Park officials in Acadia are warning visitors of dangerous surf conditions as hurricane Jose nears the eastern seaboard. Message boards and high surf signs have been posted, with the possibility of large swells that could reach the coast today and even higher waves expected tomorrow. Visitors are encouraged to say far away from surf areas and vulnerable wave run-up locations.

The Maine CDC is requiring that all 7th grade students in the state get the whooping cough vaccine. Maine is one of the last states to require the pertussis booster shot for children. Parents can opt out of the vaccine for their kids by filing a form

Piscataquis County is in need of an established search and rescue team that would be ready to go whenever someone goes missing. The Warden Service is looking for volunteers and will hold an informational meeting at the Greenville Fire Department tomorrow night at 6. Anyone who would like to attend is encouraged to send an email to april dot Collins at Maine dot gov.

September is National preparedness month, so the Maine Emergency Management Agency is getting the word out about the importance of having a plan for your family. Residents should have strategies both for sustainability while sheltering at home and in the event of an evacuation. For more information about things like what to put in your to-go pack, log onto Maine prepares dot com.

A well-loved and respected veteran and troop greeter has passed away at the age of 91. Norman Rossignol served in World War 2 and the Korean War, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, had a purple heart, and a bronze medal that was pinned on him by General Patton. Rossignol’s family has asked that community members remember him by making a donation to the Bangor Troop Greeters.

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