Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Slow Down New England (New England)  In 2020, more than 11,000 people were killed in speeding-related crashes, accounting for 29% of all fatal crashes in the U.S.   Now through August 14th, police departments throughout New England are teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise awareness of the risks of speeding […]

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Local News 08/03/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Slow Down New England

(New England)  In 2020, more than 11,000 people were killed in speeding-related crashes, accounting for 29% of all fatal crashes in the U.S.   Now through August 14th, police departments throughout New England are teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise awareness of the risks of speeding and to remind drivers to obey speed limits. Law enforcement officials remind folks to slow down, focus, and buckle those seat belts to save lives.

Authorities Looking for Maine Man Who Abducted NH Woman

(Brentwood, NH)  Authorities are searching for a Maine man they say abducted a woman at gunpoint in Brentwood, New Hampshire.  The woman has since been returned home unharmed.  The US Marshal Service reports Peter Cuirtis has been seen in multiple states in New England, including in Maine.  His arrest history includes assaults, burglaries, and drugs, and police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department.

(Brentwood, NH)  A man the US Marshal’s Service calls armed and dangerous may be hiding out in Maine.  Peter Curtis is wanted for kidnapping, criminal threatening and probation violations.  Authorities say he kidnapped a woman at gunpoint in Brentwood, NH, and has been seen in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  The kidnapped woman has since returned home unharmed.  Police say Curtis has a history that includes arrests for assaults, criminal threatening, and probation violations.  Anyone who sees Curtis is asked to call their local police department.

Silver Alert Issued for Penobscot County Man

(Penobscot County)  A Silver Alert has been issued for a Penobscot County man who officials say has been in crisis for the last two days.  26 yo Brett Libby of Long A Township was last seen Tuesday around midnight walking into the woods off Jo Mary Road.  Libby is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.  If you see him, authorities say don’t approach but call 9-1-1.

Orono Man Faces Charges After Altercation Leaves Brewer Officer Injured

(Orono)  A 25 yo Orono man is charged with assaulting an officer and refusing to submit to arrest after an altercation left a Brewer police officer injured last Tuesday.  Richard May was taken for an evaluation and arrested later that day.  The incident happened behind WalMart in Brewer after officers were called to deal with a person in crisis.  The officer involved suffered a head injury and whiplash and has been unable to return to work.

Local Politics

LePage Speaks at Bangor Rotary

(Bangor)  Gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage spoke yesterday to the Rotary Club of Bangor.  The Club is hosting candidates all this month.  LePage discussed his stance on heating oil costs, inflation, and parental involvement in public schools.  If elected, the Republican said he wants to remove what he calls “pornography” from schools and protect parents’ rights in having a say in what their children learn.

(Bangor)  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage was the guest speaker yesterday at the Rotary Club of Bangor.  The Club is hosting candidates all month long.  LePage cited the high cost of heating oil as a concern and said instead of sending $850 relief checks to Mainers, he would have asked oil and gas dealers to charge what they charged last year and would have used some of the monies to reimburse those companies for the difference in cost.  He also indicated schools have materials he called “pornography” and said he would remove those and ensure parents have rights in determining what their children learn.

Actual Sports Betting for Tribes Likely Months Away

(AP/Augusta)  Native American tribes in Maine are going to have to wait months before sports betting begins in the state. The law adopted by state lawmakers goes into effect Aug. 8, but the Executive Director of the Maine Gambling Control Unit said it could take until January 2024 to get rules sorted out. Milt Champion acknowledged the rule making will take more time than some people may have expected. The law legalizes sports betting in Maine, with tribes getting exclusive rights to online wagering, while existing casinos can conduct in-person betting.

Business/Economy

Maine CF Funding Available for Organizations That Support LGBTQ-plus Mainers

(Ellsworth)  Nonprofit organizations that support LGBTQ-plus people and needs in Maine may be eligible for funding through the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund.  The fund helps strengthen such organizations and supports initiatives that work toward inclusive, diverse, prejudice-free communities for the LGBTQ-plus population and all people in Maine.  Deadline for grant applications is September 15th. Apply at maine c f dot org.

Health

Anthem, MaineHealth Make Progress in Reimbursement Dispute

(Portland)  Anthem Insurance and Maine Health say they’re starting to make progress in a dispute over reimbursements.  The Portland Press Herald reports MaineHealth has threatened to pull Maine Medical Center from Anthem’s network, leaving thousands of Mainers to pay higher out-of-network fees or find medical providers within Anthem’s network.  Anthem represents more than 50% of the insurance market in Maine.  Until this week, the two sides had exhibited little progress in coming to terms over reimbursements and other issues.

