The Maine CDC reports 333 news cases of COVID-19. 4 more people diagnosed with the virus have died, two from Cumberland County and one each from York and Oxford counties. Because the lab was closed for Christmas Day, CDC officials say statistics for recoveries and current active cases are not available, at this time.

The heavy rain on Christmas Day has caused Augusta Police to close part of the city due to flooding. Although the river water has receded from Front Street parking lot, the area remained closed on Sunday while debris left behind by the water was removed. The lot is expected to be reopened on Tuesday.

Maine wildlife officials are urging anyone considering an ice fishing excursion to use extreme caution. The unusual weather conditions this winter are interfering with the formation of consistent ice on thousands of Maine’s waterways. Anyone heading onto the ice should first check with local residents about the condition of the ice and also use a chisel or an auger to test the thickness of the ice in several places before venturing out.

Dysart’s restaurants are contributing to the Pine Tree Camp for children and adults with disabilities with one of their favorite dishes. For every thirteen-dollar chicken pot pie purchased by customers, five dollars will be donated to the camp in Rome, Maine that serves children and adults with disabilities. The pies can be heated up at home or picked up already warmed.

Residents and businesses in Guilford are helping a family of 9 who lost their home to fire nearly a week ago. Investigators say the fire started near the chimney on the second floor and had spread throughout the house before firefighters arrived. So far, 67 thousand dollars of the 85-thousand-dollar goal has been raised through the GoFundMe page for the LaGoy Family House Fire.

A first-grade teacher in Hermon has won the Raise a Cup to Teachers sweepstakes through Dunkin. One of Nicole Lever’s students at the Patricia Duran school nominated her. She’s won free coffee at Dunkin’ for a year, $5,000, and MAC Book laptop.

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