Workers attach holiday decorations to a utility pole in Dock Square in advance of the holiday shopping season Wednesday in Kennebunkport. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the high 20s to low 40s from north to south, with partly sunny skies to the south and increasing clouds in the north. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another four Mainer have died as 158 new coronavirus cases have been reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 2,120 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, while the death toll now stands at 170. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

University of Maine at Machias will be the host of a swab and send test clinic, where anyone can get tested for free. A doctor’s order or evidence of symptoms are not necessary to be tested. It’s the second testing site in Washington County.

With lake at stake, Swanville residents will vote on buying dam

Swanville residents will vote this weekend on whether they want to purchase the Swan Lake Dam from Goose River Hydro Inc. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

If residents don’t vote to buy the dam, the consequences could be severe, according to town officials, who said that the lake itself is in jeopardy.

Maine will stop investigating suspected COVID-19 cases until tests confirm them

In this March 19, 2020, file photo, a man walks by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Water Street in Augusta. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The change could result in fewer reports of probable cases, but it doesn’t mean there’s a lower risk from the virus.

Lawmakers eye overhaul of Maine’s stressed unemployment system, but money is tight

In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, shoppers pass by a former Clark’s shoe store that is now one of several vacant retail spaces among the outlet shops in Freeport. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Maine Department of Labor struggled this year as unemployment skyrocketed. Many Mainers experienced long wait timesdelayed claims and fraud that kept them from getting benefits.

Families optimistic Supreme Court will overturn Maine’s ban on religious school funding

In this Aug. 28, 2018 photo, Bangor Christian Schools sophomore Olivia Carson, 15, of Glenburn was dropped off on the first day of school by her mother, Amy Carson in Bangor. The Carsons are one of three Maine families that are challenging the prohibition on using public money to pay tuition at religious schools after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

A lawyer for three Maine families challenging the state’s ban on public funding for religious schools sees the addition of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court as a reason for optimism after judges in two lower courts ruled against his clients.

Janet Mills urges Mainers to avoid in-person Thanksgiving plans, but issues no new virus mandates

In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, Gov. Janet Mills attends a political rally in Bangor. Credit: Eesha Pendharkar / BDN

The Democratic governor said a lack of more federal stimulus and a scheduled phase-out of unemployment benefits for roughly 35,000 Mainers by year’s end factored into her decision to not curtail business and personal activities the way she did in the spring.

Struggling fishermen and hungry Mainers have found a way to help each other through the pandemic

Eben Nieuwkerk sends a barrel full of fish up and out of the hold on his gillnet fishing boat Shannon Kristine at the Portland Fish Exchange on Monday. Nieuwkerk credits the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation’s recent buying program with stabilizing fish prices. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Fish prices have bottomed out, forcing some boats to stay docked. At the same time, droves of newly hungry Mainers are facing coronavirus-induced economic hardships and asking their local food pantries for help. With uncaught fish at sea and famished people on land, the situation is a mismatched, ironic tragedy.

This trail cam video catches a graceful buck bedding down for the night

A buck beds down in this trail camera capture. Credit: Courtesy of David I.

The animal’s grace is impressive as it simply folds itself into a sleeping position and relaxes.

Southwest Harbor top cop’s sudden death renews interest in sharing a chief on MDI

With the recent death of Southwest Harbor Police Chief Alan Brown, town officials have renewed their interest in exploring a possible chief-sharing agreement with the neighboring towns of Mount Desert and Bar Harbor, which have shared a police chief since 2013. Credit: Bill Trotter / BDN

The idea of formally sharing some law enforcement resources with its neighboring towns has been kicking around since before Southwest Harbor hired Alan Brown as its police chief in 2015. 

In other Maine news …

Man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at Lewiston police officer

Judge orders Sunday River Brewing to close again due to COVID-19 violations

Androscoggin County Jail inmates go on hunger strike for 2nd time in 2 months

CMP customers to pay lower electricity rates in 2021

Portland businesses unsure whether to delay hazard pay after referendum

UMaine postpones season opening men’s hockey series