Local News AM 11/24/21 Small Business Saturday (Ellsworth)  Everyone knows you can find some pretty special deals on Black Friday.  But your local Ellsworth small businesses will have some pretty sweet deals the next day.  Ellsworth Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson tells Star 97.7, how Small Business Saturday came about.  (((SmBus 1  “…it’s really taken […]

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Local News 11/24/21

Local News AM 11/24/21

Small Business Saturday

(Ellsworth)  Everyone knows you can find some pretty special deals on Black Friday.  But your local Ellsworth small businesses will have some pretty sweet deals the next day.  Ellsworth Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson tells Star 97.7, how Small Business Saturday came about.  (((SmBus 1  “…it’s really taken hold across the country.”  :22)))  And be sure to stay for the Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall!


(Ellsworth)  We all shop online and in the big box stores from time to time; but Ellsworth Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson tells Star 97.7, you can’t beat the personal touch of shopping small and shopping local.  (((SmBus 4  “…you know, those kinds of things.  :12)))  This coming weekend is Small Business Saturday.  (((SmBus 2 “…and do some great holiday shopping there.”  :11)))  Wilson says up to 90% of dollars spent locally stays in and supports the community.


(Ellsworth)  This Saturday is Small Business Saturday.  Ellsworth Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson tells Star 97.7. your money in many ways goes farther when you spend those dollars locally.  (((SmBus 3  “…stay in the area where you spend them.  :28)))


(Ellsworth)  The Recreation Committee, Ellsworth Chamber and others decided it would be a great idea this year to move the Christmas Tree Lighting closer to Downtown.  So when you finish your shopping this weekend on Small Business Saturday, Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson says come on over and enjoy the festivities!  (((SmBus 5  “…in a long time will be lit up!”  :21)))


Maine DEP Suspends Corridor Permit

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection suspended the permit for the CMP Corridor Project Tuesday night.   NewsCenter Maine reports Commissioner Melanie Loyzim suspended the permit until legal proceedings are satisfied.  While the permit is suspended, all construction must stop.  The ruling comes after a public hearing on Monday in which DEP heard feedback on the corridor’s lease decision.


MDI Teachers Reach Agreement with Board

(MDI)  Teachers and elected officials in each of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System towns have reached an agreement that addresses COVID concerns.  The Mount Desert Islander reports teachers will be provided additional personal protective equipment, and a bank of sick days for those who need them will be created specifically for COVID sick days.  The agreement is an addendum to the collective bargaining agreement that expired August 31st, but which remains in effect until a new contract is negotiated.


Stowaway Roadrunner Gets Home

(Maine)  The stowaway roadrunner from Nevada who hitched a ride to Maine on a moving van has arrived safely back home.  The roadrunner flew back home; but didn’t really wing it.  It took a direct flight back to Las Vegas via Delta Airlines and was safely returned to its old neighborhood, where it happily hopped from its carrier, according to a post on social media.


Governor Mills Helps Stock River

(Windham)  Governor Janet Mills was “fishing” for an opportunity to get outdoors yesterday.  The Governor, along with Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso stocked a portion of the Presumpscot River in Windham with brook trout to highlight Maine’s fall recreational angling opportunities and to encourage Maine people to enjoy the outdoors.  With over 6,000 lakes and ponds throughout the state, anglers can fish for a variety of fish throughout the year.


FY 22-23 Could See 9.7% Increase in Revenues

(Augusta)  Prudent fiscal management, Federal pandemic relief, and rising prices are expected to increase receipts to the State’s General Fund in Fiscal Year 22-23, according to the office of Governor Janet Mills.  The Revenue Forecasting Committee was expected to upgrade the State’s General Fund by $822 million dollars, or just under 10% over previous projections for the current fiscal year and next, in spite of flat tax rates.


Maine PUC Sets Supply Rates

(Hallowell)  As expected, the Maine Public Utilities Commission yesterday set rates for residential and business customers of Versant Power for standard offer electricity supply.  The Maine PUC said residential customers can expect an 84% increase, or about $25 a month, beginning January 1st.  The increases apply to customers who don’t purchase electricity from a competitive supplier of their choosing.


Feztival of Trees

(Bangor)  The final weekend of the Anah Shriners Feztival of Trees begins this Friday in Bangor.  The Feztival is in its 9th year, with tree tickets just 50 cents each.  The Feztival runs from 10 to 8 Friday and Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday, at the Anah Shrine Center 1404 Broadway.  Winners will be drawn and notified by phone about an hour after closing on Sunday.


Multiple Crews Respond to Gouldsboro Fire

(Gouldsboro)  Multiple crews responded to reports of smoke inside an unoccupied home in Gouldsboro yesterday morning.  The call came in shortly after 8:30, and when crews arrived, the home in the area of Pine Tree Road off Route 186 was filled with smoke.  Firefighters quickly determined the source was a small active fire inside the garage, which was quickly brought under control. The cause of the blaze was determined to be a malfunctioning furnace.


