Bangor, Maine News Update: July 15, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 8 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 54 more people who have recovered. Several local health organizations have partnered with the Maine CDC for drive-up swipe and send testing sites, which will make testing more accessible and efficient.
Mainers overwhelmingly approved two bond questions in yesterday's election, including money for increased access to high-speed internet and improvements to highways and bridges. Sara Gideon has won the Democratic primary and will challenge Senator Susan Collins in November. Dale Crafts holds a large lead for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District but, because he doesn’t hold over 50 percent of the votes, the race will be decided by ranked choice tabulation.
Bar Harbor voters rejected a citizen’s initiative that would have changed the definition of vacation rentals in the land use ordinance. In addition, a measure to continue planning efforts for a combined, district-wide middle school was approved.
Southern Maine was hit with severe thunderstorms on Tuesday that made some regions look like January, instead of July. Enough hail fell in many areas from Portland south that residents could use snow plows to clean it up. In addition, some areas, like Sanford, experienced significant flooding.
The Skowhegan State Fair will be held this year, but will look very different because of the pandemic. The traditional fair-style will be replaced by a small exhibitor fair on the fairgrounds, with a virtual showing of agricultural vendors and many online aspects so folks at home can take part.
Maine Credit Unions have had an extremely successful year collecting donations to feed Maine’s food insecure. The Campaign for Ending Hunger exceeded its goal by raising more than 227 thousand dollars. That money will be used to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s COVID-19 response, as well as local food pantries.