Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low teens throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Distrust in corporate vaccine distributors, belief in holistic medicine and concern about cost are among the reasons Mainers cite in choosing not to vaccinate their pets. But veterinarians, animal control officers and others who work with animals say that refusing to vaccinate against rabies and other diseases puts those pets and other animals at risk.
–Penobscot Valley Hospital sought permission Wednesday to keep paying its bills, drawing on its available cash, while it goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The hospital filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday.
–Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s enrollment has been declining, and the town has been disappointed in its academic performance. But the residents of those two island towns want the high school to stay open so that the two towns will continue to have a future. They took a non-binding vote to that effect Tuesday, voting by a 15-to-1 margin to retain their school.
–Three Brewer High School seniors and one freshmen traveled to Lewiston in early December to face off against Falmouth High School. Their match will be broadcast Feb. 7 on Maine Public Television — the first-round of a single-elimination academic bracket competition. Bangor High School and Hampden Academy teams also participated and will have their first-round matches broadcast in the coming weeks.
–The Chinese New Year is Tuesday, and Portland’s history of Chinese immigration and culture goes back further, and is far richer, than most people realize. Among the city’s most fascinating characters is boxer Harry Wong, who fought 37 bouts in Portland and Lewiston between 1946 and 1948, and Toy Len Goon, the Golden Rule Foundation’s American Mother of the Year for 1952.
After a losing 2018 season, Bangor girls basketball hopes to re-establish itself as a championship contender
–Last year, Bangor had a 4-14 record and was the seventh seed among eight teams in Class AA North. But Tuesday’s victory over Class A Brewer gave the Rams their 10th win this season and they find themselves No. 3 in the AA North Heal Points standings. Now, Nelson wants to re-establish Bangor as a perennial championship contender.
–Zipping down a chute of ice at 40 mph while clinging to a simple wooden sled sounds a bit crazy, but that’s precisely what hundreds of people do each February at the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine. And in case you’re new to the Toboggan Championships, we have a few tips.