April 24, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Monday

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linebacker Sterling Sheffield shows off his form while running the 40-yard dash on Friday during the University of Maine's pro day inside the Mahaney Dome on the Orono campus.

Good morning. Temperatures today will be in the mid-40s throughout the state today.

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

The road construction projects you’ll encounter in Bangor when winter turns to spring

Google Maps | BDN
Google Maps | BDN
A preview of some of the construction projects going on in Bangor this spring and summer.

–Paving, stop light replacements, a redesigned downtown parking garage and a new walking trail so pedestrians no longer have to use a drainage pipe are in store for the construction season.

Maine dark money group was nearly dormant but continued paying the LePage allies who ran it

–While Maine People Before Politics slowly wound down around 2016, it still paid a total of nearly $100,000 to the governor’s daughter and top political adviser. Those expenses included paying Lauren LePage more than $30,000 for a total of 12 1/2 months of work as executive director over the course of fiscal years 2016 and 2017, a job she held while attending the University of Maine School of Law. During that same period, the group paid $65,000 to the firm run by the former governor’s longtime political strategist, Brent Littlefield, who is now a media adviser for the group.

Katahdin’s Dudley Trail won’t reopen for the 2019 hiking season

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
A young moose eats aquatic plants in Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, while Mount Katahdin looms in the distance. The peaks of the mountain visible from the pond are (from left to right) Pamola, Hamlin, and North Howe.

–The popular route up Mount Katahdin closed in 2016 after a rock and debris slide. It was originally supposed to reopen in 2018.

Times and owners are changing, but Maine country stores are holding their own

–Ownership changes at two Knox County general stores have not stopped both places from being centerpieces of community. The new owners might make subtle changes, but the core of what makes country stores so quintessentially Maine will continue.

Mainers are old, but still doing things ‘most people half their age don’t do’

Photo courtesy of Jason Paige Smith
Photo courtesy of Jason Paige Smith
Everard Hall, 72, of Milbridge, Maine. Hall has been digging graves by hand for more than 50 years, and has buried more than 2,400 souls during his work as a gravedigger, including many family members and friends.

–Maine people are the oldest folks in the country. There’s more oldsters here, relatively speaking, than any other state in the union. That fact is usually seen as an economic and health care conundrum to be solved. But for one Maine man, it’s a photographic opportunity and something to celebrate.

3 simple steps you can take to protect yourself from identity fraud

–It is important to emphasize that there are powerful things you can do to make sure that your data is protected. Rather than be the next victim, you can be your own best fraud fighter instead.

Do this: Walk off cabin fever with these winter treks

Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A person snowshoes in Pownal.

–In Maine, the tail end of winter often brings on a little cabin fever. Grab your snowshoes and get outside.

In other news…

Maine

Petition hopes to bring back ‘Indian’ mascot in Skowhegan

Mainers are old, but still doing things ‘most people half their age don’t do’

Forestry officials find destructive emerald ash borer in York County trees

Bangor

Students move eggs with excavators at annual trade competition in Bangor

Bangor-based National Guard battalion tapped for deployment

Former Bangor coach Roger Reed honored by peers

Business

Almost 60 percent of US women have jobs

IRS waives tax penalty for certain fishermen and farmers

Brunswick solar farm owner buys 3 clean-energy trade shows

Politics

Jared Golden has heated exchange with House GOP leader over election reform bill

Lawmakers push new Maine DHHS chief for greater urgency on child welfare cases

How Maine’s members of Congress voted this week

Opinion

Blame Democrats, not me, for Paul LePage victories

Maine can have both environmental stewardship and aquaculture innovation

Democrats might need Biden more than they know

Sports

UMaine rallies past Albany for berth in America East women’s basketball final

McGovern backstops UMaine men’s hockey shutout of Boston U

Greely shuts out Old Town-Orono for Class B hockey title

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