Police say an 8-year-old Oakland boy accidentally shot himself while playing with his father’s gun in his parents’ closet Tuesday afternoon. State Police are advising parents to keep guns unloaded and out or reach of children and use a trigger lock.

The Maine CDC is warning of an outbreak of salmonella connected to chickens and ducks in backyard flocks across the country, including one case here in Maine. Officials say multiple types of salmonella have been reported that can be contracted by coming into contact with live poultry or entering their environment. The CDC advises washing hands thoroughly after touching ducks or chickens.

A new program through Healthy Acadia will train people who have been touched by drug addiction to become recovery coaches for others. The Maine Recovery Corps Program is funded through a grant from the national Americorps organization and will be the first of its kind in the state. Find more information at healthy acadia dot org.

The man who owns six of the seven daily newspapers in Maine and 17 weeklies has just added two more. Reade Brower is buying the Ellsworth American and its sister paper, The Mount Desert Islander in Bar Harbor, which will continue to operate independently. Among Brower’s holdings are the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and the Morning Sentinel.

The folks at Camp Capella in Dedham held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the first new construction in 18 years at the camp that serves children and adults with disabilities. Two new camper cabins and a trail system will be built on 28 acres of land that was purchased thanks to a 200 thousand dollar grant from Doris Buffett, founder of the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Matching donations totaling 100 thousand dollars are needed.

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