Articles by: Dick Broom

  • Petition asks Acadia to ‘honor principles’

    Petition asks Acadia to ‘honor principles’

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters at the May 2 town meeting will decide whether to authorize the Board of Selectmen to support the Aid Society of Otter Creek’s request that Acadia National Park “honor its original foundation principles.” Otter Creek resident Steve Smith circulated a petition to place the question on the town meeting warrant and

  • Rockefeller cherished time spent on MDI

    Rockefeller cherished time spent on MDI

    When David Rockefeller Sr. was three months old, his parents brought him to Mount Desert Island for the first time. “I can’t say that I remember when I came then,” he said with a soft chuckle in an interview with the Islander in May 2015, a few weeks before his 100th birthday. “But I remember

  • Alternative to pier extension surfaces

    Alternative to pier extension surfaces

    CRANBERRY ISLES — A plan to extend the Islesford Town Dock by 42 feet at a cost of up to $672,000 was rejected at town meeting last week in large part because a possible alternative to improving safety at the pier has surfaced. Ownership of the granite remnants of an old pier directly in front

  • ‘Sanctuary’ resolutions floated

    ‘Sanctuary’ resolutions floated

    MOUNT DESERT — A nonbinding resolution declaring Mount Desert a “sanctuary community” will be on the warrant for the May town meeting. The Bar Harbor Town Council is expected to decide March 21 whether to adopt the same resolution or have residents vote on it at town meeting in June. The resolution states that local

  • Broadband OK’d on offshore islands

    Broadband OK’d on offshore islands

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Residents at the annual town meeting on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to borrow up to $1.2 million to build a fiber optic network to provide broadband internet service to the town’s three inhabited islands: Great Cranberry, Little Cranberry (Islesford) and Sutton. The vote was 52-4. But town officials are applying for grants that

  • MDI music therapists seek MaineCare coverage

    MDI music therapists seek MaineCare coverage

    BAR HARBOR — Three nationally certified music therapists on Mount Desert Island are among only seven in the entire state. But their numbers likely will grow if a bill now before the Legislature becomes law. It will provide MaineCare coverage for music therapy services provided to Medicaid and Medicare recipients in the state. But there

  • School tab goes up 3.3 percent

    School tab goes up 3.3 percent

    MOUNT DESERT — Taxpayers here shouldn’t be alarmed by the 7.4 increase in the Mount Desert Elementary School budget for next year that the School Committee approved last week, officials say. Three of the one-time, big ticket items in the budget are to be paid for with funds from the school’s maintenance reserve account. So,

  • Solar garage deal could save money

    Solar garage deal could save money

    MOUNT DESERT — If voters at town meeting approve, the town will sign an agreement with ReVision Energy to install solar panels on the roof of the highway garage on Sargeant Drive. The town would pay nothing for the solar array for six years but would agree to buy the power generated by the solar

  • Acadia keeps the lead out

    Acadia keeps the lead out

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing sinkers on federal lands, issued on the last full day of the Obama administration, would have had no effect on Acadia. And neither will the reversal of that ban by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on March 2, his first

  • Internet, roads, lights on Mount Desert ballot

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters at the May 2 town meeting will be asked to authorize the town to issue bonds totaling nearly $1.2 million for projects including reconstruction of a section of Route 198, extension of high-speed internet service to the Pretty Marsh area, installation of LED street lights and creation of a streetscape plan