A baby blue mushroom cap shows its colors on Thursday in Berwick. Maine boasts more than 2,000 varieties of mushrooms. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the low to high 60s from north to south, with cloudy skies and a chance for scattered showers up north and clouds giving way to sunshine down south. 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

Three more Mainers have died and another 465 COVID-19 cases were reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,569 as of Tuesday morning. Check out our tracker for more information.

Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday that President Joe Biden declaration that the “pandemic is over” does not align with his administration’s COVID-19 policy. The White House has not changed some pandemic-era policies and continues to exercise emergency powers to request millions in aid to assist booster efforts.

More time needed to reopen Hampden trash plant after operator pulls out

There are hopes that the Hampden plant could start taking trash by 2023 after a series of setbacks this year.

Fire struck Bangor couple’s apartment just 3 weeks before their wedding day

Hollie Legendre and Charlie Butera’s wedding rings survived the fire, encouraging the couple to keep their wedding date set for Oct. 7.

Old Town is one of 2 Maine downtowns chosen for accelerated revitalization effort

That comes three years after a devastating fire ripped through the heart of downtown Old Town.

PLUS: A group of business owners and economic developers hope to bring Houlton’s downtown back to life.

Saving Maine’s top lawmaker is a big priority for Democrats

Democrats have already sunk $202,000 into Senate President Troy Jackson’s district, with $122,000 of it coming in for TV and radio ads this week.

Janet Mills keeps strong bond with environmental groups despite high-profile divides

Some environmentalists still are taking issue with Janet Mills’ campaign.

Jay mill to shut down next year and lay off 230 workers

The closure of the Jay mill comes nearly three years after the paper mill suffered serious losses when a pulp digester exploded.

Amish store in Unity destroyed by fire to reopen this week

The Amish Community Market and Bakery on Route 139, a staple of the local community, was destroyed in a blaze on Jan. 20.

Owners selling historic Blue Hill inn hope buyer will continue their legacy

The Barncastle, a sprawling and idiosyncratic Blue Hill home with arches and turrets like a castle, is now up for sale.

Madawaska donates former shopping center land for new health center

The project is part of Grand Plan Madawaska, a 10-year blueprint that aims to bring new life to an area that’s sought development for years.

Land trust and snowmobile club want to fix abandoned roads in Piscataquis

Revitalizing the Levenseller and Crosby roads would add to Piscataquis County’s already-extensive network of snowmobile-friendly passages.

Portland Sea Dogs lose their 1st playoff game in 8 years

The game started well for the Sea Dogs, but they were bested by the Somerset Patriots 9-4.

Old Town field hockey vying for a regional title despite losing all but 2 starters

Old Town field hockey coach Courtney Lanham believes her team has potential for another regional title, despite its inexperience.

Photos from Maine high school sports, Sept. 12-16

We’ve rounded up our favorite photos from last week’s games, including football and soccer.

Ellsworth hunter shoots massive 516-pound black bear nicknamed ‘Zodiac’

Jamie Lambert has hopes that the bear’s skull could challenge the Maine Antler and Skull Trophy Club record.

This fly fishing tournament has a surprisingly difficult twist

The trick is, if you lose a fly, you are left with the one fly for the rest of the tournament.

In other Maine news …

Maine saw the nation’s largest drop of people without health insurance

Belfast’s only movie theater has closed after more than a century

Popular Portland restaurant closes to make way for expanding theater

New York Times names 2 Portland eateries to this year’s list of favorite restaurants

Maine lobstermen vow to take whale rules fight to Supreme Court

A tribe is restoring an Aroostook river to make it hospitable for salmon again

Bonny Eagle school board will have time to read controversial book before deciding whether to ban it

Greenbush man arrested after allegedly breaking into 2 homes

Jury selection begins in 2020 Gardiner homicide trial

Newest ‘Hopeful’ sign to light up Augusta