Ellsworth Council Chair
(Ellsworth) – Fellow city councilors in Ellsworth have selected Dale Hamilton to continue to chair the 7-member panel. Hamilton won re-election to the city council last week and city councilors selected him as the city council chair again last night. Newly elected city councilor Gene Lyons also took the oath of office to start his 3-year term.
(Searsport) – It’s perfectly safe to call 9-1-1 for medical emergencies in Searsport. Town manager James Gillway says rumors of a coronavirus infection are baseless. The Pen Bay Pilot reports that Gillway said he’s not aware of any ambulance employees testing positive for COVID-19 and he worries that the rumors might cause people to hesitate to use the ambulance service.
Coronavirus – the latest numbers
(Augusta) – A new one-day high for Coronavirus infections in Maine as the state Center for Disease Control reported 204 new cases Monday. The number of active cases has jumped to 1,699 with 49-people in the hospital for treatment, 14 in critical care. So far 152 Mainers have died from Coronavirus complications.
Shop Local Initiative
(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia, the City of Ellsworth, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, and Heart of Ellsworth are partnering in an effort to inspire Ellsworth residents and visitors to shop locally and safely this holiday season. Business Outreach Coordinator at Healthy Acadia, Sonya Connelly says she began meeting with local businesses back in September to learn their needs. Connelly says when you spend $100 locally, $68 of that remains in the community. The Shop Local initiative launched Monday and lasts through the end of the year.
Death Threat Arrest
DAYTON, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a 50-year-old Dayton man is accused of attacking two women, threatening to burn down a house and fleeing the scene. Police accused Rock Varnum of assaulting his partner, threatening to kill her and attacking another woman with a knife. He then fled the area on an all-terrain vehicle and was later arrested after a brief struggle. Varnum is charged with aggravated assault and other charges. He was taken to the York County Jail.
(Calais) Fire investigators say a 29-year old man intentionally set a blaze at home on Lafayette Street in Calais. The State Fire Marshal’s office reports to Star 97-7 that they charged John Bennett of Calais with Arson for the November 3rd fire. He was arrested 2 days later and is held at the Washington County Jail.
(Ellsworth) Fifty-seven-hundred acres of forestland have been added to the New England Forestry Foundation’s network of free and public community forests. The Ellsworth American reports NEFF’s 2,690-acre Holmes Stream Community Forest is located next to the Cutler Coast Public Land in Washington County, and NEFF’s 3,100-acre Hancock County parcel is part of the existing Frenchman Bay Community Forest. NEFF received these properties from Weaver Wind LLC with the obligation to manage the forest for the benefit of songbirds. The lands will be managed in accordance with a Songbird Management Plan that outlines specific habitat needs for species such as warblers.
UMaine Positive Cases
(Orono) The University of Maine says 10 employees who work in facilities management at the university have tested positive for the coronavirus. The university says it’s working to contain the virus by temporarily closing the facilities management office building and utilizing contact tracing and testing. It says all but one of the 10 employees work in an administrative role and they are all isolating in private residences. The university said Sunday there is a total of 27 known cases of students and employees across the entire University of Maine System who are currently in isolation due to the virus.
Gold Star Families
(Bar Harbor) The U.S. Department of the Interior has accepted a proposal from two Maine lawmakers to make admission to national parks free for Gold Star families. Representative Jared Golden and Senator Angus King proposed the rule change to honor families of military members who died during their service. The lawmakers say the change takes effect on Nov. 11th and will apply to national parks and other federal lands.
(Bangor) Civil cases are going to take a backseat in Maine’s courts as the state presses to clear a backlog of 8,800 felony criminal cases. The courts had hoped to return to near normal operations this week while limiting the number of people in courthouses and using technology to hold remote hearings whenever possible during the pandemic. But the Bangor Daily News reports that with the delay in civil proceedings, money judgments, disclosures, small claims, land use violations and other civil matters will not be scheduled or heard before 2021. The state’s acting chief justice called the backlog “staggering.”
- New England Patriots 30 NY Jets 27 (Pats score a field goal as time expires, New England was down 10-points in the 4th quarter).
- The Patriots will not be allowed to have any fans at Gillette Stadium for the rest of the season due to the large number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts.
- The Maine Principals’ Association has canceled the State Cross Country championships.