JEFFERSON — Days after a Jefferson boy was badly burned by a campfire at his home, the eighth-grade class at Jefferson Village School decided to host a spaghetti supper to raise money for their classmate’s family.

The boy is being treated at the Shriners Hospital in Boston, after suffering first- and second-degree burns to his face, chest, back, arms and legs.

The dinner will be held Friday at the Jefferson Village School. The meal will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children, with a $25 maximum per family.

There will also be a raffle. Letters have been sent to many local businesses, and so far the class has received several items, including gift certificates from Red Robbin Restaurant and Hammond Lumber. There will be a drop-off day for food donations for the supper and items for the raffle from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the school.

“It’s a small school, so when one kid is hurt, they all feel it,” said Cheryl Bois, who is the parent of an eighth-grader, wife of eighth-grade teacher Randy Bois and a neighbor of the victim. She is helping eighth-grade teacher Michelle Duncan Shaw organize the event.

— The Lincoln County News


Park Loop Road’s west side to close for work on culverts 

The west side of the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park will be closed from Bubble Pond to Cadillac Summit Road from Monday through May 21 while crews replace culverts.

This section will be closed to all traffic, including walkers and bicyclists, because of heavy equipment and road excavation.

Superintendent Sheridan Steele said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided $2,670,668 to repave roads and parking lots and rehabilitate culverts and stonework in the park.

The park service recently awarded Sargent Corp. of Stillwater a contract to complete the work. Most of the work is on the Park Loop Road system and adjacent parking areas, with some work in the Schoodic area.

For more information on specific road openings and closings, and the condition of trails and carriage roads, call 288-3338 and press “0,” Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or go to the park website at

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $3 billion to the Department of the Interior. Of that amount, $750 million was appropriated to National Park Service projects.

— Mount Desert Islander


Alarmed by deaths, fishermen, officials weigh rule changes

Lubec-area fishermen recently met with Maine Marine Patrol and Coast Guard officials to consider possible regulatory changes that would help prevent the loss of life of any more fishermen in this area. More than 35 people, including fishermen and seafood buyers, attended the session in Lubec.

Col. Joseph Fessenden, chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, stated, “It’s pretty much unprecedented, the loss of life in this area. Something’s wrong up here. We’re looking for ideas about what’s wrong.”

Commercial ship’s pilot Bob Peacock of Eastport noted that as many fishermen have been lost in the Cobscook Bay area during the last two years as have been lost in the Gulf of Alaska. The fishing industry has the highest fatality rate of any occupation in the United States, and Alaska’s waters are the most deadly.

Of the sinkings in this area in the past 22 years, Peacock noted that only one fisherman had died in dragging accidents during the first 15 years, but there were 12 deaths in the past seven years.

He recommended that a new survey be done of portions of Cobscook Bay and that the area around Falls Island be closed to dragging unless a vessel has a buddy boat, the fishermen are wearing personal flotation devices and the boat is not towing from a high block.

— The Quoddy Tides


Longtime owner of popular snack bar dies of heart attack

Local snack bar owner Jimmy Jordan died Thursday night at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital following a heart attack. He was 64.

Jordan purchased Jordan’s Snack Bar on Route 1 in Ellsworth in 1980. The business was formerly D&E Dairy Bar and consisted of a takeout restaurant and two-car garage.

Jordan added a playground, game room, indoor dining facility and dance hall. The snack bar’s Wednesday night “cruise-ins” in the summer draw crowds of antique car buffs.

Many local residents celebrate the start of spring with fried clams or a crab roll at the popular eatery. The snack bar celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006.

— The Ellsworth American.


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