School districts consider role, issues of school resource officer

At recent School Union board meetings, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane discussed the funding and role of a law enforcement officer specially trained to address safety issues in schools. Union 76 Superintendent Chris Elkington and Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt had discussed the idea with Kane and the county commissioners after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in March.

How to put together a whale skeleton, and other whale facts

Whales, like humans, are warm-blooded mammals who give birth and nurse their babies, but only the whale can hold its breath for up to an hour underwater. Carrie Graham, from the College of the Atlantic Dorr Museum, shared these whale facts and more with a dozen children at the Blue Hill Public Library November 13 in a program co-sponsored by Explore Outdoors!, a collaboration between Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon and Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.

Oh, it’s happening — Midcoast’s infamous holiday tree

Despite winds gusting up to 50 mph, making the already cold temperatures feel more like 8 degrees, the Lobster Trap Tree is taking shape Nov. 14 in Rockland's Mildred Merrill Park. Members of Rockland Main Street Inc., Rockland Coast Guard, Bolduc Correctional Facility and various community volunteers are hard at work assembling the traditional tree using 154 traps, 125 buoys, 480 feet of garland entwined with 2,500 twinkle lights, and a plethora of zip ties.

1,300 fishermen wanted first new scallop licenses since 2009. Only four got them.

The state has chosen four fishermen from eastern Maine from almost 1,300 applicants who sought the first new scallop fishing licenses to be issued in Maine in the past nine years. The Maine Department of Marine Resources held a lottery this week to determine who among the nearly 1,300 applicants would be allowed into the lucrative scallop fishery this coming winter.

A third of all Americans expect to be in debt until they die

In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Luis Vazquez, an overnight support manager at Walmart in Dallas, poses for a photo with the Instapay app, developed by technology company Even, that assists him with his finances. Along with providing tools that allow employees to track their spending and save money, Even features Instapay, which allows users to advance some of their next paycheck up to 13 days before payday.

Hundreds rally across Maine to rebuke Trump, support Mueller investigation

More than 300 people gathered in Portland Thursday night as one of several rallies across Maine to demand Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election be allowed to continue, according to organizers and multiple media reports. The team led by former FBI director Mueller is probing, in part, whether there was any coordination between the Russian government and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.