Searsport Man Sentenced
(Bangor) A Searsport man will spend a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2019 to sending obscene material to a police officer posing as an underage teen. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7, 35-year-old Nicholas Norwood, formerly of Frankfort, used a mobile messaging service in April 2019 to send inappropriate pictures. Norwood’s prison time will be followed by three years of supervised release.
Bar Harbor Town Clerk
(Bar Harbor) – The Town of Bar Harbor has begun a search for a new town clerk. Sharon Linscott is stepping down after three years on the job. Linscott told the Mt. Desert Islander the past year has been tough with a hotly contested election and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Linscott took the job after a year as the town’s deputy town clerk.
(Ellsworth) Approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. To help raise awareness during April’s Autism Awareness month, Special Children’s Friends Director Linda Henderson tells Star 97.7, they will place cardboard cutouts at area businesses each day to help let people know about their mission here in Hancock County. Folks who take a selfie with the cutout, and download it to the Special Children’s Friends FB page, are entered for a drawing on May 1st to win a $100 gift card to any participating business.
Farmington Deaths – UPDATE
(Farmington) Authorities have released the names of two men found dead in a Farmington home Tuesday morning. State police spokeswoman Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, police found 58-year-old Donald Hunter and 55-year-old Kevin Stanley when they conducted a welfare check at a home on High Street in Farmington. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy yesterday. Police say there is no ongoing threat to the public, but the cause and manner of death awaits additional testing.
American Aquafarms to File Wastewater Discharge Permit
(Bar Harbor) – A company that hopes to operate huge salmon pens in Frenchman Bay says it will file a wastewater discharge permit application with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. The project by American Aquafarms has drawn opposition from local environmentalists. Friends of Frenchman Bay say the company plans to discharge 90-cubic meters of bay water per second through the proposed salmon pens.
DOL Apprenticeship Program
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor offers an apprenticeship program designed to meet the needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. The program involves 2000 hours per year of on-the-job training, along with 144 hours of related instruction. Maine DOL says more than a thousand different occupations can be apprenticed – not just the trades – and the program was recently expanded in Maine after becoming eligible for federal funding. Employers and potential apprentices should contact the Maine Department of Labor.
Ellsworth Public Library Closed
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Public Library is closed until Monday, April 5th. The library staff posted on their website the precaution is due to a positive COVID case on their staff. Virtual programs will continue as planned. Users can also reserve books on their website through the Minerva catalog.
LifeFlight of Maine Adds to Helicopter Fleet
(Presque Isle) The Life Flight air ambulance has added two new choppers to the fleet. LifeFlight initiated a fundraising campaign in 2017 to replace their aging fleet, and in 2019, MMG Insurance committed $25,000 toward the campaign. With that and the generosity of more than 6,000 donors, LifeFlight was able to upgrade one aircraft at the end of 2020 and a second in January of this year. A celebration of the new additions was held Tuesday at the AR Gould hospital in Presque Isle.
DOT Closes Rockland Ferry
(Rockland) The Maine Department of Transportation closed the Maine State Ferry Service Rockland terminal yesterday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. During the building closure, members of the public can still board ferries in Rockland and will be able to pay fares upon arrival at the island terminals. Maine DOT says it is working with the Maine CDC to identify close contacts of the worker who tested positive and who is isolating and was last in the office March 26th. No members of the public have been identified as close contacts. The office is expected to reopen Friday morning.
Rockland Lobster Festival Cancelled
(Rockland) – The pandemic has forced officials to cancel Rockland’s Lobster Festival for a 2nd straight summer. The Rockland Lobster Festival Corporation posted on its Facebook page this week that there were no safe ways to hold the event and comply with state and federal safety guidelines. The Festival plans a huge gala for 2022, the 75th anniversary of the Rockland Waterfront celebration.
ANP Announces Opening
(Bar Harbor) The National Park Service will open roads at Acadia National Park, starting with the Park Loop Road on April 15th, depending on weather conditions. Vehicle reservations are now required for the Cadillac Summit Road between sunrise and sunset from May 26 to October 19th . Those can be made online at recreation dot gov beginning at 10 o’clock this morning. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center will open May 7th, and campgrounds will open at various dates in May, but with a reduced number of campsites available. For a complete list of opening dates, visit the Acadia National Park website.
- The Red Sox open the regular season at Fenway Park against the Orioles, weather permitting this afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for Boston.
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- The Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.