A skier dressed as Santa Claus heads downhill during the annual Santa Sunday event, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Newry, Maine. The red-suited lookalikes aim to put a smile on people’s faces while raising money for charity. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s throughout the state with some clouds and sun. 

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

More Maine babies are born addicted to opioids. That’s taxing Maine’s hospitals and foster care system.

Credit: Yoon S. Byun | Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

Nearly three drug-affected babies were born each day in Maine from 2013-2017, severely taxing hospitals, the foster care system and other resources.

So what does the Maine Mayors’ Coalition actually do?

Credit: Nick McCrea

–Belfast voted to withdraw from the organization amid a conflict between Mayor Samantha Paradis and city councilors. Paradis has said the city will suffer from severing those ties, so the BDN took a look at what the group does and what it aims to accomplish in 2019.

A wind energy project that sparked concerns 3 years ago about killing bats and birds is back before the state

Credit: Bill Trotter

–The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is starting to review Longroad Energy’s proposal to erect a 22-turbine wind farm in northeastern Hancock County. Meanwhile, another state body has said the proposal would be an allowed use of the land on which it’s slated to be developed.

Emera Maine’s earnings are down and its parent company is selling assets, including a plant in Rumford

–The utility’s leaders aren’t saying much about what that means, although they do note that investment in transmission lines and capital projects in Maine rose significantly in 2018 over 2017. Most of the parent company’s investment during the next three years will be in Atlantic Canada and Florida, moves that a company official said would give Emera the highest growth in earnings per share and reduce its debt.

A historic estate in Ellsworth is closer to building a new barn

–A $500,000 gift to the Woodlawn Museum puts an $8 million addition within reach. The addition, a new barn, would allow the museum to expand school programming and to host revenue-generating functions in a new banquet hall.

In other news …

Maine

‘In 1982, there was a bloodbath.’ Political skirmishes are not new to Belfast.

Hundreds celebrate the Mainer who invented earmuffs 

Report: Majority of Maine nursing facilities penalized for readmission rates 

Bangor

These women say a Bangor prison guard sent them obscene photos. It stayed a secret for years.

98 Wake ‘N Shake to move to cafe space at Bangor Public Library

Bangor shelter will offer people without a place to sleep refuge from cold nights

Business

Alliance Press to merge with MaineToday Media, shutter Brunswick print shop

Fat Boy, a beloved Brunswick drive-in restaurant, goes up for sale

Scallop draggers get started for year in Down East Maine

Politics

Recount in Maine’s 2nd District to begin Thursday

Commissioner Mike Michaud? An inside look at Janet Mills’ transition 

Congress agrees to put off government shutdown deadline to Dec. 21 

Opinion

Maine’s next attorney general should commit to reform and transparency

The people of Maine have lost a special friend in George H.W. Bush

Thank you, President George H.W. Bush, for defending my rights

Sports

Red Sox accept invitation to White House

UMaine women seek 10th win against Harvard

Versatile James Develin gets bigger role with Patriots

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