Members of the Bangor High School Junior ROTC cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge as the Veteran’s Day parade crosses over the Penobscot River from Brewer to Bangor Monday. Credit: Gabor Degre

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 40s, with rain (and some snow) throughout the state.

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

Most Mainers want to keep using ranked-choice voting

As the secretary of state’s office works to determine who won in Maine’s 2nd District house race using ranked-choice voting, a majority of Mainers say they not only want to keep using the method, they want it expanded to more races.

In Election Day exit polling conducted by the Bangor Daily News, 53.4 percent of respondents said they want to use ranked-choice voting to choose the state governor and legislative seats, in addition to the congressional races where it was used for the first time this year.

Another 7.5 percent said they want to keep using it as they are now, while 39.1 percent said they want to stop using the method altogether.

In Maine’s 2nd District, incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, went into the instant runoff rounds of the ranked-choice voting process with a slim lead over Democratic challenger Jared Golden.

Maine author Lisa Steele thinks raising chickens can be pretty and practical

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

The intersection of beauty and functionality is where poultry farmer and author Lisa Steele thrives. She obsesses over the health of her chickens, keenly observing which herbs her chickens gravitate towards to ease their ailments so she can be better prepared to treat them (Steele can’t believe how many backyard farmers still use antibiotics when there are so many natural remedies). She formulates feed recipes with a special consideration for the vitamins and amino acids chickens need to thrive.

It has proven lucrative: since Steele started her backyard fowl farming venture in 2009, she has written five books, traveled the country giving talks and presentations to aspiring chicken farmers, and amassed a loyal online following with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Veterans who own businesses in Maine have some advice for Janet Mills

In a story published on Veterans Day, veteran business owners told the Bangor Daily News they would like to see Maine’s governor-elect drive down what one called the state’s “oppressive taxation.”

But they want her to do so with civility, saying they’re tired of the hostile partisan rhetoric they see at the state and national levels.

Honoring those who served: Images from the Veterans Day parade in Brewer-Bangor

Credit: Gabor Degre

Bangor and Brewer held their annual Veterans Day parade Monday, traveling along an approximately 1.5-mile route from Vista Way in Brewer, down Wilson Street, across the Chamberlain Bridge into Bangor and along Main Street in the Queen City. The parade was scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. and end on Exchange Street in Bangor.

The event was hosted by the Bangor High School Junior Reserve Training Corps. Bangor Daily News photojournalist Gabor Degre was on hand to capture these images.

Are torn designer jeans cultural appropriation of blue-collar Maine workers? Gallery opens ‘provocative’ exhibit

Credit: Rich Beauchesne | The York Weekly

York artist Kristy Cavaretta took two pairs of jeans, inked them, and ran them through a press, leaving detailed impressions of both pair. One is owned by her brother, a construction worker, who wore then on the job for more than 1,500 hours. The other was bought on sale from Old Navy. Both have holes in them – one authentically made and one made by machine.

“I want to explore the actual authentic articles side by side. How does it feel to wear the look of years of manual labor and blue collar work as a fashion statement when your profession doesn’t allow you to leave your computer screen for more than a bathroom break?”


Tribal ambassador renews call for Skowhegan school to drop ‘Indians’ team name

Former athletes who survived cancer build teamwork at Maine gym

Bowdoin College makes push to attract more military veterans


Orono schools could have $28 million in repair, additions to tackle

This new butcher shop in Brewer wants to be your ‘old-fashioned meat cutter’

Dirigo Speaks: Dr. Brien Walton on Opportunity Zones


Athenahealth will sell to private equity firm for $5.7 billion

Warming ocean hurting Maine’s shellfish

Maine cafe that employs locals with disabilities to close


Democrats boost their 2020 outlook, but Trump owns GOP

Growing workforce, lowering health care costs must top Maine agenda

Why America’s deep divide will continue to grow


Husson football to visit Rensselaer Polytechnic in NCAA first-round playoff

Titans snap Patriots’ six-game winning streak

UMaine football team eyeing conference title, first playoff berth in 5 years