The Maine CDC reports 35 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 20 more people who have recovered. 5 employees of the Maine Department of Administrative Financial Services in Augusta have tested positive for the virus. A total of 18 people, who were exposed, will quarantine at home for 14 days.

Maine residents are advised to watch for ticks, since the state typically sees a second peak in their activity this time of year. Deer tickets are found mostly in leafy, wooded areas, so residents should wear an EPA-approved repellent, light-colored clothing that covers their arms and legs, and tuck their pant legs into their boots. Regular tick checks are also recommended.

Animal welfare officials are asking for the public's help finding the person(s) responsible for shooting three cows in Washington County. The cows were shot on September 19th at the Cherryfield Food property, off Route 9 in Beddington.

Today is the first day Maine retail businesses can sell recreational marijuana. Voters approved the adult use of marijuana four years ago, but the need for a legal infrastructure and the pandemic have contributed to the delay. So far, 8 stores have been approved for retail sales.

The Cross Insurance Center announced this week that the Maine Harvest Festival has been cancelled, due to safety concerns. The annual festival features foods grown and produced in Maine, and includes large crowds and lots of sampling that would be dangerous to the public's health.

Some Theatre Company in Bangor Mall will be performing a Halloween play, 'The Woman in Black,' October 29th to November 1st. Tickets will be sold in pairs, with seating socially distanced, with some single tickets available, as well. Find more information on the Some Theatre Company Facebook page.

Halloween is on in Bar Harbor. Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor will be blocked off on Halloween to allow for controlled and safe trick or treating experience. Donations of pre-wrapped candy can be dropped off at the Bar Harbor Hannaford.