Although motorcycle deaths in Maine are almost half of what they were a year ago, the Maine State Police has organized a working group to review last year’s numbers. 2015 ended with 32 motorcycle deaths. So far this year there have been six motorcycle deaths, compared to ten at this same time in 2015.
On Saturday, June 18 Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, I-Friendship, was presented a Legislator of the Year Award at the American Legion’s annual state convention in Bangor. The award was in recognition of Evangelos’ work in Augusta in support of veterans affairs and rehabilitative health, and his 100 percent voting record in support of military veterans issues.
The Westport Island Board of Selectmen will hold an emergency meeting to sign an addendum to the warrant for annual town meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 16.
In respect for the victims of the hateful act of terror on Sunday, June 12 in Orlando, Fla., Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage has directed the U.S. flag and the state of Maine flag be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16.
“Our company is enjoying the best start to any real-estate selling season in the past several years,” said Dennis Hilton, a Damariscotta native who has owned the realty firm Newcastle Realty, previously known as Newcastle Square Realty Associates, since 1998.
Sheepscot Valley Health Center in Whitefield will be welcoming a new medical provider, family nurse practitioner Ashley Hamilton-Ellis, in June. Hamilton-Ellis obtained a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Maine in Orono in 2013 and an undergraduate nursing degree at University of Maine at Augusta in 2011. She has been providing family health care locally for several years in family practice and emergency settings. Her areas of clinical interest include family care, acute care, acute procedures, and addiction medicine.
Avery Hodous and Austin Pooler completed a graduation requirement for Lincoln Academy by completing a job-shadow requirement on Friday, May 6. They learned the different aspects of the lobstering profession. Their job-shadow training included trap maintenance and gear, and pot-buoy preparation, as well as a discussion regarding the lobstering industry and the ability to be a lobsterman. Major Cloutier of the Maine Department of Marine Resources marine patrol clarified the new legislation regarding the change in age limits as to the ability to participate in the Maine Lobster Apprenticeship Program.
The community is invited to United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s annual meeting from 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, May 18 at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. Registration for the event is available online at uwmcm.org or by calling United Way at 443-9752.
Spring turkey season started on Monday, May 2. With this year’s milder-than-usual winter, hunters should be seeing a lot of birds.
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, an annual event taking place in June for the past eight years, has been canceled for 2016, according to event director Greg Latimer. However, work is already underway for an improved and more sustainable event planned for June 2017.
The work of repairing and cleaning headstones in some cemeteries along West Neck Road, Bayview Road, Morgan Hill Road, East Neck Road (center end), Center Street, Snackerty Road, and Back Meadow Road is scheduled to begin in the near future. The exact timing of the work, to be done by Thomas Stevens Cemetery Restorations, of Newcastle, will depend on the weather and ground conditions.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program announced that it is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for fiscal year 2017. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone.
The Benchwarmers Restaurant & Sports Pub in Brunswick will host a benefit for the family of Kimi Hill from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 9.
Hunters who dream about the hunt of a lifetime are reminded by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife that moose-permit lottery application deadlines are quickly approaching.