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Local News – September 30, 2019

Millinocket Fatal (Millinocket) – A 19-year old from Millinocket is dead after a weekend crash near his home town. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Mark Dibona died on Cedar Lake Road just of Route 11 in Long-A Township. Another motorist discovered the wrecked Ford F-350 at about 3-o’clock in the […]

Local News – September 27, 2019

Cannon Follow-up   (Castine) – No cannons.  Period!  That’s the order from the president at Maine Maritime Academy after last weekend’s homecoming football game that saw a referee crumple to the ground after an alumnus shot off a privately owned cannon that he brought to the game.  A wad inside the cannon hit the referee […]

Local News – September 26, 2019

Lincoln Mill   (Lincoln) – A hundred or so new jobs should come to Lincoln in the next few months.  A few years ago the Lincoln Pulp and Paper mill closed and the complex has loomed over the Penobscot County town as an empty reminder of a bygone era.  Now a North Carolina company plans […]

Local News – September 25, 2019

Oil Spill   (Ellsworth) – Firefighters and public works crews put down a lot of kitty litter to sop of oil that leaked from a vehicle in Ellsworth yesterday.  The fire department also called in the Department of Environmental Protection.  Fire chief Richard Tupper says an apparent unsecured load shifted and caused the leak. Sedgwick […]

Local News – September 24, 2019

Bus Glitch (Trenton) – A computer problem with 21-brand new buses made for a shaky start to the summer on Mt. Desert Island.  Island Explorer manager Paul Murphy tells the Mt. Desert Islander that it took several days to fix the computers on the new buses, but they had not disposed of the old buses […]

Local News – September 23, 2019

Old Town Fire (Old Town) – A massive fire in Downtown Old Town took out part of a city block this weekend.  More than a dozen fire departments responded to the scene late Saturday night.  Excavators ended up tearing down part of the block, and it was clear that the fire damaged buildings on either […]

Local News – September 20, 2019

Warden Head Retires   (Augusta) – The head of the Maine Warden Service has retired abruptly.  Colonel Joel Wilkinson announced yesterday that today would be his last day on the job.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife named Lt. Dan Scott to take Wilkinson’s place as acting colonel.  Wilkinson began his career with the […]

Local News – September 19, 2019

Solar (Bar Harbor) – Solar energy projects have started popping up across Hancock County.  Yesterday political leaders celebrated completion of solar panel installation at Mt. Desert Island High School.  A lobsterman’s co-op also marked completion of a solar project on Cranberry Isles.  Today, representatives of a Massachusetts solar grid company will tour the closed landfill […]

Local News – September 18, 2019

Traffic Incident Management (Hancock) – Serious accidents have closed roads from time to time this summer in Hancock County. That can bung up traffic for hours. State Police Lieutenant Rod Charette has agreed to chair a group to improve traffic incident management. He tells Star 97.7 there are several vulnerable spots. Charette says the group […]

Local News – September 16, 2019

Otis Fire   (Otis) – The Fire Marshal’s office will look over what little remains of a building in Otis to try to figure out how a fire started yesterday morning.  Firefighters got paged to Salisbury Cove Road on the Northwest end of Beech Hill Pond for a report of a building fully ablaze.  The […]