Dairy goats in Belfast. Credit: Gabor Degre

Happy Halloween. Temperatures will be in the 40s with some clouds and rain in parts of the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

She stole her sister’s identity, married an American and settled in Maine

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–Now, Emilita Arindela is left to wonder about the status of her U.S. citizenship at a time when deportation arrests are on the rise.

Contested sheriff’s races are rare in Waldo County, but two candidates are going at it this year

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–Incumbent Sheriff Jeff Trafton, a Republican, is being challenged by veteran Belfast police Sgt. John Gibbs, an independent. The pair differ on the county’s reentry program for prisoners as well as response to domestic violence complaints. Both agree that communication and community policing are important components of the sheriff’s job.

Bangor community urged to fight anti-semitism, hate speech at service

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–What the Pittsburgh shooter did not know when he gunned down 11 people Saturday was that the Jewish tree of life has deep roots and cannot easily be destroyed, Rabbi Darah Lerner said Tuesday night in Bangor at a memorial service for the victims.

About 400 members of the community packed the French Street shul to remember the men and women from the Tree of Life synagogue who were massacred while worshipping.

If you want to get to Vinalhaven this winter, plan to leave earlier

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–The Maine State Ferry Service will adjust its schedule for trips to Vinalhaven beginning on Nov. 4. The last ferry will leave at 3:15 p.m., an hour and 15 minutes earlier than the current departure time for the last ferry each day. Captains cited safety concerns, so the ferry service altered the schedule to reduce travel in the dark. The new schedule will be in effect for 17 weeks. The changes come despite strong opposition from Vinalhaven residents.

St. George’s Greek Ball was once the glittering highlight of Bangor’s social calendar

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–Dancing With The Greeks, which is happening Saturday night, is today’s reincarnation of the legendary Bangor party led by parishioners at St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

Do this: Watch Troy R. Bennett’s short documentary on Longfellow’s empty tomb

–The Bangor Daily News published a short documentary by award-winning journalist Troy R. Bennett about the missing family of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In 1986, the city of Portland went to brick up the Longfellow family tomb in its historic Western Cemetery to protect it from vandals. But when they did so, they discovered the tomb completely empty — no sign of the six family members, including Henry’s parents, who were interred there in the late 19th century.

As a local historian looked into the case more at the time, the mystery deepened.

In his new investigation into the curious case, Bennett retraced the steps of historian Bill Jordan and discovered some new leads.

In other news…


Former WGME anchor, reporter Doug Rafferty dies

How to keep your chickens happy all winter

Lawsuit alleges ‘racially hostile’ environment at Maine Eddie Bauer store


Why a Bangor inn kept collecting tax dollars even as code violations persisted for years

ACLU asks to intervene in lawsuit over tuition to religious schools

Trial begins for ex-lawmaker accused of bilking elderly widows


Employment rises at Maine nonprofits, but wages lag inflation, study finds

Young employee to buy Millinocket white water rafting company

Chinese developer, helicopter company made offers for local airfield, owner says


Candidates disagree on climate change, immigration in polite 1st District debate

Watch Brakey, King and Ringelstein debate

This year’s Penobscot County district attorney race is the first one that’s contested since 1998


Question 1 will make it harder for Maine hospitals to recruit doctors, nurses

Mills joins lawsuits to protect rights. LePage joins to take them away.

Health of rural hospitals is on the ballot


4 sets of sisters lead Orono high, middle school cross-country teams

Former Orono standout wins Southern Conference women’s cross-country crown

Swarming UMaine defense continues to move up in national rankings

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