ME’s 1st COVID Case
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills says Maine has its first known case of the Coronavirus. Governor Mills recommends but did not mandate limiting large public events. Maine’s first presumptive positive Coronavirus case is a 50-year old woman who serves in the Navy Reserve. The unnamed woman lives in Auburn and may have contracted the COVID-19 virus while serving in Italy. Governor Janet Mills announced the first case yesterday and urged organizers to cancel planned mass gatherings of 250-people or more for the immediate future. Maine was the last state in New England to report a Coronavirus case.
Lamoine Town Meeting
(Lamoine) – Selectmen in Lamoine say the annual open town meeting will take place as planned on Wednesday night. After a lengthy discussion Selectmen did postpone a planned meal and skit commemorating the first ever town meeting 150-years ago. Town officials noted that no provisions exist to postpone a town meeting, but the coronavirus situation escalates, a motion to postpone the meeting to a future date can be made.
(Etna) – A train derailed overnight in the town of Etna. WABI-TV reports the Pan-Am train left the tracks at the Etna-Newport town line at about 1:30 this morning. The Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene. No injuries are reported.
Great Harbor Shootout Canceled
(SW Harbor) The biggest basketball tournament for junior high and high school players in Maine has been canceled. Harbor House spokesperson Diana Novella tells Star 97-7 that in light of Governor Mills’ request to limit large gatherings and promote “social distancing”, Harbor House Community Center has canceled this weekend’s Great Harbor Shoot Out. No make-up date is planned.
Ellsworth Superintendant’s Reaction
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth High School Open House was postponed last evening. Superintendant Dan Higgins tells Star 97-7 that the Ellsworth School Department is carefully taking a look at each upcoming event. Last night’s Ellsworth High School Open House was the first event to be postponed. A new date will be decided at a later time.
Winter Carnival & Bicentennial Canceled
(Ellsworth) In an abundance of caution the City of Ellsworth and Committees will postpone Winter Carnival events and the Bicentennial Celebration until further notice. The Ellsworth 200 website states that due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and fear surrounding the possible spread of the illness at large gatherings, they’ve opted to suspend this weekend’s events. There’s no information regarding a make-up date.
(Sedgwick) – Sedgwick planners are processing a sizable solar energy farm proposed on blueberry ground. The Ellsworth American reports a company called Boreego Solar plans to build a nearly 20-acre solar energy collector off Caterpillar Hill Road. The facility would produce 8-and-a-half megawatts of electricity that would then be sold to Emera Maine. The Ellsworth American reports the Planning Board will set a date for a public hearing on the proposal and make a decision some time after the hearing.
(Ellsworth) The Grand in Ellsworth has several events scheduled in March and April, including The Sound of Music and “Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars”. Grand executive director Nick Turner says the heath and well being of patrons is The Grand’s highest priority. The staff is taking extra measures to ensure a clean environment, including sanitizing frequent points of contact throughout the venue during each event. Turner encourages anyone who doesn’t feel well to stay home and “sit this one out” and says you’ll be able to see another great show in the future.
(Liberty) Authorities in Waldo County are looking for the driver who struck a pedestrian early this morning. The Sheriff’s Office reports to Star 97-7 that someone driving along Route 220 in Liberty struck and seriously injured the victim at 2:30 in the morning, but did not stop to render aid or call for medical assistance. A passing motorist discovered the victim lying in the road. The Life Flight crew flew the victim to the hosptial.
- The Coronavirus pandemic has canceled just about every sporting event indefinitely. The NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball have stopped play.
- The NCAA has canceled its March Madness basketball tournament
- The U-Maine Hockey team’s playoff games that were supposed to start tonight won’t happen as college hockey is shut down.
- The State middle school cheering competition in Bangor set for Saturday is canceled.
- So far the high school spring sports seasons are still on. The Maine Principal’s Association says it has not shut down athletics, as spring sports don’t start until April.