Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Hurricane Watch Issued for Coastal Downeast (Coastal Maine)  The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Coastal Downeast Maine.  The forecast confidence continues to increase that Eastern and Northern Maine will be impacted by Lee.  The storm is expected to make landfall either on or just east of the coast of […]

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Local News 09/14/23

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Hurricane Watch Issued for Coastal Downeast

(Coastal Maine)  The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Coastal Downeast Maine.  The forecast confidence continues to increase that Eastern and Northern Maine will be impacted by Lee.  The storm is expected to make landfall either on or just east of the coast of Maine late Saturday or early Sunday.  Expect large pounding surf and plan for a strong Tropical Storm or Cat 1 Hurricane.  Steve McKay will keep you updated throughout today and the weekend on Star 97.7.

(Coastal Maine)  A Hurricane Watch is in effect Saturday for Coastal Downeast Maine.  The National Weather Service says virtually the entire Maine coast is currently in the cone of Lee.  The storm’s winds stretch more than 100 miles in each direction from the eye.  Interior Downeast and the Bangor region are currently under a Tropical Storm Watch.  Steve McKay will have details throughout the morning.

(Coastal Maine)  The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for virtually the entire Maine coast on Saturday. Tropical storm force winds for far east portions of Coastal Downeast are likely as Lee continues to track north.  The current forecast has Lee as a Hurricane in the Gulf of Maine by Saturday morning.  Steve McKay will keep you updated throughout the day and into the weekend.

(Coastal Maine)  While the exact track of Hurricane Lee is yet unknown, the National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Coastal Downeast Maine.  Eastern and Northern Maine are increasingly expected to be impacted by Lee, with the storm expected to make landfall as a Cat 1 or Tropical Storm late Saturday or early Sunday.  Steve McKay will keep you updated throughout the storm on Star 97.7.

ANP to Close Sections of Park Due to Hurricane Forecast

(ANP)  Sections of Acadia National Park will be closing beginning tomorrow due to the forecast.  Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the Park Loop Road from the Sand Beach Entrance Station to the end of the one-way section at Stanley Brook Road, and the one-way section of the Schoodic Loop Road starting at Frazier Point will be closed to motor vehicles until further notice.  Also, all park campgrounds, including Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods, and Duck Harbor on Isle au Haut will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow until further notice.  Some Island Explorer Bus Service will also be disrupted.  Stay updated at n p s dot gov, forward slash a c a d.

(ANP)  Some closures affecting Acadia National Park due to the predicted storm track.  All park campgrounds, including Schoodic Woods and Duck Harbor on Isle au Haut will close beginning at 10 a.m. Friday morning until further notice.  Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the Park Loop Road from the Sand Beach Entrance Station to the end of the one-way section at Stanley Brook Road, and the one-way section of the Schoodic Loop Road starting at Frazier Point will be closed to motor vehicles.  Park officials say they will assess safety conditions as the storm subsides and make decisions accordingly about reopening.

Prep Urged for Hurricane Lee

(Coastal Maine)  With the growing possibility of coastal Maine being impacted by Hurricane Lee, especially Saturday, officials are urging residents and businesses to take steps to prepare for gusty winds, power outages, and dangerous surf.  They say make sure you have food and water on hand, including for your pets, keep your cell phone charged, and check with neighbors, especially older adults who may need additional help getting supplies and securing items that could be tossed about, such as patio furniture.  The Town of Sullivan Rec Center will be open Saturday 10 to 4 for anyone needing shelter.

(Coastal Maine)  It now appears leftovers from Hurricane Lee will arrive Saturday, with the steadiest rain predicted Saturday afternoon and evening.  Winds could gust over 40 mph late Saturday, causing scattered power outages.  Officials say now is the time to prepare and check on elderly or disabled neighbors especially who may need help.  Keep your cell phone charged, use generators safely, have food and water on hand for you and your pets, and make sure any items that could be blown about are securely stored or tied down.  Sullivan residents can call Bud Means at 422-4361 with any issues.  The Sullivan Rec Center will be open 10-4 on Saturday for anyone needing shelter.

Local Politics

Public Advocate Issues Fact Sheet on November Ballot Utility Issue

(Augusta)  Confused about the issue of a consumer owned utility on the November ballot?  Maine Public Advocate Bill Harwood says you’re not alone.  Rather than take a political stance, MEOPA has issued a seven page report to educate voters on both sides of the issue.  According to the report, Pine Tree Power would accrue debt from the purchase of Versant and CMP that would initially result in higher rates to consumers, but net savings in the long haul.  They say if the act is passed, the process of transitioning to a consumer owned utility could be lengthy.  Access the full report at maine dot gov and search m e o p a

(Augusta)  Among issues on which voters will be asked to decide come November is the question of whether to change from an investor-owned utility to one that is consumer owned.  The Maine Office of the Public Advocate has put together a fact sheet, detailing pros and cons of both sides.  The office says it has not taken a position on the proposal.  Instead, it aims to provide accurate information to help voters make an informed decision come Election Day.  Find the full report at maine dot gov, search m e o p a.

