Ellsworth Road Closure (Ellsworth)   A quick reminder, tomorrow (September 8th), beginning at 8 a.m., the Shore Road in Ellsworth will be closed to ALL through traffic at the causeway for annual pump service testing.  This is a temporary closure at the water source only and will not affect any direct access to residential driveways on […]

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Local News 09/07/21

Ellsworth Road Closure

(Ellsworth)   A quick reminder, tomorrow (September 8th), beginning at 8 a.m., the Shore Road in Ellsworth will be closed to ALL through traffic at the causeway for annual pump service testing.  This is a temporary closure at the water source only and will not affect any direct access to residential driveways on either side of the test site.  The Ellsworth Fire Department reports the road will reopen as soon as testing has been completed, which is expected to be about Noon.

High Speed Chase – Pittsfield

(Pittsfield)  A high speed chase on Interstate 95 near Pittsfield Monday led to the arrest of a 46 yo man from Wales.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, Kirk Grover failed to stop for Maine State Troopers, exiting the Interstate at Hinkley Road until he finally stopped near Canaan Road in Clinton.  Officers found the Camaro Grover was driving had been stolen from Auburn two weeks prior when Grover took the car for a test drive and never returned.  He had subsequently painted the car black, concealing its original color.  Grover was found to have numerous active arrest warrants and was taken to Somerset County Jail, where he is charged with criminal speed, driving to endanger, attaching false plates, and several other charges.  A passenger in the car, 32 yo Victoria Stockwell of Lewiston, was uninjured in the chase.

(Pittsfield)  A 46 yo Wales man is in jail facing several charges after he stole a car from a dealership, painted it to conceal its original color, and led police on a high speed chase near Pittsfield Monday.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, Kirk Grover initially failed to stop for Maine State Troopers on I-95, exiting at Hinkley Road and finally pulling over near Canaan Road in Clinton.  Grover was found to have numerous active arrest warrants and was taken to Somerset County Jail, where he is charged with criminal speed, driving to endanger, attaching false plates, and several other charges.  A passenger in the car, 32 yo Victoria Stockwell of Lewiston, was uninjured in the chase.

High Speed Chase – Waterville

(Waterville)  A 15 yo girl faces multiple charges after police say she led officers on a chase before crashing a car in Fairfield.   NewsCenter Maine reports around 9:30 Friday night, Fairfield police officers were called about a vehicle pursuit in Waterville, heading toward Fairfield.  Waterville police dropped the chase, and as Fairfield authorities responded, the girl crashed the car on Savage Street in Fairfield.  Officers say the teen was from the Skowhegan area and struck and damaged five parked cars in the crash.  The young woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Authorities on Tuesday said the girl is charged with operating without a license, failure to stop by the request of an officer and criminal mischief.

Crash Kills Warren Man

(Warren)  An early morning crash has claimed the life of a Warren man.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports 31 yo Jason Fogg’s vehicle when off Camden Road near Landings Road about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.  The car went airborne, ejecting Fogg from the vehicle.  Fogg was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators are working to determine a cause.

Old Town Hiring Event

(Old Town)  Old Town Fire Rescue will be conducting a Hiring Event on Saturday, September 18th from 11 until 2.  The open house style event is designed to encourage potential employees to talk with current employees, view equipment, and have on-site informal interviews.  The Department reports it currently has five open positions that need to be filled for a fourth crew, and they hope showcasing the department’s exceptional staff and commitment will give them a competitive edge in attracting new employees.

Hospice Volunteers Annual Meeting

(Ellsworth)  Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County invites the public to attend their 41st Annual Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 6-7:30 p.m.  The event will feature a Year in Review, Volunteer Awards, the Evensong Singers, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Vanessa Little, Medical Director of Northern Light Palliative Care and Home Care & Hospice.  Dr. Little will be speaking on the topic of Compassionate Presence in Palliative Care.  The first 100 Hancock County residents who register by this Friday (September 17th) will receive an Annual Meeting gift.  RSVP by emailing info at hospice of hancock dot org.

Maine Efficient in Distributing Rental Assistance Funds

(AP/Augusta)   Maine has been efficient in distributing money from rental assistance programs, staving off mass evictions. The Bangor Daily News reports state data shows Maine has been faster than most states in distributing rental assistance from two congressional COVID-19 relief packages totaling $352 million. More than 10,000 households have been approved by the Maine State Housing Authority to receive almost $58.4 million dollars in aid.

