The Maine CDC reports 170 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 more people, diagnosed with the virus, who have died. The deaths occurred over the past month. So far, over 316,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

Nathan Burke, of Hancock, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and was sentenced to time already served in jail, for his role in the brutal death of his former boss's pug dog. Burke's sentence, which included a $180 fine and a year's probation, was less severe than this co-defendant, Justin Chipman, because Burke passed a lie detector test when asked if he shot the put named Franky.

Maine Housing will begin taking applications for rent relief on Monday, as part of a $200 million federally-funded program. While there will be much more money available, including possible retroactive funds, the requirements for qualifying will be more stringent.

Dr. Nirav Shah, of the Maine CDC, says the incoming supply of the COVID-19 vaccine is stable and growing, with Maine's health department expecting to receive over 30,000 doses next week. The increased supply is contributing to an increased need for volunteers at vaccination clinics, especially through Northern Light Health.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Belfast VFW get a new building, so they can continue to help veterans and also house two food pantries. The current building is beyond repair, has frozen pipes, a hole in the floor, and sways when the wind blows.

A Carmel boy, who used his own money to buy lunch at the Village Market for a Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy a couple weeks ago, got a big surprise. Bentley Goodwin bought the deputy's lunch when a power outage made it impossible for the Carmel store to process his credit card. So, on Bentley's 9th birthday this week, a group of deputy's and fire-rescue personnel knocked on his door, and delivered a plaque from the town. They also gave him ice fishing gear, since the money he used to buy the deputy's lunch was intended to buy bait.