(Augusta) – Maine’s Coronavirus death toll rose to 114 during the weekend as two more people died from complications from the virus. In all, 3,539 infections are reported amongst Maine residents. Of those 2,994 people have recovered and 431 cases remain active. 19 people are hospitalized, 9 of them are in intensive care units, and three are on ventilators. The state reported 19 newly confirmed cases on Sunday.
Brewer Parks & Rec
(Brewer) – The Brewer Parks and Recreation Department has shut down programs for a couple of weeks after a staff member was exposed to COVID-19. WABI-TV reports the staff member did not show symptoms of the disease and no campers or staff members have tested positive for the virus. The exposed staff member is quarantined for 2-weeks.
(Undated) – Despite a record absentee turnout, it’s likely to be quiet at Maine’s election polls tomorrow thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Polling places across Maine will be open, mostly from 8am to 8pm for a statewide primary and referendum election. The Secretary of State’s Office has supplied all towns with personal protective equipment and sanitizer to protect poll workers. Many towns will limit the number of voters allowed into the polls to maintain social distancing. In some communities, it’s going to take a long time to vote as some have elected to have their town meetings conducted by referendum, meaning it could take up to half an hour to fill out ballots.
(Dedham) – A 4-car crash left an elderly Dedham man dead during the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that 89-year old Edwin Roberts died when he ran a stop sign and entered busy Route 1-A and an oncoming car broadsided him. That set off a chain reaction with three other vehicles. Chief Deputy Patrick Kane says four others suffered non-life threatening injuries in Saturday’s crash which closed the road for hours.
(Indian Stream TWP) – A Whitewater rafting accident on the Kennebec River left at 33-year old Fairfield woman dead. The Magic Falls Rafting Company says they were paddling through rapids when Emily Fournier and two others were ejected from the raft. She floated down the river for a distance before the rafting crew could retrieve her. They performed CPR on Fournier but could not revive her and EMS personnel at the Moxie Lake Boat Launch pronounced her dead. The incident took place Saturday.
Public Works Garage
(SW Harbor) Voters in Southwest Harbor will decide tomorrow whether to approve the construction of a new public works garage. Question 2 on the ballot comes with a $1.9-million-dollar price tag. The Mt Desert Islander reports town manager Justin VanDongen says the current public works building is unusable during winter months due to the danger of snow load on the roof. He tells the newspaper the new garage will help prolong the life of equipment that’s currently housed in 3 separate buildings. Question 1 is to approve changes to the proposed Coastal Waters and Harbor Ordinance. Voting will take place at the Southwest Harbor fire station tomorrow from 10am ‘til 8 pm.
(Blue Hill) A nude swimmer in Blue Hill raised some eyebrows last Wednesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that a person was skinny dipping at the town dock in Blue Hill. Maine law says that’s a Class E offense punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Deputies are investigating the incident.
(Dedham) Three summonses were issued during a speed detail on Route 1A in Dedham. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies monitored the busy road the night of July 1st. The worst offender of the evening was the operator of a commercial van. A deputy pulled over the male driver from Bangor who was allegedly driving 91 miles per hour in a 55-zone – he received a summons for criminal speed.
SPCA Virtual Fundraiser
(Trenton) Like many events changing course this year due to the pandemic, the Hancock County SPCA’s annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser is going virtual. The event happens online July 21st, but board president Jamie O’keefe explains that bidding for the online auction begins tomorrow. Auction items include a virtual cooking class with the chef and owner of Provender Kitchen and Bar, 2 months of online personal training, local artwork, sea glass jewelry and more. Visit: SPCA Hancock County dot Org.
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Star 97-7 Sports….
- Former U-Maine Machias basketball coach Sean Casey has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70-years old.
- Former Red Sox catcher Mike Ryan has died at the age of 78. He was a member of the 1967 Impossible Dream team.
- Cole Custer won the NASCAR race in Kentucky yesterday. The 22 year old is the first rookie driver to win a race since 2016.
- The NFL team in Washington DC will announce what it’s new team name will be – dropping the Redskins after years of controversy.