Autumn Gold Seeks Food Purveyors
(Ellsworth) Have you started a business selling cupcakes? Do you sell specialty scones out of your kitchen? Or maybe you create healthy wraps on a small scale. If so, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce is looking for you! In lieu of Chowder Fest, at this year’s Autumn Gold Celebration, the Chamber is hosting a Food Fest Tent from 11 to 2 on September 25th. Come show and sell your product at Harbor Park. To register, contact info at ellsworth chamber dot org. Unfortunately, there’s not space for food trucks! But if you have a tasty temptation as a small business food purveyor, the Chamber wants you under their tent.
Bucksport Fire Department Gets Grilled
(Bucksport) The Bucksport Fire Department was grilled today. The Department shared on its FB page The Bucksport Church of God presented Public Safety members with a shiny, new Bar-B-Que grill. Deputy Police Chief David Winchester and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Denning accepted the gift on behalf of all the public safety employees. Bring on the brats!
Maine Apple Sunday
(Levant) It’s Maine Apple Sunday this weekend, and Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant is celebrating! Enjoy apples, pumpkins, hayrides, hot apple cider, doughnuts, berries and flowers. The farm is also making ne time “Maine Apple Sundaes” in the ice cream shop. And, of course, you have to challenge yourself in the “Charlotte’s Web” corn maze. Maine Apple Sunday fun begins at Treworgy at 10 AM on September 12th!
(Northport) A Tuesday morning crash in Northport left one person dead and two others hospitalized. The Waldo County Sheriff’s office reports first responders were called to Atlantic Highway just before 11 a.m. after a truck driven by 68 yo Robert Richard of Belfast hit a vehicle operated by 69 yo Brenda Bonin of Northport. Bonin died at the scene. Her vehicle was pushed into the opposite lane and struck a third vehicle, whose driver and passenger were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Richard was not seriously hurt. An investigation to determine the cause of the crash is ongoing.
(Penobscot Nation) Authorities have made an arrest in the case of a residential fire at the Penobscot Nation last month. Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, investigators from the Fire Marshal’s office were contacted by the Old Town Fire Department concerning the August 16th blaze on Olamon Lane. Evidence gathered at the scene established the fire was intentionally set. Police ultimately obtained an arrest warrant for 31 yo Joshua Francis for the crime of Arson. Francis was living at the residence at the time of the fire and was arrested without incident Tuesday near Stillwater Avenue in Bangor. He’s being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
Surge Prompts Hospital to Postpone Elective Surgeries
(AP/Portland) The surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted the parent company of Maine Medical Center to once again postpone some elective surgical procedures. The chief medical officer for MaineHealth says Maine Medical Center reduced surgeries by 30% last week, and all hospitals in the network are reducing surgeries that require a hospital admission. The state has been hard-hit by the delta variant of the coronavirus. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 161 new cases a day on Aug. 23 to 316 new cases a day on Monday.
Supreme Court Hears Farmington Explosion Lawsuit
(Portland) Maine’s Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit connected to the fatal 2019 explosion in Farmington. According to WMTW, property owner Randall Dean is suing the Maine Office of the State Fire Marshall and wants full access to documents detailing an investigation into the incident. Dean’s properties were damaged in the propane explosion that claimed the life of Captain Michael Bell and injured seven others. Dean is also suing multiple companies and a nonprofit group for their alleged roles in the explosion, which he claims impacted his business.
Another Lawsuit Filed Against Mandate
(Bangor) Another lawsuit has been filed, challenging the legality of the state’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. The suit was filed on behalf of a group that calls themselves “The Alliance Against Healthcare Mandates”. Attorney Ron Jenkins, who represents the group, said Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and the Maine CDC did not have the authority to issue such a mandate. Others in the group claim the ruling should have first gone through the legislature.
Free Professional Development Offered for Afterschool Educators
(Augusta) Afterschool educators in Maine can receive free professional development for the next four years through a National Science Foundation grant awarded the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. The grant provides innovative training for out-of-school educators, including librarians, as they bring more STEM-related programming into their curriculum. The nearly three million dollar scale-up grant will provide free coaching to afterschool educators who wish to hone their Science-Technology-Engineering-and Mathematics skills. To apply, contact p chick at m m s a dot org.
Rumford Police Charge Man with Arson
A 42-year-old Rumford man was arrested and charged with arson last Saturday. Rumford police say witnesses allegedly saw Christopher Labbe light a fire next to the Mountain Valley Variety. Thanks to quick action by the witnesses, no damage was done to the building. Labbe was arrested and taken to the Oxford County Jail.
