The Maine CDC reports 69 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and one additional death. As of Monday, 58 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, the first time that number has been below 60 since November. So far, 61% of Mainers are fully vaccinated.  

The community of Southwest Harbor is mourning the loss of its Deputy Fire Chief Sam Chisholm, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. Chisholm had served on the department for 43 years. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family asks that donations be made to the Southwest Harbor Fire Association.

Maine Wardens are reminding residents of the dangers of swimming and boating after several drownings this week. Water temperatures are much colder than the warm air would suggest, and people need to recognize their abilities and limitations. The national weather service has been issuing beach hazard warnings to alert people to the dangers of underestimating the effects of cold water.  

 A big change is coming to Maine Walmart stores in a few weeks. Walmart shoppers will need to bring their own bags, starting on July 1st, when the company will stop providing plastic bags. The decision is in alignment with the state’s ban on plastic bags, that was postponed by the pandemic.

Drivers traveling through Bangor this weekend should be aware of a significant detour on State Street, as crews replace an existing concrete box culvert. Traffic will be closed to traffic from 8:00 Friday night to 4:00 Monday morning, with detours at Fern Street and Hogan Road. Those needing medical attention at Northern Light EMMC will be able to access the hospital.

Two Bangor parks are getting new playground equipment. The new playground at Hayford Park, on 13th street, is under construction now, and expected to be completed in a couple weeks, including equipment for both younger and older kids. Chapin Park, next to Abraham Lincoln School, will also be getting an upgrade during the summer. 

A sheep shearing competition in Holden this Saturday will benefit Cancer Care in Brewer. The event at Maple Crest Farm will involve teams of seven people, who will work together to shear the sheep, spin the wool, and knit sweaters. Find more information on the Facebook event page for Sheep for a Cure.  

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