Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 20s in the north and mid-30s in the south with snow throughout the state in the morning.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The Bangor Street Railway, later known as the Bangor Railway and Electric Co., was the first electric railway system in Maine. It opened in 1889, just one year after the world’s first widely successful electric trolley system debuted in Richmond, Virginia. Based on a 100-year-old map, the BDN has attempted to reconstruct the city’s old trolley routes.
–Steve Golieb was hauling construction equipment in a trailer attached to a pickup truck from south Florida to Massachusetts on Dec. 9. Golieb was in New York, and following the instructions from his GPS, he got onto the Taconic State Parkway. That was his first mistake.
–An upgraded look from renovated building facades in downtown Old Town, the ND Paper pulp mill’s expected reopening and the construction of a downtown entertainment venue have inspired a handful of new businesses to set up shop. A restaurant, a sporting goods consignment store and a variety store have all opened their doors since Chinese paper company ND Paper bought the Old Town pulp mill in October 2018 and announced plans to restart it.
–New District Attorney Natasha Irving wants to expand the drug court plans that were in place when she was elected last November to include services for veterans who might be helped through a specialized court that steers people toward treatment and rehabilitation. “I don’t want to limit to just somebody that has a drug or alcohol issue. I want it to be for mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, for veterans returning home that are having mental illness or drug and alcohol issues,” Irving said. The sticking point remains startup costs approaching $1 million that the Legislature would have to approve.
–Four businesses that plan to open this spring in downtown Bucksport, along with the dozen or so others already there, leave only one open space in the downtown commercial zone.
–Luc Tieman, 35 of Fairfield is serving a 55-year sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren for murdering his wife, Valerie Tieman. On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of his conviction at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland. Luc Tieman buried his wife in a shallow grave with a potato chip bag, his wedding ring, flowers, love notes and a bottle of men’s cologne called Guilty.
–Students at Maine Ocean School, the state’s second magnet school, don’t have permanent classrooms yet, but they do have great enthusiasm for learning how to extend the state’s vaunted maritime heritage. Navigation is an early favorite class as the Searsport school’s leaders plot a course to increase enrollment and search for a site to anchor the program.
–Phil Adams spends three days a week in a heated, wooden structure at the top of the chairlift at Big Squaw Mountain near Moosehead Lake. The 72-year-old has been making sure everyone gets safely off the chairlift for six years. He loves his job. He loves the clean air and the views from his “office.”
In other news …
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