Christmas in Ellsworth
(Ellsworth) Christmas in Ellsworth was on the minds of Ellsworth City Council members Monday night, along with other business. City Manager Glenn Moshier reported this year’s Christmas tree lighting will be bigger than ever. (((EllsChr 1 “…the theme this year is Victorian Christmas.” :23)))
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Christmas Parade is just two weeks from Saturday. City Manager Glenn Moshier briefed City Council Monday on the details. (((EllsChr 2 “…for the kickoff is 11 a.m.” :17))) This year’s Grand Marshal is Thelma Beal, who organized the parade for years before turning that duty over to Kim Fitch this year.
(Ellsworth) Items are on display on the first floor of City Hall through November 29th for the City’s Annual Silent Auction. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, City Manager Glenn Moshier encouraged residents to come take a look and place their bids. (((EllsChr 3 “…get that in as quickly as possible.” :12))) Proceeds from the silent auction are used to provide winter coats, boots, and holiday gifts for local children in need.
(Ellsworth) A cure for cancer is the cause of the Ellsworth Police Department’s No Shave November. City Manager and Police Chief Glenn Moshier, sporting a nifty beard himself, briefed Council Monday night on the endeavor. (((EllsChr 4 “…to give to some very worthy recipients.” :18))) Monies can be dropped off at City Hall any time through November 30th.
CMMC Receives Diversity Grant
(Lewiston) Improving health care for members of historically marginalized groups that often experience barriers to accessing health services. That’s the primary focus of a project Central Maine Medical Center will undertake with grant monies received from the Maine Health Access Foundation. CMMC will pilot the program in Lewiston, Rumsford, and surrounding areas and hopes to expand the diversity of faculty and resident groups and improve the care they provide to the racially and economically diverse local communities they serve.
Human Remains Discovered in Augusta
(Augusta) A hunter found human remains Sunday behind Central Maine Power’s main building at the end of Edison Drive in Augusta. Public Safety Department Spokesperson Shannon Moss said the remains will be examined by the Chief Medical Examiner, but appear to have been there more than a year. Augusta Police Detectives are looking into potential missing persons and say there is nothing suspicious, and there’s no indication of foul play.
(Brunswick) A 21 yo Standish man sped past a fully marked State Police cruiser at 30 miles over the posted limit on Route 1 in Brunswick Monday, then continued to lead troopers on a high speed chase through West Bath and Bath. Public Safety Department Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7 the chase began about 4:05 Monday afternoon, and reached a top speed of 102 mph. Pasquale Lapomarda’s Range Rover was eventually slowed by traffic, and Wiscasset Police used tire deflating strips to stop the vehicle and take Lapomarda into custody. He faces multiple charges, including eluding an officer, criminal speed, and reckless conduct.
Electricity Rates to Rise
(Hallowell) Residential customers can expect their electric bills to go up about $30 a month, beginning January 1st. The Maine Public Utilities Commission set the new rates Tuesday for residential and business customers of Versant Power. The new rate represents an increase of about 88.6 percent in their supply rates and applies to customers who do not purchase electricity from a competitive supplier of their choosing.
Energy Rates Rise Overall
(Hallowell) Natural gas, Heating Oil, Wholesale and Standard Offer Electricity. Customers can’t seem to catch a break, no matter their source of energy. With Standard Offer electricity supply rates set to rise by nearly 90% in January, the Maine Public Utilities Commission says the increase is commensurate with other energy sectors. From October 2020 to October 2021, the cost of natural gas increased almost 95%,. Heating Oil went up more than 121%, wholesale electricity 126%, and Standard Offer Electricity 77%.
National Apprenticeship Week
(Farmingdale) Apprenticeships are back in vogue. Yesterday in Farmington, Governor Janet Mills declared this week as National Apprenticeship Week in Maine. Mills spoke at a community solar site, saying apprenticeships strengthen the state’s workforce, allow people to learn new skills through on-the-job instruction led by employers and supplemented by traditional coursework, with some attracting students as young as 16 years of age.
Driver Charged After Crashing into Three Cars
(Augusta) A driver who was reported as driving erratically Tuesday morning struck three vehicles then left the scene on Route 202 in Manchester without reporting the crashes. The crashes occurred around 7:30 yesterday morning. One of the crash victims followed the vehicle onto I-95 North in Augusta and alerted Troopers who stopped 48 yo Jeffrey Smart of Jay. Smart was arrested and faces numerous charges, including driving without a license, operating under the influence, and three counts of leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured in the crashes. Maine State Police are investigating.
