Peninsula Outbreak   (Deer Isle) – A major coronavirus outbreak at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle has seen 35-residents and ten staff members infected.  The nursing home posted on its Facebook Page this weekend that they have asked for help from the National Guard with disinfecting the facility.  The major outbreak has forced […]

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Local News – November 30, 2020

Peninsula Outbreak


(Deer Isle) – A major coronavirus outbreak at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle has seen 35-residents and ten staff members infected.  The nursing home posted on its Facebook Page this weekend that they have asked for help from the National Guard with disinfecting the facility.  The major outbreak has forced a nearby school district to call off classes for the day.  School Union 93 runs schools in Blue Hill, Penobscot, Brooksville, Castine and Surry.  Superintendent Mark Hurvitt posted on the school union’s web page that he could not assure parents that their students would be safer in school.  Union 76 in Deer Isle had not posted any school closure early this morning.


Coronavirus – The latest numbers


(Augusta)  Although the CDC website cautions some data may not be updated until today, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Maine CDC on Sunday reported 224 new cases of COVID-19.  Total cases now stand at 11,508 since the pandemic began in the state last March.  The number of active cases has increased by 90 to 2,365.   As of Sunday, 191 Mainers had died from complications due to the virus.  As of yesterday, 125-people were hospitalized with positive diagnoses.


Multi-vehicle Crash Closes Route 1 in Trenton


(Trenton) – Route 3 in Trenton closed down last evening for about an hour after a multi-vehicle crash.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Trenton Fire Department and several ambulances responded to the scene shortly after 4pm.  The road was closed for about an hour.  There’s no immediate word on injuries or the names of those involved.


Investigators Search for Cause in Fishing Vessel Tragedy

(AP)  (Portland)  Authorities have identified four Maine fishermen who are presumed lost at sea, following the sinking of the 82-foot Emmy Rose last week.  The Portland-based boat sank off Provincetown, Massachusetts while en route to Gloucester.  The Coast Guard responded to an emergency call, but found only debris and an empty life raft when they arrived at the ship’s last known location.  Missing are Robert Blethen, Jeff Matthews, Michael Porper and Ethan Ward.  The Coast Guard called off the search in choppy seas last Tuesday.  Authorities say the investigation into a cause could take weeks or months.


Five Bangor Schools Report COVID Cases

(Bangor)  More than 300 students and 30 staff members in the Bangor School System will quarantine, after the District announced eight positive cases among five schools in the district.  Both Bangor High School and the William S. Cohen School will move to remote learning this week. Mary Snow School, Downeast School, and Fruit Street School will return to in-person learning today (Monday).  Interim Superintendent Kathy Harris-Smedburg said families of those who tested positive were quick to contact the schools and noted all schools have undergone cleaning.


Winds, Power Outages Expected Monday Night


(Caribou) – Expect some wild weather beginning late this morning.  The National Weather Service says Downeast Maine could receive up to 4-inches of rain and wind gusts of at least 50-miles an hour.  The worst of the weather will hit tonight into tomorrow.  Advisories, including a flooding advisory, are posted for Hancock and Washington Counties.  The good news is that temperatures should be relatively mild.


Library Offers Letters to Santa Mailbox

(Ellsworth)  If your kids have their wish list ready, have them put it in a letter and drop it right at the Ellsworth Public Library.  Director Amy Wisehart tells Star 97.7, Santa posted a special mailbox right outside their door!  The library will hold a virtual Holiday Book Talk on December 9th.  Details are posted on the library’s website.

Local Stores See Steady Business

(Ellsworth)  Black Friday business was brisk around Ellsworth on Black Friday.  WalMart tells Star 97.7 after a somewhat slower start to the day, crowds were steady.  Meanwhile, at Reny’s, shopping was brisk, in spite of the store not holding specific Black Friday sales.  Reny’s holds an early bird sale instead.  And at L.L. Bean, crowds were reportedly comparable to those in 2019.  All three stores say they are following CDC guidelines in limiting the number of shoppers at any one time, and all said people were wearing masks and following safety protocols.


Jury Trials Remain on Hold

(Ellsworth)  The right to a speedy trial is in question in Ellsworth, as jury trials for both criminal and civil defendants have come to a halt in Hancock County.  The Ellsworth American reports the courthouse is not large enough to hold trials while maintaining social distancing requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Maine had 26 hundred criminal cases waiting for trial at the end of last year.  But the total closure of courts in mid-March has contributed to that number more than tripling to nearly 9,000 criminal cases as of October 25th.


Congressman Jared Golden and Wife Expecting


(Bangor) It’s been a “golden” month indeed for Congressman Jared Golden, who Thursday announced on Twitter that he and his wife, Izzy, are expecting in 2021.  No word yet on gender or a due date.  The Congressman won reelection to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District earlier this month.

EPL Holiday Book Talk

(Ellsworth)  Looking to catch up on some reading over the holidays?  The Ellsworth Public Library is hosting a holiday book talk with librarians sharing information on their favorite reads.  The Virtual Book Talk is set for Wednesday, December 9th at 9 p.m. on Zoom.  Pre registration is required and a link is posted on the library’s website.

Giving Tuesday/Maine Seacoast Mission


(National)  Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  According to Giving Tuesday dot org, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving strives to build a world with generosity at the heart of society, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.  It follows a frenzy of days such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, where the emphasis tends to be more on consumerism and supporting business.  As a tough 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good time to remember that favorite non-profit or charity, reach deep into our pockets and give generously. Most organizations have a link on their website to help make it easy to give.


(Cherryfield)  Maine Seacoast Mission has been supporting some of the most remote communities in Maine – communities that need the most support.  They provide education, youth development programs, food security programs and more.  Spokesman John Zovodny tells Star 97.7, support on Giving Tuesday is very valuable. Maine Seacoast Mission has been providing support to island communities since 1905




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