The Maine CDC reports 1,436 cases of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 28 from the previous day. 64 people diagnosed with the illness have died and 861 Mainers have recovered, which is an increase of 4 from the day before. Officials say residents practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible is helping to flatten the curve.

Governor Mills announced on Friday a rural reopening plan that will allow for restaurants, retail stores, and sporting camps to open in 12 of Maine’s counties, including Hancock and Washington, but not in Penobscot. The regions eligible for the early reopening are the counties that have no recorded community transmission of COVID-19. The governor stipulated that, just because those businesses CAN open, they are not required to do so, and will have to adhere to strict health safety guidelines.

Bucksport Police have arrested a local man in connection with a shooting last week they say was the result of an argument that started over a social media post. Craig Woodard is charged with elevated aggravated assault. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Bangor hospital.

Hunters are reminded that applications for a moose permit are due by the end of the day on Thursday. The state will award the permits in June during a lottery, which will be broadcast live online. Find more information on the website for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Bar Harbor’s town leaders are considering a proposal to close parts of some downtown streets, to accommodate outdoor shopping and dining. The extra space would allow for proper social distancing, allowing them to reopen under the governor’s rural reopening plan.

The Friends of Acadia’s annual benefit dinner will not be held under the big tents at the Asticou Inn this year, but the auction portion will be held online. The organization’s largest annual event raises money for FOA grants and projects in support of Acadia National Park. Find more information on the website for the Friends of Acadia.

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