A child says hello to Buddy, the resident cat at Mainely Frames on Congress Street in Portland on Wednesday. Buddy, 3, is a Maine coon cat and lives in the shop.

Good morning. Temperatures will range from the mid-50s in the northern part of the state to mid-40s with rain in the southern part. 

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

Bar Harbor looks to renovate or replace K-8 school buildings. Minimum price: $9.6M

–Bar Harbor has spent $2.7 million over the past 20 years on fixes and improvements at Conners Emerson School, which consists of two unconnected school buildings on an 11-acre site on the edge of the town’s downtown village. Now, school officials have put forth four preliminary options for the school buildings’ future ranging from renovation to replacement.

A Belfast woman has been indicted after a fence fight allegedly became toxic

–Emily Rogals, an organic gardener, was indicted earlier this year on a Class C charge of aggravated criminal mischief after she allegedly sprayed a herbicide on a neighbor’s trees and shrubbery. Reportedly, the trees and a stockade fence blocked sunlight to her garden and caused ice to form on her driveway. “I really believe she didn’t understand how bad it was going to be,” a police spokesman said. “By her statement, she just meant to retard the growth of the trees. She ended up damaging severely and killing some of them.”

How Stephen King’s love of baseball helped generations of young Bangor athletes

–Nothing sums up Bangor’s most famous resident’s love of baseball better than the ways in which he and his wife, Tabitha, have supported it locally. One need only look at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium, the top-notch baseball facility that the Kings donated $1.2 million to have built, which opened in 1992 at Hayford Park on Thirteenth Street. That’s where Little League season kicks off this weekend.

Why one Maine school is making the shift to eight-player football

–Ellsworth High School has struggled to maintain its numbers on the football team like many other schools across the state. This fall, thanks to the implementation of the eight-player version of the game, the Eagles hope to be able to gain traction as they try to build their program.

Do this: Go see Penobscot Theatre Company’s ‘Fun Home’

–“Penobscot Theatre Co.’s “Fun Home” packs an intellectual and emotional wallop,” writes the BDN’s Judy Harrison. “It is a welcome punch in the solar plexus from Bangor’s only professional theater group that more often than not chooses simply to entertain rather than soar with the perfection this production does.”

“Fun Home” will be performed through May 12. For information, call 942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org.

In other news…


5 charts and maps that show where the opioid epidemic stands in the Bangor region

6-year-old boy killed by school bus in Rumford

‘Franky’s Law’ would give animals legal advocates in cruelty cases


Man who died in I-95 crash in Hampden has been identified

Bangor bus riders shouldn’t have to flag down their buses, consultant says

Downtown Bangor’s AeroBalloon won’t fly in 2019


How Central Maine Power failed its customers and still increased profits

Fireball maker invests $4 million for second expansion in 2 years

Bangor Savings Bank adds Auburn branch as part of central Maine expansion


Effort to expand abortion access in Maine rekindles spirited debate

Maine’s projected $87 million tax windfall creates small budget ‘cushion’

Key takeaways from AG Barr’s testimony, Mueller’s letter


Communication rather than litigation: New era for resolving tribal-state disputes

Time to end the anti-vaccine trend in Maine

The promise of public power, and what it means for Maine


Maine tennis player earns All-America honors at Tennessee

Jason Harvey leads Husson baseball to victory; university to host baseball tourney

Moreland, Vazquez homer, Boston sweeps Oakland

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...