Tremont Town Meeting
(Tremont) – It’s going to take a long time to vote in Tremont. Selectmen have called for the annual town meeting to take place by written ballot on July 14th. Besides the state primary and referendum questions, voters will have town officials to vote for, then 53-yes or no questions on the town meeting ballot. The Mt. Desert Islander reports people are being encouraged to vote by absentee ballot because the polling place can only accommodate three voters at a time. Town Clerk Katie Dandurand says voters will have to wait in the town hall’s parking lot for their chance to cast ballots on Election Day.
Murder Conviction Overturned
(Augusta) – Maine’s Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction against a man who was part of a drug robbery in Aroostook County. The high court ruled that a judge erred in the instructions he gave jurors about the law when Marcus Asante was convicted of murder and robbery. Asante was part of a group from Massachusetts who came to Maine to buy marijuana from the murder victim. He claimed that they called off the deal when the victim didn’t supply the quantity and quality of marijuana they sought, but the victim pulled a gun on them. Asante said another man in the car fired in self defense. Asante is still in jail, though, awaiting a new trial.
Stockton Springs School Sale
(Stockton Springs) – Want to buy a mold infested former school? The Town of Stockton Springs plans to offer up its long closed elementary school at an auction in the coming months. Village Soup dot-com reports Selectmen favored hiring a real estate auction company to perform an on-line auction for the school building. An appraisal said the property is worth about 425-thousand dollars. Town manager Jennifer King says she doubts the town would get that much for the property.
BHPL Funding Cut
(Blue Hill) The town of Blue Hill has cut municipal funding in half for the Blue Hill Public Library. The Ellsworth American reports the town has allocated about $42-thousand-dollars to the library this year compared to more than $83-thousand-dollars allotted in the 2019-2020 budget. The town plans to have residents vote on the Town Meeting warrant during the July 14th primary referendum, but the proposed library expenditure is part of the lump sum for “Donations to Charities” in Article 14 of the warrant. Library Director Rich Boulet tells the newspaper he’s concerned residents won’t realize they’re voting for reducing library funding.
Gouldsboro Town Manager
(Gouldsboro) – The Town of Gouldsboro has hired a new town manager who will ease into the job. The Ellsworth American reports Selectmen offered the job to Andrea Sirois who has worked in municipal and state government in Arizona. She moved to Maine last fall with her partner who grew up in Hermon. Sirois will spend a few weeks working with current interim town manager Eve Wilkinson before taking over the post.
Prison Restrictions Eased
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Corrections will begin lifting certain restrictions within correctional facilities. Starting July 6th community restitution crews will be permitted to resume work that does not require public interaction. The small crews of no more than 10 will be required to abide by social distancing protocols and will wear face coverings. Beginning July 13th Maine DOC facilities will reopen for in-person, non-contact visitation for residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and limited to two same-household visitors at any one time.
(Augusta) No new coronavirus deaths reported Thursday by the Maine CDC, freezing the number of the state’s illness related deaths at 102. Washington County records one new case. More than 80-thousand tests have been administered in Maine since the outbreak began. The state’s rate of positivity rate is 4.32-percent. To date, 23-hundred residents have fully recovered. Maine has recorded 2,878 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus since March.
(Ellsworth) The Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth will hold its annual E-waste collection on Saturday, July 18th in the Ellsworth Home Depot parking lot. Any Maine resident can participate and must remain in their vehicle during the process. Rotary Club members will help with unloading. The Noontime Rotary Club is partnering with Electronics End of Brewer. It’s free to drop off old televisions, computers, printers and other electronic devices, but donations are accepted to help fund scholarships for local high school students.
- Former NFL receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement by the league. Gordon, who played a few games for New England last season, has been suspended 8-times by the league for substance abuse.
- Major league baseball players and owners still have not finalized how to resume the season. The players want to have 70-games, the owners want 60.
- Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard have the lead after yesterday’s round at Hilton Head in the PGA’s RBC Heritage tournament.