The Maine CDC reports 129 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, with the largest number of new cases in southern Maine. Tenants whose income has been affected by the pandemic can now apply for Emergency rent relief, on the Maine Housing Authority website. Checks will be paid directly to the landlord and funds may be available to also help with utility bills.

High winds are causing power outages this morning. As of 5:30, Versant was reporting 4,778 customers without power, while CMP has 21,220 without electricity. Dangerous wind chills mean residents should limit their time outside today and cover as much exposed skin, as possible, whenever they do have to go out.

An organization funded by the Maine Office of Community Development is offering free tablets and internet access for adults in need of them. Residents have to apply for the program through the National Digital Equity Center and would have use of the tablet for a year.

A series of Zoom meetings, including one tonight at 7:00, will give Ellsworth residents a chance to speak out about a ‘Green Ellsworth’ plan. Organizers say this is a citizen-driven initiative to make Ellsworth a model Green community, that they hope the city will accept.

The Maine Fair Association has released the fair schedule for 2021. Whether or not each event will be held, and what safety guidelines will be in place will be up to the planners of each individual location.

An organization called Chefs of Maine is inviting area chefs into Provender restaurant in Ellsworth on Wednesday, March 10th, for an English Muffin Pizza contest. The public is invited in between 6:30 and 10 to taste some of the creations from restaurants like Blaze Bangor and Josie’s Country Store and Café, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Loaves and Fishes food pantry.

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