Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 30s, with mostly sunny skies throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Bangor has averaged just above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Millinocket just above 29 degrees, and Augusta just below 33 degrees. Records for those locations date back at least 40 years. Thanksgiving day was certainly a factor in lowering the average.
–A great black hawk believed to be the first seen farther north than Mexico made another appearance in Maine Thursday, hanging out in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park.
The bird had been previously seen in Biddeford in August, but Maine has seen several snow storms and brutally cold temperatures since then. At least one Maine bird expert said it’s “shocking” the hawk has survived here for so long.
“This is probably the first time anyone has been standing in snow and looking at a great black hawk,” said Doug Hitchcox, an Audubon staff naturalist.
–John Wulp left the New York theater scene in 1992 and moved to Vinalhaven, a place he fell in love with nearly a decade earlier after a sailing trip around Penobscot Bay. He died late Tuesday at a hospice facility in Rockport, according to his caretaker. Wulp was 90.
–Midcoast residents packed the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast Wednesday night to participate in a community dialogue about Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed multimillion dollar land-based salmon farm.
–Industry experts told reporters Thursday that construction jobs have increased in the Queen City and in L-A by a total of about 300 jobs. But those gains didn’t make up for the nearly 400 construction jobs lost in the Portland area over the last year.
Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America, said only nine metropolitan areas of the 358 tracked nationally by the group lost jobs at a faster pace than Portland. He blamed a lack of investment in aging infrastructure, including roads and bridges in Maine, for the falloff.
–The Maine Principals’ Association football committee on Thursday made a recommendation that two divisions of 8-player football be created for the 2019 season. In a related move, the panel also called for the elimination of the Class E division.
–Municipalities from north to south, east to west are holding their holiday kickoffs this weekend.
Here in Bangor, the Festival of Lights parade makes it way through downtown Bangor starting at 4:30 p.m., immediately followed by the tree lighting in West Market Square.
In other news…
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