Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Monroe Fatal Fire (Monroe)  Authorities Monday released details of a fatal fire that tore through a home in Monroe this weekend.  The Monroe Fire Department and several other agencies responded to the blaze on Clements Road about 7:40 Sunday evening.  The Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and discovered a body believed to be […]

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Monroe Fatal Fire

(Monroe)  Authorities Monday released details of a fatal fire that tore through a home in Monroe this weekend.  The Monroe Fire Department and several other agencies responded to the blaze on Clements Road about 7:40 Sunday evening.  The Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and discovered a body believed to be that of 86 yo Alan Grover who lived alone at the residence.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of that fire.

(Monroe)  Multiple agencies responded to a Sunday night fire in Monroe that claimed the life of a man believed to be the homeowner.  Authorities say the Monroe Fire Department was called to the blaze on Clements Road shortly after 7:30 p.m. and discovered a body thought to be that of 86 yo Alan Grover who lived alone at the residence.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of that fire.

Sumner Incident Prompts Hold in Place

(Sullivan)  An incident involving a middle school student at the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus in Sullivan Monday prompted school officials to place the school on a brief “hold in place”.  Details weren’t given, but local law enforcement officers were called in to assist, and the student was ultimately released to their parents with the involvement of law enforcement.

(Sullivan)  Students and staff at the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus in Sullivan Monday were placed on a brief “hold in place” because of an incident with a middle school student.  Details weren’t given, but administrators posted that local law enforcement officers were called in to assist with the situation and ultimately helped with the student being released to his/her parents.

Municipal Moves

(Ellsworth)  Some very important agencies in Ellsworth have now completed their municipal moves.  As of mid October, the Ellsworth Police Department has been operating out of their new facility at 416 High Street and is no longer located at City Hall.  If you need to speak with an officer, stop by or call the non-emergency number you’ll find online.  And as of Monday, the Administrative offices of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and Fire Inspector are now upstairs in the old Ellsworth Police Department offices at City Hall.  That’s where all administrative business will be conducted, weekdays between 8 and 5, with burn permits available online or in person between 9 and 5 weekdays.

(Ellsworth)  The municipal moves are now complete, and the Ellsworth Police and Fire Departments have room to breathe – and to serve the city’s residents more efficiently.  As of mid October, the Ellsworth Police Department has been operating out of their new facility at 416 High Street and is no longer located at City Hall.  If you need to speak with an officer, stop by or call the non-emergency number you’ll find online.  Also, as of yesterday, the Fire Administrative offices of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and Fire Inspector are now upstairs in the old Ellsworth Police Department offices at City Hall.  That’s where all administrative business will be conducted, weekdays between 8 and 5, with burn permits available online or in person between 9 and 5 weekdays.

Economy

Paid Parking Again Proves Profitable for Bar Harbor

(Bar Harbor)  Cha-ching!  Those Bar Harbor parking meters raised more than $3.6M during tourist season this year, exceeding last year’s revenue by nearly a million dollars.  The Mount Desert Islander reports managing and operating paid parking in the town costs under $235 thousand.  The increased revenue was due in large part to an increase in meter fees, which officials say resulted in better parking spot turnover as well.

(Bar Harbor)  The meter monies in Bar Harbor really added up this year – parking a cool million dollars more than last year’s tourist season revenue in the City’s coffers.  The Mount Desert Islander reports an increase in parking fees not only contributed to the $3.6 million dollars generated during the entire 2023 season, but also resulted in better parking spot turnover.  Paid parking was in effect between May 15 and October 30th, proving a little bit of change can add up to big profits.

Ellsworth Chosen as Top Gun Host City

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth will be a host city for this year’s state-wide Top Gun program.   The program is designed for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses looking to grow their company or develop new product lines.  A free lunch and information session is scheduled for November 28th from Noon until 2:30 at The Union Center for Innovation on Water Street.  RSVP at info at union river innovation dot com.

(Ellsworth)  Mentorship, access to business resources and training, networking groups, and more. The City of Ellsworth is excited to be a host city for this year’s state-wide Top Gun program, designed for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and/or small businesses looking to grow their company or develop  new product lines.  Attend a free lunch and information session on November 28th at The Union Center for Innovation on Water Street.  RSVP at info at union river innovation dot com.

Proposal Would Ban New Natural Gas Pipelines

(Augusta)  Natural gas reportedly generates about half the power New England consumes. But a proposal by Maine’s Public Advocate is floating a ban on new natural gas pipelines being constructed outside existing service areas.  The Bangor Daily News reports other than wood, natural gas is the cheapest source of heating fuel in Maine right now, though it’s a relatively new part of the state’s energy mix.  William Harwood has the backing of environmental groups and says his main worry is that Mainers will transition from natural gas to renewable in the coming years, but remain on the hook for costs associated with maintaining the pipelines.

