Wreaths Across America Barred
(Harrington) – The organization that annually organizes a huge convoy carrying Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery says that’s not going to happen this year. Wreaths Across America which is based in Harrington says the cemetery is not allowing wreath placement this year. A post on the organization’s web page says they are devastated by the decision. The event had been planned for December 19th. Officials say they had planned to lay wreaths at graves at more than 2,400 cemeteries across the nation.
Bangor Fire Fatal
(Bangor) – An apartment fire last Thursday night in Bangor claimed the life of a star high school basketball player. Chris Pickering’s obituary printed in today’s Bangor Daily News reported that he died in the fire at the apartment building on Essex Street. Pickering was part of the 1993 champion Bangor High School basketball team, and was the top scorer in the game. He also suffered from schizophrenia according to the obituary. Pickering was 36-years old. Authorities have not said how the fire started.
(Crawford) – A milk truck driver has died after a tractor trailer truck slammed into his vehicle on Route 9 in Crawford yesterday morning. State Police report to Star 97.7 that the crash closed down the busy highway for hours while detectives investigated the fatal crash. The tractor trailer was carrying tissue paper and headed westbound and the milk truck was headed east. Police identified the big rig driver as 20-year old Nicholas Cota of Greenfield and say the crash happened in the eastbound lane. Initial reports say the truck carrying paper was going too fast and the driver failed to maintain his lane. State police withheld the milk truck driver’s name until the medical examiner could confirm his identity.
Non Profits split funds
(Mt. Desert) – Relatives of the late founders of the Friendly’s Ice Cream chain have given away the last of the funds in their charitable foundation. Four organizations on Mt. Desert Island will receive more than $100-thouand dollars each from the Curtis and Patricia Blake foundation. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the recipients include Maine Seacoast Mission, The Neighborhood House, Mt. Desert Nursing Association and the Land and Garden Preserve. The family says this is the last distribution for the foundation.
Collins – Threat Arrest
(Bangor) – A 56-year old Bangor woman is charged with making threats against US Senator Susan Collins. The FBI arrested Katrina Preble after she allegedly left threatening voice mails on the Senator’s offices in Bangor and Washington last week. Preble supposedly threatened to shoot Collins in the face and decapitate her. A Facebook page belonging to a woman by the same name and age in Bangor contains mostly obscenity laced incomprehensible tirades written in the overnight hours. The FBI visited her last week but she was not cooperative. Her arrest Monday is for charges of making interstate threats.
(Augusta) For the first time in about a week the Maine CDC reports no new deaths related to coronavirus Monday. The statewide death count holds steady at 165. Another 175 coronavirus cases are reported across the state. Hancock County has 70 active cases; Washington County shows 51; Penobscot County 128; and Waldo County 39.
Reny’s Temporarily Closed
(Ellsworth) Reny’s department store in Ellsworth should open back up today after a 2-day closure during a coronavirus-scare. The Maine-based business posted on their Facebook page Sunday that due to an abundance of caution the store would be closed Sunday and Monday. Store management says they do not feel any additional employees or customers have been in close contact.
(Ellsworth) A Maine State Police member of Troop J in Ellsworth has been promoted to Corporal in the State Police Training Unit. 7-year-veteran of the force, Trooper Caleb McGary, is a member of the Honor Guard, Assistant Commander of the Tactical Team, and instructs in various topics including defensive tactics, motor vehicle law, and Taser. McGary has been recognized as the Troop J Trooper of the Troop and has received a Colonel’s Award and an award for Bravery.
Mountain View School
(Sullivan) A person associated with Mountain View School in Sullivan has tested positive for coronavirus. The Ellsworth American reports a November 15th letter from Regional School Unit 24 Superintendent Michael Eastman says the person who tested positive, along with 9 staff members and 19 students, are quarantining and will not return to the building until after Thanksgiving. Mountain View students utilized remote learning Monday and will try to return to its hybrid model of learning on Tuesday.
Cadets Test Positive
(Vassalboro) More than 50 cadets at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro will wait to finish training after two individuals tested positive for the coronavirus last week, shutting down the program. The Bangor Daily News reports the Academy learned of the positive cases late last week after all 56 cadets were tested last Thursday as part of a routine screening using antigen tests. The infected cadets came from separate police departments. The remainder of the group’s training has not been rescheduled yet.
Hire Vets Honor
(Augusta) Three Maine employers have been recognized nationally for committing to civilian employment of U.S. military veterans. Governor Janet Mills on Monday congratulated Bath Iron Works, Career Systems Development Corporation‐Penobscot Job Corps Center, and Dead River Company – for being named 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award recipients by the U.S. Department of Labor. It’s the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
- Monday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings 19 Chicago Bears 13
- A big trade in the NBA – Chris Paul is traded from Oklahoma City to Phoenix for several players including Ricky Rubio
- The baseball hall of fame ballot is out – names returning to the ballot include Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. New names include Torii Hunter, Barry Zito, and Mark Buehrle.