Economy

Orchards Prepare for Hurricane Lee

(Undated)  While mariners secure their vessels and residents stock up on water and make sure their generators are in good working order, another sector of Maine’s economy is hard at work preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Lee.  NewsCenter Maine caught up with workers at Ricker Hill Orchard who have been hard at work this week picking apples.  Growers say apple trees can become top heavy as the fruit grows on their branches.  Another concern, strong winds could potentially uproot trees from damp soil or snap them in half.

(Undated)  An apple a day won’t keep Hurricane Lee away, so growers at the state’s apple orchards have been busy this week picking apples from the tops of their trees.  NewsCenter Maine reports workers at Ricker Hill Orchard say the trees can become top heavy as the fruit grows on their branches.  They also worry strong winds could uproot trees from saturated soils or even snap them in half.  A grower at Libby & Sons half joked it would have helped if Lee had waited at least until Tuesday to have given customers a chance to pick over the weekend.

Human Interest

Annual Appeal for The Grand

(Ellsworth)  Where would we be without the performing arts?  Nick Turner, Executive Director of The Grand in Ellsworth says it’s that really critical time of the year for the venue’s fundraising.  (((Annual 1  “…help out a little bit.”  :17)))  Turner tells Star 97.7, about 70% of the money that supports the nonprofit is sales based.  You can help out this month by contributing to that other 30% needed to keep the area’s entertainment hub going.  Make your donation at grand online dot org.

(Ellsworth)  It’s Annual Appeal time for The Grand in Ellsworth!  Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, unlike most nonprofits, they work really hard to be close to self-sustaining.  (((Appeal 2  “…is sales based.”  :18))).  This month, they’re asking you to help out with that other 30% to help keep the footlights on. (((Appeal 3  “…so we’re really looking for that support.”  :20))).   Make your donation at grand online dot org.

(Ellsworth)  Like many nonprofits, The Grand in Ellsworth is playing catch-up from the pandemic.  Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, that makes your gifts during this year’s annual appeal more critical than ever. (((Appeal 4  “…and we just have to keep that going.”  :19)))  September is Annual Appeal month – make your generous gift at grand online dot org.

(Ellsworth)  The Grand in Ellsworth is a downtown anchor – for entertainment, for other businesses, for a fantasy escape from our often frantic lives.  Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7, The Grand is a commitment to the community.  (((Appeal 5  “…and that promise is really important.”  :17)))  Turner said the idea of a promise comes from a very special young lady.  (((Appeal 6  “…I think The Grand can, too.”  :21)))  Help keep the promise going.  Give today at grand online dot org.

Treworgy in Running for Best Pumpkin Patch

(Levant)  While we wait for the revelation of the winner of USA Today’s Best Corn Maze (revealed tomorrow at Noon), Treworgy Orchard in Levant is also up for the No. 1 Best Pumpkin Patch in the USA!  Treworgy is currently in the Number One spot in that contest.  Best Pumpkin Patch voting ends Monday at Noon.  We’ve posted a link to vote on our Star 97.7 FB page.

(Levant)  Decorating for fall – almost as much fun as decorating for the Christmas holidays!  Get your pumpkin at the Treworgy Orchard patch in Levant – which, by the way, is currently at the top of USA Today’s No. 1 Best Pumpkin Patch in the USA competition.  They need your vote to stay on top.  We’ve posted a link to vote on our Star 97. FB page.  But don’t delay – voting ends Monday at Noon.

Autumn Gold Voting

(Ellsworth)  Voting is now open for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Autumn Gold Decorating Contest.  The Chamber has posted photos from those in the running in two categories – window and storefront, but they strongly encourage you to visit the displays in person!  Pictures just don’t do many of them justice.  The theme this year is Enchanted Fall.  We’ve posted a link to vote on our Star 97.7 FB page as well.  Autumn Gold – less than two weeks away, beginning September 28th!

(Ellsworth)  Enchanted Fall – that’s the theme of this year’s Autumn Gold Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has posted some “enchanting” pictures of the displays that are in the running on their FB page, but they say you really have to see them in person!  Voting in two categories, window and storefront, and the competition is definitely stiff this year.  Autumn Gold festivities begin in less than two weeks on August 28th, and the Chamber has lined up a full slate of festivities and fun!

Sports

For the second time this week, the Red Sox and Yankees game postponed by rain Wednesday.  NY and Boston now scheduled to play another doubleheader today at 1:35 and 7:15.