(Bar Harbor) – Several restaurants in Bar Harbor and the bus system serving part of Hancock County are closed down after a Coronavirus exposure. Downeast Transportation announced it was shutting down bus service until November 16th after an employee tested positive for the virus. The restaurants include Side Street Café, Pat’s Pizza, Havana, Dog and Pony Tavern, Choco-Latte, Leary’s Landing and Atlantic Brewing Company. The closures range from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Former Tremont Fugitive Convicted
BROCKTON (AP) – A man who fled to Maine where he lived under an alias for years has been convicted of raping a woman in Massachusetts in 1996. Ivan Keith, formerly of Bridgewater and Seal Cove, Maine, pleaded guilty Thursday in Brockton Superior Court to charges including rape and kidnapping. The Enterprise of Brockton reports that he was sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison. Keith was arrested in Maine in 2019 after he was linked to several rapes in Massachusetts through DNA evidence.
(Rockland) – Police in Rockland spent Sunday searching for a teen-ager who fired shots at a group of young people. The incident took place on Birch Street at about 3:30 in the afternoon yesterday. Village Soup dot-com reports the alleged shooter is a 19-year old man who wore a gray sweatshirt. Police were looking for shell casings at the scene, and the accused shooter was last seen near the Rockland Hannaford store.
Coronavirus – the numbers
(Augusta) – The Coronavirus infection rate slowed a bit in Maine on Sunday, but it’s still a lot higher than it had been. After several days with more than 100-new cases, the number of new cases reported Sunday was 51. The death total remains at 152 in Maine. The CDC reports there are now 1,606 active cases with 48-people hospitalized with complications from the virus. Thirteen of those in the hospital are in critical care.
Maine Seacoast Mission
(Cherryfield) Since 1905 Maine Seacoast Mission has been supporting some of the most remote communities in Maine, including unbridged islands and Downeast. They offer education, youth development programs, food security programs and community-building. Spokesman John Zavodny says Maine Seacoast Mission is probably best known for their 74-foot boat, the Sunbeam. He says the vessel spent a year and a half undergoing much needed maintenance. Zavodny says a number of generous supporters responded to a capital campaign to help fund the Sunbeams overhaul.
Bar Harbor Chamber Awards
(Bar Harbor) The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting virtually along with their awards presentations. In the interest of public safety and to avoid a large group gathering, Chamber leaders decided to hold the meeting online rather than in person. The event will include an update on Chamber activities as well as a review of the 2020 summer and fall tourism season. The virtual event is this afternoon at 3 o’clock.
(Statewide) The federal government has released about $3.4 billion-dollars in energy assistance ahead of winter but advocates say far more is needed as families continue to struggle during the pandemic. The National Energy Assistance Directors Association on Friday called on Congress to provide an additional $10 billion. Executive Director Mark Wolfe said an estimated 15% and 20% of families are already behind by six months on energy bills, and more will fall into arrears without federal help.
Collins on Votes
(Bangor) Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Friday that “every valid vote” under states’ laws must be counted and respected. Collins issued a statement after Trump made unsupported claims that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt. Collins was reelected herself this week in a hard-fought race. She won with 51% of the vote, a majority that meant there was no need for extra tabulations under Maine’s ranked choice voting law. Democrat Sara Gideon collected about 42%.
Health Color Codes
(Augusta) Maine Governor Janet Mills’ administration Friday released an update to its color-coded Health Advisory System that classifies counties’ relative risk of COVID-19 transmission by color and is provided to assist schools as they continue with their plans to deliver instruction and support students safely this fall. DHHS and the Maine CDC assessed the data and trends for all counties and determined Knox and Franklin counties are now categorized as yellow, joining Somerset and Washington counties, which were designated yellow last week. Waldo, which was moved to a yellow designation on October 23rd, will return to green, but remain closely monitored, along with Kennebec County. All other counties remain green.
- The New England Patriots take on the winless New York Jets tonight. The Patriots have lost 4 straight.
- New Orleans Saints 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
- Chase Elliot wins the NASCAR Cup in Arizona yesterday after failing a pre-race inspection and starting at the back of the field.
- The Red Sox have hired Alex Cora back as their manager. Cora was fired after the previous season as he was suspended by major league baseball in connection with the Houston Astros cheating scandal.