Winter Storm (Lamoine) – Heavy overnight snow has led to more than a thousand power outages early this morning.  Emera Maine reports most of the outages are in Hancock County as the heavy, wet snow brought down limbs over the power lines.  Linemen are tracking down the problems and restoration should be relatively swift.  Roads […]

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Local News – March 24, 2020

Winter Storm

(Lamoine) – Heavy overnight snow has led to more than a thousand power outages early this morning.  Emera Maine reports most of the outages are in Hancock County as the heavy, wet snow brought down limbs over the power lines.  Linemen are tracking down the problems and restoration should be relatively swift.  Roads are not in very good shape this morning as a layer of snow has stuck to the roads.  Plow trucks which haven’t had to run for weeks are out en-force this morning.

 

Blue Hill Shooting

 

(Blue Hill) – State Police have released the identity of a man shot to death Sunday evening in Blue Hill.  Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that the Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy Monday on 31-year old Joshua Clarke.  State Troopers have interviewed the person who shot Clarke at his home on Route 172.  No one is yet charged, and detectives continue to investigate the shooting’s circumstances.

 

 

Acadia National Park Alerts

(ANP)  Acadia National Park on Monday updated its public safety advisory.  The park reminds visitors who are planning to travel from a distance that Maine Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order banning gatherings of more than ten people.  Currently, the majority of the Park Loop Road is closed to traffic, the Carriage Roads are closed for mud season, and there is no food available in the park, and services are limited.  If you still plan to visit, the Park Service urges visitors to stay at least six feet away from people outside your immediate household, even on the trails.  If you encounter a crowded trailhead, park officials say, go elsewhere.

 

UMaine Phishing Scam

(Orono)  The University of Maine Police Department is warning against a gift card phishing scam. Authorities tell Star 97-7 News, they have recently received an increase in reports of scams involving gift card purchases and identity theft attempts.  Some of the incidents have involved fake emails pretending to be from UMaine faculty and staff requesting employees to purchase gift cards. A similar warning was issued in January, but UMaine officers say they’ve seen a recent uptick in phishing as restaurants and bars close and the purchase of gift cards becomes more widespread.

 

Ellsworth Farmer’s Market

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth’s spring Farmer’s Market kicked off on Saturday.  Experts say don’t let fears of the coronavirus keep you from eating healthy.  Registered dietitian Lisa Valente says, “According to the FDA, currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of Covid-19,” although it’s unknown how long the virus may survive on certain surfaces. Valente recommends washing your hands before eating or prepping food and rinsing fresh produce with water. Local farmers at the market, set up outside 190 Main Street, say they, too, are taking every precaution to protect everyone’s health and ask people to maintain distance and make purchases promptly.  The Ellsworth Farmer’s Market plans to return on April 4th and 11th.

 

Virtual Job Fair

(Ellsworth)  Northern Light Health is holding a Virtual Job Fair today from 1 to 3 p.m.  The healthcare facility tells Star 97-7 recruiters are available for one on one conversations via Skype, Facetime and by phone regarding all the positions Northern Light Health currently offers statewide.  Positions are available in financial services, cafeteria, housekeeping, facilities, and patient care positions. For more information on Tuesday’s Job Fair, check out our Facebook page or the Ellsworth Chamber’s FB page.

 

Hannaford’s Donates

(Maine)  Hannaford Supermarkets has announced a pledge of $250 thousand dollars in donations to local food banks.  The company made the announcement on their FB page Friday evening. The food chain says the donation will support food banks in fulfilling their crucial role of providing food to those at risk of going hungry.

 

Ellsworth Fire Department

Ellsworth Firefighters, Police and first responders are asking for the public’s help in securing much needed personal protective equipment.  The Ellsworth Fire Department says they’ve been told not to expect any relief in the supply chain for weeks or even months.  Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders tells Star 97-7 news they’re not just in need of masks.  Deputy Chief Saunders says they’re unable to use homemade masks, but anyone willing to donate protective equipment can call 667-8666.

 

 

COVID-19

(Augusta) Maine reports 18 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 107 Monday. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Nirav Shah stressed the importance of mental health during this difficult time. Dr Shah says the depth of the coronavirus outbreak in Maine is not yet known, and that just because the Maine CDC has not confirmed a case in a particular county does not mean it hasn’t spread there already.

 

Sports

 

  • The Patriots have released kicker Stephen Gostkowski, the all time leading scorer for New England.  He played his entire 14-year career with the Pats.
  • The Patriots have signed quarterback Brian Hoyer to a 1-year deal.  The former backup to Tom Brady becomes the 3rd quarterback on the squad.