Area residents safe in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON, Mass. — Friends of Hancock County residents involved in the Boston Marathon this year have taken to the Facebook pages of the Mount Desert Islander and Ellsworth American to help update friends and family concerned about their safety.

Two explosions ripped the area near the marathon finish line on the north side of Bolyston Street shortly after 3 p.m.

Area residents were registered as runners and many also volunteer each year. Still others were in the area as spectators and support crew.

Lori Bartlett, of Bar Harbor; Suzanne L. Bracy, of Southwest Harbor; and Gary L. Allen where all slated to compete.

Bartlett, who is a police dispatcher in Bar Harbor, was reported safe by officers in her department who she was communicating with through Facebook.

According to results posted on the Boston Athletics Association Website, Allen finished the race in less than four hours, before the first of several explosions occurred. Both Mr. Allen and friend Mary Ropp posted that they were okay.

Ropp, of Bar Harbor, reported: “Jim Newett had already finished, so he should be okay, assuming he continued toward the Common to get his checked bag. I’m in the media center and will report anything I find out. Right now, we’re watching the local news and don’t know anything that isn’t already being reported. Such a terrible day for our sport.”

Lisa MacQuinn Tweedie and Ginger King of Bar Harbor were volunteering at a water stop at Mile 7. Laura Anderson reported on Facebook that they were okay. Nina Barufaldi St. Germain commented that Tom Raynor was okay and Liddy Hubbell passed along that Carrie Jones was safe.

Doctors Mary Dudzik and David Painter of Bar Harbor, were unharmed according to coworkers posting on Facebook.

Darlene Rosario posted that Teresa Norwood was getting away from the area and that she was not hurt.

Kay Stevens Rosa reported that her family was safe as were Carrie Jamison and family who were reported headed home.

Through friends and Facebook posts, The American has learned that the following Hancock County participants in the Boston Marathon are safe and well: Matt Homich, Jim Newett and Tim Tunney of Ellsworth; Stephen Whalen of Mount Desert; Tuesdi Woodworth of Bar Harbor; Sharlene Grant of Sedgwick; Kara Gaston of Mariaville; and Isaac Marnik of Franklin.

Updates will be posted to the Facebook pages of both newspapers as they come in.

Representative Mike Michaud issued the following statement after learning of the explosions in Boston today.

“This is a tragic day for Boston and America. The explosions and the violence are shocking, and the unknowns raise questions. Regardless of the cause and what’s behind this, I know I join all Mainers and countless Americans in extending my thoughts and prayers to all those that were affected today.”

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