International students from Orono High School cook hot dogs over the fire while ice fishing on Perch Pond Wednesday. Credit: Gabor Degre

Good morning. Temperatures today will be in the low-20s throughout the state.

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

A historic Maine pier will be used as part of a system to send lobster around the world

–Luke’s Lobster, a restaurant group founded by Cape Elizabeth native Luke Holden, has taken over operation of the historic Sea Pier on the east side of Boothbay Harbor. The pier, purchased by a foundation dedicated to preserving the working waterfront, will continue as a commercial fishing wharf and help send seafood the the group’s 40 restaurants all over the world. The move comes amid ongoing give-and-take over developer Paul Coulombe’s efforts to develop the area into a high-end international vacation destination.

Bar Harbor wants to fix its housing shortage by reining in vacation rentals

–Years after its restrictions on short-term vacation rentals caused legal trouble for Bar Harbor, the town is wading back into the question of how it can balance tourists’ demand for short-term rentals with the need for affordable housing for full-time and seasonal residents.

International students get a real Maine experience with ice fishing outing

–Foreign exchange students from six countries braved cold, windy weather on Wednesday to go on an ice-fishing excursion. The students didn’t catch any fish, but enjoyed hot dogs cooked over an open fire and experienced a traditional Maine outdoor activity.

Maine’s 200th anniversary is a year away, but here’s an early look at the schedule

–Official bicentennial celebrations will actually begin on July 26, 2019, the day voters approved their secession from Massachusetts. Early highlights include a statewide time capsule effort, an eastern white pine tree planting campaign, a statewide community dinner day and tall ships that could venture up the Penobscot to Bangor.

Bar Harbor family sues Emera, alleging its errors caused fire that killed mother and son

–A Bar Harbor family is suing Emera Maine, alleging that the electrical utility’s negligence contributed to a fire that killed an elderly mother and her adult son and destroyed their farmhouse last year. The lawsuit claims that the fire at the Harding home at 99 Russell Farm Road was “the direct result of incorrect wiring by Emera’s agents or employees on three transformers in Emera’s transmission and distribution system on MDI.”

Lincoln is in the process of moving its town office after the state fire marshal found 33 safety violations

–The town’s move out of the building at 63 Main St., owned by a local Masonic lodge, follows several inspections that have turned up significant fire safety and structural flaws in the building.

Do this: See stunning student musicals at UMaine and USM

–This week, “Into the Woods” is onstage at Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine, and “Unlock’d” is being presented at Russell Hall on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Both productions feature the best each campus has to offer in musical theater and are risky ventures due to their large casts and challenging scores.

“Into the Woods” will be performed through Sunday in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine. “Unlock’d” will be performed through Sunday in Russell Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Click here for more info.

In other news…


Belfast councilors accused of ‘gaslighting’ young, queer mayor

Woman was staying in Palmyra motel room with dead man ‘for a significant amount of time,’ deputies say

Woman says she leaked controversial emails during 2017 Lewiston campaign, asks council to unseat mayor


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

Verve Burritos has closed its shops in both Bangor and Orono

Attempt to build Tradewinds store in Bangor rebounds after initial resistance


Family Dollar plans to close or rebrand 600 stores

Maine Electric Power finishes rebuilding transmission line early, below budget

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


Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ challenged by federal lawsuit in Maine

Discord among opponents adds complex twist to CMP corridor debate

Ballot finalized for special election to fill Maine House seat from Bath


Dental care is health care

No, I don’t want to live in Massachusetts

Conservation is a Maine value our lawmakers must uphold


UMaine women cruise to AE basketball quarterfinal win over New Hampshire

Old Town-Orono blanks Kennebec for second straight ‘B’ North hockey crown

Red Sox pitcher Wright suspended 80 games for HGH

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