Bangor, Maine News Update: June 22, 2021
The Maine CDC reports only 18 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. That’s the lowest one-day total since last October. So far, just under 65% of eligible Mainers are fully vaccinated.
Maine law enforcement officials will kick off a new program today that aims to help police better communicate with people with disabilities or cognitive impairment. The Contact Person Program would provide police with contact information for a friend or relative who may be able to help them understand what the person needs. The program kicks off this afternoon, and people can get signed up by contacting their local police department.
Stricter air quality standards are likely coming to Maine schools, after the Maine Legislature approved a proposal to create more consistent standards statewide. According to the AP, supporters of the measure say the state suffers from a patchwork of ventilation practices at its school, partly because the DEP had not clearly defined the necessary guidelines.
The very profitable elver season has bounced back after prices fell last year, due to the pandemic. The baby eels that usually sell for about $2,000 a pound dropped to just over $500 a pound last year. But according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, that price has rebounded to approximately $1,849 this year.
The Monmouth Fair opens tomorrow, with a midway from Smokey’s Greater Shows, agricultural exhibits, and truck pulling. The fair will also feature live entertainment each day. Find a complete schedule of events on the Monmouth Fair website.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is partnering with local non-profits in Bangor and Brewer to provide area children with free lunches over the summer. In Brewer, the meals will be handed out at the Brewer Housing Authority and in Bangor, there are several locations at area churches and community centers. Find the complete schedule on the Good Shepherd Food Bank's website.