Holiday Happenings at The Grand (Ellsworth)  All aboard!  What’s more “holiday” themed than a gingerbread train?  The Grand in Ellsworth invites you to create an 8 by 3 and a half by 5 inch gingerbread train car, decorate it, and drop it off at The Grand on December 3rd.  Grand Executive Director Nick Turner tells […]

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Local News 11/16/21

Holiday Happenings at The Grand

(Ellsworth)  All aboard!  What’s more “holiday” themed than a gingerbread train?  The Grand in Ellsworth invites you to create an 8 by 3 and a half by 5 inch gingerbread train car, decorate it, and drop it off at The Grand on December 3rd.  Grand Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, your car will then be part of a fabulous display.  (((Gingerbread  “…and then submit it to the contest.”  :18))).  We’ve posted details and a link to the how-to video on our FB page!

(Ellsworth)  Are you in the holiday spirit yet?  They certainly are at The Grand in Ellsworth!  Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, they’re decking the halls with ALL kinds of fabulous holiday entertainment!  (((Holiday “…for the Grand is Nunsense.”  :10))) Get your tickets and see all the Grand’s offerings at grand online dot org.

(Ellsworth)  Tickets are going fast, and The Ghost of Paul Revere once again promises a sold-out show at The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth.  Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, you won’t want to miss it!  (((Ghost  “…takes the Stanley Subaru stage.”  :22)))  Get your tickets before they’re gone at grand online dot org.

Ellsworth City Council Meeting

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth City Manager Glen Moshier said at last night’s Council Meeting, it’s important for citizens to make their voices heard on a matter critical to the city’s infrastructure.  (((Broadband  “…critically important that people fill that out.”  :23)))  Moshier said there’s no set deadline for getting those surveys in – they’ll collect them until the City has enough data to accurately facilitate actions on the city’s broadband capabilities.

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth City Clerk Heidi Grindle is leaving her post this week.  At last night’s City Council meeting, Chairman Dale Hamilton praised the work ethic Grindle brought to the position.  (((Grindle  “…you’ve done for the City of Ellsworth.”  :25)))  Grindle received well-deserved applause and a standing ovation following Hamilton’s remarks.

Gouldsboro Voters Support Moratorium

(Gouldsboro)  Gouldsboro voters last night overwhelmingly voted to support a moratorium aimed at fighting industrial fish farms.  While the town does not have authority over the growing pens American Aquaculture plans to use in Frenchman Bay, the company will need planning board approval and permits to convert the Maine Fair Trade lobster building into a processing plant.  The moratorium gives the town an opportunity to ensure the development doesn’t place an unsustainable burden on the town’s infrastructure and resources.

Millinocket Standoff

(Millinocket)  A man is dead after an hours-long standoff Monday night in Millinocket.  The man reportedly barricaded himself inside a home on Minuteman Drive.  Police arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and were able to remove a woman who was allegedly the victim of domestic violence.  The Maine State Police Tactical Team negotiated with the man via phone before finally entering the home, where they found the man dead.  An investigation into the incident continues.

COVID Hospitalizations Hit Another High Monday

(Portland)  The Maine Center for Disease Control reported another record day of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday.  261 people were hospitalized. That number tops the 249 reported on Sunday, with record-setting hospitalizations three of the past four days.

Ellsworth VFW Offers Thanksgiving for Seniors

(Ellsworth)  If you’re a senior citizen alone for the holiday or you just don’t feel like cooking a big Thanksgiving meal for yourself and/or your significant other, head on over to Ellsworth VFW Post 109 for a free turkey dinner this Saturday.  The VFW is located at 419 Main Street in Ellsworth and will be serving any area seniors beginning at 1 p.m. on November 20th.

Wear Blue for Sumner        

(Sullivan)  Students and Staff at Sumner Memorial High School – don’t forget to wear your Sumner Blues today!  The school will be taking pictures in front of the building for the last Sumner Yearbook in the old high school building, so they really want to make it something special.

Emmaus Provides Thanksgiving

(Ellsworth)  Twenty dollars doesn’t buy much these days, except at the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.  For just $20, you can provide a complete Thanksgiving or Christmas box for a family in need, complete with turkey , dressing, all the trimmings – even pie.  Send your donations to P.O. Box 811, Ellsworth.  And if you need a dinner, be sure to contact the shelter no later than tomorrow.

Port of Maine Running Smoothly

(AP/Portland)  While harbors across the country face a backlog with cargo ships, the Portland Press Herald reports it’s smooth sailing at Maine’s only container port.  The Port of Portland is poised for a record-breaking year, with at least 36,700 shipping containers expected to cross the docks at the International Marine Terminal.  That’s a five-fold increase since an Icelandic shipping company opened its headquarters in Portland in 2013.

