Dennis Connelly uses a snow scoop to clear his driveway Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2019, along Gill Street in Auburn, Maine. "I would much rather be working in the garden but this is what you get when you live in Maine. At least this snow is light, unlike the last storm," he said. The blue whirligig in the foreground is one of many in his snow-covered garden. Credit: Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low-30s throughout the state, with snowfall in Greater Bangor. 

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

Maine has a second ice disc, it’s just not as big as the famous one

A second large spinning ice disc has been discovered in a Maine river, but it’s probably not going to attract the attention drawn to the one seen in Westbrook earlier this week.

Michelle Simon of Millinocket was out with her boyfriend in Township 2, Range 10 northwest of Millinocket when she came upon another spinning hunk of ice in the Penobscot River south of Abol Bridge on Sunday.

–Speaking of the Westbrook ice disc, it resumed spinning again Thursday afternoon after getting stuck on Wednesday. Westbrook police also stopped a man from attempting to walk out onto the ice disc.

Maine’s about to get pummeled with its first snowstorm of 2019

–The storm is expected to start late Saturday night and last until well past dark Sunday night, dumping 12 to 20 inches of snow as it moves across eastern and northern Maine.

There’s a lot of money in mussels, and this Bucksport business wants to cash in

–Carter Newell’s business grows hundreds of thousands of pounds of mussels at any one time on a dozen rafts in 100 feet of water about three miles off the coast, then brings them to Bucksport for bagging and cold storage. His goal: To build a crop of 1 million pounds of mussels annually and capture part of what he and industry observers call a growing and lucrative market in farmed mussels.

Bar Harbor wants a 40-acre parcel on MDI owned by Acadia National Park

–The town council voted Tuesday to request that a 40-acre parcel of woods in the local village of Town Hill be transferred from Acadia National Park to the town. The land in question, in keeping with a law passed by Congress in 1986, was to be donated by the park to a regional entity that would use it as a transfer station for Mount Desert Island towns. Though interest in building such a facility has vanished, the property still could be developed for public benefit.

Belfast resident has no standing to appeal permit given to $250M salmon farm in Bucksport

Credit: Courtesy of John Gutwin of Peppe

–An appeal of a state wastewater permit granted to Bucksport’s $250 million indoor salmon farm was rejected on Thursday. The chairman of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection ruled that Belfast resident Holly Faubel has no standing to appeal the permit granted to Whole Oceans LLC in November to discharge water from the former Verso Paper mill site into the Penobscot River.

Bar Harbor council votes for bans on plastic bags, polystyrene containers

–Municipal bans or restrictions on the retail use of single-use plastic shopping bags are continuing to spread in Maine, primarily along the coast, as two more towns on Mount Desert Island have taken up the issue. The Bar Harbor Town Council enacted two bans Tuesday, one on plastic bags and another on polystyrene food containers, in hopes that the move might help raise awareness and reverse the spread of plastic and other toxins in the environment.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

Credit: Michael Dwyer | AP

–This weekend brings SnowCon, the yearly tabletop gaming convention, with an opening night party on Friday night at Queen City Cinema Club in Bangor, and two days of gaming on Saturday and Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. On Saturday, Port City Music Hall hosts a big screening of “The Big Lebowski” and accompanying themed party. Plus, we hear there’s some kind of football game on Sunday?

In other news…

Maine

Eliot dog who was shot in the face being fed through a tube

2 more vehicles egged in Hancock County, this time in Brooksville

Mainers looking to declutter like Kondo should donate, not toss, unwanted items

Bangor

Republicans choose recent Maine Maritime grad to run for Bangor area house seat

Jared Golden to return congressional presence to downtown Bangor

Man accused of sex trafficking a minor in Bangor, Scarborough pleads guilty

Business

Eel aquaculture business gets approval to build facility in midcoast town

Biotech business is booming in former Waterville mill that once made shirts for Union soldiers

Lobster firm to invest in Gouldsboro plant after closure of Connecticut facility

Politics

Former House Speaker Hannah Pingree to lead Mills’ promised ‘future’ office

Back to the future: Mills’ plan for a Maine innovation office really began 50 years ago

Cohen does not dispute report that he paid tech firm to rig polls for Trump

Opinion

Inmate, community needs — not just cost — should drive decisions on new jail

In the fight to clean up campaign finance laws, Golden’s at the forefront

Gideon’s paid leave proposal is comedy gold — for Gov. Mills

Sports

Crosstown rivals Portland, Deering to discuss combining football teams

Hermon, Waterville headline a Class B North with plenty of girls basketball contenders

Central Aroostook senior scores 1,000th career point

Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...