Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high teens in the north and mid-20s in the south, with mostly sunny skies.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–One of the region’s major providers of health care to children, Penobscot Pediatrics of Bangor, has ended a decades-old arrangement in which its doctors delivered checkups and routine care to newborn infants in the nursery at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. The move frees up the practice’s six pediatricians to meet a rising demand for services at their home office.
–Alexis and Orland Birbragher seek at least $75,000 in damages from Robin Hood Camp in Brooksville and owner Rick Littlefield after an alleged attack on their son by three other campers. The parents allege that camp counselors ignored the attack, discouraged their son from pursuing a complaint, downplayed the incident, and released the other teens before police could investigate. Through its lawyer, the camp denied the allegations.
–Larry Wahl plans to start work this spring on converting the derelict Wilson Hall into an apartment building. The Bucksport Town Council last week approved the building’s sale to Wahl, along with a $65,000 loan for the project. The building has been at risk of demolition multiple times since the town acquired it through a tax foreclosure.
–Maine Poultry Connection is a Facebook group where people could ask poultry-related questions, share knowledge, and sell hatchlings and poultry products without the fear of snide comments that are so common on the internet. The closed group has strict rules: No negativity, drama, profanity or ill-willed sarcasm. Break one rule, and you’re kicked out.
He was a big-time music writer who could party with stars, then he hit bottom. Now this Maine man is telling his story in pictures.
—The subtle collection of black-and-white images are about photographing something that isn’t there, something you can’t see — in this case, the past. The images are Smith Galtney’s attempt at showing the continuance of his own convoluted, chaotic youth by photographing its concrete imprint on the present.
–Former Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he was not aware of his administration spending more than $1,100 a night during a stay at a Trump hotel. LePage on Monday responded to a Portland Press Herald report that he and his staff spent at least $22,000 in public money for more than 40 rooms at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., over a two-year period.
–Though flowers have been used in cooking since ancient times, the so-called foodie movement has made the use of edible flowers even more visible in recent years. The blossoms are easily tossed into colorful summer salads, folded into butters, frozen into ice cubes and placed atop wedding cakes.
In other news …
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