In this July 27, 2018, file photo, a sternman on a lobster fishing boat photographs the sunrise on the way out of Portland Harbor off South Portland, Maine. For months, the U.S. economy has shrugged as America and China slapped tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of each other’s goods. Victims included American distillers and lobster fishermen, whose catch was put on China’s hit list.
A sign in the parking lot of home kitchen supply store Rooster Brother on Thursday indicates that fishermen cannot use the property to get to the Union River to fish for baby eels, also known as elvers.
–In March, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that harvesters must have property owners’ permission to cut seaweed above the low-tide line in front of shorefront property. The decision has resulted in a flurry of legislative proposals now being floated at the State House aimed at boosting public access to the intertidal zone.
–While Maine continues to debate the potential environmental impacts of Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed 145-mile transmission line, the Massachusetts attorney general and environmental groups have warned the contracts that would govern power sold over a completed line could undermine the state’s attempt to bring new amounts of clean, renewable power into New England.
–Last Tuesday, Emma Hargreaves, 18, was taking an AP Physics exam when an important email landed in her inbox. After the exam, she got in her car, turned her phone on and started giggling with excitement when she saw the message. She had been named a 2019 U.S Presidential Scholar.
Joe Ferris was the ace pitcher on the 1964 University of Maine baseball team that finished third at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The right-hander from Brewer will gather in Orono this weekend with 16 former teammates to celebrate the team's 50th anniversary.
–On Saturday, the Black Bears will honor Brewer attorney Joe Ferris by including him on its Wall of Legends. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1964 College World Series.
–John Bapst High School’s first expansion in almost a century is one step closer to starting, after a contractor on Tuesday tore down the old Jewish Community Center building at the corner of French and Somerset streets. Starting in the next couple months, school officials hope to start the construction of a new, $3.5 million gymnasium and fitness center on that site, near the main school building on Broadway.