Cory Searles of Van Buren (center, in green) hangs out with his candlepin bowling league at Northern Lanes Bowling Alley in Presque Isle on March 1. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the low to high 40s from north to south, with sunny skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

An additional 189 coronavirus cases were reported across the state on Tuesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. No new deaths were reported, leaving the statewide death toll at 725. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Seven inmates and one staff member at the Maine State Prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

Northern Light Health, the largest health care provider in eastern Maine, is planning to open a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic in a strip mall in Ellsworth by April 1.

As Maine reached a year since the first coronavirus case was detected in the state, we asked you what you’re looking forward to most when life returns to normal. Here’s what you had to say.

At Bangor clinic, vaccine represents ‘freedom’ from monotony of the last year

Lynne Whyte of Blue Hill was happy to receive her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. “This is freedom,” Whyte said. The Northern Light Health vaccination clinic had a steady flow of people arriving to get vaccinated. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

The vaccine represents the end of an emotionally difficult year, and the eventual return of the things that make life worth living.

Longer hours and drive-thru clinics key to Maine’s plan to vaccinate all adults

Abdikhadar Shire, executive director of AK Health, puts his coat back on after getting his COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday at the B Street clinic in Lewiston. Amy Morgan, St. Mary’s medical assistant finishes up Shire’s paperwork on the right. Credit: Andree Kehn / Sun Journal via AP

The accelerated timeline could mean the introduction of more ways to get vaccinated.

Hampden can now force owners to fix their dilapidated properties

The house at 676 Main Road North in Hampden is pictured March 16. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

That comes after the town wrestled for 18 months with how to address dangerous structures.

Our pizza bracket competition continues with the Savory 16 round

Vote for your favorite Bangor-area pizza place in the Savory Sixteen round of our March Madness-style bracket competition. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

We knew you had opinions on pizza, but wow, what a turnout! Here are your Savory Sixteen competitors for round two.

Aroostook geologist unearths fossils that provide new history for Fish River chain of lakes

University of Maine at Presque Isle geologist Chunzeng Wang, left, along with Maine State Geologist Robert Marvinney study various rock formations and fossils in the Fish River chain of lakes area.

It may perhaps be Chunzeng Wang’s biggest discovery.

The pandemic left him without a home. Now he’s finishing his 2nd public art project.

Jay Peterson, a freehand sign painter, musician and artist, sits in front of a portrait of Maine country music star Dick Curless he painted at Lenny’s Pub in Westbrook on Monday. The picture is part of a new outdoor mural at the pub, featuring Maine country music pioneers. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Jay Peterson, 66, has done more than just survive the pandemic.

Students are supplying Belfast with garden seeds during pandemic-induced shortage

The Troy Howard Middle School Seed Co. has a brightly-colored display rack at the Belfast Co-op. Last year, the middle school students, who save seeds from the plants they grow, sold 400 seed packets at the co-op. This year, they expect to sell 800 packets. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

Last spring, as grocery store shelves were emptied, it seemed just about everyone in Maine wanted to start a garden. But seeds were hard to come by, as suppliers were crushed with unprecedented demand.

A debate over expanding a landfill is dividing this Somerset County town

Great Moose Lake in Hartland is shown in this 2013 photo. The Somerset County town, which lost a major employer last year when Tasman Leather Group shut down its Hartland leather tannery, is set to vote on whether to expand a landfill the tannery long used. Credit: Alex Barber / BDN

The town landfill has long been a thorny issue for the Somerset County town of Hartland. Next month, residents will help decide the decades-old landfill’s fate in a referendum.

Ellsworth rejects bid to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary

A person carrying groceries turns the corner onto State Street in downtown Ellsworth on March 3. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

The rejection in Ellsworth follows the recent approval of similar resolutions in a handful of small Maine towns taking stances against federal gun control measures that have yet to pass Congress.

Clandestine meeting between fox and raccoon captured on trail camera

A fox and a raccoon have a late-night meeting in this backyard trail camera photo. Credit: Courtesy of Craig Sharp

We may never know exactly what kind of mischief this fox and raccoon are plotting.

In other Maine news…

Bangor man poised to challenge Jared Golden in Democratic primary

Maine has a long way to go to complete its economic recovery

Judge who met priest properly presided at Hampden man’s murder trial, Maine high court says

British diplomat looks to advance offshore wind collaboration on virtual Maine visit

Camden considering partnering with a private marina to develop its harbor

Hampden among notable programs likely to move for next classification cycle

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...