(Augusta)  Maine’s fossil-fuel sector is not happy with a proposal by Public Advocate William Harwood that would place a ban on new natural gas pipelines being constructed outside existing service areas.  In New England as a whole, the Bangor Daily News reports, about half the power consumed is generated by natural gas, though it’s relatively new to the energy mix here in Maine.  Outside of wood, it’s currently the cheapest source of heating fuel in Maine.  Harwood reportedly has the backing of environmental groups and says his main worry is that Mainers will transition from natural gas to renewable in the coming years, but remain on the hook for costs associated with maintaining the pipelines.

Health

Local EMS Providers Participate in Skills Day

(Machias)  Close to two dozen EMS providers from Downeast Maine recently participated in a Continuing Education Skills Day.   The first responders reviewed trauma management, IV access, lifting and moving patients, cardiac arrest skills and more in the day-long session, designed to keep them up to date and ready to care for those in need.  Participating service providers attended from Moosabec Ambulance in Jonesport, Machias Ambulance, and Pleasant River Ambulance in Columbia.

(Machias)   EMS providers are constantly working to keep their skills sharp.  This past weekend, 20 first responders from Washington County EMS participated in a Continuing Education Skills Day.  The first responders reviewed trauma management, IV access, lifting and moving patients, cardiac arrest skills and more in the day-long session, designed to keep them up to date and ready to serve anyone in need.  Participating service providers attended from Pleasant River Ambulance in Columbia, Machias Ambulance, and Moosabec Ambulance in Jonesport.

Infrastructure

Ellsworth Road Closures 

(Ellsworth)  A heads up for Ellsworth area motorists – this morning, Public Works crews need to make repairs to a sewer basin at the corner of Davis and Oak Streets.  Expect delays in that area most of today.  On Thursday, November 16th, the Ellsworth and Lamoine Fire Departments will be conducting required annual fire apparatus pump testing.  The project will mean a closure of Shore Road at Pump Station Road between 8 and 10 a.m. that morning.  Because crews require simultaneous access to both water sources on the Shore Road causeway to effectively test the fire truck fire pumps, the road will be completely closed for those two hours.  Plan accordingly.

(Ellsworth)  Expect delays most of the day today in the vicinity of Davis and Oak Streets as Ellsworth Public Works crews make needed repairs to a sewer basin there.  Later this week, required annual fire apparatus pump testing will mean a complete road closure of  Shore Road at Pump Station Road in Ellsworth for a couple of hours this Thursday morning.  Crews from the Ellsworth and Lamoine Fire Departments require simultaneous access to both water sources on the Shore Road causeway to effectively test the fire truck fire pumps, so the area will be inaccessible between 8 and 10 a.m. on November 16th.  Plan accordingly.

Human Interest

Ellsworth Christmas Tree Lighting

(Ellsworth)  Hot cocoa, cookies, fire pit tables, Letters to Santa, games and more.  It’s the Ellsworth holiday tree lighting, Saturday, November 25th, from 3 to 5 in the City Hall parking lot   The day coincides with Small Business Saturday, so spend the day shopping and dining locally, then joining in the tree-lighting festivities.  This year, there will be a raffle drawing to choose a child to turn on the tree lights.  A special thanks to Dale Sprowl who offered a tree from his property as this year’s official holiday tree.

(Ellsworth)  Carols, cocoa, cookies … warm fire pit tables, Letters to Santa, and festivities for kids.  Plan now to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrating in Ellsworth.  November 25th is Small Business Saturday, so plan to shop and dine locally, then celebrate with the official tree lighting ceremonies from 3 to 5 at Ellsworth City Hall. This year’s tree was generously donated from the property of Dale Sprowl, and kids can participate in a raffle to see who gets to flip that switch that turns on the lights and officially welcomes the Christmas season to Ellsworth.

Woodlawn Solar Light Display

(Ellsworth)  The solar drive through light display will return this year at Woodlawn in Ellsworth.  The driveway will be lit up, along with lights extended into the trails this year.  You can even do a short walk-through experience with colors and creatures and sparkling features (thanks, Kathy Young!) to celebrate the holidays.  Beginning Thursday, November 30th, through December 30th, drive or walk through Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m.   A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated.  And if you’d like to help with putting up those holiday lights and decorations, email Kelly dot lunt at woodlawn ellsworth dot org and plan to show up at Woodlawn this Saturday from 9 to Noon.

(Ellsworth)  Woodlawn in Ellsworth could use your help this Saturday to string lights and decorations for this year’s drive and walk through light displays.  If you can help between 9 and Noon this Saturday, email Kelly dot lunt at woodlawn ellsworth dot org.  Then mark your calendar for this year’s beautiful solar light display, which will run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 5 to 7 each evening, beginning November 30th through the end of the year.  You can drive through and then do a short trail walk to see even more colors, creatures, and sparkling features (thanks, Kathy Young!).  A $10 donation is greatly appreciated!

Sports

Celtics over Knicks 114-98.  The Celtics take on the 76ers tomorrow night.   Bruins in Buffalo tonight to take on the Sabres.