Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 30s, with afternoon rain along the coast, and snow inland and farther north.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Paul Baldacci Jr., son of the late Paul Baldacci Sr., last week opened Momma Baldacci’s Italian Street Food, a food truck serving up things like chicken parmesan, meatballs and family marinara sauce — all with a personal twist from Baldacci Jr., a classically trained chef.
The restaurant run by four generations of Baldaccis closed a decade ago.
–A nationwide outbreak of the E.Coli virus linked to romaine lettuce coming out of California has created an increased demand for locally grown greens in Maine.
“When something like this happens, people default to remembering we have a fairly large and significant [local] food scene in Maine and people seek it out,” said Michael Walter, produce manager at the Belfast Co-op. “Our farmers [in Belfast] have been selling out of greens quickly.”
–Belfast city councilors unanimously voted to stop Mayor Samantha Paradis from speaking on behalf of the City Council during Tuesday night’s contentious special meeting.
They also voted, three to two, to have Belfast leave the Mayors’ Coalition on Jobs and Economic Development, with City Councilors Neal Harkness and Paul Dean voting against the action.
“The council has lost confidence in the mayor,” Councilor Eric Sanders said while making his first motion.
–While more than 30,000 deer already have been registered thus far, there’s still plenty of hunting to be done by those toting muzzleloader rifles. The muzzleloader season runs from Nov. 26 through Dec. 8 in some Wildlife Management Districts.
–The effort continues to find Marvin, a German shepherd-greyhound mix who was ejected from his owner’s car on I-95 in Medway on Sunday following a weather-related accident. The sister of Marvin’s owner is asking people near the accident site to check their sheds, garages and other structures, as Marvin might have taken shelter in them.
–Back in the days before household electricity, manual kitchen tools were kitchen staples. Hand crank egg beaters, butter churns, apple peelers and bread makers — these human-powered tools allowed people to process and prepare food more efficiently. But nowadays, many of these traditional appliances have been replaced by electronic ones.
–Stonewall Kitchen — a company based in York, and has multiple other retail locations around Maine and New England — will open a cooking school and cafe in California.
The new location will be located in a Macy’s department store in Costa Mesa and represents a big jump for the local company.
CEO John Stiker called it an “exciting evolution” in which Stonewall Kitchen works with the retail chain to create “interactive retail experiences for our guests that can’t be found anywhere else.”
In other news…
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