Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s with rain showers in the evening.
Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.
A year after a woman was shot and killed by a hunter on her property, some question the law that allowed him to be there
Newcomers to Maine are often surprised to learn that, according to state law, hunters and many other recreationists have an implied right to access most of the state’s land, so long as that land hasn’t been posted with “No trespassing” or “Access by permission only” signs.
That’s the law. But that’s not good enough for many.
Islesboro residents are claiming partial victory in a legal tussle with the Maine Department of Transportation over fee hikes implemented last May. State transportation officials agreed to hold a public review and rulemaking process on the fees, putting a lawsuit filed by Islesboro residents on hold. While the higher fees that angered Islesboro residents will stay in effect during the rulemaking process, they could change if islanders and other involved parties make a compelling argument to change them.
Selectmen next week are expected to schedule a new date for a vote on the proposed building that would house the town’s now separate police office and fire department. But a group of residents have submitted petitions asking for a meeting to consider cheaper alternatives.
A survey released Thursday shows that one in every three Americans expects to spend an entire lifetime in debt, with low income named as the top reason. Maine ranks higher than the national average for household debt. The average American owes $52,048 in overall debt. Mainers are in way deeper than that, with the average resident owing more than $90,000.
Most of us can’t think of the last time we ate something truly bitter. But bitter flavors can be found in other cuisine around the world. Chinese dishes mix bitter melon into stir fry, Middle Eastern tahini is made of naturally bitter sesame seeds, and a fine European meal will usually start with bitter aperitifs.
Portland-based Taja Dockendorf and Alexandra Noyes want to challenge the American aversion to bitterness. Together, they created Bitter Love, a sparkling drink that falls somewhere between seltzer, kombucha, and Negroni in flavor.
Not your typical bike race, alleycat races have no set route. Instead, they have checkpoints, locations listed on a manifest that is handed to participants just prior to the race. The racers then use their knowledge of the area to map out what they believe is the best route to hit all checkpoints.
Craft fairs! There are a million of them this weekend, all over the great state of Maine! Some favorite local fairs include the 40th annual Zonta Marketplace at the Brewer Auditorium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Christmas Fair at The First Church in Belfast, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Holiday Fair at the Holden Congregational Church 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (I recommend their peanut brittle), and the Roost Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday at the Bryant Moore Community Center in Ellsworth.
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