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

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A Lifeflight helicopter flies toward Maine Medical Center in Portland on Monday, March 11.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 40s throughout the state.

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

A veteran Democrat will represent Bangor and Orono residents in Augusta after a special election

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
People vote at the Cross Insurance Center on Tuesday in a special election to fill a Maine House vacancy representing parts of Bangor and Orono.

–Joe Perry, a former state representative, state senator and Bangor city councilor, won a special election Tuesday with 64 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. H faced Thomas White, a 24-year-old Bangor Republican in the contest to fill the vacancy left by Attorney General Aaron Frey.

A group of Washington County school districts risk losing a $2 million state grant

–They can’t agree on a location for a new vocational education center. If they can’t reach a consensus by the end of the month, they risk losing a $2 million grant the Maine Department of Education awarded them in January. The front runners for the site location are a former supermarket in Columbia and a former car dealership in Machias.

A forgotten neighborhood in midcoast Maine is on the verge of returning as affordable housing

Lauren Abbate | BDN
Lauren Abbate | BDN
Rockland's Philbrick Avenue used to be home to 13 cottages built in the 1930s. Now, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity plans to build 12 small homes on the land where the cottages once stood.

–Midcoast Habitat for Humanity bought land in Rockland where 13 cottages inhabited by working families once lived. Those cottages are gone, but plans are moving forward to add a dozen small, affordable homes there.

A Deer Isle man will serve nine months in jail for assaulting a family and biting a state trooper

–Justice Robert Murray sentenced 44-year-old Richard Bubar on Monday to five years imprisonment, with all but nine months suspended, for the assault of four family members on July 29, 2018. While out on bail for that offense last month, he crashed a pickup truck in Sedgwick. He punched a witness’ vehicle and bit a trooper’s gloved hand while police were putting him in a cruiser.

A Hancock smoked seafood business will reopen after overcoming its latest hurdle: the government shutdown

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
Sullivan Harbor Farm, a Route 1 business in Hancock that ran into difficulty over the past decade first with food safety violations, then with employee theft and then with the recent federal government shutdown, expects to be fully up and running again by the end of the month, according to its owner.

–A smoked seafood business in Hancock expects to be up and running by the end of the month. Sullivan Harbor Farm had been planning to reopen in December, but the federal government shutdown delayed the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of required paperwork. Before that, the business faced an employee’s embezzlement and a shutdown by federal regulators. Owner Leslie Harlow has since bought out a former co-owner and invested thousands to train her employees in proper seafood handling.

The man who caused a standoff at a Brewer motel last fall has been released from jail

–Gary Green, 63, of Brewer was waving a replica of an AK-47 at himself in the parking lot of the Village Green Motel when police from multiple agencies arrived at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 4. Police ended the standoff by using non-lethal impact ammunition to disarm Green.

Do this: Cook an Irish meal for St. Paddy’s Day

Sandy Oliver | BDN
Sandy Oliver | BDN
Smoked Haddock, Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar.

–Irish cooking has a lot in common with traditional Maine cooking. It’s a small country surrounded by the sea so oysters, salmon and periwinkles appear on Irish menus, too, and like the rest of the British Isles, so does smoked haddock. So imagine combining smoked haddock with potatoes and a good cheddar. It turns out to be a rich and savory combination, and doesn’t take long to prepare.

In other news…

Maine

Brothers freed after road trip that ended with ‘stupid’ stunt causing chaos at Houlton border

Men charged with Biddeford hate crime accused of another attack in Portland

Town in talks to buy beach after a century of private ownership

Bangor

Catholic priest for more than 60 years, who celebrated his first Masses in Latin, dies at 87

What to expect at this year’s Maine Science Festival

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

Business

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New York company buys Aroostook Centre Mall with plans to add tenants

Mackerel fishery to be scaled back for rest of 2019

Politics

Paid sick leave debate highlights challenge Maine Democrats face to satisfy allies

Lawmakers won’t change state flag, ask secretary of state to come up bicentennial flag instead

Bill would block lawmakers from using PACs as their ‘own personal lending agency’

Opinion

We found hope in a hopeless place — the comment section

Workers lose with Trump administration’s proposed overtime rules

Why I support eliminating most vaccination exemptions

Sports

UMaine men’s basketball rebuilding effort a journey in progress

UMaine football team hires 2 more assistant coaches

‘The Pit’ was rocking again for UMaine-UAlbany playoff game

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