Christmas trees sit in a field at Nutkin Knoll Farm in Newburgh Credit: Ashley L. Conti

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.

Belfast residents react to civil government ‘drama’

Credit: Gabor Degre

–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.

These researchers envisioned five different climate change scenarios for coastal Maine

–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.

Ellsworth is counting on 17 motors to save it tens of thousands of dollars

–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.

Maine islanders tell DOT officials that ferry rate increase will destroy their community

–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.

Do this: 5 things to do in Hancock County this weekend

Credit: Gabor Degre

–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…


Maine supermarkets, consumers may have to eat the cost of romaine lettuce scare 

ACA signups fall in Maine as Trump administration slashes funds for enrollment help

Tribal group purchases site along Penobscot River 


Former Bangor kennel supervisor charged with stealing $15,000 

Bangor mental health center uses exhibit on Maine literature to open itself up 

Momma Baldacci’s rides again — this time, as a food truck 


Feds to spend $600K to help Maine company make bread with seaweed 

Maine entrepreneur says he’ll reopen 3 Dollar Deweys in spring 

UnitedHealth gains as Amazon e-records push ruffles few feathers 


Golden’s attorney calls Poliquin’s legal action to overturn election ‘sour grapes’ 

LePage’s legal bills top $200,000 in Medicaid expansion court fight 

Pelosi nominated by Democrats for speaker; Maine’s Golden votes no 


It’s time for Maine to build new relationship with tribes 

Party affiliation too narrow a qualification for Maine’s constitutional officers 

Maine attorney general candidates in their own words 


UMaine men’s basketball faces Princeton in home opener Wednesday 

Tickets for Red Sox-Yankees games in London cost as much as $493

West Forks boxer ready for 20th professional bout

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