September 15, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Wednesday

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A lovely barn presents itself for a photo near the start of an after-work paddle on the Royal River from Route 9 in North Yarmouth to the Elm Street dam in Yarmouth.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid- 50s to the mid-60s with a mix of sun and clouds throughout the state.

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

Residents of one Maine town are so mad about mud season road ruts that they want to dump two selectmen

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Mud and ruts are seen on East Waldo Road in Waldo, March 2, 2017.

–Voters in Freedom will decide the fate of two of the town’s three selectmen by secret ballot on June 11. Residents who signed a recall petition for selectmen Steve Bennett and Ron Price cited poor — sometimes impassable — road conditions as one of their main reasons for pushing the recall. If the recall effort succeeds, Freedom would be in a bind because town business practices require two selectmen to sign checks.

Bangor’s budget proposes money for police body cameras, new homeless outreach worker

–A city budget proposal under the Bangor City Council’s consideration would raise the city’s municipal and school spending by 4.2 percent, due largely to increases in wages, insurance and retirement costs. The proposal includes money for police body cameras, recruitment to the city police force and a new homeless outreach worker. It would raise the city’s property tax rate.

Millinocket’s library will move to an old restaurant during renovations

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
"American Loggers" fan Joe Bartlett of Lee shakes hands with Eldon Pelletier (right) after Bartlett and friend Helen Cole (center) of Lee finished their lunch at Pelletier Loggers Family Restaurant Bar and Grill in 2010.

–The Pelletier family — stars of the former “American Loggers” reality-TV show — is allowing the Millinocket Memorial Library to move into its former Pelletier Loggers Family Restaurant Bar and Grill at 57 Penobscot Ave. while the library undergoes its planned $1.7 million renovation. The move is due to start at the end of May, with the library reopening on June 10, officials said.

The developer of a proposed salmon farm in Bucksport closed a deal to buy part of the former Verso Paper mill site

–The finalized sale, for an undisclosed price, will allow Whole Oceans to start building what promises to be one of New England’s first land-based salmon aquafarms. Company officials said they hope to break ground later this year. The closing is a major step for Bucksport as it continues its reinvention following the Verso shutdown in late 2014, which eliminated 570 jobs.

Do this: Protect yourself against ticks this summer

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
A deer tick. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

–“As tick season gets into full swing here in Maine, I thought it would be helpful for me to share what I’ve learned in recent years about tick defense,” writes BDN Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki. “These are protection methods I’ve gathered from researching and writing several stories about ticks for the BDN, then tested while tramping around in the wilderness.”

In other news…

Maine

Police shoot and kill man to end 6-hour standoff in Auburn

Prosecutor: Man accused in Bar Harbor woman’s murder offered mom help in finding her daughter

First Maine measles case in two years recorded in Somerset County

Bangor

Waterfront construction forces changes at Bangor’s folk festival for the next 3 years

Local author explores the last days of missing AT hiker Geraldine Largay

How not to get scammed when buying tickets to Maine’s outdoor concerts this summer

Business

How a Chinese company plans to revitalize 2 struggling Maine mills

Dressbarn to close all stores, including 5 in Maine

Weddings contribute about $937M to the Maine economy, study finds

Opinion

Lessons from Jimmy Bryant and Belfast

Food packaging legislation is bad for business

Abortion extremism in New York and Virginia paved the way for Alabama and Georgia’s laws

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