May 25, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Thursday

Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN
Jake Adams (right) and his roommate Josh St. Louis shovel out the driveway of his Holden home Wednesday morning. “I work in IT and sit behind a desk most of the day, so the exercise is nice,” said Adams.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 30s and sunny throughout the state.

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

‘Soupman’ returns to Bangor, where his son died of an overdose

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Peter Kelleher delivers backpacks full of supplies to Manna Ministries at the Union Street Brick Church. He was in Bangor on Wednesday, where his son died of a drug overdose in 2016.

–On Wednesday, Peter Kelleher returned to Bangor to make something of the grief he’s felt since his son died. Kelleher, a Millinocket native who now lives in Massachusetts, drove around downtown Bangor in a red school bus, donating backpacks filled with toiletries to the poor and homeless.

How to grow a marijuana business when regulations are up in the air

–Patricia Rosi, who heads Wellness Connection, the state’s largest medical marijuana growing and dispensary company, continues to reshape her business with an eye toward the untapped recreational-use market. She just needs state lawmakers and regulators to figure out how to implement legalization, which Maine voters passed in 2016.

This is what Sumner Memorial High School in Hancock County looks like now

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
The sun shines on the entrance to Clint Ritchie Gymnasium at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan in this January 2019 file photo.

And here’s what it could look like. Regional School Unit 24 plans to replace the existing school with a new building for students in grades 6-12 pans out. Middle-school students would shift from the district’s four K-8 schools to the combined middle and high school building. The current high school building, built in the 1950s, would be torn down.

There’s been a change in who will determine state environmental permits for a proposed salmon farm in Belfast

–The Maine Board of Environmental Protection, made up of citizens, has assumed oversight of the project’s permitting. Nordic Aquafarms, which wants to build the farm, asked for the switch, which is likely to eliminate a step in any potential appeals process.

19 years ago, these four were basketball teammates. Now, they’re all coaching teams in the tourney

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
Pictured (from left) are five members of the 1999-2000 Shead High School boys basketball team: Ben Maloney, Jeff Barnard, Corey Sullivan, Cliff Urquhart and Darrin Constant. All but Barnard have coached their teams to berths in this year's North B, C and D basketball tournaments in Bangor.

–There were some passionate basketball players on the 1999-2000 Shead High School boys basketball team. Nearly 20 years later, four men who played together continue to share their love for the game and their own camaraderie as the head coaches of competing varsity squads heading into the 2019 tournament season.

5 rural Maine hospitals have qualified for federal help so they can run sustainably

–The five hospitals include one that recently filed for bankruptcy and others that have cut services and lost money in recent years. Rural health experts affiliated with Texas A&M University will provide technical assistance on site and remotely to help the hospitals identify their unique challenges, their local health care needs and ways to operate sustainably.

Watch this: Maine sets the world record for the most people calling a moose at the same time

John Holyoke | BDN
John Holyoke | BDN
Commemorative T-shirts hang near a moose head at the Skowhegan Moose Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

–Last June, when thousands of people flocked to the Skowhegan Fairgrounds for the Maine Moose Festival, many took part in an offbeat attempt to set a world record. Yesterday, Guinness World Records confirmed that 1,054 people grunted, wailed and channeled their inner moose. You can watch the video of it happening here.

In other news…

Maine

Coyote and bald eagle battle for supremacy on frozen Maine lake

Snow canceled classes, but these Maine students still had to do schoolwork

Second man this month dies after going into burning house for dog

Bangor

Bangor Savings set to open waterfront office building and parking garage

Bangor smoking lounge owner gets 20 months in prison for illegal pot sales

Bangor Historical Society names new director

Business

Major trucking company with Maine depot files for bankruptcy

Tweaks to lucrative East Coast scallop fishery up for debate

The Jackson Laboratory’s biggest challenge has nothing to do with mice or research

Politics

Maine Legislature considers banning vaping on school grounds

Susan Collins and Angus King split on Trump’s nominee for attorney general

Trump expected to sign border deal to avert shutdown

Opinion

On Valentine’s Day, celebrate love

Mills budget is a reckless orgy of spending

Mills following through on health care promises, to the benefit of Maine people

Sports

The latest schedule and scores from the Maine high school basketball tournament

2019 Maine high school basketball tournament brackets

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