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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is holding a bear hunting day for young hunters for the first time as its annual season for the elusive animals draws near.

The youth bear hunt will be Saturday, two days before the general hunting season for bears begins. Youth hunters who have a junior hunting license can hunt bears with a firearm, bow or crossbow on Saturday. The young hunters are also permitted to lay bait.

WATERVILLE, Maine -- A factory in Waterville known for it's molded fiber plates has entered into a contract to provide an alliance of some of the nation's largest school districts with compostable lunch trays. The trays are expected to replace 225 million polystyrene trays that would otherwise end up in landfills.

SACO, Maine — Officials say several swimmers are safe after getting caught in particularly powerful rip currents off a Maine beach.

Deputy Fire Chief David Pendleton says Old Orchard Beach's lifeguard captain told him at one point on Monday, there were eight people in the water being dragged out to sea.

Authorities received a call around 4 p.m. about several swimmers in distress. Saco firefighters and seven lifeguards responded to Kinney Shores. Bystanders who heard cries for help also went into the water.

By David Sharp, The Associated Press

LEWISTON, Maine — This is not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer's Almanac is warning of another rough winter.

A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed the forecast a "winter deja vu." The almanac, which hits the newsstands this week, predicts cold and snowy weather from Maine to Montana.

Courtesy: Maine Audubon Society

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - It's been a good season for the endangered piping plover. Populations of the tiny migrating shorebirds, that like to nest on the sandy beaches of southern and Midcoast Maine during the summer, were perilously low a few years ago. But this year, thanks in large part to the efforts of local communities, monitors have observed the highest numbers on record.