Bangor, Maine News Update: August 24, 2017
The Maine Warden Service is asking Lee residents to check their property for a missing 85-year-old retired priest from Caribou. Clement Thibodeau was last seen on July 15th in his black Chevy Equinox with Maine registration 638A. A cellphone ping directed wardens to the Lee area, but they've exhausted their search of public land and now ask residents to check tote roads and wooded areas on their property for any sign of him.
Two more people in Maine have tested positive for Jamestown Canyon Virus, a relatively rare disease that's spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms of JCV are similar to West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, with fever, body aches, neck stiffness, and other flu-like symptoms, with some patients developing brain swelling or meningitis. The Maine CDC recommends taking precautions against mosquito bites like wearing long sleeves and long pants, and applying repellant when outside.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is one of several schools nationwide that will be getting a second round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for applications that were initially rejected due to formatting errors. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos initially said she wouldn't accept the Upward Bound applications to help low-income students because they were not double-spaced or had used the wrong font.
The American Folk Festival still needs volunteers for the three day event that begins tomorrow evening. Volunteers help collect donations, work in vending tents, man the information booth, and more, plus they're invited to an exclusive jam session on Sunday evening. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up at American Folk Festival dot com or report to the tent near the entrance to the festival at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning.