Bangor Road Fire
(Ellsworth) – At least five fire departments responded to a building fire in Ellsworth overnight. Dispatchers rousted firefighters out of bed shortly after 3:30 this morning to respond to Route 1-A in Ellsworth. Initial reports said a mobile home was on fire. Firefighters from Ellsworth, Hancock, Trenton, Lamoine and Orland had the fire under control just before 5-o’clock in the morning. The building is assessed to Bruce Wallace of Ellsworth. No word on whether anyone was hurt or what caused the fire.
(Winter Harbor) – As pot holes go, one in Winter Harbor was a doozy. Town officials say the hole opened up at the intersection of Summer Harbor Road and the South Gouldsboro Road and asked motorists to avoid the area. Contractors got on scene quickly to fill in and repair the hole.
(Maine) – Some restaurants in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties began serving dine-in customers Monday. The date for reopening for dine-in was originally set for June 1, but was moved up in counties where there is no evidence of community transmission. Restaurants are required to limit seating and take extra steps to sanitize. Until seated, customers are required to wear masks. And at least one person in each party must provide a name and contact information for safety in case of exposure to the virus.
Invasive Trifecta Week
(Augusta) This week is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, but it’s hardly a celebration of an invasive species. So far, the pests have only been found in far northern and southern Maine. Forestry Spokeswoman Allison Kanoti says a lot of damage looks similar, and encouraged people to report a suspected infestation. To help stop the spread of invasive pests, Kanoti encourages people to use local or heat treated firewood when camping, and not to hesitate to report findings to Maine dot gov slash e a b.
Masks for Media
(Augusta) The Maine Emergency Management Association today announced it will provide 1900 cloth face coverings to the Maine Association of Broadcasters for distribution to the state’s broadcast media outlets. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah noted, “Our partners in the media have played an important role in helping us share information about COVID-19 with Maine people.” The masks will be distributed to broadcast media outlet employees who are responsible for maintaining the operational continuity of stations.
(Augusta) Maine has recorded one-thousand-533 past and present cases of coronavirus. The latest fatality involves a woman in her 70’s from Cumberland County, bringing Maine’s death toll to 71. Overall one-thousand-53 residents have recovered from the illness while 42 individuals are currently hospitalized.
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills says the Maine CDC has eliminated its testing prioritization system and is now allowing healthcare providers in Maine to seek testing for anyone whom they suspect may have COVID-19. The elimination is primarily driven by the Administration’s agreement with IDEXX that more than triples the state’s testing capabilities. Mills says she will continue to work to expand testing capacity, which many see as key to returning to a sense of more normalcy.
- California’s Governor has given the go-ahead for professional sports teams to play, but without spectators.
- No pro baseball or Indy 500 for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend due to Coronavirus. The Red Sox and Astros would have met for a regular season matchup – both teams fired their managers in the sign stealing scandal during the off-season.