Articles by: Dick Broom

  • Main Street design contract is awarded

    Main Street design contract is awarded

    MOUNT DESERT — A contract for planning and designing a major makeover of Main Street in Northeast Harbor at a cost of $245,000 has been awarded to a partnership of three engineering and architectural firms. The Board of Selectmen approved Public Works Director Tony Smith’s recommendation to award the contract to Brewer-based engineering firm CES

  • Explorer bus ridership up

    Explorer bus ridership up

    BAR HARBOR — Ridership on the Island Explorer bus system during its first three-and-a-half weeks of operation this season was up 4.5 percent over the same period last year. The free bus system, which serves Acadia National Park and surrounding communities, recorded 138,794 passenger trips between June 23 and July 16. That puts the Island

  • Gov. pans pot tax bill

    Gov. pans pot tax bill

    BAR HARBOR — Gov. Paul LePage told the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club on Wednesday that if the Legislature passes a bill imposing a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana but not on medical marijuana, he will veto it. He said he expected legislators to vote on the bill today (Thursday). “Colorado has nontaxable

  • Quarry denial appealed

    Quarry denial appealed

    MOUNT DESERT — As expected, Harold MacQuinn Inc. and Freshwater Stone & Brickwork Inc. have appealed the Planning Board’s June 13 denial of their application for a license to operate a granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry. No date has yet been set for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to take up

  • Abel’s Lobster Pound shut: Operators decide to go mobile

    Abel’s Lobster Pound shut: Operators decide to go mobile

    MOUNT DESERT — Abel’s Lobster Pound on Somes Sound, which opened in 1939, is closed this summer, and its future is unclear. Ted Stanley Jr., who owned and operated Abel’s for many years, said in a Facebook post last month, “After 42 seasons at Abel’s, the family and myself have retired.” He and his wife,

  • MDI couple oversees NPS digital domain

    MDI couple oversees NPS digital domain

    BAR HARBOR — If you want to know all about the National Park Service (NPS) and its 417 sites across the country – from Acadia to Zion – you can visit its website at Or, if you’re in the neighborhood, you might stop by a house on a quiet street in Bar Harbor. The

  • Appeal filed against bed-and-breakfast

    Appeal filed against bed-and-breakfast

    BAR HARBOR — Bed-and-breakfast owners Robert and Anne Bahr are appealing a town decision to approve construction of a new 3- and 4-story, 31-room bed-and-breakfast at 68 Mount Desert St. They claim the planned new facility does not fit the definition of “bed-and-breakfast.” The proposal is to demolish the 12-room motel at 68 Mount Desert

  • Zukerman ordered to ‘cushy’ lockup

    CRANBERRY ISLES — New York investment company owner Morris Zukerman won’t be spending time at his home on Islesford this summer. Instead, he will be doing time at the Federal Correctional Institution at Otisville, N.Y., a medium-security facility that has been described as one of the “cushiest” federal prisons in the country. Zukerman, 73, reported

  • Electric bikes prohibited on carriage roads

    Electric bikes prohibited on carriage roads

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Electric bicycles have become increasingly popular here in the last couple of years, especially with people who don’t have as much strength or stamina as they used to but would still like to cycle around the park. That’s fine, as long as they ride on Acadia’s paved roads, such as the