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

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

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s to the high 30s from north to south with mostly sunny skies throughout the state.

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

Mud season is here, and it’s bad

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Mud and ruts are seen on East Waldo Road in Waldo, March 2, 2017. Waldo residents that live along the East Waldo Road admit it can be hard to travel in mud season. Living along the road, they said, is something that can bring neighbors together. "We all talk about the road," Deb Burwell said.

–Freedom Selectman Steve Bennett is no stranger to hearing complaints about the town’s dirt roads in mud season. This year, though, the roads have seemed muddier and tempers more frayed than usual.

Public health authorities are looking for people in Bangor who may have handled a rabid bat

–The live bat was found in the vicinity of the Shaw House, the youth shelter located at Union and First streets in Bangor. Several people in the Bangor area handled the rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend, and public health authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying those who might have handled it. They likely need rabies post-exposure shots.

Mexico’s largest non-denominational Christian church has sent missionaries to Maine

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The Light of the World Church in Bangor is located in a former bank next to the Hannaford Supermarket near the Bangor Mall.

–The tiny congregation in Bangor gathers daily in a space previously occupied by a bank next to a Hannaford supermarket near the Bangor Mall. Followers of La Luz del Mundo are expected to pray multiple times a day and to attend a daily worship service with the congregation. Men and women sit in separate sections of churches, and only men preach and serve in the church hierarchy.

More than 150 attended a Friday vigil for victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings

–The 45-minute vigil was held at the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono. Members from two Bangor synagogues and the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, an Orono town councilor, and a dozen or so others expressed sympathy for and solidarity with Muslims who live, work and attend school in northern Maine. “What a terrible thing it is that this is what brings us together,” Mary-Anne Saxl of Bangor’s Congregation Beth El.

Here’s what you can plant before the last frost

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Jim Buckle points out frost damage on a seedling at his farm in Unity, May 9, 2016.

–Certain cold-hardy plants can survive a light or moderate frost and prosper even if spring temperatures have not quite stabilized. These plants can thrive in cold soil temperatures, compared to their later season counterparts that need a warmer growing medium.

A temp agency will fill a vacant downtown Bangor storefront

–Based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Complete Labor & Staffing plans to move into 81 Main St., filling a storefront that has been empty for the past year. The space has seen a number of different tenants over the years, including a number of retail stores and, from 2013 through early 2018, the Maine Holistic Center, a community wellness center.

Taste this: Maine Maple Sunday celebrates the state’s sweetest treat

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Ellie Simmons, left, and her sister Katie Simmons collect sap at Simmons & Daughters Sugar House in Morrill in this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo.

–Sugarhouses around the state opened to the public over the weekend to sample myriad maple products, including syrup, popcorn, whoopie pies and ice cream.

In other news …

Maine

Body of Westbrook man killed in Arkansas gas station holdup returned to Maine

Maine’s new education chief pushes back against mandates, pressure from businesses

Machias delays decision on where to put Down East vocational center, risking $2M grant

Bangor

New auditorium, track and classrooms could be part of $16M in Orono school upgrades

Brewer High students experience the split-second decisions police make daily

For Bangor MMA fighter, UFC is a goal worth pursuing

Business

Maine hospital tests heart procedure that could eliminate surgery

Maine home prices rise, though the number of sales slips in February

Maine’s unemployment rate remained low in February

Politics

Susan Collins brings Ben Carson to Maine

A revived ‘red flag’ bill could prompt the biggest gun control debate in Maine this year

Bill would require owners to help victims when their dogs attack

Opinion

More lawmakers should support decriminalizing prostitution

Maine should bet on sports gambling, eventually

I don’t always agree with Susan Collins. But she has my vote.

Sports

NC State ends UMaine’s season in first round of NCAA women’s tournament

Fort Kent driver finishes two laps down in NASCAR Truck Series race

Chris Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million from 2020-24

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