Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Department of Corrections Discrimination Lawsuit Settled (Augusta)  A lawsuit alleging discrimination against a female prison guard at the Maine State Prison and Bolduc Correctional Facility has been settled.  The Bangor Daily News reports prison guard Autumn Dinsmore of Rockland brought the suit, claiming she was subjected to extra scrutiny, suspicion, and unwarranted discipline.  […]

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Local News 05/17/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Department of Corrections Discrimination Lawsuit Settled

(Augusta)  A lawsuit alleging discrimination against a female prison guard at the Maine State Prison and Bolduc Correctional Facility has been settled.  The Bangor Daily News reports prison guard Autumn Dinsmore of Rockland brought the suit, claiming she was subjected to extra scrutiny, suspicion, and unwarranted discipline.  Dinsmore, who is gay, also reported male supervisors and co-workers repeatedly made inappropriate gestures and comments towards her.

Exeter Woman Arrested

(Holden)  An Exeter woman arrested after a high speed chase is being held on $10,000 bond.  Holden police attempted to stop 28 yo Christina Langley Saturday night after being notified she had driven through Ellsworth in a stolen car.  Officers attempted to pull her over in Holden, but it wasn’t until officers deployed a spike mat in Corinth that she came to a stop.   Authorities say Langley’s car reached speeds of up to 100 mph during the chase.

Foxcroft Academy Teens Accused of Sexual Assault Allowed to Return to School

(Dover-Foxcroft)  Two Foxcroft Academy teens will be allowed to return to school after being accused of sexually assaulting a classmate.  A judge ruled the two, a 17 yo from Dover-Foxcroft, and a 16 yo from Charleston, could return to school but must stay away from the victim.  The Bangor Daily News reports the teens are each charged with three counts of gross sexual assault.  The private prep school has reportedly worked with the victim, his family, and law enforcement to ensure his safety and are reviewing the judge’s decision with legal counsel.

Health

EMS Week – Ken Clark

(Calais)  This is EMS Week, and all this week, Star 97.7 is highlighting the effects of the critical shortage of EMS workers, particularly in rural areas like Washington County.  Star 97.7 asked Ken Clark, Chief of Calais Fire and EMS, how the shortage affects other emergency services.  (((EMS KC 1  “…they would also be without ambulance service.”  :17)))  Clark says they follow all CDC guidelines and train for safety.  If you’d like to know more, stop by one of the EMS Expos this Wednesday in Machias and Calais.  Find details on our Star 97.7 FB page.

(Calais)  While training and requirements vary among EMS services, Ken Clark, Chief of Calais Fire and EMS, tells Star 97.7, in Calais, you’ll have opportunities in multiple first-responder jobs.  (((EMS KC 2  “…they do do both.”  :11)))  Clark says you need to do both if working full time, because there’s also a shortage of volunteer firefighters.   If you’re looking for a career change, a second job, or even have just have a few hours a week to volunteer, stop by one of Wednesday’s EMS Expos in Calais and Machias.  Find details on our Star 97.7 FB page.

(Calais)  Ken Clark, Chief of Calais EMS and Fire, plans to retire this year after 45 years of serving the community as a first responder.  (((EMS KC 4  “…is another way of doing that.”  :08)))  Clark tells Star 97.7, like most rural EMS services, they cover a wide area, including towns that are up to 50 miles distant. (((EMS KC 3  …”before they get ‘em back to a hospital.”  :08))) so those hours in the ambulance are critical, and EMS workers make a life and death difference.  Interested?  Stop into your local EMS service, and ask for a ride-along.  You may find it’s just the opportunity or career change you’ve been looking for.

(Calais)  May 15th through the 21st is EMS Week, and Star 97.7 is talking with first responders about the critical nationwide shortage of EMS workers.  Ken Clark began with the fire department at the age of 18, and this year marks 45 years of service.  He’s now Chief of Calais EMS and Fire and says the job definitely gets into your blood.  (((EMS 5  “…and saving lives.”  :16)))  All the first responders we spoke with say they welcome people to stop by – in many cases, you can even go on a run with them.  If it’s time for something different in your career, or you just want to volunteer, visit your local EMS location.

Shriners Offer Screening Clinics

(Bangor)  THE Anah Shriners will once again be holding no cost screening clinics for any child in need of screening for scoliosis, burn care, spina bifida, orthopedics, cerebral palsy, cleft palate and other conditions.  Clinics will be held simultaneously at five locations on Saturday, May 21st, from 9 a.m. until Noon.  The locations are 1404 Broadway in Bangor, as well as in Presque Isle, Calais, Machias, and Dover Foxcroft.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Environment

Ten Graduate from Advanced Warden School

(Augusta)  Ten Game Wardens have graduated from Advanced Warden School and have been assigned districts throughout the state.  The group includes wardens from Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina.  The two women and eight men  will help protect and maintain ten areas through search and rescue, fish and wildlife laws, boating, fishing, hunting, ATV and snowmobiling regulations throughout the vast Pine Tree State.

