The Maine CDC is reporting 245 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, the second-highest single-day increase since March. A woman in her 90’s from York County, diagnosed with the virus, has died. Officials say another 195 people have recovered.

An elderly woman from the town of China was scammed out of 18 thousand dollars by a caller who claimed to be her son-in-law, had been in an accident and needed bail money. She was told to get the cash and someone would drive by and pick it up. The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is now looking for a man in a black Cadillac Escalade with New York plates who collected her money.

Wreaths Across America’s annual tradition of laying wreaths on the soldiers’ graves at Arlington National Cemetery is back on, after a surprise reversal on Tuesday. Monday, the administrators at Arlington told the Maine-based organization that safety concerns forced them to cancel the event. But on Tuesday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy directed Arlington to host Wreaths Across America as they honor veterans at a date that has yet to be determined.

Triple A of New England is warning drivers that this is peak season for deer-car collisions. Officials say deer usually move at dusk and dawn, but this year they’ve been active all day. The best advice is for drivers to constantly scan the entire road, including the shoulder, and use their high beams whenever possible.

The Ellsworth Elks Club is once again offering a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who wants one. This year’s meals will be available via curbside pick-up from 11 to 1, and arrangements can be made for meals to be delivered. Folks can call the Elks Club before November 23rd to reserve their meal.

St Dunstan’s Church in Ellsworth is holding an online marketplace, when health regulations made it impossible for them to hold their annual holiday fair. Money raised from the sale of baked goods, crafts, and new and nearly-new items will benefit the THAW program, which provides emergency heat assistance to local residents.

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