Redistricting Committee Panel to Meet Friday

(AP/Augusta)  The commission that’s tasked with redrawing Maine’s congressional and legislative districts will hold a public meeting Friday. Republicans and Democrats have been working for several weeks on their own proposals for redrawing the lines, and the Associated Press reports those proposals could be revealed at the meeting. Both congressional districts must be roughly equal in population.  Efforts are focusing on Kennebec County where some towns reside in the 1st Congressional District while others reside in the 2nd District. All told, more than 23,000 voters have to be moved from the 1st to the 2nd District.

Labor Day Storms Cause Damage, Power Outages

(AP/Portland)  Several hundred customers found themselves still without power Tuesday morning, following a line of strong thunderstorms that affected Maine residents on Labor Day. The Portland Press Herald reports Central Maine Power reported about 400 outages at 7 a.m. this morning (Tuesday), along with over 100 in Kennebec and Oxford counties. The number was more than 1,800 as of Monday night, with nearly 500 of them in Sagadahoc County. Hunter Tubbs of the National Weather Service in Gray says the storms appeared to hit Topsham and Sabattus the hardest, “but up towards Bridgton there was also a good storm that moved through and towards Lewiston, as well.”  Most power had been restored by 1 p.m.Tuesday afternoon.

Gas Prices Continue to Rise

(AP)  Gas prices have risen in all three northern New England states over the past week. GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas stations in Vermont found prices went up 4.1 cents to $3.09 a gallon on Tuesday. Prices in New Hampshire went up 2.8 cents to $3.02 per gallon, and prices in Maine increased 1.6 cents to $3.11 a gallon. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.17. The national average is down 1.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 96.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Lifeguard in 50th Season

(AP/Scarborough)  Greg Wilfert remembers his first visit to Scarborough Beach State Park as a teenager like it was yesterday. Decades later, he’s working his 50th consecutive season as a lifeguard at the same beach. Wilfert carved out his summers for lifeguarding over the years even as he worked as a physical education teacher and later ran his own business. Now he’s retired for the most part, but he’s not ready to give up lifeguarding. He said he first visited the Scarborough Beach in 1972 and calls it “his first love.”

Civil War Talk

(Ellsworth)  Historians Diane Monroe Smith and Ned Smith have published six books between them on the Civil War and will be guest speakers Monday night at the Ellsworth Historical Society.  Diane tells Star 97.7, they were unable to tour in 2020, but the down time led them to discover Ellsworth had many connections to the conflict.  (((Civil War 1  “…and found many, many Civil War veterans.”  :21))).  Diane says they spent last winter doing research on the Ellsworth connection and are excited to share their findings.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. on Monday the 13th at the Chamberlain House, 357 State Street in Ellsworth Falls.

(Ellsworth)  During 2020, Holden residents and Civil War historians Diane Monroe Smith and Ned Smith used their time to explore graveyards, including those in Ellsworth, to discover interesting connections with the Civil War.  Diane tells Star 97.7, their interest began with great teachers.  (((Civil War 2   “…got fired up about Civil War history and history in general.”  :19)))  The Smiths will share their findings at The Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting set for 7 p.m. this coming Monday (September 13th) at the Chamberlain House in Ellsworth Falls, and the public is welcome.

(Ellsworth)  This Monday, the Ellsworth Historical Society welcomes Holden residents and Civil War historians Ned Smith and Diane Monroe Smith speaking on Ellsworth’s connections to the Civil War.  Ned tells Star 97.7 News, one company of the First Maine Heavy Artillery contained many men from Ellsworth, was converted to infantry, and made a costly charge at Petersburg.  (((Civil War 3  “…and how they may have impacted the community along the way.”  :21)))  The Smiths have written and published six books on the Civil War between them,  and last year explored Ellsworth cemeteries to find even more connections.  The talk, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 13th at the Chamberlain House in Ellsworth Falls.

(Ellsworth)  Historians and Holden residents Ned Smith and Diane Monroe Smith generally spend the year touring the country and sharing their expertise on the Civil War.  When the pandemic hit last year, they instead toured Ellsworth cemeteries to discover the town’s and the state’s connection to the conflict.  Ned tells Star 97.7, Maine has a particular boast when it comes to sending Union Soldiers to the cause.  (((Civil War 4  “…that Maine sent more than any other state.”  :10)))  The Smiths will be special guest speakers at Monday night’s meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society.  The public is welcome to attend the 7 p.m. event at the Chamberlain House in Ellsworth Falls.

Sports

The Red Sox kept it close but ultimately lost to Tampa Bay 11-10 in 10 innings.  Sox off tonight; they’ll host the Rays for a rematch Wednesday