Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 30s and sunny throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–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.
–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.
—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.
–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.
–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.
–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…
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