Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 30s, with afternoon rain storms in the southern part of the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The two departments join law enforcement agencies across the country that have turned to the devices in recent years as part of an effort to demonstrate transparency and to deter illegal behavior by both citizens and the police.
–Since becoming law a year ago, the number of Maine towns and small communities with a food sovereignty ordinance has grown to more than 40. And according to those behind the movement, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
–Rodney and Heather Auger are part of an emerging approach to treating opioid addiction in Maine, one that may never have gotten off the ground without the involvement of Groups Recover Together. The company, a for-profit chain of addiction treatment clinics, is expanding rapidly in Maine and throughout the country, applying a startup mentality to combatting the nation’s most pressing public health crisis.
–The Hancock County town has two major retail clusters, and two community groups are in the running for grants to pay for more sidewalks and an extended walking trail connecting South Street with downtown Blue Hill.
–In Rockland, the centerpiece of the holiday season is not a run of the mill tree. Instead, it’s a 40-foot-tall man-made tribute to the lobster fishing industry known as “the Lobster Trap Tree.”
Made up of over 150 red and green lobster traps and decked out with over 100 lobster buoys, the tree is fitting in the small coastal city, which is home to the Maine Lobster Festival and has been called “the Lobster Capital of the World.”
–Bob Bishop, 63, of Orrington retired earlier this month as a lieutenant after working in law enforcement for 40 years, 34 of them in the Queen City. As a tribute, Bangor named its indoor firing range “Bishop’s Alley.”
–Start the day with breakfast in Ellsworth or Bar Harbor, and then hit the trails to see some of Maine’s charming, early winter sights. Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes or add ice-traction devices to the bottom, and if you’re lucky, you could even get some snowshoeing in.