(Bar Harbor) – Most cruise ship lines have stopped running during the Coronavirus outbreak. Bar Harbor has a huge cruise ship schedule for 2020, but town officials have passed an emergency ordinance to ban the ships through the end of April. Town councilors called it a difficult decision. The town has shut down its municipal buildings to public access through March 30th.
(Ellsworth) – Two anonymous restaurant patrons have left huge tips in Ellsworth. Helen’s Restaurant owner Melanie Omlor Fox tells Star 97.7 that a regular customer wrote her a check for $1-thousand dollars to split among the servers. At Finn’s Restaurant, owner Paul Markosian says a $700-dollar tip was to be divided among the staff. Finn’s has closed due to the virus outbreak, Helen’s remained open.
Lamoine Town Meeting
(Lamoine) – Selectmen in Lamoine say tonight’s planned annual town meeting likely won’t take place. The plan is to immediately move to recess the meeting to May 26th, and combine the recessed meeting with the school budget town meeting. The reason for recessing the meeting is the Coronavirus outbreak and the recommendation from state health officials to postpone meetings where 10-or more people are gathered.
HCSO & FIA
(Ellsworth) Members of the Hancock County Sheriff Office are happily performing tasks outside the typical job description of law enforcement. Sheriff Scott Kane tells Star 97-7 his agency is working with Friends in Action in Ellsworth to assist seniors with getting groceries, medicine, and other necessities. Senior citizens needing help with errands, are encouraged to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office or Friends in Action.
RSU 24 Food
(Sullivan) RSU 24 begins delivering meals today to families throughout the district using school busses during mid-day hours. Curriculum director Nikki Chan tells Star 97-7 there will also be an additional bus shuttling school materials and supplies to students. Chan says meals will be delivered daily during RSU 24’s closure period due to COVID-19. She advises motorists to be cautious of the buses making frequent stops, throughout the day on and around Route 1 in the municipalities of the school district.
ME COVID Cases
(Augusta) – The number of Coronavirus cases in Maine doubled again yesterday. The Maine Center for Disease Control said the state is now up to 32-cases that are either confirmed or presumed positive. The vast majority of the cases are located in Cumberland County. Three people remain hospitalized with complications from the virus that has brought the state to a virtual standstill. New figures are expected by noon time today.
Emera Acquisition Approved
(Bangor) The Maine Public Utilities Commission has now approved of the acquisition of Emera Maine by ENMAX Corporation. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long reports to Star 97-7 that the regulatory approval comes after a negotiated settlement was reached among ENMAX, Emera Maine, the Maine Office of Public Advocate and other interested parties, clearing the way for the $1.3 billion acquisition to close within the next week.
Kenduskeag Canoe Race Canceled
(Bangor) The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department has canceled this year’s Kenduskeag Canoe Race. The 54th Annual Stream Canoe Race was originally set for April 18th, but Rec Department director Tracey Willette tells Star 97-7 that the 16.5 mile race is canceled due to the constantly changing circumstances around COVID19.
Eddington Girl Burned
(Eddington) – A 12-year old Eddington girl suffered serious burns this week when her clothes caught fire next to a burning brush pile. The State Fire Marshal’s office reports to Star 97.7 that a flammable liquid was likely poured onto the fire. The Life Flight Helicopter flew the girl to Shriner’s Hospital in Boston for treatment of burns to her face, neck and chest. An older sister was with the girl at their backyard on Jarvis Gore Road in Eddington, and the parents were inside.
(Mt. Desert) – Police evacuated the municipal building in Mt. Desert yesterday after a worker opened a bank bag and a powdery substance was discovered inside. Investigators report to Star 97.7 that the bag had been in the town office for several weeks, but only one worker was exposed. A haz-mat team was called in to try to figure out what the powder was. Authorities say it appears to be an isolated incident and the community is not in danger.
The Ark – Adoptions
(Cherryfield) The Ark animal shelter in Cherryfield remains closed this week, but not due to coronavirus concerns. Shelter administrator Shaina Mugford tells Star 97-7 that they’ve had a few cases of kennel cough and some upper respiratory infections among the animals. There are also two cats expecting litters any time. The closure this week allows Ark staff and volunteers to care for the animals and do some deep cleaning. Mugford says folks can still view the pets online and obtain adoption applications though their website: The Ark Pets dot Org.
Call for Medical Equipment
(Augusta) The Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention called on the federal government to release medical equipment Tuesday, citing the scarcity of important tools as Maine and other states confront outbreaks of the new coronavirus. The Bangor Daily News reports the state had made requests to the federal government for additional protective equipment early on and that the agency is hoping to receive that shipment soon. But further distributions are needed from the federal government’s stockpile. The request comes a day after the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump told governors that with regard to ventilators and respirators, states should try getting the equipment themselves.
Emergency Clinic Scare
(Brewer) The Covid-19 virus resulted in a scare at Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic this week. On Monday, the clinic alerted clients of a possible exposure and closed its doors for cleaning and disinfecting. An update today states the clinic has received word that the exposure results were negative. A spokesman for EMEVC said anyone who was in over the weekend would have had minimal and likely no direct exposure and that the CDC would have been in contact with anyone it deemed to have been exposed. Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic reports they was open Tuesday to see patients, but are asking the public’s help to limit any possible exposures by calling 989-6267 before your visit.
Food Drive Update
(Bangor) While the remainder of the Hancock County Food Drive events have been cancelled, many of the food collections are still happening at grocery stores and at all First National Bank branches. With most schools closed for at least three weeks, the need for food is greater than ever. Healthy Acadia encourages citizens to buy a little extra or donate to help those in need. Healthy Acadia has raised more than $26 thousand so far this month to stem the tide of food insecurity in Hancock County.
New Chief Ranger
(Bar Harbor) Acadia National Park has hired a new chief park ranger. Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider today announced Therese Picard will fill that position. Picard currently serves as deputy chief ranger for the park. The chief ranger works with staff and partners to protect and preserve Acadia National Park. Picard will oversee and lead law enforcement rangers, the rangers who assist with entrance passes, fire management, life guards, emergency medical services, and search and rescue.
AARP Tax Aide
(Portland) AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-based tax preparation and assistance service, has announced it has suspended tax preparation services at all sites as of yesterday (Monday) until further notice. The action comes amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. AARP says members can still access information through their website or by calling their toll free number.
(Augusta) The city of Augusta today (Tuesday) issued an order that businesses, including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums, dance clubs, music venues and other establishments where individuals gather in groups must close between the hours of 8 PM and 2 PM daily until further notice. The order, issued by the Augusta City Manager, follows the lead of Bangor, which declared the same restrictions on Monday. The order will be in effect beginning this evening (Tuesday). Take out service is not prohibited under the Augusta city ordinance.
(Maine) Dollar General Stores are helping seniors shop safely. The company, which has stores throughout Maine, is encouraging folks to let the first hour of each shopping day be exclusively for its senior patrons. Shoppers over the age of 65 are considered especially vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. Dollar General says it will also close its stores one hour earlier each night in order to clean and restock.
- Tom Brady will leave the New England Patriots. Speculation is that Brady will announce today that he’ll sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady is 42-years old and spent his entire career with New England.
- Long time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has signed with the Indianapolis Colts
- The Carolina Panthers are signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and parting ways with Cam Newton.
- The Kenduskeag Canoe Race has been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.