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Local News 12/07/21

Wreaths Across America (Columbia Falls)  Every year, Wreaths Across America honors veterans and our freedom by laying wreaths on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and across the country.  WAA Executive Director Karen Worcester tells Star 97.7, the program came about because of a trip to Arlington taken by her husband when he […]

Local News 12/06/21

Climate Change Topic at Versant Planetarium (Orono)  Sea level rise, warming ocean temperatures, warming temperatures in general affecting the state’s crops and pests – what exactly is the state of Maine doing to combat climate change?  Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center on the University of Maine campus, tells Star 97.7, that’s […]

Local News 12/03/21

  Local News AM 12/03/21 Christmas Tree, Wreath Availability (Milbridge)  Rumors abound this year about shortages of wreaths and Christmas trees.  Dougald Kell, Junior, of Kelco Industries and Sunrise County Evergreens in Milbridge tells Star 97.7 there ARE wreaths available, but … (((Wreaths 1  “…busy in a shop making wreaths.”  :09))).  Kell says the work […]

Local News AM 12/02/21

Be the Change in Ellsworth (Ellsworth)  Conner Wagstaff and Ellie Clarke embody the power of one (or two) in making a difference in the world.  In just the past year, they’ve helped the SPCA, Loaves and Fishes, Community Closet, and a host of other non-profits.  Both college students from Ellsworth, Conner tells Star 97.7 what […]

Local News 12/01/21

Beth C. Wright 2021 Festival of Lights (Ellsworth)  The Beth Wright Festival of Lights is back this year!  Executive Director Michael Reisman tells Star 97.7, the event runs 4:30 to 7 Saturdays and Sundays except Christmas weekend, and on New Year’s Eve.   (((BCW 1  “…it’s just a nice community event.”  :24))).  There’s no charge, although […]

Local News 11/30/21

Versant Planetarium December (Orono)  The aurora borealis is strange and mesmerizing, even today when we know how it’s formed.  Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Planetarium at the University of Maine, tells Star 97.7 Friday night programming in December looks at what’s behind the Northern Lights and legends surrounding them. (((DecPlanet 1  “…you can […]

Local News 11/29/21

Ellsworth Green Plan Hosts Community Solar Webinar (Ellsworth)  If you see trees being planted, appreciate the plastic bag ban, or notice people advocating for municipal solar, chances are the Ellsworth Green Plan is involved.  Martha Dickinson, Convener of the Ellsworth Green Action Team, tells Star 97.7, how the citizens’ initiative came about.  (((Solar 1  “…as […]

Local News 11/26/21

Ellsworth Woman Settles Lawsuit Against School Board (Ellsworth)  Gwendolyn Clark will drop her federal lawsuit against the Ellsworth City School Board in exchange for the board receiving legal training.  The Bangor Daily News reports Clark sued after she was kicked out of a meeting in August.  As part of the agreement, the school department’s insurance […]

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 […]

Local News 11/23/21

NECEC in Court Monday. (AP/Augusta) The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has launched a final public hearing before the commissioner decides whether to suspend a permit for a $1 billion electricity transmission project. Opponents of the project urged Commissioner Melanie Loyzim on Monday to uphold the will of the people who rebuked the project in […]