October 22, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Wednesday

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
A tufted titmouse snags a seed from a bird feeder.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-teens and low 20s throughout the state scattered show showers expected.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Maine farmers are taking extreme measures to protect their farms for future generations

Courtesy of Jenny McNulty
Courtesy of Jenny McNulty
Dan Curran of Curran Farm in Sabattus protected his farm in 2016, by working with Maine Farmland Trust to place an agricultural conservation easement on the land.

— A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. This deed restriction lasts in perpetuity, regardless of who the landowner is or how many times the property changes hands.

Your doctor’s office may soon be less germy because of a Maine paper mill

— Sappi, once synonymous only with large forests and paper mills, during the past 30 years has turned its expertise with wood to the fashion runways and even doctors’ offices.

Maine could abandon its state flag in favor of a once forgotten design

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A finished original Maine flag, made by the Maine Flag Co. in Portland, sits on a table in their studio, Jan. 30, 2018. The original flag sported just a pine tree and blue north star.

— Lawmakers are being asked to revise the design of the Maine state flag by adopting a version first used in 1901.

There was no opposition at a public hearing on the bill under consideration by the State and Local Government Committee, but that does not mean the proposal will get the green light.

There’s a special election for Greater Bangor next week. Here are the candidates.

— Voting for the special election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and at the Orono Town Office. It will only be open to House District 124 residents.

Not only is Aquaman from Maine. Captain Marvel is, too.

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null | AP
This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from "Captain Marvel."

— Is Maine a particularly good place to raise a future superhero? Does the dye in red hot dogs give you enhanced abilities? Fingers crossed we’ll find out.

Bar Harbor historical group to put former convent up for sale for $795K

— The Bar Harbor Historical Society is trying to sell the property, located at 33 Ledgelawn Ave., in hopes of generating funds it can put toward the society’s pending purchase of La Rochelle, a waterfront mansion on West Street that is on the market for $4.5 million.

Make this: A soup to warm you from the inside out

Sandy Oliver | BDN
Sandy Oliver | BDN
White Bean Soup

— Just as it is, this bean soup is wicked wholesome. It is extremely affordable but tastes expensive. Serve with good old crusty bread and a salad. On a cold winter night, this soup will warm you and your family from the inside out.

In other news …


5 women say a man UMF cleared of rape also assaulted or harassed them

Fallen Berwick fire captain died saving another firefighter’s life, father says

Navy seeks bids for frigates that Bath Iron Works could build


Willie Nelson will bring his Outlaw Music Fest to the Bangor waterfront this June

Delta will restart Bangor-to-Detroit service in June

Maine high court upholds NY man’s murder conviction in 2015 Black Friday shooting


Collins opposes Trump judicial nominee over Affordable Care Act stance

Lawmaker accuses Maine’s top homicide prosecutor of lying to Judiciary Committee

Conservation bond highlights competitive borrowing race for Maine lawmakers in 2019


No Maine children should start the school day hungry

How referendum reform can help the unhelpful ‘two Maines’ discussion

Cheaper insulin is a big victory for patients


Maine boys hockey team gets its secret weapons back before title game

Southern Aroostook basketball players progress from awestruck 8th-graders to two-time state champs

After dislocating his knee 2 years ago, Bucksport wrestler returns to New England championships

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