A Fairfield woman has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking and possession and her infant child taken into state custody. Katrina Rimes was arrested after officials searched her home and found four thousand dollars’ worth of heroin, and items consistent with trafficking.

Five people died from the flu in Maine last week, which has health officials reminding residents to take precautions. Washing hands often and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth can help protect a person from getting sick while covering your cough and staying home once you do become sick can prevent others from catching it. Find more information on the Maine flu website.

Maine forestry officials are proposing a full quarantine to stop the spread of the gypsy moth, which is one of the most destructive forest pests in the country. The quarantine would place limits on the movement of products that could carry the moth, like logs, bark products, and some kinds of trees and shrubs. The public can offer feedback on the proposal until April 26th.

An organization that supports adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness will hold its annual silent and live auction this Friday at the Black Bear Inn. Last year, O-H-I raised more than eleven thousand dollars, and they hope to top that this year with prizes ranging from restaurant gift cards to vacation packages. Find more information on the OHI website.

The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce has named Jackie Wycoff as its Citizen of the Year, for her development of the Community Closet thrift Store. The business functions as a community thrift store, food, bank, blanket depot, and disaster relief fund. Along with running the closet, Wycoff has been busy raising money for RSU 24 to buy a new flashing sign at the Peninsula School and front facing cameras on the school buses.

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