In this March 2, 2022, file photo, Maine Master Naturalist Heather Hardy, far right, leads a group of people on a winter tree identification walk on Salmon Point, along the shore of Lake Auburn in Auburn.Sun Journal via AP) Credit: Andree Kehn

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the 30s, with cloudy skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Three more Mainers have died and another 565 COVID-19 cases reported across the state since the weekend, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The statewide death toll now stands at 2,138. Check our tracker for more information.

The World Health Organization on Tuesday reversed course from an earlier statement, and is recommending that people get booster shots as data show that boosters have helped to avoid an overwhelming tide of cases driven by the omicron variant.

The Ukrainian brothers a Maine couple are trying to adopt have now made it to Poland

But their journey out of Ukraine is just the first step in a complicated effort to bring them to Maine.

Join the BDN in supporting the citizens of Ukraine

“As Maine-centered as we are, we still believe we have a moral imperative to stand up for the Ukrainian people under mortal threat from an invading autocratic regime,” Todd Benoit, president of the BDN, writes. From March 8 to March 14, revenue from new Bangor Daily News digital subscriptions will be donated to Direct Relief Ukraine. Find out more here.

Rising prices prompt ‘late-season surge’ of heating aid in oil-dependent Maine

More than 38,000 Maine households received heating aid last year and this year is on track to reach the same number.

Paul LePage at odds with business groups on proposal to cut gas taxes

A three-month suspension of gas taxes would cost about $57 million, while suspending tolls would cost around $36 million.

ALSO: Gas prices in Maine break record set during 2008 recession

Janet Mills formally announces her reelection bid

That announcement came as no surprise with the Maine governor’s race increasingly looking like it will be the first without a prominent third-party contender since 1982.

Maine GOP’s early TV ad reservations for Paul LePage dwarf 2018 spending

The Maine Republican Party announced $3.9 million in TV ad bookings, signaling greater investment as the party looks to claw back control in Augusta.

Susan Collins: Joe Biden’s high court pick showed ‘what I want to see in a judge’

Sen. Susan Collins said her conversation with Ketanji Brown Jackson went well and that she trusted the committee overseeing her hearings would be “thorough and fair.”

An out-of-state company has bought Unity’s local phone company

Idaho-based Direct Communications plans to rapidly expand fiber-optic internet service in the Unity area.

How Maine’s lobster fleet could become more sustainable

Diesel has long been the engine of choice for Maine’s lobster fishery, but it has negative effects on human health and the environment.

Skyrocketing material costs have delayed developers’ plans for Moosehead ski resort

The cost of a new ski lift has shot up $1 million in just six months, delaying plans for the Big Moose Mountain ski resort.

Glenburn might ban larger solar projects as installations multiply

A growing group of towns have put the breaks on solar projects, as new installations and proposals have increased throughout the state.

Bangor has found an innovative way to use dirt it dug up for new 3.8M-gallon sewage tank

Bangor has built a new public trail for its parks systems and upgraded the Maine Savings Amphitheater.

Bill Woodman, Bangor native and acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist, dies at 85

Between 1975 and 2003, 145 of Bill Woodman’s cartoons appeared in The New Yorker and hundreds more in a variety of other national magazines and newspapers.

In other Maine news …

USM forgives student debt for more than 750 students

4 dogs saved from burning Glenburn home

Camden hockey ‘most well-conditioned team in the league’ going into Class B North finals

UMaine hockey goalie enters playoff game against Merrimack riding high on 1st career win

Police arrest man who allegedly fired gun 3 times in an apartment in Fort Kent

Oxford County man seriously injured after being partially ejected in crash

UMaine hockey goalie enters playoff game against Merrimack riding high on 1st career win

UMaine uses 2nd-half surge to beat NJIT, earns spot in America East title game

Longtime MDI educator named as island’s next schools superintendent

Lewiston students no longer need note to abstain from Pledge of Allegiance

Bangor sprinter sets Maine 300m dash record and finishes 2nd in New England

Organic Valley co-op offers membership to 80 Northeast farms slated to lose market

Cooper Flagg T-shirt fundraiser nets $1,000 for Nokomis alumnus battling brain cancer

Brewer girls basketball coach steps down after 8 seasons

Maine rocket firm will launch from Florida after dropping plans for Jonesport

Man who died in Corinth car crash identified

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.