Pot Sales Soar in Maine
(AP/Portland) Maine’s recreational marijuana shops were anything but “out of joint” this year, as sales topped $10 million for the first time, with out-of-state visitors possibly contributing to the surge. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy says the state’s adult-use retailers sold $10.2 million worth of marijuana products in August. Sales have continued to grow since October 2020 when the first stores opened. Nine new stores have opened across the state in the last month, for a total of 53 stores, 24 manufacturing facilities and 47 cultivation sites. And the industry is still growing. All told, 185 stores are in various stages of the approval process. Sales of the product have generated more than a million dollars in sales tax revenue.
Navy Secretary Attends Maine Groundbreaking
(AP/Kittery) Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro says growing threats around the world underscore the importance of a $1.7 billion upgrade at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The seven-year project will double the shipyard’s capacity to handle the Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarines. Del Torro said Wednesday getting vessels repaired and overhauled on time is critical, as China threatens sea lanes, Russia’s navy is emboldened and “rogue states and terrorists” threaten vessels in the Middle East. The Secretary attended the groundbreaking held today at the Kittery-based shipyard. Capt. Daniel Ettlich, the shipyard’s commander, called it “the largest and most complex project” awarded by the Naval Facilities and Engineering Command.
First Black Mainer Inducted into F-A Hall of Fame
(AP/Augusta) The founder of The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center is the first Black Mainer to be inducted in the state’s Franco-American Hall of Fame. Alain Jean Claude Nahimana, who died last year at age 49, was one of three people to join the group posthumously during Tuesday’s ceremony in the Maine State House. Dignitaries who attended the event included the French ambassador to the U.S. Gov. Janet Mills, who studied abroad in Paris as a college student, delivered remarks in both French and English.
Judge Ends Lawsuit Against Maine Newspapers
(Bangor) A judge has ended parts of a lawsuit against several newspapers, including the Bangor Daily News, brought by a podiatrist accused of providing poor care to veterans. Six veterans sued the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center in August 2017 over alleged mistreatment for foot and ankle problems by Dr. Thomas Franchini. He was not named as a defendant in those suits but sued several newspapers for libel and defamation following their coverage of the veterans’ claims. A judge ended Franchini’s suits against the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News after determining there was no proof the newspapers acted with malice.
Eastern Maine Emergency Preparedness Expo
(Bangor) Winter storms, hurricanes, floods, and power outages, and a pandemic – all emergency situations that have affected Maine within just the past year. Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Dale Rowley (RO-lee) tells Star 97.7, this Saturday from 9 to 3, the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be filled with First Responders and demonstrations to help you prepare yourself, your family, and your pets for any type of emergency. (((Emergency 2 “…of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. :30))). The Eastern Maine Emergency Preparedness Expo is free and open to the public and has something for all ages. A 9/11 Memorial Service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday.
(Bangor) The pandemic opened many people’s eyes to the need to be prepared in any type of emergency. Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Dale Rowley (RO-lee) tells Star 97.7, that’s the purpose of this Saturday’s Eastern Maine Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Cross Insurance Center. Rowley is no stranger to practicing what he preaches about being prepared. (((Emergency 3 “…it was open, so I got it.” :21))) The expo is free and open to the public, and is packed with vendors to address just about any type of emergency situation. Bring the family – the expo runs from 9 to 3, with a 9/11 Memorial Service planned for 1 p.m.
(Bangor) In case of an emergency, are you and your family prepared? How about your business? Do you have a plan in place for your pets? Dale Rowley (RO-lee), Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency says you’ll find answers to all your questions about emergency situations at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Cross Insurance Center. (((Emergency 4 “…and just a whole gamut.” :33))) The expo is free and open to the public, including families and all ages. The expo runs from 9 to 3, with a special 9/11 Memorial Service planned for 1 p.m.
(Bangor) Ice storms, hurricanes, flooding, active shooters, wildfires, disease – Dale Rowley (RO-lee), Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency tells Star 97.7, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies and to not just depend on first responders to come to your rescue. (((Emergency 5 “…once they’re prepared, to go help others.” :25))) This Saturday from 9 to 3, the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be packed with vendors to help you prepare for any emergency. The Eastern Maine Emergency Preparedness Expo runs from 9 to 3, is free, open to the public, and promises to engage the whole family.
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