April 06, 2020

Classes on hold in most areas

Most if not all schools in the Greater Bangor area will be closed again today as utility and public works crews seek to restore power and clear roads of downed limbs and power lines.

What follows is a brief list of Bangor area schools confirmed to be canceled for Monday:

Bangor, including John Bapst Memorial High School


Old Town

SAD 22 Hampden, Newburgh, Winterport

SAD 64 Bradford, Corinth, Hudson, Kenduskeag, Stetson

Union 34, Glenburn, Hermon

Union 87 Orono, Veazie

Union 90 Alton, Bradley, Milford, Greenbush

Union 91 Orland, Orrington

Schools in other parts of Penobscot County also were expected to be closed as were schools in Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Waldo and Knox counties.

In Ellsworth, Principal Roland W. Shaw of the Dr. Charles C. Knowlton School said the city’s schools would be closed today because of the weather.

“Our goal is to open for Tuesday,” he said Sunday night.

Because of a loss of electricity, heat and water, SAD 48 (Corinna, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, St. Albans) schools also are closed today.

“The secondary problem is that many of the wires are so low the buses can’t drive under them,” Superintendent William Braun said Sunday night. “We hope to have schools open if we have power, water and electricity. There is no water in Corinna and no heat in Newport.”

Braun said there were several power lines down near the area’s schools. “We won’t guarantee anything for Tuesday,” the superintendent said.

Classes scheduled to start Monday at the University of Maine in Orono have been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 15, although UMaine offices are scheduled to open as scheduled today.

In a statement issued Saturday, university officials said on-campus housing will not be available until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. On-campus residents needing emergency shelter should call 581-8577. Students who live off campus who need emergency shelter should contact 581-1740 or 866-4451.

Although classes will not be in session, UM offices will open for normal operating hours. The statement said employees should report to work as scheduled, but should be prepared for lower than normal office temperatures.

Updated information about the university’s schedule and status may be obtained locally by calling 581-SNOW, or 1-800-581-SNOW outside the Orono area.

Students moving back onto the campus of Eastern Maine Technical College must wait until 1 p.m. Wednesday, and classes are delayed until Thursday morning, an EMTC official said.

In Waterville, Colby College is expected to open for its normal schedule today. As of Sunday, the college was reporting that all employees should plan to report for work as usual if it is safe to do so.

If weather conditions deteriorate and employees are wondering about the status of the college, they may call 872-3580. The recording reported that Colby will be open as long as it has power but will be closed if it loses power.

Colby’s field house, which had not lost power during the storm, is serving as an area shelter, according to the statement.

Compiled by NEWS staffers Doug Kesseli and Yolanda Sly

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