Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-teens in the north and upper 20s in the south and windy throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Last month, a bear cub abandoned by its mother as the result of an interaction with a logging operation was relocated to another den with a surrogate mother and siblings. A visit to the site by a state bear crew and the BDN found the family of four appears to be doing well.
A plan to house female inmates at Long Creek could be the first step to closing Maine’s last youth prison
–The Maine Department of Corrections wants to turn empty parts of its embattled youth prison into a women-only detention center. Three senior corrections officials said the move could be the first step of many on a path to ending youth incarceration in Maine.
–Old Town Elementary School has made a point of bringing students outside throughout the school year as part of their regular lessons. On Monday, kindergarten students were learning about animal habitats and feeding patterns, so the kids practiced hiding from predators.
–The county with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in Maine has joined what is expected to become a nationwide lawsuit against opioid pharmaceutical manufacturers and the retailers that sell them. The chairman of the Washington County Commission said the opioid epidemic has taken its toll not only on those with addictions and their families, but on the county’s taxpayers.
–Greenville is seeking its first girls basketball state championship since 1985. Last year, the Lakers boys ended a 64-year drought by winning the Class D boys basketball title.
–The month everyone loves to hate is nearly upon us, but Camden’s new two-day film festival Cabin Fever could save it.
–MJ Grant of Sanford took her mother, who is deaf and battling dementia, to a nearby beach and recorded video of their sign language conversation in the car. In it, Grant captures the moment her mother realizes that she’s talking with her daughter.
“Dementia can be beautiful,” Grant wrote about the exchange. “Within the confusion there can be such beauty and sweet little surprises.”
In other news …
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