Veterans’ Day at Elks Lodge (Ellsworth)  Free breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow – that’s one way Ellsworth Elks Lodge #2743 says thanks to those who have served.  Exalted Ruler Eric Hoard tells Star 97.7, the meals are just the beginning of how the Lodge works to help veterans.  (((Veterans 1  “…to help him to live […]

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Veterans’ Day at Elks Lodge

(Ellsworth)  Free breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow – that’s one way Ellsworth Elks Lodge #2743 says thanks to those who have served.  Exalted Ruler Eric Hoard tells Star 97.7, the meals are just the beginning of how the Lodge works to help veterans.  (((Veterans 1  “…to help him to live in there.”  :16))).  Breakfast is from 6-9, lunch from 11-2, and a spaghetti dinner from 4-7, and no reservations are necessary.

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth Elks Lodge #2743 at 317 High Street in Ellsworth has a treat for veterans tomorrow – free meals all day long, with no reservations needed.  Exalted Ruler Eric Hoard tells Star 97.7, veterans are welcome to just stop in.  And he says, the Elks lodges work together to help veterans get back on their feet when needed. (((Veterans 2   “…into an apartment really easy.”  :06)))  If you’re a veteran with just about any type of need, contact the Elks Lodge in your area.

(Ellsworth)  The Ellsworth Elks Lodge on Beckwith Hill in Ellsworth is offering something quite special for veterans tomorrow.  Exalted Ruler Eric Hoard tells Star 97.7, helping veterans is a way of life for the Elks.  (((Veterans 3  “…we’re doing all day meals here.”  :09)))  And the meals are just part of what veterans will find Thursday at the Elks Lodge.  Hoard says, take note of the sign outside the lodge.  (((Elks 4  “…that we’re raffling off on Veterans’ Day, too.”  :04)))  Breakfast is served from 6-9, lunch 11-2, and a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 tomorrow.

(Ellsworth)  Tomorrow is Veterans’ Day, a day set aside to honor all those who have served to help keep our country safe and prosperous.  Ellsworth Elks Lodge #2743 on High Street is offering free meals to veterans all day Thursday.  Star 97.7 asked Exalted Ruler Eric Hoard what folks can do to show respect to veterans.  (((Veterans 5  “…that’s the best way to help  :12)))  Hoard says they also work together with other Elks lodges to help veterans furnish their homes and assist with any other needs they may have.

EEMS Returns to Full Instruction

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School will be back to full in-person and remote instruction today.  Students and staff not in quarantine status are able to return.  The school was closed yesterday to better facilitate contact tracing.

(Ellsworth)  School is back in session today for students and staff at Ellsworth-Elementary Middle School.  In-person and remote learning were cancelled at the school yesterday to help facilitate contact tracing.

Bangor Police Search for Robbery Suspect

(Bangor)  Police in Bangor at this hour are searching for a robbery suspect.  The Bangor Police Department reports to Star 97.7, at about 2:30 this morning, they responded to 489 Broadway on report of a robbery that had just occurred.  A clerk at that location told police a man had entered the store, threatened her and demanded money from the cash register, then fled toward the Broadway Shopping Center.  A K-9 unit tracked the suspect, but were unable to locate him.  The man is described as between 40 and 50 years old, with a gray beard.  He was wearing a dark hoodie and a camo mask.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Bangor Police Department.

Electricity Rate Increase Expected in 2022

(Augusta)  A majority of Mainers could see electricity costs rise between 60 and 80% next year.  The Portland Press Herald reports home customers of Central Maine Power and Versant Power now pay about $33 for a typical 550 KwH (kilowatt hours) per month.  Based on assumptions by the state Public Utilities Commission, as well as wholesale prices observed by energy experts, that cost could increase to nearly $53 a month, pushing the average residential customer’s bill, which also includes a distribution charge, to about $110 a month.

NC Man Sentenced for Injuring Child in Orono

(Bangor)  A North Carolina man will serve four years for abusing a six month old boy in Orono in 2019.  27 yo Cyree Hansley pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated assault and assault on a child less than 6 years old.  Court records allege the abuse was ongoing and culminated when the mother returned home from a class and found the child cold and unresponsive.  He was rushed to the emergency room with extensive injuries.  Hensley will also serve five and a half years probation.

Moose Collision

(Trenton)  When you read the local police reports, it seems every other entry involves someone hitting a deer with their vehicle.  But Downeast Maine is not void of moose collisions.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7, in the early morning hours on Monday, 51 yo Richard Sanborn of Trenton called to report his vehicle had hit a moose on Route 3 in Trenton.  The accident occurred near the entrance to Oceanside Animal Hospital.  Sanborn was not injured in the crash, but his GMC truck sustained minor non-reportable damage.

No Shave November

(Ellsworth)  If officers around the Ellsworth Police Department look a bit scruffy these days, it’s for a good cause.  No Shave November is an effort to start conversations and raise cancer awareness.  Officers put away their razors and collect donations to help in the fight against cancer.  Donations can be made at Ellsworth City Hall through the month of November.

