Memorial reports two more positive coronavirus cases
CONWAY — Memorial Hospital on Friday reported two new positive tests for the coronavirus. Tim Kershner, communications and public relations director, said one is a patient who was admitted. The other is recovering at home. Neither is an employee of the hospital. The state said Thursday that 158 people in New Hampshire have tested positive for COVID-19, 25 have been hospitalized and one person has died. Those figures, do not include the two new cases at Memorial. Coos County is currently the only county in the state in which no one has tested positive for the disease. Meanwhile, Maine is reporting 168 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 92 of them in Cumberland County, which includes the Portland area, and eight in Carroll County’s neighboring county, Oxford County. On Friday, Maine reported its first death. and that was in Cumberland County.
Farmers’ market to be held outside today in Tamworth
TAMWORTH — The Tamworth Farmers’ Market will take place today with seven vendors in the parking lot of the Tamworth Town House, at 27 Cleveland Road, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Organizer Bob Streeter said Gov. Chris Sununu’s office has deemed farmers’ markets as essential services. “We will be spread out in the parking lot,” he said, adding that the state Department of Agriculture and Food has encouraged farmers’ markets to remain open. Streeter quoted from a letter he received from the department, which said: “Your food products are important as part of available quality food for N.H. residents during this time.”
UNH is delaying enrollment, housing deadlines to June
DURHAM — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of New Hampshire has extended the enrollment and housing deadline for prospective students from May 1 to June 1. “We know families across our state and country are discussing college futures,” said Pelema Ellis, vice provost of enrollment management at UNH. Because the university is unable to host in-person events on campus for admitted students, she said, a variety of virtual experiences are being offered for admitted students and their parents. For more, go to admissions.unh.edu/admitted-students/virtual.
NHDOT announces changes in toll collection operations
CONCORD — Beginning Monday, March 30, at midnight, Cash/E-ZPass lanes for cash customers will move from making change to an “Exact Change Toll Fare Only” standard. In addition, cash lanes will be staffed only from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. If a customer does not have the exact toll fare, customers may pay online within seven days of the transaction at ezpassnh.com/ using the “7-Day to Pay” option or by calling (877) 643-9727. After the seven-day period elapses, an invoice will be processed and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Signs will be hung on the toll booths, and message boards will be in place at the approach to all toll booths to notify motorists of these changes.
Norway Savings Bank to close 14 branches for now
NORWAY, Maine — Norway Savings has made the decision to temporarily close several Maine branches to let more employees to remain at home while still accommodating customers’ banking needs. From March 28-April 8, the following branches will continue to be OPEN with drive-up, appointment and ATM banking: Fryeburg, Bridgton, Norway, Saco, Windham, Bethel, Topsham, Auburn, Yarmouth and Congress Street, Portland. CLOSED (ATM Banking available): Exchange Street, Portland; Forest Ave, Portland; South Portland; Scarborough; Kennebunk; Falmouth; Freeport; Maine Street, Brunswick; Cooks Corner, Brunswick; Gorham; Standish; Gray; Naples; and South Paris. Night deposits can be made at open branches. Deposit accounts can be opened online and mortgages and lines of credit can be applied for online at norwaysavings.bank 24/7