Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 40s with snow showers throughout the morning.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–“If there’s anything I can say as I try to wrap my head around this, it would be for all of you to slow down and take life in,” Detective Ben Campbell’s wife Hilary said through tears at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Tuesday. “Life gets crazy. Small things become larger than they should and get more attention than they deserve. If you’re mad at a loved one, that’s OK. But let it go. Don’t let negative emotions fill your heart.”
Others who gathered to mourn Campbell didn’t know him personally, but felt a connection to the fallen detective.
To see all of the photos from the memorial service, click here.
–Even though Bangor expects more school aid from the state next academic year, the city’s school budget may still require local taxpayers to chip in more. The main reason is an increase in the school system’s special education costs, as a large portion of the city’s incoming kindergarten class will require special education services, said Superintendent Betsy Webb.
–The persistent chilly weather, including this week’s added snowfall, have done little to break up the ice that has accumulated on the roads this winter. Weather permitting, the park traditionally opens all of its paved roads to vehicle traffic on April 15, but this year they are expected to remain closed past the beginning of next week.
–Timothy Dentry, who has been Northern Light Health’s chief operating officer since 2016, is now also serving as the interim president of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He takes over for Donna Rusell-Cook, whose retirement Northern Light announced last week.
An advisory committee has again told Penobscot County commissioners to build a new, 300-bed county jail
–The committee charged with devising options to ease overcrowding at the Penobscot County Jail made the same recommendation Tuesday that it made five months ago: The county should build a new, 300-bed facility at an estimated construction cost of $65 million to $70 million. County commissioners have previously agreed with that recommendation, then retreated and asked the committee to consider cheaper options. The committee, however, stuck with its original recommendation for the 300-bed jail to replace the current, overcrowding facility.
–Tracy Guerrette has been sidelined by injuries including a broken bone in her foot, but the 38-year-old St. Agatha native remains focused on resuming her training in the hope of qualifying at next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials.
–“About April and May, I have to get serious about using any remaining pumpkins. Or else I have to cook them up and freeze them in 1- or 2-cup packages for easy use later,” writes Sandy Oliver. “Then there are all those baked goods that use pumpkin such as muffins, cakes, waffles and pancakes.”
In other news…
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