(Undated) – Word has come in of the passing of a former Executive Director at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce who left that job to become the head of the Maine Tourism Association. A friend posted that Chris Fogg died during the weekend, possibly while golfing. Fogg headed up the Bar Harbor Chamber for several years before leaving in 2015 to take the post with the MTA. He stepped down from that job late last year, and former Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce executive director Tony Cameron took his place.
Teachers – Flowers
(Ellsworth) – Teachers in Hancock County got flowers on Friday courtesy of an Ellsworth florist. Barbara Courchesne of the Bud Connection says she made deliveries to 26 schools employing about 750-people. Courchesne says appreciates the extreme amount of work teachers have put in to get school ready with restrictions in place due to coronavirus.
(Bangor) – Fire investigators say a blaze in Bangor late yesterday appears to be accidental. Firefighters responded to 3rd Street to find smoke billowing from the top story of a 2-and-a-half story home. Everyone who lived in the building escaped injury. WABI-TV reports a man reported he was working on the house and left, returning later to find it on fire.
(Bangor) – One of Maine’s top leaders of the past few decades has died. Major General Nelson Durgin was the adjutant general for the Maine National Guard and took the top state military job as commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management before he retired. After his retirement earlier this century Durgin ran the Phillips Strickland home in Bangor, and also served on the Bangor City Council. Durgin died on Friday – he was 83.
Lamoine School Appreciation
(Lamoine) – A group of older residents in the Hancock County town of Lamoine saw the staff at the town’s elementary school putting in a lot of work to get classes ready in the age of social distancing, and it was a rough first week. In less than 48-hours they raised enough to present a gift bag to each staff member as a thank-you for going above and beyond. Principal Dawn McPhail said it was greatly appreciated as it was tough getting prepared. Like most districts, Lamoine is offering a hybrid of in person and remote learning.
I-95 Ramp Work
(Penobscot Cty) Beginning today the Maine Department of Transportation will do paving work on the I-95 southbound on-and off-ramps at Exits 217 and 227. These ramps will be closed for paving between 7PM and 6AM tonight through the 18th. Message boards are already in place to alert drivers. Like all outdoor work, these paving operations are weather-dependent.
(Orrington) Route 15 in Orrington is getting a facelift by the Maine Department of Transportation. The project area begins near the intersection with Snow’s Corner Road and extends east for less than a mile. Work begins today and is scheduled to be finished by October 21st. Drivers should expect temporary daytime lane closures with alternating, one-way traffic during working hours.
Human Remains Found
(Sherman) State police detectives are investigating after human remains were discovered in the woods near mile 269 off Interstate-95. Police were called to the Aroostook County town of Sherman last Thursday. It’s believed the remains are those of an adult male and police say foul play is not suspected. The Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta will conduct an exam to help identify the remains and the manner of death.
Visitors Infect ME
(Local) Researchers at Jackson Laboratory studying strains of coronavirus in the state have determined that multiple people brought the disease to Maine at various times late last winter. The Bangor Daily News reports those are some preliminary findings from scientists at The Jackson Laboratory who are helping Maine public health officials by analyzing and identifying the genetic profiles of strains of COVID-19 found in people in Maine. Jackson Lab assistant professor Ryan Tewhey tells the newspaper that the results match a strain of COVID-19 associated with the spike of cases this past spring in New York, which were genetically traced to cases found mostly in Europe, he said.
(Augusta) Maine’s scallop fishers who plan to participate in the coming fishing year will be allowed the same harvesting levels as last season. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says scallopers who work most of the coast will be limited to 15 gallons per day. Fishers in the Cobscook Bay area will be limited to 10 gallons per day. Those are the same limitations as the 2019-20 scallop season. The rules are part of proposed scallop fishing regulations the DMR released last week (on 9/09). The state is taking comments on the proposal until October 9th.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine’s marijuana regulators plan to allow two more cannabis businesses, both of which are slated to be located in Bangor. The state announced the first six marijuana business licenses last week. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy has issued another license to Allure Cultivation to operate a growing operation in Bangor, Maine’s third largest city. The Portland Press Herald reports Bangor will also be the site of the third licensed marijuana retail business in the state. The state intends to grant final approval to Allure’s owners to convert an existing medical marijuana store into an adult-use store.
- New England Patriots 21 Miami Dolphins 11 (Cam Newton rushed for 2- touchdowns in his debut with the Patriots)
- Tom Brady’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t go so well – he threw two interceptions as the Bucs lost to New Orleans 34-to-23.
- Boston Red Sox 6 Tampa Bay Rays 3
- Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills threw a no hitter yesterday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
- The Celtics open up their Eastern Conference final against the Miami Heat tomorrow.