Farmington Deaths   (Farmington) – A team of investigators is collaborating after police found two men dead inside a home in Farmington.  State Police spokeswoman Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7 that local police discovered the bodies yesterday morning after they were requested to do a welfare check at the home on High Street in […]

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Local News – March 31, 2021

Farmington Deaths

 

(Farmington) – A team of investigators is collaborating after police found two men dead inside a home in Farmington.  State Police spokeswoman Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7 that local police discovered the bodies yesterday morning after they were requested to do a welfare check at the home on High Street in Farmington.  Officials have not yet released identities; the medical examiner’s office is conducting autopsies.  The investigation team includes the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

 

Bangor, Ellsworth High – Outbreak

 

(Ellsworth) – Numerous close contacts with a Coronavirus infected person have forced the high schools in Ellsworth and Bangor to close to in person learning until next week.  Ellsworth school officials said so many staff members were forced to quarantine after a close contact that there were not enough substitute teachers available to conduct in person learning.  That high school and Bangor High will revert to remote learning only for the rest of the week.

 

Wildfires

(Trescott) – Wildfires scorched a few acres of Downeast Maine yesterday, and the forest service pressed a helicopter into action.  The chopper dropped water from above on fire scenes in Otis and Trescott while firefighters on the ground used hand pumps and tools to beat down the flames.  The grass remains dry despite recent rain, and the wind picked up yesterday afternoon, pushing the flames out of control for a while.

 

CDC Briefing 03/30

 

(Augusta)  One in three Mainers have now received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  With vaccine allocations increasing and anyone over the age of 16 becoming eligible to receive the vaccine beginning April 19th, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said a new study on the effectiveness of the vaccines is more reason than ever for Maine residents to schedule a vaccination.  Shah said this week’s vaccine allocation includes over 72,000 first doses – an almost 47% increase compared to just last week.

 

 

Green Plan/City Council

 

(Ellsworth)  Backers presented the Ellsworth Green Plan to the Ellsworth City Council Monday night.  The ten year plan covers everything from bike paths to the Union River watershed to recycling in order to make Ellsworth a model green city.  Mary Blackstone told Council members, it would also bring “green” from an economic standpoint. Blackstone says adopting the plan would be an opportunity to attract more good-paying businesses to the community.

 

Director of Nursing Recognized

(Ellsworth)  The pandemic that has now lasted over a year in Maine brought special vulnerability and concern to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  At Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center in  Ellsworth, Director of Nursing Beth Gordon helped to create a sense of confidence and calm, despite the many changes impacting her own job and family.  North Country Associates has named Gordon  Nursing Director of the Year for 2020.  The umbrella organization called Gordon the type of leader many of us aspire to be like and credited that with the fact this isn’t the first time she has won the award.  Gordon has worked in multiple clinical roles for North Country for more than 30 years, and to receive the honor in a year full of difficult circumstance, to say the least, is a well-deserved honor.

 

Lawmakers Call for Eased Restrictions at Schools

(Augusta)  More than 50 lawmakers have signed a letter calling on the state to ease restrictions to allow more schools to open full time.  WMTW reports the bipartisan letter was sent to the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and was signed by 52 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.  The letter calls for agencies to rescind the 3-foot distancing requirement for students and to allow districts to develop their own plans

 

Red Cross Offers Virtual Volunteer Fairs

(Maine)  The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers and they’re offering a series of Virtual Volunteer Fairs for folks to learn about these urgent opportunities.  Existing volunteers as well as anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can sign up for one of two sessions.  Tuesday, April 6th from 5-6 p.m. or Wednesday, April 7th from Noon til 1.  Needs include local disaster responders, blood drive volunteers, office and administrative support among others.  Register and receive a virtual meeting link by emailing Volunteer NNE@ red cross dot org.

 

Cherry Blossoms Bloom Early

(Kyoto, Japan)  Tourists and residents of Japan are experiencing an extraordinarily early bloom of Kyoto’s cherry trees.  According to the Weather Channel, the trees, which normally peak between April 10th and 17th, were at their peak bloom this year on March 26th – that’s the earliest they have peaked in 1200 years.  Scientists say global warming is to blame.  The blooms in Washington, D.C. are also in full bloom – that peak wasn’t expected until between April 2nd and 5th.

 

Sea Dogs Plan 2021 Season

(Portland)  Starting May 4th, Hadlock Field will once again be filled with the smell of hot dogs and popcorn.  Sea Dogs Vice President of Communications Chris Cameron said the team has worked with the state of Maine on a reopening plan that will start the season at 28 percent capacity, or just over 2,000 fans.  The ballpark will be set up with seating pods ranging from sets of two to eight seats, each at least six feet from the next nearest pod.  The Sea Dogs have planned a 120-game season, half of those at home in 2021, with tickets sold on a month-to-month basis, beginning in April for May games.  Tickets for May games go on sale to the general public at noon on Wednesday, April 14th.

 

Maine PD’s Join PAARI

(Boston)  The Bath and Brunswick, Maine police departments have officially joined the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative’s (or PAARI’s) One-2-One Engagement to Recovery Program.  Both departments were trained Monday to implement the program in their departments beginning April 1st.  Piloted last spring, the program empowers police officers and community partners to distribute fentanyl test strips kits to those in need, and provides referrals to treatment and information about other resources available to those who use drugs and their loved ones.  A total of 21 police departments in Maine and Massachusetts now participate.

 

Mills Welcomes “Lead by Example”

(Augusta)  Governor Mills welcomed release of the first “Lead by Example” report for Maine’s State government.  The plan outlines strategies to curb state agencies’ greenhouse gas emissions, transition state electricity use to 100% clean power by 2024, and purchase 100% electric vehicles for the state fleet by 2030. The Governor’s Energy Office produced the report.

 

Sports

  • Boston Bruins 5  New Jersey Devils 4
  • Atlanta Braves 5  Red Sox 3 (Final spring training game).  Nate Eovaldi will start for Boston in the season opener on Thursday.
  • The Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
  • NCAA Men’s Basketball:  Gonzaga and UCLA advance to the final 4 with wins last night.

High School Volleyball

MDI 3  Ellsworth 1

George Stevens 3  Sumner 0