Eastport – Runway (Eastport) – The little air strip in Eastport is getting a lot bigger. Dignitaries yesterday gathered to ceremonially break ground on a new runway.  The $5-point-8 million dollar project is part of a master plan to expand commercial air operations at the airport.  WABI-TV reports that includes passenger air service from Cape […]

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Local News – October 14, 2020

Eastport – Runway

(Eastport) – The little air strip in Eastport is getting a lot bigger. Dignitaries yesterday gathered to ceremonially break ground on a new runway.  The $5-point-8 million dollar project is part of a master plan to expand commercial air operations at the airport.  WABI-TV reports that includes passenger air service from Cape Air and commercial hangar facilities.

 

COVID-19 Tuesday

(Augusta) Maine has 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. Currently 8 residents are hospitalized and the statewide death count remains at 143. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports Tuesday there are 8 new recoveries from the illness.

 

Testing Tents

 

(Ellsworth) – Those temporary tents used for COVID-19 testing on Resort Way in Ellsworth will come down, and a wooden structure will go up for the winter.  Northern Light Hospitals tells Star 97.7 the wooden, drive through testing site is also designed to be temporary, but they will be heated and air conditioned as needed, protecting people and equipment from the weather.  Spokeswoman Kelly Columber says they’ll start using the wooden drive-through structure next month.

 

Hiker ID’d

(Baxter State Park) Authorities have released the name of a hiker found dead on Katahdin’s Baxter peak last Thursday. Baxter State Park officials say there’s no evidence of foul play in the death of 27-year-old Nathan Bell of Maryland. Bell’s clothing and equipment were insufficient for a night on the mountain during inclement weather, and the cause and circumstances of his death are still under investigation. The Bangor Daily News reports Bell’s death was the second fatality of a hiker on Katahdin last week. A Massachusetts journalist died October 7th from injuries suffered in a 50-foot fall.

 

Tree Trimming

 

(Trenton) – Expect more traffic delays on Route 3 between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor as a major tree trimming project continues.  Motorists yesterday reported being backed up for miles as the busy road was reduced to one lane while tree workers in bucket truck sliced limbs from trees to keep them from falling on power lines.  The project started last week, designed to avoid the usual heavy traffic of tourist season.

 

Ambulance vs Deer

(Sullivan) An ambulance crew is okay following a collision with a deer on Route 1 in Sullivan. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports in the early morning hours October 10th they received a call that a Northern Light Medical Transport ambulance driver was traveling east and was unable to avoid a deer that ran into the roadway. There was minor non-reportable damage to the ambulance. The operator and 2 other passengers were not injured in the crash and the ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time.

 

More Pizza Dough Drama

(Saco) Another supermarket chain is recalling a brand of fresh pizza dough amid concerns about tampering. Shaw’s and Star Market announced the company is removing Portland Pie Company pizza dough from the shelves of its supermarkets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Hannaford Supermarkets also removed the product. The New Hampshire man who’s accused of putting razor blades in the pizza dough at a Hannaford store in Saco was due in court Tuesday.

 

Art for Justice Show

(Bar Harbor) Artists from all over Downeast Maine have produced works for a one-day pop-up art show in downtown Bar Harbor entitled “Art for Justice: Working Towards Equity”. Event organizers say this exhibition is intended to explore issues of racial justice, to begin community dialogue around race, and to inspire positive change from a place of creativity within the community. The art show is Sunday, October 18th from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM along the fence of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at the corner of Kennebec and Mount Desert Streets.

 

Sports

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays 5  Houston Astros 2 (Rays lead ALCS 3-0)
  • Atlanta Braves 8  L-A Dodgers 7 (Braves lead NLCS 2-0)
  • NFL: Tennessee Titans 42  Buffalo Bills 16
  • David Pasternak and Brad Marchand both underwent surgery yesterday, and the top Bruins scoring line won’t be ready until January and February at the earliest.