CMP Corridor Petition   (Augusta) – More than 80-thousand Maine voters signed petitions in another attempt to force a vote on a high power transmission line currently under construction in Western Maine.  Secretary of State Shenna Bellows certified the signatures on Monday.  If the Legislature fails to pass the proposed rules, voters will get a […]

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Local News – February 23, 2021

CMP Corridor Petition

 

(Augusta) – More than 80-thousand Maine voters signed petitions in another attempt to force a vote on a high power transmission line currently under construction in Western Maine.  Secretary of State Shenna Bellows certified the signatures on Monday.  If the Legislature fails to pass the proposed rules, voters will get a chance to enact the measure in November.  The question would require the Legislature to approve of any high impact power lines crossing public lands.

 

Fires

 

(Lincoln, Eastport) – Firefighters in a couple of Maine counties had their hands full yesterday.  In Lincoln last night, fire engines from several towns responded to a 2-story home reported ablaze on Taylor Street, battling wet, heavy snow.  Initial reports said people were inside the burning home.  No Details about the fire were immediately available, nor was information about a reported house fire in Eastport.  Social media reports indicated that a home on Sunset Road was on fire yesterday afternoon.

 

Road Conditions

 

(Undated) – Road conditions overnight got very slippery as a combination of rain and snow fell over the state.  Coastal areas saw mostly rain, but with snow mixed in at times creating a slushy surface for what few motorists were out.  Further inland, several inches of wet snow coated the roads.  At one point last night firefighters shut down the Billings Road in Hermon after multiple accidents.

 

Friendship Cottage Raffle

 

(Blue Hill)  Friendship Cottage is one of the many outreach programs of Downeast Community Partners hit hard by the pandemic.  Despite layoffs at the adult day care program and participants having to shelter in place, Program Director Anne Ossanna and her limited staff has made sure no one in Hancock County has gone hungry, delivering countless lunches, dinners and encouragement.  The non-profit is raising funds through a raffle.  Ossanna says they will sell only 1500 tickets.

 

 

Second Amendment Sanctuaries

(Maine)  Fears of legislation restricting so-called “Second Amendment rights” have prompted more local governments to pass gun sanctuary resolutions.  Currently, only Fairfield and Paris are considered “Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities.” But The Bangor Daily News reports Brownfield officials have expressed interest.  And Fort Fairfield reports hearing from several other towns interested in seeing their resolution passed in January.  Second Amendment Sanctuary cities are created through local resolutions, ordinances, and in some cases, state laws, aimed at pushing back against state and federal gun control measures passed or proposed.

 

Travolta Selling Maine Mansion

(Islesboro)  Actor John Travolta has listed his 48-acre estate on Islesboro for $5 million dollars.  The 67-year-old star of “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” purchased the mansion in 1991 with his late wife, Kelly Preston, who died last July following a two-year battle with breast cancer.  The home, built in 1903, boasts 42 rooms, a fieldstone fireplace, oversized kitchen, and 20 bedrooms.  The entire third floor is made up as a children’s wing, including four themed bedrooms, a full bathroom, a separate schoolhouse, a library, a diner, and a built-in theatre state.

 

MMA Earns Military Friendly School Designation

(Castine)  Maine Maritime Academy has earned the 2021-22 Military Friendly School designation.  Institutions earn the designation based on public data sources and responses to a survey.  Of the 1200 schools that participated in the survey this year, 747 earned the Military Friendly status.  The school boasts a welcoming environment for service members and an active Student Veterans Association.  Maine Maritime Academy earned the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Ranking as #1 Best College for Veterans in the Regional Colleges North category.

 

Pandemic Sparks Rise in Outdoor Dining

(Bangor) Zoning changes along Stillwater Avenue from the I-95 overpass to the Hogan Road intersection, including the Bangor Mall, could bring more outside dining – and new vitality — to the shopping district.  The Bangor Daily News reports the zoning change would reduce the number of required parking spaces, allowing more flexibility for restaurants to offer outdoor seating.  Rezoning much of the mall area to “light industrial” could also bring new life to the mall through such things as warehouses, laboratories, gas stations and manufacturing facilities, as well as bars and lounges.  The proposed change in parking spaces goes before the Bangor City Council for a first read Monday evening, followed by a full vote on March 8th.  The pandemic has spurred an increase in outdoor dining, weather permitting.

 

Ellsworth Green Plan Released

(Ellsworth)  The City of Ellsworth has a ten year plan to green up the town across its infrastructure, water use, land planning, and local food and farming.  The goal of The Green Plan is to create an action plan to enable Ellsworth to become a model green community.  A series of six Ellsworth Green Plan forums are planned via Zoom, beginning this evening at 7 p.m.  Register on the Ellsworth Green Plan Facebook Page or greenellsworth dot org.

 

 

CDC Stats – Monday

(Augusta)  Maine’s number of new coronavirus cases fell below 100 again Monday.  With 97 new cases reported, it’s only the second time in nearly four months that number has fallen below triple digits.  And for the second straight day, no new coronavirus-related deaths were reported.  Total deaths from the virus, which first impacted the state about a year ago, remains at 658 out of 43,594 cases diagnosed since March 2020.

 

Maine Island Receive Vaccines

(AP)  Maine Seacoast Mission is providing island COVID-19 vaccination clinics beginning this week.  Medical and support staff will be transported via the organization’s 74-foot boat, Sunbeam.  The Sunbeam is equipped with health facilities, including a medical grade refrigerator.  Mission Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley reports she is starting with 150 doses.  President John Zovodny told the Associated Press the Mission has been anticipating this opportunity to serve since the first vaccine was announced last fall.

 

Lobster Industry vs. Right Whales

(AP)  New rules designed to try to save a species of whale from extinction are on track to go into effect by May 31st, but those rules bring concern and pushback from the state’s lobster industry.  Only about 360 right whales remain, and scientists say the animal’s small population of breeding females could spell doom for the species.  The new rules reduce the possibility of entanglement in fishing gear, which can kill the whales.  Some lobstermen feel the industry is being unfairly targeted.  A court decision requires the fisheries service to finalize the rules by the end of May.

 

Collins to Oppose Biden Nominee

(AP)  Republican Senator Susan Collins says she’ll vote against confirmation of President Biden’s pick to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget.  Biden has nominated Neera Tanden, who Collins says has neither the experience nor the temperament for the agency.  On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the first Democrat to oppose Tanden’s nomination.  Tanden has apologized for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media.  The White House has defended Tanden, saying she would be an excellent Budget Director.

 

Sports

 

  • The Celtics play the Mavericks in Dallas tonight
  • The Bruins are off tonight
  • Fernando Tatis and the San Diego Padres have finalized a 14-year, $340-million dollar contract

High School Basketball-Boys

Deer Isle/Stonington 71  Sumner 34

Bangor 46, Hampden Academy 40

John Bapst Memorial 44, Foxcroft Academy 41

Girls

Ellsworth 55, Washington Academy 48

Bangor 45, Hampden Academy 41, OT

Foxcroft Academy 41, John Bapst Memorial 28