Snow falls on the statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland, Dec. 17, 2018.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 40s with sunny skies near the coast, and in the low 30s with clouds up north.

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

Dunlap sends election certification to House naming Golden the winner

–Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap appears to have cleared the way for U.S. Rep.-elect Jared Golden to be sworn in as the congressman representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. That could effectively end Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s legal efforts to retain his seat.

Bangor was once dominated by family-owned business. Only a few from the old guard remain.

–Last week’s announcement that industrial products distributor N.H. Bragg will sell to a New York company at the start of the year was the latest reminder that Bangor has long been in the midst of a changing of the economic guard. Just 25 years ago, the economic landscape of the region was dominated by businesses owned by local families, many of which had been in business for more than a century. Today, only a handful of those large, Bangor-based family companies remain in operation.

His coach sent him on a scavenger hunt. What he found was a full scholarship.

Credit: Courtesy of Peter Buehner

–Andre Miller of the University of Maine seemed to sense something might be up when head coach Joe Harasymiak had him follow some clues around the football offices. The reward for his efforts was to discover that he had earned a full athletic scholarship.

The Bucksport mill site should be clear enough for salmon farm construction in the spring

–That’s the assessment of Bucksport’s town manager. Demolition on the site of the former Verso Paper mill had come to a halt after a contractor failed to pay subcontractors for demolition work. But the demolition has restarted, making way for construction of a proposed salmon farm on the mill site property as soon as this spring.

Belfast neighbors: apartments in former school are a no-go

Credit: Brian Feulner

–Residents of a historic neighborhood in Belfast are up in arms after a trio of young Waldo County property developers has put forward a plan to turn the former Peirce School building into rental apartments. The century-old brick elementary school most recently has served as a medical marijuana growhouse after it was bought at auction in 2013, a use that apparently did not bother its neighbors. But the proposal by Stockton Springs-based Reservoir Ventures assuredly has.

How leftover farmers market produce is helping provide hunger relief in Greater Bangor

–Every Saturday for the last seven years or so, Charlie Boothby has visited the Brewer Farmers Market to ask for free food. He never gets between the vendor and their customers — “You stand back out of the way until the customers slow down so that you can talk with the vendor,” he explained — but as a volunteer gleaner, who collects unsold produce and food products at the end of the weekly farmers market, Boothby and volunteers like him are the key connection between farmers with leftover products and the people who need them.

Do this: With 16-part harmonies, watch this Bangor chorus celebrate the ‘ultimate instrument’

Credit: Gabor Degre

–Bangor chorus Divisi performs Saturday at the Bangor Arts Exchange showing off its lush, difficult, compelling, acapella harmonies. The group’s laid-back, gregarious director, 35-year-old Molly Webster, demands a lot of her singers, who range in age from 25 to 65 — but is just as happy to crack a joke as she is to criticize.

In other news..


Janet Mills nominates first woman to serve as commissioner of DIF&W 

LePage’s Legacy: The parts of Maine where LePage was least popular prospered most under his tenure 

PETA lodges complaint against another Maine lobster processor 


They lived in a tent in the snow until he began to die 

PTC makes the most of ‘Elf the Musical’ with glitter and glitz

College Republicans face pushback for ‘Deck the Wall’ party 


Tax lien on former Millinocket mill torpedoes plan for $30 million factory 

Developer plans new hotel at former Route 1 motel site 

Facebook shares fall following fresh allegations of privacy breach 


Sorting out the legal arguments Maine Republicans are making as they head for the door

View Dunlap’s certificate that declares Golden the 2nd District winner

Read Poliquin’s latest legal salvo and Golden’s response 


Trump won’t get a deal with a border wall. Here’s a better approach.

Senate makes symbolic but meaningful statement on Yemen 

19 bold predictions for 2019 


He guided UMaine to its best football season ever but is the lowest-paid coach in the league 

Maine concussion group receives $475,000 NFL grant

Bangor boys basketball team tops Brewer in coach’s homecoming to remain undefeated 

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