Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 60s with scattered showers in the morning.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
Belfast’s plans to move a polling place are complicated by concern about insensitivity to Native Americans
–Mayor Samantha Paradis objected when city councilors began considering whether to move a polling place to a building called Redmen’s Hall. “I know that historically we have called this the Redmen’s Hall, but the group that leads this organization are not indigenous,” Paradis said Tuesday at the regular city council meeting. “And so I would want to be sensitive about the language that we use and have respect for our indigenous neighbors and think about a better title and name for this building.” Conflict and confusion ensued.
–A Bar Harbor man recorded by a school security camera carrying the apparently lifeless body of a woman he is accused of killing “most likely” will testify Friday at his murder trial, according to his defense attorney. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against Jalique Keene, 22, who is accused of raping and killing Mikaela Conley on the grounds of a Bar Harbor school on June 1, 2018.
–Next month, Dragon Cement in Thomaston will begin using materials from a 27,000-ton carpet fiber dump in Warren as fuel. A contractor will deliver the materials to Dragon, a partnership that could help ease an environmental headache that has plagued the midcoast for more than two decades. “The material is a very good, clean-burning fuel,” Dragon environmental compliance manager Michael Martunas said. “I am hopeful within the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to start taking these materials.”
A Bucksport native who runs an $11.3 billion manufacturing company has given $250,000 to his high school
–Andy Silvernail runs a manufacturing company in suburban Chicago that employs 7,000 people at 40 factories in 20 countries. Through his career, the 48-year-old graduate of Bucksport High School’s Class of 1989 has remained grateful to the teachers who saw his potential and nurtured it.
–Judy Camuso grew up in suburban Boston, and though she was always interested in various critters, was not from a hunting family. Now, as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, she’s running the agency that manages the animals that Mainers hunt, and has become a hunter herself.
–Outdoorsmen (and women, for that matter) can be jerks. So here’s what we’re asking: What kind of hunting, fishing or hiking behaviors tick you off? How much is too much? And perhaps most importantly, what kinds of things can we do to make our outdoor pursuits more civil?
–It’s Memorial Day weekend!? Where did the heck did May go? It’s basically been one long April, with the rain and less-than spring-like temperatures. Anyway, here’s to a long weekend! Check our roundup of all of the Memorial Day events going on throughout the state to start making your plans.
In other news…
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