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.
–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.
–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.
–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.
–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.
–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.
–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.
–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.
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