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Things You Need to Know: Hallowell Resident Asked to Check Their Storm-water Drains

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Here are the things you need to  know today……

Zone forecast from Maine.gov

Officials are investigating Friday night vehicle crash in Searsmont that killed 73 year old George Studley. According to centralmaine.com he is  former longtime chief of the China Village Volunteer Fire Department. He was assistant fire chief at the time of his death and had served for the department more than 50 years.

Hallowell residents are being asked to check to see if their property has a drain that hooks into the sewer water system. Centralmaine.com reports if so, they will want to have that fixed so they don’t get flooding after things are updated during the Water Street construction project.  It used to be that sewer and storm water drainage went to the same place but that is not the case anymore.

Augusta’s new $1 million fire truck has been sent for repairs in Connecticut  just a few weeks after of using it. Centralmaine.com reports it is all under warranty  and the city has an older ladder truck still in use in case it is needed.

From the Associated Press:

A day after thousands of counterprotesters chanted ant-Nazi slogans and upstaged a “free speech rally” in Boston, demonstrators have gathered in Portland, Maine, to oppose white supremacy. The Portland Press Herald reports about 1,200 people took part in the Maine People’s Alliance event on Sunday. Rabbi Erica Asch of Temple Beth El in Augusta addressed the crowd saying, “we are here today to stand up for a different vision of America.”

A Maine legislative panel is set to consider investigations into a state tax credit program and Maine’s lottery. The committee will present a report on the state’s Pine Tree Development Zones which allow eligible businesses to greatly reduce or eliminate state taxes for up to ten years.

A high school in the Maine city of Portland canceled student activities Monday after receiving a threatening email. WGME-TV reports student activities at Cheverus High School on Monday have been canceled. According to a school official, an employee received an email about a threat to the school over the weekend.

Police in Maine say a home was severely damaged when the driver of a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed. Authorities say the crash happened in Waterboro around 5:30 a.m. Sunday when a juvenile operating the truck fell asleep at the wheel before barreling into the home. Police say a wall partially collapsed and the exterior of the home sustained significant damage.

Two separate Colby College studies examining a mass extinction and a special chemical compound are receiving federal funding. One project will investigate the environmental changes that caused a mass extinction 252 million years ago. The idea is for researchers to better understand current threats to animal and plant life.

Maine’s bear season is approaching fast. Bears have been munching on bait in the woods this summer since hunters started laying it on July 29. Bait is often sugary human food like doughnuts and pastries. Hunters are allowed to start harvesting bears starting with Youth Bear Day on Aug. 26.

Maine is getting $950,000 from EpiPen maker Mylan as part of a national settlement. The company this week finalized a $465 million federal agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills called the company’s conduct “unconscionable.”

Amtrak is bringing back a domed railcar that offers panoramic views for riders of the Downeaster. The Downeaster will begin four daily trips starting Saturday using the “Amtrak Great Dome rail car.” The rail car features an upper level with windows on all sides.

Bowdoin College is moving a Confederate memorial plague from a school lobby to the archives and special collections of the college’s library in the wake of deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. The college president said Saturday that the school has concluded that historical artifacts “that are directly tied to the leadership of a horrible ideology are not meant for a place designed to honor courage, principle, and freedom.”

American, Singaporean and Malaysian armed forces are searching for 10 U.S. sailors missing after an early-morning collision between a Navy destroyer and a tanker. It’s the second collision involving a Navy ship in two months. The Navy says five sailors were hurt in the collision between the USS John S. McCain and the Alnic MC. One of the injured says he’s OK and awaiting surgery for an arm injury.

A Catalan official says regional and local authorities discarded the Spanish government’s suggestion to place traffic barriers to protect the Las Ramblas promenade because they deemed them “inefficient.” The official said the suggested barriers wouldn’t have prevented a vehicle from entering at other points, and emergency vehicles would still need to be able to enter the promenade as well.

U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games and will run through Aug. 31. Pyongyang calls the 11-day drills a “reckless” invasion rehearsal that could trigger nuclear war. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said the drills are defensive in nature.

Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, Lewis always figured out a way to battle back, to reinvent himself, to stay relevant. Lewis died Sunday in Las Vegas at age 91.

If jokes are the children of pain, then Jerry Lewis was a natural father. The filmmaker, entertainer and sleepless host of the Muscular Dystrophy telethons was a storm system of rage and ecstasy, Olympian physical talent, artistic aspiration and vintage Vegas schmaltz. The crazed funnyman who would scream like a toddler worked for years on a Holocaust film called “The Day the Clown Cried” and for his theme song chose the self-mythology of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

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