(Ellsworth) – A couple of popular breakfast restaurants in Hancock County apparently will not reopen when the pandemic passes. The Portland Press Herald reports that Denny’s Restaurant will not reopen in both Ellsworth and Biddeford, though a reported Facebook posting to that effect was not present this morning. And Chester Pike’s in Sullivan has announced it will not reopen.
(Augusta) – Maine’s Supreme Court has upheld a murder conviction against a Wiscasset woman accused of beating her fiancé’s granddaughter to death. Shawna Gatto is serving a 50-year sentence for the 2017 death of 4-year old Kendall Chick. Her attorney argued there was not enough evidence to convict Gatto, but the high court disagreed. An autopsy revealed multiple beatings over a period of time. Gatto told investigators the little girl frequently fell, but investigators found a dent in a wall that fit the child’s head and her hair inside the dent.
(Augusta) Some Mainers have set up have game cameras to enjoy the varied wildlife of Maine. But the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife warns it’s important to be smart about interacting with those critters. The Department says we can all help keep the wild in wildlife by following a few simple steps. First, keep pets vaccinated; and if you do let them outside, make sure they’re brought in at night, along with poultry and livestock. Never approach, feed, or attempt to handle wildlife. Be smart about your garbage – keep it inside and keep dumpsters closed. And plant native plants in your yard that provide food and shelter for birds and other species without attracting rodents and other animals.
(Ellsworth) There are few businesses as difficult to maintain under current circumstances as the restaurant business. Melanie Fox, owner of Helen’s Restaurant in Ellsworth, says she’s spent many sleepless nights the past eight weeks. But the staff of Helen’s pulled together and created car hops that have been hugely popular and brought an economic boost to the diner. Fox says the drive-ins have been so popular that when the restaurant opens for dine in service this Monday, they’ll still continue with the themed car hops.
(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 13-hundred-38 past and present cases of coronavirus. There are 360 active cases statewide and 139 probable cases. 65 Mainers have died from the illness, while 913 individuals have fully recovered. Some Coronavirus help has arrived in Maine. CDC director Dr Nirav Shah says the agency was notified Saturday that they were poised to receive a new coronavirus-fighting drug, Remdesivir. Shah says the shipment arrived Tuesday morning and, within one hour, the drugs were placed on transport vehicles for distribution across the state.
DHHS Health Insurance Campaign
(Augusta) The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a statewide campaign to promote awareness of affordable health insurance options in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The statewide campaign includes digital, social media, and television ads, with promotion beginning this week and continuing through June. DHHS said it would work in partnership with the Maine Department of Labor to inform those applying for unemployment benefits that they may be eligible for affordable health insurance options.
United Way Grants
(Bangor) Penobscot Community Health Care has been awarded three grants from the United Way of Eastern Maine for COVID-19 related reasons. The Center will receive $2500 for Personal Protective Equipment, $7500 for phone cards and phone plans to help low income individuals take advantage of telehealth services, and grocery gift cards for low income individuals through Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast. PCHC is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Maine, with practices in the Bangor area, Belfast and Jackman.
- Major league baseball met with players union representatives yesterday, planning to start the baseball season around July 4th, but without fans.
- Arizona says professional sports are welcome to re-start on Saturday as the state slowly reopens from the pandemic.
- A beat writer for the Red Sox started auctioning off his autographed baseball cards. Chris Cotillo sold 350-cards and raised more than $57-thousand dollars for charity.