Wabanaki Study Could Unlock Mysteries of Alzheimer’s

(Bangor)  A study with Wabanaki elders in Bangor could soon unlock some mysteries behind Alzheimer’s disease.  NewsCenter Maine reports the study is thanks to a $4.4 million dollar grant from the national Institute on Aging.  The study will focus on memory disorders within indigenous communities and will be conducted by the Center for Wabanaki Research, Knowledge and Innovation.

Environment

Alewives Have Friend in Damariscotta Lake Area

(Nobleboro)  Alewives are a critical bait fish used in lobstering.  Damariscotta Mills is home to one of Maine’s oldest, most productive alewives fisheries.  The fish return from the sea every spring to spawn in Damariscotta Lake, where they are sustainably harvested.  But that harvest would not be as productive without the restoration of the fish ladder by a community group and the towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle.  The Working Waterfront reports the towns, along with the Nobleboro Historical Society, restored the ladder, helping ensure the health of the stocks.

August at the Planetarium

(Orono)  It’s a brand new month, and Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center, tells Star 97.7 about some of this month’s exciting programming.  (((PlanetAug 1  “…and things of that nature.”  :20))).  For tickets and more information, visit astro dot umaine dot e d u.

(Orono)  The sky’s the limit on Sunday afternoons at the Versant Power Astronomy Center.  Director Shawn Laatsch tells Star 97.7, the Center offers something for all ages.  (((PlanetAug 2  “…set to stunning, full dome images.”  :22))).  Learn about all the August happenings at the planetarium at astro dot umaine dot e d u.

(Orono)  One World, One Sky with Big Bird and Elmo, a look at cells, Earth, Moon, Sun, and Legends of the Northern Sky.  Versant Power Astronomy Center Director Shawn Laatsch says they’re all part of the summer matinee programming at the planetarium during August.  (((PlanetAug 3  “…what’s happening during the summer season.”  :15))).  For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit astro dot umaine dot e d u.

(Orono)  A new month means brand new exciting programs at the Versant Power Astronomy Center – programs for all ages and interests.  Director Shawn Laatsch tells Star 97.7, there are also some pretty neat happenings in the night sky.  (((PlanetAug 4  “…a little washed out with some moonlight.”  :20)))  The Delta Aquariad meteor shower is happening this week, and Laatsch said the planets are moving back into the evening sky.  Look for Saturn in the east after 10 p.m. and Jupiter around 11.  Visit astro dot umaine dot e d u to learn more.

Human Interest/Entertainment

WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund

(Westbrook)  WinterKids is giving away $25,000 to organizations working to get kids outside and active more often.  In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the WinterKids Downhill 24, the organization created a fund to help with the initiative across Maine and beyond.  Four winning organizations will be granted funds – winners determined by community vote.  The top vote getter will receive $10,000, with $5,000 each going to the three runners up.  Applications are open now through August 15, with voting during the month of September.  Register your school or other organization at winter kids dot org.

Shaw’s Reusable Bag Program Benefits Beth C. Wright in August

(Ellsworth)  This month when you shop at Shaw’s, pick up a $3 reusable bag, and a dollar of that purchase will benefit the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth.  The Shaw’s “Give Back Where It Counts” Reusable Bag program is an easy way for shoppers to give back to their local communities.  The store selects a different non-profit to benefit each month and to help reduce single-use plastic in the environment.

Sesame Street Live Coming to Bangor

(Bangor)  Laugh with Elmo, dance with Big Bird, and crunch down with Cookie Monster – Sesame Street Live is coming to Bangor.  Grover and the gang will be at the Cross Insurance Center on October 27th and 28th.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, with a presale starting tomorrow.  Visit cross insurance center dot com for more information.

TD Beach to Beacon Returns to In-Person Race

(Cape Elizabeth)  The TD Beach to Beacon 10K returns to Cape Elizabeth Saturday morning.  It’s been three years since the race was held in person.  The Portland Press Herald reports this year’s field of elite international runners with be a smaller one.  The Coronavirus forced cancellation of the race in 2020, and the race was held as a virtual event last year.  Proof of vaccination is required – the event is the state’s largest road race, drawing thousands of entrants to the classic that was started by Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first Olympic Women’s Marathon in 1984.

Milbridge Raffles Off Auditorium Seat Sponsorships

(Milbridge)  The Town of Milbridge is raffling off two seat sponsorships in their new theatre auditorium.  A small, custom inscribed plaque will be placed on the arm of each sponsored seat.  Raffle tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the town office and at the Friday Night Live Concerts.  Drawing will be held at the Flash in the Pans Concert on August 12th.

Sports

Houston led with a run in the first inning, but the Red Sox held them to that single and put two players on home base to win last night’s game 2-1.  The teams meet up again this afternoon (2:15) before Boston heads to Kansas City for a weekend series against the Royals.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has died. Scully provided the soundtrack of summer while entertaining Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years.  He was 94.