Last night’s wind has knocked out power to many residents, with crews working to restore electricity as quickly as possible. But the gusts were so strong on top of Sugarloaf Mountain Monday afternoon that they took down a radio tower used, in part, by Franklin County Public Safety. Officials arranged an alternate method for communicating last night, and will begin the repairs today.

A bill that would have established a spring bear hunt in Maine has failed to gain support from legislators. The joint standing committee on inland fisheries and wildlife voted unanimously against the establishment of a spring bear hunt that opponents said may interfere with mothers who are providing for their cubs.

New England’s largest fisherman’s trade show is set to kick off in Rockport this Friday. The Maine Fishermen’s Forum consists of seminars, meetings and other events about fishing, including covering topics like warming oceans and uncertainty in the lobster market. The event runs through Saturday at the Samoset Resort

The online auction is underway for the Bangor Mall, with the Ten-X commercial real estate website asking for a starting bid of six-point-five million dollars. There’s no indication, yet, about whether any bids have been made. Presque Isle’s Aroostook Center Mall is also on the auction website, with the price listed as ‘best offer.’

A Pre-St Paddy’s Day Kay-lee will be held in Bangor this Saturday, at the Anah Shrine building on Broadway. The event will feature performances from the Anah Highlanders. Laura Scott Scottish Dancers, Vocal performances and more, all in the Celtic tradition. Find more information on the Anah Shriner's website.

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