Isabel Ricards (right), 8, and Alyssa Thomas, 8, get some air while sledding down the hill by Mainsfield Stadium in Bangor, Jan. 31, 2015. Credit: Ashley L. Conti

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 20s throughout the state with sunny skies and a biting wind.

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

Bangor saw record low temps on Thanksgiving

–The air temperature in Bangor Thursday morning was 5 degrees above zero, breaking the previous record in the Queen City on this date of 11 degrees above zero in 1978, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou. With wind chill, the temperature was minus 10 degrees.

Bangor teen gets his ‘grand slam’ but won’t hunt next year when his dad is gone

–Grant Willett and his brother Colby are thankful for the opportunity to go hunting with their father. However, Josh Willett’s 2019 deployment overseas will mean the family won’t have that chance until he returns in 2020.

For Maine’s livestock producers, the death of an animal can be the hardest part of farm life

Credit: Deidra Caldwell | BDN

–While animals aren’t raised as pets but for food, it’s still hard for farmers not to get attached to each and every animal.

Belfast’s largest taxpayer to be refunded nearly $400,000 after yearslong dispute

–Empty office space at the former MBNA campus has led to a long-running dispute over the property’s property tax valuation, but after several years, Belfast has come to an agreement with the owner.

Bucksport has dozens of ideas to consider for revitalizing its mill site

–The owner of Bucksport’s former Verso Paper mill site has collected dozens of ideas for turning the site into the economic engine it once was.

Do this: Patronize these 10 eastern Maine holiday events

Credit: Gabor Degre

–Whether you’ve been planning your holiday festivities since Labor Day, or you’re the kind of person who doesn’t get into the spirit until after the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, there’s something for every sort of reveler to do in eastern Maine this holiday season.

In other news …


State is withholding info on juvenile inmates who attempted suicide, advocacy group says

Jury finds Massachusetts man guilty in Aroostook murder case

Lawsuit claims Maine school should have protected student from bullying, assault


Dick Stacey became a Maine country music showman, and his hands still stunk of gas

Man shot by Bangor police not in court after DA declines to press terrorizing charge

A new Bangor sober home wants to give former inmates a chance to stay clean


Early snow, cold bode well for New England ski season

Stronger holiday shopping season could bring greater risk of identity theft, fraud, experts say

It may be harder to find the perfect Christmas tree


Trump fires back after Chief Justice Roberts issues rare rebuke

House Judiciary Committee subpoenas James Comey and Loretta Lynch

Trump contradicts CIA assessment that Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing


Think local for your holiday shopping

Don’t learn the wrong lessons from this election

This is what happens when a stable genius leads a stupid country


UMaine basketball teams sign four recruits for 2019

Knicks end 6-game losing streak with win over the Celtics

Nokomis Warriors hope championship season will ignite winning legacy

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