Ionia, a young female goat on Turning Page Farm in Monson, looks into the camera on Sept. 30, while in her pasture. Born this past winter on the farm, Ionia has recently joined the herd of adult milk goats, which produce milk for the farm's small creamery. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s and partly cloudy throughout the state.

Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.

Now there’s a place where you can drink beer and watch goats play

–Yes, you read that right.

Turning Page Farm — a homestead, goat creamery and small-batch brewery in Monson — recently opened a beer garden right outside one of their goat pastures to make this magical combination possible.

Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays through the end of October, this low-key venue has already attracted locals and vacationers who are seeking a memorable drink.

You might have to pay for parking at some Cross Insurance Center events

–Bangor officials are considering whether to charge for parking at the Cross Insurance Center during some of the venue’s larger events — a decision that would add thousands of dollars in additional revenue to the city each year.

There are about 900 parking spaces in the lot behind the Main Street center, and another 200 VIP spots. Except for the $10 VIP parking spaces, parking during events is now free. If the city decides to charge for parking, the fee would be about $10 to $15, Cross Center General Manager Blake Henry said.

The idea, Henry said, is not to charge for parking every time people gather at the center for one of its 250 conventions, sporting events or concerts each year, but for the eight or nine “big-ticket events” that bring throngs of attendees.

Algae bloom turns Hancock County pond into a mucky green mess

–Earlier this summer, Georges Pond looked more like a vast, 350-acre bowl of pea soup than a freshwater lake.

But it wasn’t anything you would want to eat. The pronounced discoloration was a severe algae bloom in the lake, which is ringed by property owned by people who come each summer to enjoy the view and swim in the lake’s cool waters.

Such blooms in Georges Pond — and in dozens of other lakes throughout Maine — have alarmed abutting property owners who fear having reduced use of the pond. And the blooms appear to be getting worse, but property owners aren’t sure why.

A small Maine town no longer supports CMP’s big hydro project

–Caratunk, a town of 68 residents along the proposed hydropower corridor from Canada to Lewiston, retracted its earlier letter of support for the Central Maine Power and Hydro-Quebec project after residents grew concerned that promised tax benefits had been exaggerated.

Residents of at least one other town along the proposed route are rethinking their support for the project as it heads to regulatory agencies in Maine and Massachusetts for approval.

One of Maine’s most iconic buildings is going up for auction

–Portland’s Time and Temperature Building is bound for the auction block.

The 14-story office tower that’s defined the skyline of Maine’s largest city for nearly a century will be placed on the auction block in October with the starting bid set at $2.75 million, according to a notice of offering from the real estate firms handling the transaction.

Any-deer permit results are coming out today

–If you’re one of the thousands of hunters hoping to win an any-deer permit this year, your wait is nearly over.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will draw the names of 84,745 permit winners today.

We’ll have a story linking to those results as soon as the lottery is complete at

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

–Hey Maine foodies, this weekend is for you. The New England Ribfest kicks off Friday at Bass Park in Bangor, and continues through Saturday. Also on Saturday is the first-ever Lewiston Auburn Poutine Feast-ival, featuring a variety of poutines, at the Franco Center in Lewiston. There’s also the Maine Wienerfest in Belfast on Sunday — but it celebrates dachshunds, not hot dogs.

Other offerings this weekend include Open Lighthouse Day, the Bangor Car Show, the Eastport Pirate Festival and more.

In other news…


One of two Maine men charged with federal hate crime released on bail

Small plane crashes near Bigelow Mountain

Century-old motorcycles start grueling cross-country run in Portland


Maple syrup, honey labels to be spared ‘added sugar’ label

Bangor Publishing Co. acquires Pulse Marketing Agency

Trump poised to tax an additional $200B in Chinese imports


LePage pulls nominees, calling legislators ‘petty partisan politicians’

Older Mainers agree on a lot, but not on who to vote for

Trump fumes over NYT op-ed; top officials swiftly deny role


Trump is unfit to be president. Now what?

Maine is wrong to withhold tuition from parents who send kids to religious schools

Tribalism is not patriotism


Former Oxford Hills standout works his way into starting tackle spot for UMaine football team

Peyton Manning, Riddell award Stearns football team $10,000 equipment grant

Maine high school football capsules for Sept. 7 and 8

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...