(Ellsworth) – Schools are closed today statewide for the Veterans’ Day holiday, and when they open tomorrow, Ellsworth students will get their classes delivered over the computer. Superintendent Dan Higgins wrote to parents and said all the schools are remote-learning only for Thursday and Friday after a positive Coronavirus test at the middle school. Higgins said 11 staff members and 40-students were in close contact with the infected person. The closure extends to the elementary and middle school, the high school, Hancock County Technical Center and Adult Education program.
(Augusta) – Maine has gone over the 8-thousand mark of total Coronavirus cases as the state CDC added another 172 new cases yesterday. Four more people died from COVID-19 complications in Maine, bringing the death count up to 156. There are now 1,804 active cases, with 49 people in the hospital, 14 in critical care. Hancock County now has 40 active cases.
Kids Peace Outbreak
(Ellsworth) – An outbreak at the Kids Peace complex in Ellsworth has seen all the students and staff get tested for Coronavirus. So far four cases are reported and staff members report having to wait for their test results. The complex on Graham Lake remains open, but student are getting education through remote learning for the rest of the month. Kids Peace locations in Millinocket and Old Town were unaffected.
(Augusta) Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will oversee two requested recounts this Friday. Results from the November 3rd general election are being challenged among House District 96 where unofficial results show Stanley Zeigler Jr. winning with a 1.14% lead over Katrina Smith, and House District 98 races where Scott Cuddy unofficially won with a 2.13% lead over Jessica Connor. Both recounts are expected to be completed on Friday.
Cider and Cheese
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth’s 3rd annual Downeast Cider and Cheese Festival is a “go” for this year, but the logistics of the event have changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The 3-day event will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano says cider and cheese bags can be purchased in advance online then must be picked up between 9 and 1 this Saturday in front of Flex It on Main Street. More information about the event is posted on line at Heart of Ellsworth dot Org.
(Dennysville) Maine’s scallop fishermen will be able to harvest the same amount of scallops this coming season as last under the rules. Fishermen in Maine harvest scallops by diving or by dragging every winter. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says they will be allowed to possess up to 15 gallons per day along most of Maine’s coast and up to 10 gallons per day in the Cobscook Bay area. The fishing season runs from late November to April. Fishermen harvested more than 400,000 pounds of Maine scallops in 2019. That was the lowest number since 2012.
(Calais) Calais Regional hospital officials say the facility will remain open even if members of a nurses union follow through on a plan to strike later this month. The Maine State Nurses Association said Tuesday nearly 50 nurses and staff members at the Calais Hospital will strike from November 18th thru the 20th. The union says its main concern is a lack of leadership. It also says a recent coronavirus outbreak at the hospital raised concerns because the hospital didn’t strictly enforce universal masking.
- Boston Celtics hall of famer Tommy Heinsohn has died at the age of 86. In addition to his playing and coaching, Heinsohn spent 40-years as the analyst on the Celtics TV coverage.
- Alex Cora was officially re-introduced as the Red Sox manager yesterday. Cora says he’s glad to be back after the team suspended him for a season because of his link with the sign stealing scandal with the 2018 Houston Astros.
- The Unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers have four players on the COVID-19 list, including quarterback Ben Rothliesberger.