early History of Searsport at 7 PM.

 

Corona Virus

 

(Augusta) One Mainer is voluntarily staying home awaiting results after being tested for the Coronavirus. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports they were made aware of the individual through protocols established by the U.S. CDC to limit the spread of Coronavirus in the United States. Individuals from 37 other states and U.S. territories have been tested for the Coronavirus. Twelve individuals have tested positive in six states. There are no confirmed cases in Maine.

 

Fatal Joyride

(Clinton) Police say a joyride with an unlicensed driver behind the wheel preceded a fatal crash in central Maine that killed 3 youths and injured two others. Clinton Police Department Cpl. Phil DiLuca says the kids appeared to have been out for a joyride that began Saturday night and ended in tragedy Sunday morning. Police are working with local residents to reconstruct a 24-hour timeline of the events that ended in the crash.

 

Verso Sale Complete

(Jay) A paper company has completed the sale of its Maine mill as part of a $400-million-dollar deal. The Bangor Daily News reports Ohio-based Verso Corporation sold its Androscoggin Mill in Jay to Pixelle Specialty Solutions. The company had received its final approval last month when its shareholders met in New York to vote on the sale at the company’s stockholder meeting. The deal with Pennsylvania-based Pixelle was revealed in November following Verso’s unveiling of a plan to invest $120 million-dollars in three mills, including the one in Jay.

 

Deer Ticks-Lyme

(Augusta) More than a third of the deer ticks submitted to a Maine lab last year tested positive for Lyme disease. The surveillance report from the University of Maine Tick Lab found that a smaller percentage of ticks tested positive for other tick-borne diseases as well. The study is the first of its kind in Maine. Lab manager, Griffin Dill, says the information will help authorities learn how fast the ticks are spreading in the state.

 

Sports Betting

 

(Augusta) – Sports betting in Maine is a dead idea for now.  Governor Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have allowed licensed sports betting.  Senators voted to over ride her veto, but there were not enough votes in the Maine House to complete the override.

 

Small Pharma

(Augusta) Members of a Maine legislative committee narrowly passed a proposal that supporters say would protect small pharmacies in the state. The proposal is designed to stop insurance carriers from charging pharmacies certain fees or holding pharmacies responsible for certain fees. Supporters of the change say the change would apply to fees such as those that aren’t apparent at the time the insurance carrier processed the claim. The legislature’s Health Care, Insurance and Financial Services Committee approved the proposal by a 5-4 vote on Thursday. The proposal will now face votes before the full Maine Legislature.

 

Sports

  • Houston Rockets 116  Boston Celtics 105 (Boston’s 7-game win streak snapped)
  • The Red Sox named Ron Roenicke as their interim manager.

High School Preliminaries – Girls

Class “B”

Ellsworth 35  MDI 33 (Trinity Montigney stole the ball with 6-seconds left for the win)

Winslow 56  Caribou 35

John Bapst 52  Oceanside 40

Houlton 56  Foxcroft 41

Class “C”

Narraguagus 64  Piscataquis 31

Calais 81  Woodland 23

Fort Fairfield 54  George Stevens 27

Central 48  Hodgdon 35

Penobscot Valley 55  Fort Kent 33

Class “D”

Ashland 53  Jonesport Beals 37