(Undated) – The election polls will likely be fairly lonely places today as lots of Mainers cast absentee ballots ahead of today’s primary and referendum election. The polls will look very different, as workers who hand out the ballots will wear personal protective equipment and sit behind Plexiglas screens. Limited numbers of voting booths will be open – spaced at least 6-feet apart for social distancing. Curtains are not allowed on voting booths, and pens are for one time use only. In some towns, voting could take a very long time as they’ve decide their town meeting articles will be decided by printed ballot instead.
(Ellsworth) – The new doctor’s office under construction in Ellsworth won’t open until next spring. The Ellsworth American reports Convenient MD officials say the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for the delayed opening. The building has been under construction in front of the Maine Coast Mall for months. Convenient MD operates in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It has a contract with several University of Maine campuses to provide for Coronavirus testing.
Millinocket Police Chief
(Millinocket) – A union representing police officers in Millinocket wants the town’s police chief put on leave. Union members say Chief Craig Worster has created a hostile work environment. WABI-TV reports the union’s demand has gone to the town manager. The union says 9 of the 10 officers who worked for the police department when Worster was hired have left. The deputy police chief is currently on leave and has claimed sexual harassment.
(Jonesport) The town clerk in Jonesport assures residents that voting will be as normal as possible today. Pamela Beauregard tells Star 97-7 that to help voters follow “social distancing guidelines” there are 6ft markings are on the floor. She also says fewer people will be allowed in the building at one time, although not as many in-person voters are expected as the Jonesport town office has received a greater than usual request for absentee ballots.
NLMCH Patio Grille
(Lucerne) People bummed about the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Chef’s Gala being canceled in May can still support Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital by attending their make-up fundraiser. The Lucerne Inn’s Patio Grille will donate all proceeds from meals severed this Thursday. Hospital spokeswoman JoAnn Brown says there are other ways to help the hospital in Ellsworth reach their fundraising target. Brown says money raised will help create a pediatric room in the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Bus Bailout Proposal
(Portland) Among the many businesses suffering from the effects of the pandemic is America’s bus services. Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins has proposed a bill that would provide ten billion dollars in emergency economic relief for bus services. Collins says the money would come in the form of grants and other types of assistance and would apply to motor coach operators, school bus companies, and other such services. America has about three thousand private bus lines that have not been afforded the type of federal assistance given to airlines, train services, and other types of travel since the pandemic disrupted services.
(Augusta) The Maine CDC on Monday reports 14 more people have recovered from the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of recoveries in the state to 3,008. No new deaths reported since the weekend – the state’s death toll remains at 114. A total of 3,558 cases are reported in Maine, an increase of 19 since Sunday.
(Freeport) – A 62-year old Freeport woman who left a note at her home saying she was going for a walk has yet to return home. The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that Sarah Dowling suffers from diabetes, and while she frequently walks on the roads around her home, she can become disoriented if she doesn’t take her medication. Game Wardens, Freeport police and local volunteers have helped with the search that began yesterday afternoon. They’ve used drones and dogs to help try to track the woman.
- The Patriot League has become the latest college conference to cancel fall sports.
- The Washington NFL Franchise confirms it will change the team name from the Redskins, but it has yet to come up with a different name.
- The National Hockey League says 43 players have tested positive for Coronavirus. The NHL opens its playoffs on August 1st with all games being played in Canada.
- Former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will be out 6-to-8 weeks after breaking a thumb during training.