Good morning. Temperatures will range from the teens to the 20s with sunny skies throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The owner of an Orrington home that started to burn early Saturday morning tried to call 911 on a cordless landline phone, but when that didn’t work, Richard Murphy had to run outside in single-digit temperatures without any shoes or socks, according to his next-door neighbor.
–That’s why the BDN has put together a running list of the federal government shutdown’s effects in Maine. We’ll update it as other effects become clear the longer the shutdown persists.
–The farmhouse had been empty for 30 years. Built in the 1860s, the building had no electricity or running water, the surrounding fields were overgrown with brush, and a giant Yankee-style barn on the property was filled with animal waste and discarded equipment. Yet to Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and her partner Patrick Jackson, the old farm looked like home, a place where they could pursue their homesteading dreams.
–The ongoing dispute over a proposed salmon farm and other development plans in Belfast have prompted proponents to accuse opponents of embracing a “not in my backyard” mentality that stifles progress. But opponents say that’s just a diversionary tactic to shift the debate away from the substance of their arguments.
Experts say that concepts such as “fear of change” and what value people assign to “sense of place” should be factored into positions that are sometimes dismissed as “not in my backyard” obstructionism. As debate on the proposed salmon farm rages on, a separate discussion of what it means to be a “NIMBY” and what it means to accuse someone of being one has taken hold.
–Housing and floods caused by rising sea levels threaten property values in Maine and New England, with $69.9 million lost in Maine and $403 million lost across the region, a study released Tuesday found.
The report found dramatic dropoffs in home values from Kittery to Winter Harbor, with the most severely affected community being Bath, where researchers found two homes that should be worth nearly $150,000 apiece now valued at just more than $90,000 because of the higher water.
–Since its origination in 1974, Maine snowmobilers have staged a “Ride-In” in support of Pine Tree Camp, which serves children and adults with disabilities.
Over that time, the event, now called the Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In, has raised $3.7 million in that effort. One of the key pieces of the day’s festivities has been an egg ride, during which “celebrity” snowmobilers stuff eggs in their suits before hitting the trails. Each egg represents $50 in donations, and the ride is organized by radio station Q106.5.
–Nothing makes daily chores go by faster than having an interesting podcast playing in the background. Even better, homesteading podcasts will keep you entertained while inspiring you to think about future projects.
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