Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high-40s with rain showers throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Aside from the fact that watching thousands of fish come gushing out of a tube and landing in a river is just plain cool, Wednesday’s uncommon stocking effort on the Piscataquis River was one worth noticing. These fish were endangered Atlantic salmon. And for the first time in six years, those salmon were being stocked far above Milford, on the main stem of the Penobscot River, to aid in federal and state restoration efforts.
–In addition to the standard budget stresses like health insurance cost increases and valuation changes, the death of a resident who regularly used the city’s ambulance to get to and from dialysis treatments had a significant impact on revenue. “One person can have an impact,” City Manager Joe Slocum said.
–That’s likely to change as a bill to replace masculine pronouns in Maine’s statutes is fast-tracking its way through the Legislature. The chief executive advocated for the changes during a committee hearing on Thursday.
–The agency, Families and Children Together, is terminating all its services by May 31 “due to lack of funding and resources,” Executive Director Beverly Daniels said Thursday. The closure scuttles the organization’s plans to open Bangor’s only shelter for homeless families. It had scheduled to open that shelter early next month.
–Most weekends, the members of the Pine State Heroes, a Maine-based group of superhero mega fans, suit up in their costumes and head to conventions, movie premieres, fundraisers, parades and other events — mostly, in order to put smiles on kids’ faces. They were out in full force Thursday night at Bangor Mall Cinemas for the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”
–The Burlington woman accused of sending a threatening letter to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor home last fall pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count of mailing threatening communications.
–Snakehips, Chelsea Cutler and Skizzy Mars play a hip-hop show in Orono, local punk bands Johnny Cremains, Wizardess and the Gamma Goochies are at Empire in Portland and in Rockland there’s the Strange Brewfest at the Strand Theatre — a mini local brewfest featuring Fogtown, Thresher’s and Rock Harbor breweries, followed by a screening of the Canadian cult classic comedy “Strange Brew.” See the full weekend lineup here.