(Ellsworth)  Mustaches, beards, and sideburns, oh my!  Officers with the Ellsworth Police Department have put aside their razors this month as part of No Shave November – designed to raise awareness of and donations for the fight against cancer.  According to the Department’s FB page, donations are being accepted all this month at Ellsworth City Hall.

Small Business Grants

(Augusta)  Small business grants are available for businesses that were open before the pandemic began AND to new businesses that were in business as of January 1st, 2021.  The application window is open now through 11:59  p.m. on November 26th – the day after Thanksgiving.  The program is NOT a first-come, first served program.  Grant descriptions and applications are available on the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development website.

MeHAF Grants

(Augusta)  Organizations interested in improving health and access to care in rural health, aging and older adults, behavioral health, and maternal and child health are encouraged to apply for grants through the Maine Health Access Foundation.  Both one-year planning grants of up to $30,000 and implementation grants of up to $50,000 per year for one or two years are available.  Letters of inquiry are due to MeHAF by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14th.

Roque (Roke) Bluffs State Park Grows

(Roque Bluffs)  Roque Bluffs State Park just got a little bigger, with the acquisition of Pond Cove Island.  The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry says the 50-acre island is located about a third of a mile from the mainland and features nearly two miles of winding shoreline, and stone and cobble beaches, perfect for landing kayaks and small boats.

Fentanyl Sentencing

(Sanford)  A Sanford man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for conspiring to distribute fentanyl, resulting in death and serious bodily injury.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7, 45 yo Scott Adams was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution and a fine.  Court records show Adams and others distributed fentanyl in York County between August 2017 and April 2018.  Two people who received fentanyl from the conspiracy are said to have died and another allegedly suffered serious physical injury.

Rural Vaccination Rates Driving Plateau in COVID Cases

(Maine)  A surge in COVID cases driven by the delta variant has begun to wane in much of the country, but cases remain high in Maine. The state has the ninth-highest increase in case rates over the past two weeks.   The Bangor Daily News reports that’s likely due in part to rural areas with lower vaccination rates.  Three of the four least vaccinated counties in Maine – Somerset, Franklin, and Oxford – have seen the highest rates of new cases in the last 14 days.

Oh, Deer!  COVID in Deer?

(Maine)  Oh, deer!  As if deer ticks weren’t bad enough, now comes a study out of Iowa suggesting white-tailed deer have active COVID-19 disease, likely contracted from humans.  The report detailed in the New York Times says scientists are concerned about the virus mutating in the deer population and creating a new strain that could be transmitted back to humans.  The Bangor Daily News reports Mark Latti with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as saying there currently doesn’t seem to be evidence of such, and the risk to humans appears very low.

Cross Insurance Institutes Mask Mandate

(Bangor)  High levels of COVID-19 community transmission in Penobscot County have prompted the Cross Insurance Center to issue a mask mandate, effective immediately.  All visitors must wear a face covering while inside the Cross Center for all events.  Masks will be available upon entry.  Check the Cross Insurance Center website and social media for updates.

MDOC Overhauls Correctional Data

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Corrections is making a major overhaul to its use of criminal justice data.  By partnering with a technology nonprofit, the Department says the change will help answer important questions to determine if programs, services and policies are improving outcomes for residents and clients, identify when interventions are needed, and more quickly and efficiently manage individual client needs, such as housing, treatment, and education.

Veterans Have Unclaimed Funds

(Augusta)  With Veterans’ Day tomorrow, the Office of the State Treasurer reminds us that in spite of being a very rural state, Maine is home to more than 106,000 veterans – about 10% of the state’s overall population.  The Office recently scanned its accounts of unclaimed property and found more than 20 veteran-related organizations that have unclaimed property, representing well over $20,000.  The treasurer’s office has begun reaching out to those organizations to reunite them with as much as $6,000.

Purple Heart Returned to Veteran’s Family

(Machias)  Private Benjamin E. Carter, a native of Machias, was awarded the Purple Heart in 1967, after being wounded in Vietnam.  After Carter died, in 2014, the Purple Heart ended up in the Office of the Maine Treasurer through an abandoned safe deposit box.  The office worked diligently to connect with Carter’s only surviving relative, a sister, and is now in the process of getting the treasured honor back into family hands.

State of Working Maine Report

(Augusta)  Raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick leave, and provide support for child care.  Those are among recommendations in the “State of Working Maine” report released this week by the Maine Center for Economic Policy.  The report also recommends forming unions to give workers more voice in improving workplace conditions and strengthening unemployment benefits.  According to the report, the recommendations would help Maine’s economy recover by making sure workers could return to jobs that help them provide for themselves and their families.

Free National Parks Day

(Bar Harbor)  Tomorrow is the last of six annual free days at our nation’s national parks.  Admission is waived for everyone at  the more than 400 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge an entrance fee.



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