In this July 16, 2021, file photo, people gathered around the gazebo in Kennedy Park react as Josh Sparks shows them a boa constrictor during his presentation in Lewiston. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s to mid-70s from north to south, with rain and scattered showers throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 120 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Thursday. The death toll remains at 899.

The counties that fall under mask recommendations is set to change daily as transmission rates change, but officials continue to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in indoor settings as the delta variant spreads.

Former Lincoln mill property eyed for biofuel development site

Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. has reached a tentative agreement with Lincoln and Lincoln Lakes Innovation Corporation to open a multi-phase biofuels refinery development on the property.

Howland church becomes 11th Maine Methodist church to close since 2016

United Methodist congregations in Maine have been losing members for about 40 years as church attendance has decreased dramatically in mainline Protestant denominations across the country.

Last-minute change in property values will lower Brewer’s tax rate

Rather than remain at $22.75 for every $1,000 in property value, Brewer’s tax rate will fall to $22.30.

Orrington church asks Supreme Court to stop Janet Mills from imposing new gathering limits and mask mandates

Calvary Chapel’s lawyers filed a petition for an injunction before the governor announced new masking recommendations on Wednesday.

Maine’s high court turns down bid to split CMP corridor referendum into separate questions

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded the secretary of state’s office was correct in drafting only one question, saying there is no specific language in state law requiring it to draft multiple questions if the ballot initiative addresses multiple issues.

Maine expands rental assistance program with eviction moratorium set to expire

The state has approved more than $46 million in rental assistance since March, benefiting nearly 9,300 households. As of mid-July, another 5,900 applications were still being processed.

Niagara Falls is one of Baxter State Park’s best family-friendly hikes

Baxter is a great place to improve your hiking skills, as long as you select your adventures carefully.

In other Maine news

Standish man dies after rescuers spent more than an hour trying to remove him from wreck

Driver in Down East logging truck crash recovering from burns at Portland hospital

Ellsworth woman killed in 3-vehicle Surry crash

Old Orchard Beach man dies in I-95 crash in Sidney

WEX scraps plan for $50M Scarborough center with employees preferring hybrid work

Feds consider compensating fishermen for wind energy effects on harvests

A scaled-back Bangor State Fair will open next week

Sanford native to run in Olympic 5,000-meter semifinal early Friday

UMaine women’s basketball team to open season at Nebraska

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley and staying active in the Maine outdoors.