Here is a collection of the things you need to know today.....

Maine weather for your area from Maine.gov.

Skowhegan has a new mascot and it is the River Hawks according to centralmaine.com.

A 5th grader in Madison raised over $500 for her school's food pantry according to centralmaine.com.

Maine starts the day with 597 active cases of COVID-19. 4,990 of the 5,639 cases recovered. There have been 142 deaths according to WABI.

A hockey referee who is CV-19 positive has potentially exposed hundreds according to WABI.

Today is the first day legal marijuana sales in Maine according to WABI. Only a handful of stores are currently approved for the sales.

Unemployment claims are holding, last week 2,150 new claims were filed according to WABI.

Sports: Chicago beat Tampa Bay in Thursday Night Football

Absentee ballots in Maine have started arriving in the mail, many commutes have places where you can vote absentee in person, have special drop off boxes or extended hours according to WABI.

If you are reconsidering changing how you cast your vote this fall, check out this from centralmaine.com how what you can and cannot do if you are voting absentee.

Voters: mark your ballot ovals carefully and make your choices clear otherwise the ballots will need a review to be counted according to WABI.

Gov. Mills has extended the Civil Emergency for the State of Maine to October 29th according to WGME.. Like many other states who have made the same move, it allows the states to tap into federal resources.



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