Mills Orders Restricted Hours for Businesses   (Augusta) – Last call in Maine ends at 9PM.  That’s the order from Governor Janet Mills who imposed a curfew on bars, restaurants, movie theaters, casinos, and other businesses that offer sit down dining and drinking.  The Governor says the move is designed to help slow the spread […]

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Local News – November 20, 2020

Mills Orders Restricted Hours for Businesses

 

(Augusta) – Last call in Maine ends at 9PM.  That’s the order from Governor Janet Mills who imposed a curfew on bars, restaurants, movie theaters, casinos, and other businesses that offer sit down dining and drinking.  The Governor says the move is designed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and is in effect until December 6th. Maine has seen cases spike in the past two weeks, averaging over 150-new infections daily.  The Maine death total rose by 1 yesterday to 171.   There are 2,160 active cases, 88 people are hospitalized, 35 in critical care.

 

 

Gouldsboro Closes

 

(Gouldsboro) – Coronavirus has shut down the town office in Gouldsboro.  In a posting on the town’s Facebook page, town manager Andrea Sirois said they had closed Monday and Tuesday to allow staff to get COVID-19 tests, and then learned of a potential direct contact case.  Sirois said that prompted two more days of closure, and potentially contacted staff will be required to obtain two negative tests until they can return to work.  Sirois said public meetings in Gouldsboro are pending until they come up with a plan.

 

Families First Opening Soon

(Ellsworth) – A renovate house in Ellsworth that will potentially become the home for up to a half dozen families has started taking applications for its first residents.  Families First has spent several years renovating a home to make space for chronically homeless families, and has hired a new housing director.  The Organization reports to Star 97.7 that Maureen Bartley of Brewer has taken the position, and looks forward to having the first families move in.

 

Ellsworth Shop Local Initiative

(Ellsworth)  Business groups have banded together to encourage local shopping in Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia, the City of Ellsworth, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, and Heart of Ellsworth are partnering to inspire Ellsworth residents and visitors to shop locally and safely this holiday season.  Sonya Connelly, who is overseeing the “Shop Local Ellsworth” initiative, tells Star 97.7 News shopping locally is pretty easy.   The Shop Local Ellsworth initiative runs through December 31st, and is a great way to find unique gifts while supporting the local economy this holiday season.

 

COVID Thursday

(Augusta) -The Maine CDC on Thursday reported one additional death and 217 cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total number of cases in Maine to 9,734.  Of those, 2,160 are considered active cases.  The death toll since the pandemic began in Maine now stands at 171. 40 new cases were reported in Penobscot County, the second highest in the state.

 

Maine DOL Surpasses 200,000

(Augusta) -The Maine Department of Labor recorded about 2,000 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week ending November 14th and 300 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.  Maine has now surpassed 200 thousand initial claims for state unemployment since the pandemic began.  Maine DOL issued a reminder that the state Extended Benefit program, which provided up to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who exhausted both their state unemployment insurance and then federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, ended on November 14th.

 

CDC Announces Change in Investigative Procedures

(Augusta)  The Maine Center for Disease Control on Thursday will change the way it investigates probable cases of Covid-19.  The change reflects the likely increase in individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms related to the onset of cold/flu season, amid widespread community transmission of the coronavirus.  Going forward, Maine CDC will investigate probable cases of COVID-19 only in people with a positive laboratory result.  .  The CDC warns the recent increase in COVID-19 cases may slow the time between testing and contacting individuals with results, and urges anyone who is tested to isolate immediately, and notify their employer and close contacts.

 

Fewer Travelers This Thanksgiving

(New England) – Triple A New England says the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to push down the number of New Englanders traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday by more than 9 percent compared to last year.  That’s the largest year-over-year decline since the 2008 recession, which caused a 28 percent drop in Thanksgiving travel.  The vast majority of New England residents who are planning to travel – 92 percent – will do so by car, compared to 86 percent in 2019.

 

Hampden Road Closure

(Hampden) – The Maine Department of Transportation will close Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges as needed between now and Friday, December 4th.  The overnight road closures will happen between 7 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with no closures happening over the holiday weekend.  The closure is part of a project that involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabbing a ninth bridge along a four mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Additional Towns

(Augusta) – The emerald ash borer has been found in additional Maine towns.  The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports infestations have been confirmed in Van Buren, Gorham, Ogunquit, Parsonsfield and Shapleigh, Newfield, and South Berwick.  The destructive pest was first detected in Maine in 2018 in both Aroostook and York Counties and found in Cumberland County in 2019.  The detections have led to quarantine regulations in all of York and Cumberland Counties, as well as parts of Oxford and Aroostook Counties.

 

Americorps Recruits Complete Service

(Augusta) – The Maine Conservation Corps is celebrating the accomplishments of twenty members who are completing their term of AmeriCorps service despite the numerous challenges brought about by the pandemic.  MCC service members volunteered for more than 25 thousand hours in the state of Maine … from engaging volunteers for a new preserve at Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Gouldsboro to monitoring and analyzing for Maine Healthy Beaches at the southern tip of Maine.  Those completing their service include Autumn Smith of Belfast, Skyler Kasko of Waterville, and George Hamilton of Lewiston, Maine.

 

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

(National) – November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month – a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes.  The SPCA of Hancock County reminds you that your choices aren’t limited to just kittens and puppies.  In many cases, the most difficult group of homeless pets to place are older cats and dogs; yet, often they’re the most loving and grateful and make wonderful companions in this time when so many are feeling lonely and isolated.  The SPCA is currently handling adoptions by appointment, and you can find all their senior and younger pets on their website.

 

Sports

 

  • Seattle Seahawks 28  Arizona Cardinals 21
  • Gordon Hayward has reportedly opted out of his contract with Boston and could become a free agent.  Hayward was due to make $34-million dollars with the Celtics next season.
  • Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson will miss the next season after tearing his Achilles.