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Stories we are working on Tuesday, Sept. 21

By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Here are some of our coverage plans for the day. This feature is an opportunity for you to comment on our coverage choices, suggest sources, ask questions or share your knowledge in order to help us keep everyone better informed.

We call it “The Daily News Meeting” because the list is generated from the 10 a.m. planning meeting BDN editors conduct each weekday.

Keep in mind that due to the uncertainties of reaching sources and the need to cover breaking news every story listed may not be published today.

Gubernatorial candidates will discuss issues related to Maine’s quality of place in a forum at 6:15 p.m. today in the Historic Bangor Opera House on Main Street.The forum, sponsored by a broad coalition of 12 Maine nonprofit organizations, will address how candidates will stimulate economic development while preserving and promoting Maine’s environment, historic downtowns and other unique natural and cultural assets. The event is free and open to the public. Reporter: Kevin Miller

In a political climate that has many longtime lawmakers watching their backs, Libby Mitchell isn’t apologizing.”I can’t run as an outsider,” said Mitchell after a recent rally at a union hall in Brewer as a folk singer crooned of jilted workers. “Maine did not create this recession, but Maine has weathered the storm as best we can. Maine needs a governor with a long-term plan, and I hope my ideas resonate with Maine people.” This is the third in our series of five gubernatorial profiles. Reporter: Chris Cousins

A local couple is one month away from losing their home to the City of Bangor for non-payment of taxes and other issues. The city requested this week to take possession of a home on Pearl Street, something that almost never happens. This story looks at the responsibility of city officials vs. compassion for residents facing tough times. Reporter: Eric Russell

For Angel Matson of Old Town, being part of the Out of the Darkness Community Walk is not only a personal commitment but a personal, daily struggle to remain in the light. Organized by the University of Maine Counseling Center, the annual suicide/depression awareness walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Angel hopes you will join her for this event beginning with registration at 1p.m. and the 5K walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, on the Mall in front of UMaine’s Fogler Library.

Reporter: Joni Averill

Mike Henderson is in a pickle and the owner-operator of Maine’s only full-time pickle processing plant wouldn’t have it any other way.

For 15 years, Henderson and his wife Susan have procured, pickled and packed pretty much anything that doesn’t move at Mike’s Maine Pickles in their central Aroostook County facility. Cucumbers, beets, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, jalapenos, green beans, brussel sprouts, fiddleheads and eggs all find their way into vats of simmering brine where they are transformed into 28 gourmet pickle products. Reporter: Julia Bayly

In Sports, our staff will cover today’s key high school soccer and field hockey contests.

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