Good morning. The air will be cooler than it was yesterday, with temperatures ranging between the 20s and 30s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Teachers at Brewer High School are frustrated with proficiency-based education, and they want their school to return to conventional course credits and grades. Now that they have that option under state law, they’re concerned Brewer schools haven’t fully abandoned the six-year statewide push toward proficiency-based diplomas.
–An economic development organization based in Bangor is looking for about 50 young workers. It will pay their wages for a few weeks as they start work at a handful of businesses in eastern Maine. It might result in permanent hires at the participating businesses.
–A consortium of entrepreneurs, scientists and investors can tap $3.5 million in federal funds over the next three years to try to improve the health of people in Maine and other parts of the Northeast. The Driven Biomedical Technology Accelerator Hub, which is just starting up in Maine, will provide investment, education, mentoring and other resources to move life sciences discoveries from the lab to the market by creating new biomedical companies.
–Austin Theriault spent 2018 looking for a new ride that would be the right fit. He never found what he was looking for. But the former ARCA series champion will be back behind the wheel on a part-time basis this year as part of a deal with Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises.
You might not have to dress like a pink flamingo to win Maine’s biggest toboggan race. But it can’t hurt.
–The Funkadelic Flamingo Flyers are one of almost 400 toboggan teams lined up to participate in this weekend’s U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden. Their secret weapon? Flock power. “The idea of flock power is what is bringing us together around this common goal of screaming down this chute at 40 miles per hour and spitballing across a frozen pond. But we’re doing it with flair and we’re doing it with style,” team member Maille Buker said. “The thing about the flamingo is that you can never underestimate them.”
–The Blue Devils boast a 16-0 record heading into their final two games of the regular season. Coach Bill McVicar hopes his team’s schedule has prepared it well enough to challenge for the Class C North title.
–If you have kids of just about any age, there’s a good chance you’ve made slime. Here’s a simple recipe that uses ingredients you probably already have around your house.
In other news …
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