Court Rules in Favor of Environmentalists

(AP/Portland)  A federal court is allowing a team of environmental groups to continue with a lawsuit against the U.S. Government which seeks even stronger protections for the rare North Atlantic Right Whales.  President Biden has pushed back against the suit and sought to have it dismissed; but the courts denied that request last week.

Mining Company Vows to Continue Fight to Mine in Northern Maine

(Patten)  Mining underground remains “up in the air” at Pickett Mountain in Patten.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports Wolfden Resources wants to mine for copper, zinc and lead, but rezoning of the area is required – and the Maine Land Use Planning Commission said they would reject Wolfden’s application to rezone the area.  Wolfden CEO Ron Little said the issue is just a speed bump.  Residents in Patten are said to be divided on the issue.

MMA Ship Departs on Third Training Cruise of the Year

(Castine) The Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM) departs Castine today for the third training cruise of the year. Winter cruises were once commonplace at Maine Maritime Academy, but over time were condensed to a single summer voyage. Disruptions caused by the pandemic required a reimagination of cadets’ training schedules.  Two additional cruises were completed during spring and summer, allowing most unlimited license students to recapture training and sea time lost in 2020.

MMA to Train Supply Chain Logistics Professionals

(Castine)  The current national supply chain crisis has highlighted a need for an increased number of supply chain logistics workers.  Maine Maritime Academy’s International Business and Logistics degree program seeks to fill that need.  It’s the only logistics degree program of its kind in New England.  MMA says many of its graduates are currently working in the industry to problem-solve and combat shortages.

Rockport Combines Blueberry Fields with Solar Array

(Rockport)  The town of Rockport has recently “planted” a solar array above wild blueberry fields off Route 17.  But the Bangor Daily News reports those fields will continue to be farmed next summer, despite the presence of the panels.  The project is the state’s first commercial-scale, dual use – or agri-vol-tay-ik – project, incorporating agricultural and solar energy production on the same site.

Specialty Crop Block Grants

(Augusta)  The Mills Administration is awarding a total of nearly $500,000 to seven Maine organizations to invest in innovative technologies and grow new markets for Maine’s specialty crops. The projects will expand research and innovation and strengthen agricultural sectors in Maine. Recipients include The Maine Potato Board, Maine Flower Collective, the University of Maine and four others.

Teen Killed in Franklin County Crash

(Phillips)  A 15 year old from Dixfield was killed in a crash Sunday morning on Weld Road in Phillips.  The driver of the car, 18 yo Benjamin Carrol of Dixfield, and another passenger, 18 yo Charlie Billings of Carthage were transported to a hospital with serious injuries.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, Carrol apparently went off the road and struck several large trees.   The crash remains under investigation.

Woman Faces Multiple Charges in Turnpike Crash

(Maine)  Maine State Police responded to complaints of a 2022 Honda Accord traveling recklessly at high rates of speed and passing in all lanes, including the breakdown lane, along 1-295 Monday afternoon.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, troopers attempted to stop the driver, 33 yo Caitlin Black of New Hampshire, as she took Exit 44, crashing into two guardrails and another car before finally stopping.  Black was reportedly uncooperative as police took her into custody.  She was arrested and taken to Maine Medical Center for evaluation before being summonsed and released..  Black is charged with Driving to Endanger, OUI, Assault, and Refusing to Submit to Arrest.

Decision on Shrimp Fishing Expected

(AP/Portland)  Shrimp fishing along the New England coast, based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013.  That could change when an oversight board meets next month to decide whether to once again allow shrimp fishing this winter.  Recent science about the status of the shrimp population in the Gulf of Maine is not encouraging.  Scientists say warming waters have led to increased predation from a species of squid that feeds on shrimp.

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Due in Court

(AP/Augusta)  Max Linn, the conservative independent who ran in the 2020 Senate race won by Republican Susan Collins, is due in court in Maine on allegations he pointed a gun at a former campaign staffer.  Linn gained notoriety for his antics during the debates, including cutting up a PPE mask on stage and replying “request denied” when asked to stay on topic.

Portland’s Historic Wharf Sold

(Portland)  The historic Union Wharf in Portland will soon have a new owner.  The Gulf of Maine Research Institute announced Monday it is buying Portland’s oldest commercial wharf, which was built in 1793.  The wharf has been owned by the Poole family for 160 years.  The Institute pledged to maintain the wharf as the focal point of the city’s working waterfront.


  • The Celtics avenged Saturday night’s loss to the Cavaliers by beating the Cavs 98-92 last night. Celtics travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks tomorrow night.
  • The Patriots are off until Thursday when they’ll be in Atlanta to take on the Falcons
  • And the Bruins are off until Saturday, when they’ll be in Philadelphia to skate against the Flyers.