Amherst Fatal (Amherst)  One person was killed and another critically injured Thursday in a single vehicle crash on Route 9 in Amherst.  Maine State Police report to Star 97.7, 39 yo Renee Bubier of Perry was westbound about 1:30 Thursday afternoon in a heavy rainstorm, when she lost control of her vehicle and went off […]

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Local News 09/10/21

Amherst Fatal

(Amherst)  One person was killed and another critically injured Thursday in a single vehicle crash on Route 9 in Amherst.  Maine State Police report to Star 97.7, 39 yo Renee Bubier of Perry was westbound about 1:30 Thursday afternoon in a heavy rainstorm, when she lost control of her vehicle and went off the roadway.  The vehicle rolled several times, critically injuring Renee.  Her husband, 44 yo Ervins Bubier, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The road was closed to traffic for several hours while authorities dealt with the crash.

Belfast Public Works Employee Dies After Fall

(AP/Belfast)  Officials say a Belfast public works employee died after falling out of the back of a dump truck. Authorities say 69-year-old Stephen Mathieson, of Montville, hit his head when he tumbled to the ground late Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. Floating wooden docks were being placed in the back of the dump truck at the time of the accident, which happened not far from the Front Street Shipyard.

EFD Invites Public to 9/11 Display

(Ellsworth)  The Ellsworth Fire Department invites the public to view a 9-11 display on Saturday outside the fire department.  The display contains a piece of a steel girder from one of the Twin Towers and a remembrance wall in honor of Maine firefighters.

President’s Mandate Applies to One in Three Maine Workers

(AP/Portland)  The president’s mandate that companies with 100 or more employees require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing will apply to about one in three workers in Maine. All told, about 170,000 Maine workers, or a third of the workforce, are employed by companies in that category. The requirement, announced Thursday, comes as COVID-19 infections continue to grow in Maine. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 506 new infections and eight more deaths Friday.

New Principals

(Steuben)  Speaking of schools, several area schools went back to school with new principals.  In Steuben, Jessica Spaulding will lead Ella Lewis School, part of the RSU 24 District.  Spaulding has worked for the district for two years and, in her career,  has held positions as a teacher, literacy specialist, and more.  Spaulding replaced Jackson Green, who will lead Sumner Memorial High School following the resignation last May of Principal Ty Thurlow.  At Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Travis Wood was the Board’s unanimous choice for the position of Principal.  Wood served as assistant principal and athletic director for grades five through eight beginning in 2018.

Hancock County Hires New Finance Director

(Ellsworth)  Monica Cease of Ellsworth will fill the role of new Finance Director for Hancock County.  The Bangor Daily News reports Cease will take on some of the county’s bookkeeping tasks.  Prior to this summer, Cease served as treasurer for Swan’s Island for 20 years and also worked on financial matters for the Ellsworth School Department.  The BDN reports Cease will take on duties that had been pushed to county administrator Scott Adkins when elected County Treasurer Michael Boucher failed to take them on when elected in 2018.

Hancock Solar Farm

(Hancock)  Some former blueberry barrens on the Washington Junction Road will soon bear fruit as a solar farm.  The Ellsworth American reports the land, owned by Merrill’s Blueberry Farms, is the site of a solar array project spanning 100 acres and that will produce an estimated 20 megawatts of energy.  That’s enough to power about 4200 homes and provide benefits for Versant Power ratepayers in Hancock County.  The project is being developed through a partnership with BNRG Renewables, an Irish company, and Portland-based Dirigo Solar.  Construction on the project began in April, with a target of having the project commercially operational by mid-December.

Cape Air Plane Crash

(Owls Head)  Seven people were hospitalized after a Cape Air plane that flew out of the Knox County Regional Airport Thursday morning crashed in Provincetown, Massachusetts about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Village Soup reports the plane had stopped at Boston Logan International Airport, then flew to Provincetown a few hours later, where it exited the runway when landing.  The six passengers and one crew member were transported to a hospital.  The pilot was transported to the burn unit at Massachusetts General in Boston.  There were no fatalities, and authorities say weather – there was heavy rain at the time – caused an issue with the landing, resulting in the crash.  Cape Air is working with the NTSB and local authorities.

Brunswick Man Sentenced

(Portland)  A Brunswick man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to court records, Brunswick police received a call on September 22, 2020, about a vehicle being burglarized and a firearm taken from it.  The reporting individual described a man he saw near his vehicle whom he suspected of being the thief.  Topsham police then found 28 yo James Prescott the Third, who matched the description and who had the stolen firearm.  Prescott pleaded guilty in April.  Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Clark reports Prescott was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Maine DOT Meeting in Machias

(Machias)  The Maine Department of Transportation will hold an open-house meeting Tuesday to discuss the history, status, and regulatory requirements of the feasibility study related to the Machias Dyke Bridge.  The September 14th meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the causeway.  Members of the public will be able to interact with, ask questions of, and provide comments to members of Maine DOT and their consulting partner.  Maine DOT says it’s particularly interested in learning local views, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues.  In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to Machias Memorial High School.  Participants are asked to comply with Maine CDC health and safety guidelines.

MRC Update

(Hampden)  The Municipal Review Committee has been conducting tours for potential buyers of the Hampden trash-to-biofuel plant and working with the Bondholder Trustee in developing invitations to bid.  Executive Director Michael Carroll reports to Star 97.7, of the four entities that toured the plant, one has withdrawn from the process, so invitations will go to the remaining three, which were deemed qualified potential buyers.  The MRC instructed the invitees proposals must be received electronically within a tight deadline.  Proposals will be reviewed, and a preferred proposal selected within a week of that deadline and will be the subject of a sale with a target approval closing date sometime in November.  Delta Thermo Energy continues to pursue financing and remains a potential buyer.

Northern Light/Blue Hill Changes Due to Outbreaks

(Ellsworth/Blue Hill)  Recent outbreaks have prompted a change in Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospitals’ COVID-19 testing process beginning today.  Maine Coast Hospital is reopening their testing building in the parking lot across from the hospital at 50 Union Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon.   Blue Hill Hospital is utilizing the testing building on their campus weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m.  Testing is available by appointment only for those who are symptomatic or asymptomatic with an exposure.  State ordered testing sites can no longer accept or process samples for people looking for pre-travel or event clearance due to the current volume of testing.

(Ellsworth/Blue Hill)  In addition, effective Monday, Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospitals are implementing a no-visitor policy.  The policy comes in response to the state’s record number of hospitalizations due to the delta variant. Exceptions will be made in end-of-life, obstetrics, emergency, and pediatric instances.  A hospital spokesperson says the policy is part of the hospitals’ commitment to keeping everyone safe.

Dams Lawsuit

(Augusta)  A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to stop the owner of four dams on Maine’s Kennebec River from violating federal law.  According to the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Rivers, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, operations by Brookfield Renewable Partners at the dams are killing endangered Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish critical to the state’s commercial fishing industry and the health of the Gulf of Maine.  According to the suit, Brookfield’s four dams between Waterville and Skowhegan block access to spawning and rearing habitat for Atlantic salmon in the Sandy River and hinder restoration of alewives, American shad, and other sea life.  The Kennebec River Alliance called the lawsuit frivolous and accused the groups of pushing their community-damaging goals of dam removal.

Sports

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 in the opening game of the NFL season last night.
  • The Red Sox are in Chicago to take on the White Sox.