A crowd gathers at the Houlton Agricultural Fair on July 2. Credit: Kathleen Phalen Thomaselli / Houlton Pioneer Times

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the low 80s to low 70s from north to south, with partly sunny or mostly cloudy across the state. See what the weather for the rest of the day will be here.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Investigation confirms concerns about Maine fire marshal’s office workplace

The report highlighted feelings that employees faced inadequate staffing and lack of accountability within the organization.

Maine had the nation’s largest drop in foreclosures

The drop has been attributed to a state program that assists Maine homeowners struggling with mortgage payments..

Dispute over Orland farmer’s new building tests food sovereignty rules

“I am not out to get him, but the rules are the rules,” Orland’s code enforcement officer said.

Autopsies find Brooklin selectman shot wife and then himself

William Cohen served on the Bangor City Council in the ’90s and was chair of Brooklin’s Select Board at the time of his death.

3 candidates competing for open seat on Orono Town Council

Jacob Baker, Matthew Powers and Catherine Thibedeau are competing to finish Cheryl Robertson’s term that ends in 2024.

Foreclosure auction of Orrington trash incinerator delayed by a month

PERC has not been operating at all since May 2 but still is receiving trash from Orrington residents in hopes of restarting.

Unity college won’t house asylum seekers, town officials say

There is a mid-August deadline to close an emergency shelter for asylum seekers opened earlier this year at the Portland Expo building.

Midcoast lobsterman Sadie Samuels featured in new NBC series on women in food

Sadie Samuels is one of the women who make up just 10 percent of the country’s commercial fishing industry.

15-year-old Mainer will vie for spot on 16-under USA baseball team

Although he primarily pitches, Bodie Bishop has been commended for his versatility in being able to play multiple positions on the field.

Former UMaine hockey star Gustav Nyquist signs with Nashville

He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 48 games for Columbus this past season before being traded to Minnesota for a fifth round draft pick.

Unusual pest control methods that some gardeners swear work

Every year, Maine gardeners are locked in a battle with a variety of pests intent on devouring the fruits of their labor.

In other Maine news…

Early criticism of a huge Maine energy project looks awfully familiar

Maine extends free community college to more students

Angus King wary that timeline to accept Ukraine into NATO could prolong invasion

Bangor police close Third Street while executing a search warrant

Bangor man allegedly led police on chase in stolen truck

$2.25M fire station planned for unorganized Aroostook township

New Kenworth truck dealership thriving in Caribou

Acadia’s loop road reopens after culvert repairs

Owner of BMW found in river won’t answer calls from Lewiston police

Former York teacher files lawsuit alleging discrimination

Motorcyclist found dead at scene of South Berwick crash

Former NHL player will lead Maine Sports Hall of Fame

New coach wants to bring varsity football back to Washington County

Former UMaine football star and NFL player joins Black Bears’ coaching staff

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.