Outdoors for All Act

(Washington, DC)  While we take the beautiful outdoors for granted here in Maine, many in urban and disadvantaged communities face an inequitable lack of such resources.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has advanced the Outdoors for All Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Susan Collins and co-sponsored by Senator Angus King.  The act is designed to help close the gap for disadvantaged communities by investing in parks, playgrounds, trails and other projects that promote outdoor recreation.

Hancock Latest Frenchman  Bay Town to Oppose Salmon Farm

(Hancock)  Hancock residents voted unanimously at their annual town meeting to intervene in permitting against the now-stalled industrial salmon farm proposed for Frenchman Bay, should the project again come before state regulators.  The town cited the billions of gallons of effluent the project would purportedly put into the bay, which borders Acadia National Park.  Hancock joins Bar Harbor, Sorrento, Lamoine, and the Town of Mount Desert in officially opposing the project.

Infrastructure

State Approves Large Solar Project 

(AP/Unity)  Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission has approved a 700-acre solar energy project, billed as one of the largest in New England. Commissioners unanimously concluded the Three Corners Solar Project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township met regulatory requirements for the site but that further regulatory approvals are needed. The partnership to build the project began in 2017.  Boston-based Longroad Energy says the project would produce enough energy for 30,000 homes.

Proposal Would Retain Permit for NECEC

(AP/Portland)  A proposed Maine Board of Environmental Protection order would let stand a permit issued for an electric transmission corridor to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower. The draft order was written by staff in advance of hearings this week that were postponed because of COVID-19 illnesses. Maine Environmental Commissioner Melanie Loyzim suspended the permit after the project was rebuked in a statewide referendum. But the board must still issue a final decision on appeals. The state Supreme Court is also weighing appeals related to the $1 billion project.

Education

USM President Named

(AP/Portland)  A longtime Penn State University administrator has been tapped to lead the University of Southern Maine, replacing Glenn Cummings. Jacqueline “Jackie” Edmondson was described as a first-generation college student, College of Education administrator and, since 2017, Chancellor of the Greater Allegheny campus. Officials said while leading the campus near Pittsburgh, Edmondson launched eight new degree programs to meet regional workforce and student needs.

Business/Economy       

Ellsworth Plans for Future Growth

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth’s continued growth will get renewed public attention over the next year or so as the city updates its comprehensive plan for the first time since 2004.  The Bangor Daily News reports the state requires municipalities to update such plans to help manage growth by updating zoning ordinances, prioritizing infrastructure upgrades, and evaluating services it does or should offer.  City Council Chairman Dale Hamilton said at a recent Council meeting the town will be seeking input from residents as they complete the update.

Senator King Joins Effort to Help Car Dealerships

(AP/Portland)  Senator Angus King has joined an effort to try to help car dealerships cope with supply chain issues.  Maine’s Independent Senator said dealerships are facing higher costs and limited inventory.  King is co-sponsoring a bill that would offer a tax adjustment for dealerships that can’t maintain a minimum amount of inventory.  Although the COVID-19 pandemic created the shortfall in vehicles for sale, current practices can result in large tax bills for dealers that don’t maintain a minimum level of inventory at year’s end.

Mills Touts Responsible Aquaculture

(Sagadahoc County)  Governor Mills yesterday in a visit to Sagadahoc County touted the millions of dollars made available to Maine sea farmers to support responsible aquaculture.  The Governor said such aquaculture represents a promising opportunity to create new jobs, strengthen and diversify the economy, and expand Maine’s reputation as a premier destination for seafood.  Aquaculture has grown in recent years in Maine with a current overall value of more than $100 million dollars.

Ski Visits Up Across the Country

(Undated)  Not everyone hates winter and snow.  The Associated Press reports nationwide, the 2021-22 ski season was record breaking in total number of skier visits to resorts around the country.  A skier visit is when someone uses a lift ticket or pass at a ski area.  The National Ski Areas Association says the 61 million visits was up 3.5 percent from the previous season.

Human Interest/Entertainment

DCP Seeks Volunteers

(Blue Hill)  Downeast Community Partners’ Friendship Cottage is seeking volunteers.  The Adult Day Service Center especially needs volunteers to assist direct care staff with daily meal preparation, cleanup, and special activities, as well as people to help with maintenance of the grounds.  To learn more, visit downeast community partners dot org.

Wayfinding Map

(Ellsworth)  The 2022 Wayfinding map has been professionally installed in the Franklin Street parklet in Ellsworth.  The map contains more than 15 new locations and features.  The map was designed by Eunju Won  and installed by Banner Graphics in Bucksport, with sponsorship support from Witham Family Hotels.

BHHT Offerings

(Blue Hill)  Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s Spring Hiking Challenge continues, featuring trails across the Blue Hill Peninsula.  Maps for the trails can be found on BHHT’s trail page.  Register for a trail checklist card through the Blue Hill Public Library.

Sports

The Red Sox beat the Astros 6-3 last night in Boston in the first of a three game series that continues this evening.

The Celtics start off Round Three of the NBA playoffs with Game One against the Heat in Miami tonight.

Nokomis standout Cooper Flagg has received scholarship offers from multiple schools, including Michigan, UCLA, and now Duke University.   The high school freshman plans to continue his prep career at Montverde Academy in Florida next year.