Peru Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

(Bangor)  Mark Penley was sentenced to two terms of life in prison Tuesday for the killing of his ex-girlfriend, Heather Bickford, and her boyfriend, Dana Hill, on New Year’s night in 2019.  Surveillance video showed Penley arriving at and leaving the South Paris apartment.  He later returned and called 9-1-1, claiming he had found the bodies.  Court documents show Bickford feared Penley, who prosecutors say killed the two in a jealous rage.


MDIFW Issues Warning Against Eating Certain Deer

(Augusta)  Don’t eat that deer you hunted down in the greater Fairfield area.  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued a warning Tuesday, saying  it has detected elevated levels of PFAS (P-FASS) in deer harvested from the area.  Spokesperson Mark Latti said the advisory area encompasses multiple farm fields contaminated through the spreading of municipal and/or industrial sludge for fertilizer.  Latti said deer grazing in the contaminated areas have ingested the chemicals and now have PFAS in their meat and organs.


Direct Support Workers to Receive Bonus Pay

(Augusta)  Direct support workers and shared living providers in Maine will benefit from bonus payments as part of the American Rescue Plan.  The Mills Administration said Tuesday the federal government approved the plan to provide an estimated $126 million dollars for new-hire and retention bonuses for those caring for older persons and those with disabilities and behavioral health challenges.  Eligible providers must register with the Department of Health and Human Services, with registration occurring via an online portal beginning November 29th and continuing for 10 business days.


INSPIRE Open After Thanksgiving

(Ellsworth)  There’s lots going on at the new INSPIRE Recovery Center in Ellsworth each week!  You’ll find a calendar on the Healthy Acadia website. The Recovery Cafe will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, and the Recovery Support Group meets every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., including the Friday after Thanksgiving.


Researchers Working on Vaccine to Protect Against Tick-Borne Diseases

(Undated)  Researchers at the National Institutes of Health say a new laboratory-stage vaccine could offer protection against tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, which is so prevalent in Maine.  The Bangor Daily News reports the researchers say they’ll next conduct studies on people who already have Lyme disease or who are repeatedly exposed to ticks to see if they’ve developed antibodies.  The studies could lead to clinical trials testing the vaccines on people.


Annual U.S. Overdose Deaths Top 100K

(Undated) For the first time, annual deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. have topped 100,000.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control used data from a 12-month period ending in April.  The number of deaths was a 28.5% increase over the previous 12-month period.  Experts speculate the staggering number of fatalities was exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Caribou Ambulance Purchases Bullet Proof Vests

(Caribou)  The worsening opioid epidemic in Aroostook County has prompted Caribou Fire and Ambulance to purchase bulletproof vests for ambulance workers.  The Bangor Daily News reports the need for the vests has become more crucial as overdose calls have gone from occasional to almost daily occurrences over the past three years – always with the potential for violence.


Howland Father of 3 yo Jailed

(Howland)  A Howland father who was reportedly present when his 3 yo son died over the weekend is being held in the Penobscot County Jail, although he has not been charged in connection with the boy’s death.  Authorities say 38 yo Justin Jenkins was arrested on three charges of violating conditions of release.  Jenkins reportedly has a history of domestic violence with the child’s mother.


Socks for the Holidays

(Belfast)  The owner of a downtown Belfast shoe store has a competitive streak.  And that’s a great thing when it comes to collecting socks for the United Way of Eastern Maine sock drive.  The Bangor Daily News reports customers of Colburn Shoe Store donated 6,000 brand new pairs of socks last year, and owner Colby Horne has “put his foot down” to go above and beyond that number this year.  Other locations collecting socks include Curtis Family Shoes in Ellsworth, Ellsworth City Hall, and Marden’s in Ellsworth and Brewer.


Farmers Will Need Prescriptions to Access Antibiotics

(Undated)  Farmers are about to see a big change in how they treat their sick livestock and poultry.  According to the Bangor Daily News, by 2023, most so-called medically important animal antibiotics will only be available with a written prescription from a veterinarian.  The new animal antibiotic guidelines were released this summer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to slow and control the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and bacteria that have surfaced over the years.


Beth C. Wright Executive Director to Retire

(Ellsworth)  The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth will soon be searching for a new Executive Director.  Michael Reisman announced this week he’ll be resigning, effective sometime this coming summer.  Reisman has been with the Center since it first started offering programs and support services in September 2004 and thanked the Board members, volunteers, donors, staff, partner organizations and cancer thrivers with whom he’s come in contact for all they’ve done to help people affected by a cancer diagnosis.



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