Snow accumulates on balanced rocks at Acadia National Park. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s, with sunny skies throughout the state.

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

The debate over Skowhegan’s ‘Indians’ mascot could wind up in Augusta

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–A debate over changing the “Indians” mascot in Regional School Unit 54 was back before the district’s school board Thursday, and Gov.-elect Janet Mills weighed in, urging the last school district in Maine to retain its Native American mascot to change it. The issue is back before the school board, but it’s unclear if anything will change this time, so proponents of changing the mascot are looking into their legislative options in Augusta.

The Democrats leading Maine’s new Legislature look forward to life after LePage

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–House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senate President Troy Jackson hope a new spirit of bipartisanship will reign at the State House after controversial Republican Gov. Paul LePage leaves office.

“Despite anything that Gov. LePage might’ve done over his eight years, there’s a lot of Democrats and Republicans that look forward to a better working relationship,” Jackson said, by “not having this constant adversarial mindset.”

Democrat Janet Mills will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 2.

Orono mourns the death of its one-eyed town cat

Credit: Courtesy of Ashlee Thurow

–When Crandall, an assistant professor of forestry at University of Maine, moved to her downtown Orono home in 2015, she decided to let Leela explore the outdoors. Leela quickly claimed the entire downtown Orono area as her territory, occasionally picking someone to follow to their home or car. She soon became a local celebrity.

Now, the town is mourning after Leela was hit by a car as she was trying to cross the highway Thursday afternoon.

The only people who registered their opposition to a Bucksport salmon farm proposal are from Belfast

–Belfast and Bucksport both have proposals pending for salmon farm developments. But the reception in each place couldn’t be more different. The opposition is fierce and outspoken in Belfast. In Bucksport, there’s virtually none to speak of.

Hearty Highland cattle bridge heritage, health for Orland farmer’s business

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–With thick shaggy coats and long curved horns, Scottish Highland cattle are built to withstand the harsh climate of the mountains — the wind, the rain and the cold. For countless generations, this stocky animal has been prized by the Scottish for its hardy nature, gentle temperament and the lean beef it produces.

For Dan Hughes, who became a farmer late in life, the animal has been a way for him to connect to his heritage and produce grass-fed beef for his community.

24 people from 18 countries became U.S. citizens in Bangor

–During a naturalization ceremony Friday, U.S. District Judge Lance Walker urged the new citizens to share their recipes with their adopted country.

How Rockland got its name

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–The coastal city’s history with limestone mining dates to before the Revolutionary War. All that remains now are quarries and memories, richly preserved by residents who want don’t want the limestone legacy to float away like white dust on a windy day.

Try this: A new trend for wild Maine blueberries will tingle your taste buds

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Increasingly, food brands in Maine have been moving away from sweet wild blueberry products in favor of savory and spicy products. Instead of traditional jams and jellies, more companies are offering chutneys and barbecue sauces.

In other news …


Elder Bushes are gone but the family’s Maine retreat to stay alive

1 million Maine-made wreaths en route to Arlington National Cemetery

New Waldo County treasurer cries ‘political shenanigans’ after 75 percent pay cut


Judge orders priest to turn over murder victim’s journal for review

Two people injured in I-95 crashes in Bangor

Downtown Bangor’s Tesoro to reopen in late December, and it’ll take credit cards


Maine company donates vests to keep police dogs safe

International trade show to feature organic and natural food products

Aroostook wind power backers see opportunity if CMP transmission project fails


Not enough evidence against Trump to support impeachment, Angus King says

Republicans defend Trump amid brewing legal storm

Why you should be skeptical that Maine voters received the wrong ballots


I participated in a recount, which convinced me Maine elections are well run

George H.W. Bush reminds us that America is great

Why term limits matter


UMaine upsets Weber State to first FCS semifinal berth against Eastern Washington

Celtics beat Bulls in record-setting rout

Dartmouth uses balanced scoring to subdue UMaine men’s basketball team

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