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Dr. Nirav Shah reminded the people of Maine that the pandemic is not over and we are not out of this yet.

Dr. Nirav Shah reminded the people of Maine that the pandemic is not over and we are not out of this yet.

Although Mainers are getting more vaccines, the state has seen an increase in things like positivity rate and hospitalizations over the last two weeks.

In Piscataquis County the overall case count has nearly doubled in the last month.

“The range of those cases goes from individuals as young as nine all the way up to 85,” explained Shah. “There has been one hospitalization. Thankfully, there have not been any deaths. These cases have affected for example three healthcare workers in Piscataquis County. There have also been no confirmed outbreaks. But we are seeing is a significant uptick in community transmission.”

The community transmission has been found to have come from restaurants and apartment complexes.

Shah says this is a reminder of why following safety guidelines is so important.

Two adults and two children were in the building at the time

MILO, Maine (WABI) – Milo’s town manager says it’s a “miracle” no one was hurt when a building partially collapsed with a family inside.

Police say four people — the woman who owned the building, her boyfriend, and her two kids — were living in the old Masonic Building on Main Street. They were all there Monday around 2:30 p.m. when part of the roof caved in.

Town Manager Bob Canney says luckily, they were in a different area of the building than where the damage occured.

The family’s three cats also survived.

Canney says the woman was working to repair the roughly 100-year-old building. Now, it will have to be demolished.

The town is looking into whether a building next to it needs to come down, too.

The fundraiser plays a major role in helping the club raise money for trail maintenance

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – While COVID is making larger gatherings more difficult, one snowmobile club is doing their best with an annual event.

The Ebeemee Snowmobile Club held their “Ebeemee Fly-In” this morning, with some attendees riding their sleds in, while others, like the name suggests, dropped by on planes.

To ensure people’s safety, the club required face coverings and social distancing measures, but still did old favorites like their fifty-fifty raffle and the “Adopt A Trail” programs.

With over seventy miles of trail to groom, the club said that events like the Fly-In are vital to maintaining a classic Maine staple, and encouraged others to get involved through both donation and participation.

“You know, many hands make light work, and money funding is huge,” explained Laurie Plourde, the club’s President. “That’s always the big thing, it all comes down to that. You have to have cash flow to make trails flat and wonderful, so, join a club, over and over again. And most importantly, join Ebeemee Snowmobile Club.”

And if you’d like to help, or join, the Ebeemee Snowmobile Club, you can find them on Facebook.

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – One of Maine’s oldest fishing derbies made it’s return this weekend.

The 59th Annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held, with dozens of entrants competing to catch fish in return for a wide variety of prizes.

Prizes varied from cash to gift cards to even a brand new ATV, and all entrants had to pay was a ten dollar entry fee, with all proceeds going to the Milo Fire Department’s various charities and events.

Organizers and volunteers say that the derby is a proud Maine tradition that gives people a chance to have some outdoor fun for a good cause.

“The local economy really needed a fishing derby,” explained Ricky Bradeen, a volunteer for the derby. “A lot of people come in, they buy gas, they buy food, they buy groceries to camp, and the other thing is, they to outdoor recreate, they get to icefish, get to have fun, and they’re also supporting the local fire department, which is then gonna go back out into the community to various charities and stuff so you’re really helping out everybody and having a fun time.”

“It’s just the atmosphere, being outdoors,” said Doug McClure, an entrant in the derby. “Like I said, having lots of family around, we play games and fish and we just really enjoy being up here.”

“That’s exactly it. It’s all about getting together with family and enjoying some time outside, finally,” added John Sirois, another entrant.

While COVID forced them to cancel the usual in-person drawing, it will instead be held online at 7 tonight.

You can watch that at https://www.threeriverscommunity.me/fishingderby/

The residence belongs to two adults.

MILO, Maine (WABI) – Officials say two people are without a home Tuesday night after a fire in Milo.

It happened on Park Street.

Milo’s fire chief says there were two people inside at the time, but they made it out ok.

However, two pets didn’t make it.

We’re told the house and a barn were badly damaged.

Investigators will now try to figure out a cause.

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – A non-profit organization in Brownville that’s become a bit of an international sensation could use some help to keep it that way.

This is Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer.

They supplement the diets of their local four legged friends to help them get through winter.

Their YouTube page has 6 channels with more than 40 thousand followers.

The manager of the pantry says they have followers from 118 countries and reach more than 100 thousand people a day.

But, they rely on donations to pay for the grain that comes from Lee, Maine, and those have been slow to come in this year.

“This has been going on for decades in this town, and Brownville junction hopefully we can get enough money to keep this going and feed the deer every winter for decades to come,” said manager Richard McMahon.

If you would like help them with a donation, here is a link to their Facebook page with all their information.

Also, here a link to check out those deer on YouTube.

Authorities are looking for 27-year-old James Eberhart of Hudson and Milo.

MILO, Maine (WABI) – Milo Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man they believe robbed a store in Milo over the weekend.

Authorities are looking for 27-year-old James Eberhart of Hudson and Milo.

They say this photo was taken an hour before an armed robbery at LJ Express on Elm Street on Sunday.

According to authorities, a man armed with a knife, believed to be Eberhart, demanded money from the cashier.

He was wearing a dark hoodie and a face covering.

Police say a woman was seen outside waiting for him.

They say she has been found and arrested.

Anyone with information about where Eberhart may be is urged to call 564-3304.

MILO, Maine (WABI) –

Police in Milo are investigating an armed robbery at a store Sunday night.

Police say it happened just before 10 o’clock at LJ Express on Elm Street.

At least two people were involved.

Police are hoping the public can help to identify the individuals shown in these surveillance images.

According to authorities, a man armed with a knife demanded money from the cashier.

He was wearing a dark hoodie and a face covering.

Police say a woman with red hair was seen outside waiting for him.

A third person may have been waiting in a car in the parking lot.

The suspects took off in a silver Volkswagen Passat with no plates.

Anyone with information is urged to call 564-3304.

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