first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth School Department received permission from its insurer last week to begin removing the toppled bleachers from the outdoor track on Forest Avenue.Some 150 feet of aluminum bleachers blew over in the April 7 storm and have remained upside down on the oval track since. Dan Higgins, superintendent of the Ellsworth schools, said the department has solicited bids from companies to begin removing the stands as soon as possible.“Hopefully they’ll be able to start within the week,” Higgins said. “We have solicited bids from a couple of companies here in Maine and actually in the eastern Maine area. We’re waiting to hear back from them.”The bleachers’ manufacturer/installer and an engineer assessed the damage and determined the stands will need to be replaced.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHiggins said the department has also requested bids from companies to replace the bleachers.As for the track, an estimated cost for repairs will be known once the bleachers are removed.Higgins said both the bleachers and the track will be covered under the department’s insurance.When asked if the engineer provided further analysis for why the bleachers didn’t remain anchored, Higgins said the simple assessment is that the bleachers were damaged in the wind storm.“I know that the engineer who was on site is working with the insurance company to make those final determinations,” Higgins said. “I have not seen a final copy of that report yet, but we were told the damage was the result of a very strong wind storm.”The Relay for Life — a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that typically attracts hundreds of participants — was originally scheduled for June 3 and 4 at the Ellsworth track. On Tuesday, organizers posted on the event’s website and Facebook page that Bucksport High School will host this year’s relay.“It was certainly a prudent move on their part to have a secondary location lined up,” Higgins said. “We are hoping that we will have the bleachers removed and that they will be able to use the track.” Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img

Bleachers to be removed from Ellsworth track

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