MDI Superintendent (Bar Harbor) – The Superintendent of Schools on Mt. Desert Island says he plans to retire at the end of the calendar year.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Marc Gousse has given the school committee plenty of notice to search for a replacement.  Gousse, who is 60, says his decision to retire is […]

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Local News – March 25, 2021

MDI Superintendent

(Bar Harbor) – The Superintendent of Schools on Mt. Desert Island says he plans to retire at the end of the calendar year.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Marc Gousse has given the school committee plenty of notice to search for a replacement.  Gousse, who is 60, says his decision to retire is for personal reasons after serving in education for nearly 40-years.  He’s a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and says he hit the jackpot when he landed the MDI job a few years ago.



Calais Hospital Purchase Approved

(Calais) – A bankruptcy judge has approved the plan to have Downeast Community Hospital buy the Calais Regional Hospital.  The Machias based hospital filed the paperwork to purchase the bankrupt Calais hospital a little over a month ago.  Downeast Community President and CEO Steve Lail said they are eager to get going on all the paperwork associated with the purchase.  The agreement should become complete sometime in June.  The Calais hospital filed for bankruptcy protection a year and a half ago after several years of losing money. It owes creditors about $25-million dollars.



Frenchman Bay Conservancy


(Hancock)  From Salt Pond Preserve to Baker Hill, to the Jordan Homestead, miles of trails for peaceful walks, snowshoeing, and other activities have been preserved in Hancock County, thanks to the efforts of Frenchman Bay Conservancy.  Executive Director Aaron Dority tells Star 97.7, earlier this month, the conservancy added another large preserve to its growing list of conservation areas.  Dority said trail planning and building on the new preserve will begin this summer with many opportunities for people to get involved, along with a grand opening for the newly acquired tract of land.


Suspect Apprehended


(Waldoboro) – A fugitive who had police on edge in Knox and Lincoln Counties has turned himself in.  Waldoboro Police confirmed to Star 97.7 that 31-year old Justin Richards is under arrest, charged with kidnapping, robbery and aggravated assault.  Two others were also allegedly involved in the drug related incident last Friday in Waldoboro.  Police had issued a public warning about Richards, calling him armed and dangerous.  He’s held at the Two Rivers jail in Wiscasset.


Store Closing

(Columbia Falls)  The town of Columbia Falls is losing its general store.  The owners posted on their Facebook page Wednesday the uncertainty of the future for small business and the increase in the cost of goods were two of several factors that prompted the decision.  Columbia Falls General will refund any outstanding gift certificates issued since 2018.  The store has posted Information on how to access refunds on its Facebook page.


Dam Removal

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Marine Resources is revising its river management plan to require dams to improve their fish passage methods to allow more fish, especially the endangered Atlantic salmon, to reach their spawning grounds at the Sandy River.  The Bangor Daily News reports at the same time, DMR is backing the removal of at least two dams, possibly four, on the Kennebec River.  Governor Janet Mills is standing firm on backing the new fish-passage standards, but Brookfield Renewable U.S. said the standards would be unachievable.  Brookfield and another party had shown interest last year in buying the four dams at issue between Waterville and Skowhegan.


MDI Hospital Award

(Bar Harbor)  Good health is everything, and a worksite wellness program at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor has earned the facility Wellness Workdays’ Best Wellness Employer Gold Certification.  The initiative recognizes the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being.  MDI Hospital serves the island and surrounding communities through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of area health centers.


Flags at Half Staff

(Augusta)  Governor Mills has again ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff, this time to honor and remember the victims in the Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting.  Ten people, including a police officer, were killed by a shooter with an AR-15, identified as Ahmand Al Aliwi Alissa.   The half-staff directive will remain in effect through Saturday.


Bangor Humane Society Contest

(Bangor)  You might say it’s the “luck of the draw”. The Bangor Humane Society has recruited 100 “artists”, from the Bangor High School Art Club to others who … well, couldn’t draw their way out of a paper bag.  For a $20 donation, one of these artists will draw a portrait of your pet, which could end up being frameable or might not quite be up to the standard of that four-year-old’s drawing on your refrigerator.  Visit the Bangor Humane Society’s FB page, scroll down to the Pet Portraits Fundraiser post, make a donation of $20, comment “donated”, along with a photo of your pet, and an artist – or, well … someone – will quickly get to work on YOUR pet portrait.


Maine Fishermen Boast Record Hauls in 2020

(Augusta)  Maine fishermen earned over a half billion dollars for their catch in 2020, despite unprecedented market losses.  In fact, the Maine Department of Marine Resources reports the value was the ninth highest on record.  Maine’s lobster fishery once again accounted for most of Maine’s overall landed value, exceeding $400 million dollars for only the seventh time in the history of the fishery.  Lobster was followed by, in order, soft shell clam, scallops, blood worms, menhaden, and oysters.  And despite a decrease in per-pound value of more than fifteen hundred dollars, elvers remained one of the most valuable species harvested in Maine in 2020.



Oakland Teen Found Safe

(Lewiston)  A teenage girl from Oakland who went missing last week from a group home in Lewiston has been found safe in Nebraska.  Authorities tell Star 97.7,  officers located 15-year-old Lanie Nelson Tuesday night with 23-year-old Taylor Hauke of California.  Nolan had been living at New Beginning, a support facility for Maine youth but was reported missing last Thursday night.  Hauke is being held in Nebraska pending criminal charges.  Arrangements are being made to reunite Nolan with her family back here in Maine.



Champ Crosses Rainbow Bridge

(Augusta)  It’s the final call for retired Maine State Police K9 Champ, who crossed the rainbow bridge this morning.  NewsCenter Maine reports Champ was a rescue dog donated by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in 2010.  Champ worked for the Maine State Police for 10 years with partner and eventual owner retired Maine State Police Sergeant Jeremy Forbes.  The award winning K9 was believed to be a mix of German shepherd, Pit Bull and Boxer and was trained to track suspects and search for drugs.  Authorities who worked with Champ called him a tireless tracker who has now earned a rest, sunshine, tennis balls, and chew bones.  Rest in Peace, Champ.


Hire A Vet Campaign Success

(Augusta)  A total of 145 veterans and military family members were hired during the 2020 Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign.  The Maine Department of Labor reports the 2020 campaign was the first to be held virtually.   The campaign kicked off on September 15th, 2020 and ended on December 24th last year.  The average hourly wage of veterans hired was $23.92, an increase of $1.14 from the 2019 campaign, with 226 employers signing on.  Fourteen of the state’s sixteen counties had veteran hires.  The five businesses with the most hires during the event were Bath Iron Works/General Dynamics, Dead River Company, Northern Light Health, Maine General, and the State of Maine.




  • Milwaukee Bucks 121  Boston Celtics 119
  • Boston Red Sox 2  Baltimore Orioles 0 (Spring training, Nate Eovaldi pitched nearly 6 innings)
  • The Bruins are scheduled to play the New York Islanders tonight
  • The MPA says all baseball and softball teams will qualify for post-season playoff games this season

High School Volleyball

Washington Academy 3  Narraguagus 0

Today: George Stevens Academy at Jonesport Beals; Woodland at Lee Academy