John Frechette, left, and Rick Grenier chat Tuesday outside of the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, where they have a weekly hockey game made up of "disabled and retired folks, and a bunch of old duffs," according to Grenier. Credit: Andree Kehn / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the high 60s to mid-70s from north to south, with sunny skies in the south and a chance for showers up north. See what weather is in store for the rest of the day here. Here’s the latest on gas prices in Maine. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another Mainer has died and 329 more COVID-19 cases have been reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,401. Check our COVID-19 tracker for more information.

After months of waiting, the Biden administration announced that it has ordered millions of vaccines for young children, with nearly 5 millions doses available for when shots are authorized for children under the age of 5.

Mother says mental health system failed Presque Isle man killed in police shooting

Jacob Poitraw was a kind and giving soul who had sought help many times for his mental illness, his mother said.

Staffing issues will slow rollout of Maine’s new 988 mental health hotline

Maine plans to only soft-launch a new national mental health hotline next month until its provider can increase staffing ahead to handle higher call volumes.

Millinocket’s former police chief and town manager say they were targets of a ‘campaign of disparagement’

They are seeking unspecified amounts of punitive and compensatory damages outlined in a 50-page lawsuit.

Popular lobster food truck to expand in downtown Belfast building

Sadie Samuels is well known for her lobster rolls in Belfast and beyond.

This Mainer will take part in the moose hunt after a 42-year wait

Gil Reed actually got his permit a year ago. But then he broke his ankle.

PLUS: Everything you need to know about Maine’s moose hunt

Absentee voting favors Maine Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s primaries

Nearly two-thirds of voters who had requested absentee ballots were registered Democrats.

ALSO: Here’s your guide to Maine’s June 14 election

Progressive Maine Senate candidate won’t face ethics probe over employer’s endorsement

Maine’s ethics watchdog determined Mike Tipping had no role in an endorsement from his employer.

Jared Golden breaks ranks with House Democrats to reject gun control bill

“Now is not a time for bills we all know will fail. Congress should not simply focus on ‘doing something’ but rather on doing something of substance that can pass into law,” he said.

What it was like to buy a Maine home in 1940

Not only were homes substantially cheaper, but Mainers could pay their home off faster.

AND: Read our ongoing coverage of Maine housing and real estate

What to consider when helping your child buy a 1st home

First-time homebuyers often are straddled with student loan debt and don’t have the savings for a downpayment or the financial track record to qualify for a mortgage.

What Bangor schools are doing to tackle racism

The audit will involve interviewing and surveying students and staff to evaluate where schools can improve to become more inclusive.

PFAS researchers at Loring ask residents how they use local water sources

That’s part of an investigation into the spread of “forever chemicals” from the former Air Force base.

This is the key to identifying Maine’s 16 varieties of sparrows

There are more than two dozen North American sparrow species, and 16 are found in Maine.

In other Maine news…

Artist of Maine’s labor history mural to paint large wall in downtown Ellsworth

Visually stunning play at UMaine transports audience to England’s moors

Bangor pedestrian fatally struck by truck has been identified

Woman killed in Lewiston crash has been identified

Man killed in Wilton rollover

Island residents don’t want the DOT to take away their connection to Stonington’s quarry past

Former lawyer for Donald Trump is the new co-owner of a Boothbay business

Bath Iron Works awarded $54 million under extended destroyer contract

Biddeford may cut beach hours amid shortage of lifeguards

Right whales face uncertain future even as their population stabilizes

Bangor teen rises above field of more than 50 contestants to win Maine writers competition

South Portland standout joins Nokomis’ Cooper Flagg in earning Duke scholarship offer

Man accused of entering Aroostook school and spraying fire extinguisher

Portland student detained after reportedly bringing airsoft magazines onto school bus

Man has been exposing himself and following women in Portland

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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.