Ellsworth Votes Moshier New City Manager
(Ellsworth) Several people in Ellsworth have questioned whether one person, in a city of 8,000 people, can handle the jobs of both City Manager and Chief of Police. At last night’s Ellsworth City Council Meeting, Council Chair Dale Hamilton read numerous comments submitted by citizens expressing concern about the plan to appoint current police chief Glenn Moshier as the city manager. Following an Executive Session, Council reconvened and voted to offer Moshier the job of City Manager. The Deputy Police chief will handle day to day oversight of the police department.
CDC Briefing 11/11
(Augusta) – Six more Mainers with COVID-19 have died, and the Maine CDC says there are 313 new infections as of Monday. Director Dr. Nirav Shah says the number of people vaccinated in the state of Maine continues to grow. Maine receives its fifth shipment of vaccines this week.
(Augusta) Lots of questions are swirling about the COVID-19 vaccine and how people can get shots. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says they hope to use a pre-registration system, but the logistics are not yet in place. Shah said once vaccine sites come online, if the CDC is able to find a platform to do it, the scheduling will become a possibility, rather than just assigning recipients a place and time.
(Washington, DC) The Paycheck Protection Program reopens this week for new and some existing PPP borrowers. Initially, only community financial institutions were able to make First Draw PPP loans Monday, and Second Draw PPP loans on Wednesday. The program will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. According to the Small Business Administration, this round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31st, and by allowing others to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
Hospice Volunteers Offers Grief Support
(Ellsworth) For those who have lost a loved one, grieving in this time of isolation due to the pandemic can be especially difficult. Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County wants you to know you are not alone and invite you to find strength through a free online grief support group. Meetings will take place weekly from January 25 to March 19th, with a weekday and time to be determined by the availability of those registered. Sign up by this Friday, January 15th, at hospice of hancock dot org.
Teacher of the Year Nominations
(Augusta) To say it’s been a difficult year for educators and students alike would be an understatement. The Maine Department of Education recognizes the need now, more than ever, to honor the work of dedicated teachers. Nominations are now open for the 2021 County Teachers of the Year and 2022 Teacher of the Year. Members of the public can nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and who inspire the achievement of all students. Nominations can be made through February 5th at the Maine Teacher of the Year website.
Former Senator Olympia Snowe Reaction
(Maine) Former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe took to social media Saturday calling on the President to resign. Snowe said the action was necessary to allow the nation to begin to heal and prepare for the transition to the Biden Presidency. WMTW reports on Wednesday, Snowe called the events at the Capitol “a destructive assault on our nation’s democracy” and said the best path forward is for Congressional leaders to find common ground in the months ahead.
Maine State Police Assist in Identifying Rioters
(Augusta) Maine State Police are assisting law enforcement officials in Washington, DC trying to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building last Wednesday. The agency posted on Facebook it has received multiple tips related to protestors who pushed through police lines to enter and desecrate the building. It’s unclear whether any of the tips involved persons from Maine. Dozens of people connected with the violence in support of President Trump are expected to face federal charges.
CDC Stats – Monday
(Augusta) The Maine CDC reports 313 new cases of Coronavirus across the state, bringing the total number of cases in Maine since the pandemic began to 29,611. Six additional deaths reported Monday bring the state’s total coronavirus-related fatalities to 438. Hospitals are treating 195 COVID patients, with 58 in critical care.
(Waterville) Four children and three adults escaped from their burning home early Monday morning in Waterville. One of the residents called in the fire just after midnight. When firefighters arrived at the King Court home, the fire on an enclosed porch was already spreading into the home. One firefighter was treated at the scene for fatigue. First responders were also able to save several family pets. The residence reportedly sustained extensive damage, as did a car parked nearby. The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.
(Bucksport) – Fire damaged a 3-car garage in Bucksport yesterday. Firefighters from that department called in help from Dedham, Castine and Orland and remained on scene until early afternoon. The Fire department reports to Star 97.7 that the garage was not attached to the owner’s home which is across the street on Lakeview Heights. Fire investigators have not yet pinpointed a cause.
Governor Mills Orders Flags at Half Staff
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills Monday ordered the United States and State of Maine flags lowered to half-staff statewide until sunset Wednesday, January 13th, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood and in recognition of the service of United States Capitol Police Officers and members of law enforcement during the insurrection of January 9th. Mills issued a statement saying, during the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week, these officers bravely defended our institutions of democracy from destruction and we mourn their needless and tragic deaths and honor their sacrifice and service during this difficult time for our nation.
Third Quarter Drug Death Report
(Augusta) The Maine Attorney General’s office Monday released the third quarter 2020 drug death report. The report shows a slight decrease in overdose deaths, though the total year-to-date deaths is on pace to significantly exceed those in 2019. Attorney General Aaron Frey says the numbers are still too high and serve as evidence of the opioid epidemic’s continued force as a public health crisis and that combating drug deaths continues to be a priority.
- NCAA Football Championship – Alabama 52 Ohio State 24
- Patriots Coach Bill Belichick says he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump due to insurrection last week.
- The Celtics game against the Chicago Bulls is called off for tonight due to COVID 19 concerns.
- High School basketball’s regular season officially starts today, few varsity games are scheduled.