(Old Town) – Even with scattered showers expected through tonight, it’s not enough rain to relieve very dry conditions across the state. The Maine Forest Service has stopped issuing brush burning permits, and campfire permits in unorganized territories while still possible are limited. Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier asked local fire chiefs yesterday to consider suspending burn permits as well. Maine has seen its second highest number of wildfires in the past 10-years, though most have been very small in nature.
Ellsworth City Planner
(Ellsworth) – A former planner for Acadia National Park is the new city planner in Ellsworth. Theresa Oleksiw will fill the position vacated when planner Jef Fitzgerald passed away earlier this year. Oleksiw worked for the National Park Service as a planner in the 1980s. The Ellsworth American reports she hopes to get a new Comprehensive Plan for the city into place – the last plan was approved more than 15-years ago.
(Hancock) At a time when many different industries are reporting a slump, local independent car lots seem to be thriving. Tony’s Fairway Auto Sales owner Tony Murray says the pandemic closed his showroom for about a month, but his lot on Route 1 in Hancock is seeing a lot of action these days. Murray says his staff diligently cleans the dealership and follows CDC guidelines while working with customers.
Route 1 Crash
(Hancock) Debris was scattered in front of Ruth and Wimpy’s restaurant in Hancock as 3 vehicles were involved in a crash. Minor injuries reported in the accident that happened a little before 1 yesterday afternoon on Route 1. The impact launched one vehicle onto a concrete barrier that sits on the side of the road. First responders came from several communities. Traffic was tied up briefly then moved at a snail’s pace for about an hour.
Rental Assistance Funding
(Local) Downeast Community Partners is working with families and individuals in Hancock and Washington Counties to acquire up to $500 in rental assistance. Manager Lee Hardison reports to Star 97-7 the application process is through the Maine State Housing Authority, and interested people should visit: Maine Housing dot Org to apply for the program. Hardison says income guidelines are generous and higher than other similar programs.
July 4th Parade
(Steuben) – If you’re looking for a 4th of July parade in Maine, try Route 1 in Washington County. State Representative William Tuell is helping organize what’s called the Red White and Blue Parade featuring first responders from throughout the county. The parade starts in Steuben and will work its way up Route 1 to Indian Township. Tuell said all police, EMT and fire agencies have been invited to participate.
(Augusta) – Maine reports 2,994 confirmed and probable cases of Coronavirus since the outbreak began, and the death toll remained at 102 as of yesterday. No new virus related deaths have been reported since last week. The Maine CDC posts that 2,443 residents have fully recovered leaving 449 active cases. Hancock County has 3-active cases, Washington County one, none in Waldo County and 4 in Penobscot County.
- Major league baseball says its 60 game season will start either July 23rd or 24th. Ballparks will not allow fans. Teams will play their division rivals 10-times each, and teams in the corresponding league’s division 5-times. The designated hitter rule will be in effect in both the American and National Leagues.
- A Maine baseball league begins play today. Teams have been put together from Calais to Falmouth and will observe social distancing rules. A full schedule was not immediately available.
- The rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was not a hate crime. Federal authorities say the rope had been hanging at the Alabama track since at least October. Video evidence showed it had been hanging from the garage door but was the only one fashioned as a noose. Wallace coincidentally was assigned that garage.