September 23, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Tuesday

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Pigeons gather around as a woman was feeding the birds in Pickering Square in Bangor, Nov. 20, 2018.

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.

A popular pediatrics group is ending newborn visits at a Bangor hospital

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Penobscot Community Health Care

–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.

Florida parents say their son was sexually assaulted at a Brooksville summer camp

–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.

The owner of a Bucksport ice cream shop has bought a historic property from the town for $1

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
The 177-year-old Wilson Hall of Bucksport has faced demolition many times since 2000. Since this picture was taken, part of its tilted cupola has been removed.

–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.

These Maine farmers are happy to oblige demand for local poultry needs

–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.

Courtesy Smith Galtney | BDN
Courtesy Smith Galtney | BDN
A rundown clapboard house sits in a patch of unkempt bushes just beyond a manicured lawn in a photograph by Smith Galtney.

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.

LePage says he wasn’t aware of high rate paid at Trump hotel

–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.

Grow this: Flowers to dress up your plate and your palate

Seth Koenig | BDN
Seth Koenig | BDN
Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, holds the beginnings of an early afternoon salad Monday at his Scarborough home. He harvested the leafy greens and the edible Nasturtium flowers from his own backyard for the dish.

–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 …

Maine

How Alaska police captured a Maine man suspected in a 25-year-old cold case

Maine shrimpers hope industry lost to warm seas won’t be forgotten

Wardens respond to flurry of snowmobile accidents over the holiday weekend

Bangor

A giant water slide and rideable helium balloon could be in store for downtown Bangor

Gunny the therapy dog touched the hearts of hundreds and broke a record while doing it

Students in 3 Maine towns thought they had little in common. Then they started talking.

Politics

Maine among states suing over Trump’s border ‘emergency’

Bill would authorize coins honoring George and Barbara Bush

Trump has 4 candidates in mind for United Nations job, sources say

Opinion

Charting a new course for Columbus Day

Federal gun background check legislation makes same mistake as failed Maine referendum

Congress must reach across aisle and protect Grand Canyon

Sports

Get the latest high school basketball tournament results

These three teams stand out in a career filled with tourney memories

Cheverus boys speed to seventh straight Class A boys swimming and diving title

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