Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 30s, with cloudy skies and snow in parts of the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The day after a contentious special city council meeting in Belfast that ended with the mayor rebuked by councilors, it seemed as if everyone in the small midcoast Maine city was abuzz over what had happened. Councilors unanimously voted on Tuesday night to stop the mayor from speaking on the council’s behalf, and also voted three to two to have the city leave the Mayors’ Coalition on Jobs and Economic Development.
On Wednesday, supporters of the councilors traded heated comments with defenders of Mayor Samantha Paradis over social media. Neighbors who met by chance in the streets or in city shops asked what each other thought of the meeting.
–In just about every scenario, the state can expect wetter, more stormy weather, longer summers and shorter winters. The latest report from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute offers a highly localized look at coastal Maine. Its authors had to do research internationally in order to predict Maine’s climate future.
–The city has spent $100,000 over the past three years repairing ice damage to the docks at its marina. Now, it’s installed commercial-grade motors on the docks that will prevent the marina from freezing. That should prevent what’s called ice jacking, and make the city’s marina accessible to boat traffic year-round.
–Michael Boucher has lived on Islesboro with his family for more than 30 years. For most of those years, the small island community, located only 3 miles from the mainland, “has been struggling to survive,” he said.
Despite recent progress made on Islesboro to invest in its future survival as a community, Boucher, and a chorus of other residents, are warning the Maine Department of Transportation that the new flat rate ticket structure the Maine State Ferry Service implemented earlier this year will put the island in jeopardy.
–Start off the month of December on a holiday-themed note. From wreath-making to watching the Grinch in puppet form, it’s all happening this weekend in Ellsworth and beyond.
In other news…
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