Bangor, Maine News Update: May 10, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 244 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. Androscoggin County is the only area of Maine that remains yellow in the Department of Education’s color coding system, because of a continued elevated case rate in the region. The yellow designation suggests a hybrid learning model, with a combination of in-person and remote learning.
The driver who hit and killed a woman in a crosswalk near Jackson Laboratory in December will not face any criminal charges, after the Hancock County District Attorney said the state couldn’t meet the burden of proof. Now, McKenna Unobskey’s family says they want the driver held accountable. DA Matt Foster told WABI-TV that the family still has the option to file a civil suit.
Hunters interested in entering their names for the annual moose lottery are running out of time. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will only be taking online applications through Thursday. The moose lottery permit drawing will be held on June 12th.
Some of the buildings on the former MBNA campus in Belfast may soon be housing students from RSU 71. School directors are looking into purchasing the now-vacant buildings for between $7 million and $8 million to serve the district’s kindergarten through second-grade students.
Students at Trenton Elementary School are learning about gardening and benefiting the community through the Growing Up Green Team, and the Timberwolf Community Cupboard. Students have a greenhouse, where they grow a variety of vegetables and beans. Hancock County residents can then pick up the fresh produce every Thursday at the school’s food pantry.
The Maine Arts Commission is looking for a new poet laureate to serve a five-year-term, now that Deer Isle poet Stuart Kestenbaum’s nearing the end of his tenure. To be considered, poets must be full-time Maine residents and have a distinguished body of poetic work. Interested poets should contact the Maine Arts Commission.