(Fort Kent) The snow is here! Well, at least in Aroostook County. The Bangor Daily News reports residents from Allagash to Presque Isle woke to the fluffy white stuff Monday, with between 2 and 5 inches of accumulation, depending on elevation. The snow was a welcome sight for some, especially those who enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. Not to be outdone, Ellsworth experienced a brief snow shower about 4:30 last evening.
Pen Bay Pilot Readers Take Home the Awards
(Rockland) In a first-ever win, it was readers of the Pen Bay Pilot who took home this year’s Maine Press Association Award for Picture Story. In late 2020, the paper initiated the Pandemic Gallery and drew hundreds of photos documenting these strange times. Pen Bay reports it’s on its ninth gallery of 100 photos each that document how we perceive living through a pandemic.
Rotary Fundraiser to Benefit Loaves and Fishes
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Rotary is one of the hardest working groups in Hancock County! This Saturday they’ll be at the Ellsworth Hannaford to raise awareness and to help restock the shelves of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry as part of the Maine Ending Hunger Fundraising Campaign. Nearly 18% of households and one in five in Hancock County are faced with food insecurity.
Ellsworth City Council Meeting Time Change
Beginning in December, Ellsworth City Council Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. rather than 7. City offices will be closed November 24th and 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
ALA Releases Annual Report
(Augusta) Maine’s lung cancer incidence rate is among the highest in the nation. That’s one of the findings of a report released yesterday by the American Lung Association. Maine’s rate of 71.6 incidences per 100,000 people makes it 46th in the nation. Even though the state was 4th in the nation for lung cancer screening for those at high risk, the percentage of those actually BEING screened was just over 12%. The entire report can be accessed at lung dot org slash s o l c.
(Augusta) Alarming statistics released yesterday show Maine has the 4th highest incidence of lung cancer in the nation. The report, issued by the American Lung Association, shows the state is 27th for early diagnosis, and 23rd in the nation for survival. Smoking and radon are the two biggest factors in the rates of lung cancer in Maine, according to Lance Boucher (Bushy) with the ALA in Maine. To find out if you’re eligible for lung cancer screening, Boucher (Bushy) encourages Mainers to visit Saved by the Scan dot org.
Special Election to Fill Bangor Councilor’s Seat
(Bangor) A special election is likely to fill the seat held by Sarah Dubay, who passed away from lung cancer last Friday. Dubay was serving her first term as a Council Member and was just 46 years old. The Bangor Daily News reports Dubay had been diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer and posted on her FB page she had never smoked or done drugs. The US CDC says between 10 and 20 percent of Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year even though they’ve never smoked or smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.
Look of “Right to Food” Amendment Uncertain
(Augusta) More than 60% of voters gave a thumbs-up to the “Right to Food” constitutional amendment on November 2nd. The Bangor Daily News reports the amendment guarantees individuals the right to raise or harvest their own food, to save and exchange seeds, and to grow, harvest, raise, produce, and consume food of their own choice. But what those “rights” will look like in municipalities across the state is unclear. For instance, Orono currently requires residents living in medium-density residential areas to have a permit to keep barnyard animals. In Bangor, only residents in the city’s agricultural zone can keep chickens. It’s unclear how such requirements will affect regulations, and whether or not it could lead to lawsuits.
Ellsworth Christmas Tree Lighting
(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth is going BIG with Christmas this year! The city has ordered up a 25+-foot Christmas tree, with the tree lighting set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 27th at City Hall. Then on December 4th, Santa kicks off the Ellsworth Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. with Grand Marshal Thelma Beal, who organized and coordinated the parade for decades before passing the torch this year to Kimberly Fitch. There’s lots more, including shopping, entertainment, and, of course, The Nutcracker at The Grand. For a complete schedule, visit christmas in ellsworth dot com.
Beth C. Wright Christmas Lights
(Ellsworth) Light up your holidays with the Second Annual Festival of Lights at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth! This year’s festival is every Friday and Saturday night through December from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with the exception of Christmas weekend. Watch the woods and gardens come to life at one of Downeast Maine’s most giving resources!
Ellsworth Road Closure
(Ellsworth) A section of Foster Street in Ellsworth will be closed from 7AM to 5PM Monday the 22nd until Wednesday the 24th for utility work. The section of the road closed will be from Shaw’s rear entrance to Bangor Pipe, with the entrance to the bank remaining open. Residents and customers will have access from either end, based on location.
- The Detroit Tigers have signed a five year contract with free agent starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez recently rejected a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox
- The Celtics are in Atlanta tonight to take on the Hawks
- The New England Patriots will be in Atlanta on Thursday to run the field against the Falcons.
- Former major league shortstop Julio Lugo has died. Lugo was the shortstop for Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team. The cause of death is believed to have been a heart attack.