Lamoine Hearing   (Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine have a lot to discuss tonight at a public hearing that will be held virtually.  Six ordinance changes proposed by the Planning Board, two questions to allow for hard liquor sales, and a petitioned zoning change question face voters in March.  The Lamoine Marketplace petitioned the town […]

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Local News – February 18, 2021

Lamoine Hearing

 

(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine have a lot to discuss tonight at a public hearing that will be held virtually.  Six ordinance changes proposed by the Planning Board, two questions to allow for hard liquor sales, and a petitioned zoning change question face voters in March.  The Lamoine Marketplace petitioned the town to allow for liquor sales as currently the town only allows for beer and wine sales. Those questions will be on the March 9th ballot.  Property owner Glenn Crawford submitted petitions to force the town to vote on rezoning his property from residential to Commercial Fisheries.  Voters at open town meeting will decide that question at open town meeting March 17th.  Tonight’s meeting will be held over Zoom beginning at 6:30.

 

NE Harbor Ambulance

(Mt. Desert) – The private, volunteer ambulance service that operates in Mt. Desert might ask that the town take over and fund operations.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service is having trouble fully staffing operations.  Selectmen will listen to a proposal to have town firefighters start providing EMS Service to the community. The town currently contributes $10-thousand dollars a year to the ambulance service which had expenses of more than $310-thousand dollars last year.

 

Red Cross Needs Blood Donors

 

(Bangor)  Maybe you’ve donated blood in the past, but it’s been awhile … we all know life gets busy. American Red Cross Spokeswoman Mary Brant tells Star 97.7, it’s just an hour every eight weeks and it’s important to make donating a REGULAR part of your routine.  Brant says only about 3% of the population donates blood regularly, making the need always critical.  Ellsworth’s next blood drive is set for Tuesday, February 23rd from Noon to 6 at the Elks Lodge.  Or sign on to red cross dot org to find a donation date and time near you.

 

CDC Stats – Wednesday

 

(Augusta) – Another day of relatively low numbers of new Coronavirus infections in Maine.  The State CDC reports 106 new virus cases with three deaths.  The death count of people with COVID -19 infections in Maine is now 654 with more than 43-thousand cases reported.  Hospitals are treating 91 Covid patients, 27-of whom are in critical care beds.

 

Maine’s AG Says No Vaccines for Ineligible

 

(Augusta) –  A day after Maine Medical Center drew criticism from Governor Janet Mills for giving COVID-19 vaccinations to ineligible consultants, Maine’s Attorney General has issued a warning.  Aaron Frey yesterday said his office might consider legal and administrative sanctions against providers who provide shots to ineligible people.  Maine Health, the parent of Maine Medical, reportedly gave shots to consultants they had hired to fight an effort to unionize nurses.

 

Recreational Marijuana Sales Up in January

 

(Maine)  Sales of recreational marijuana were smoking in January.  Maine’s office of marijuana policy reports sales in the first month of 2021 were more than double those in October, the first month sales were legal in the state.  That first month, retailers report selling just over a million dollars worth of product, a number that jumped to 2 point 4 million dollars in January – that’s according to the Office of Marijuana Policy.  The State of Maine added $250,000 in taxes to the pot last month.  Store operators say once the pandemic ends and tourists return, sales could go even higher.

 

Crook With Class

 

(Casco)  A home invasion in Casco Monday had a romantic twist, although the homeowner was likely not in a loving mood.  The Portland Press Herald reports a Casco family returned home Monday night to find a strange car parked in the garage at their home on Pinkham Road and the doors to the home locked.  They called police, who arrived with a dog that located Sean Schoonmaker (Skoon-MAH-ker) of Norway still in the house.  Schoonmaker had eaten food, taken a candlelight bath, and rearranged family photos and other items.  Police say the homeowners did not know the perpetrator.  No word on whether the intruder will be required to replace the bubble bath.

 

Wind Energy Concerning for Fishermen

(Augusta)  The Governor’s Office of Energy is moving ahead on a plan to apply to the federal government to site an offshore wind energy array in the Gulf of Maine, a move closely watched by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries.  The plan would identify an area up to 16 square miles located 20-40 miles off the coast of Maine in the vicinity of the mouth of the Sheepscot River.  Fishermen in the area are concerned about being displaced either by the turbine array or the undersea cable route.  MCCF says it is tracking the issue and urges those concerned to educate themselves through the Governor’s Energy Office website.

 

Perseverance to Land on Mars

(Undated)  Planet watchers everywhere on our little blue marble will hold their breath today as NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to land on Mars.  NASA launched the car-sized robot last July, and it has since been making its way through space to the Red Planet.  All those months, culminating in a nail-biting seven minute landing scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. Eastern Time.  UMaine’s Versant Power Astronomy Center will be holding a live NASA TV cast of the landing as Perseverance then begins its search for signs of ancient life.

 

 

Sports

  • Atlanta Hawks 122  Boston Celtics 114
  • The Bruins are home tonight, taking on the New Jersey Devils
  • The U-Maine women’s basketball team has been named the winner of the America East Conference

High School Basketball-Boys

Ellsworth 57, George Stevens Acad. 22

MDI 57, Bucksport 46

Deer Isle-Stonington 58, Sumner 34

Washington Academy 83, Narraguagus 35

Bangor 60, Hampden Acad. 58 (OT)
Brewer 60, Old Town 45

Girls

John Bapst 42, Ellsworth 39

Deer Isle-Stonington 78, Sumner 27

Hampden Acad. 52, Bangor 44

Old Town 47, Brewer 26

Penobscot Valley 41, Piscataquis 31

Schenck 59, Penquis 29