Articles by: Dick Broom

  • Beck, Littlefield seek selectman seat

    Beck, Littlefield seek selectman seat

    MOUNT DESERT — Gordon Beck and Wendy Littlefield are vying for election to a two-year term on the Board of Selectmen in the May 1 election. This is both candidates’ first bid for elective office. Beck was appointed to the board in January to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Brian Reilly.

  • Quarry ‘grandfathering’ is topic

    Quarry ‘grandfathering’ is topic

    MOUNT DESERT — The public will have a chance to comment at a special Planning Board hearing May 11 on whether the operation of a quarry owned by Harold MacQuinn Inc. in the village of Hall Quarry is a “grandfathered use” and, as such, is eligible to be licensed by the town. MacQuinn and its

  • Explorer bus fleet to get $4M upgrade

    Explorer bus fleet to get $4M upgrade

    AUGUSTA — Bus manufacturers have until tomorrow (April 21) to submit bids to the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) to build 18 replacement buses for the fare-free Island Explorer system, which serves Acadia National Park and the towns on Mount Desert Island. The MDOT has $4.08 million in federal money available for the purchase, which

  • Students depict famous people

    Students depict famous people

    MOUNT DESERT — Amelia Earhart is sporting an aviator’s cap, and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella is wearing his baseball cap in portraits drawn by students in Julie Bennoch’s second-grade class at Mount Desert Elementary School. Each of the 13 students read a biography of a historical figure and wrote a short report about

  • School funding debate reignites

    School funding debate reignites

    MOUNT DESERT — Coming under scrutiny once again, as it does every so often, is the formula used to calculate how much each of the Mount Desert Island towns pays for the yearly operation and upkeep of MDI High School. This year, Mount Desert taxpayers are spending just over $2.88 million on the high school,

  • Groups to aid town projects

    Groups to aid town projects

    MOUNT DESERT — A group of year-round and seasonal residents has formed two private, nonprofit corporations to provide financial backing for business and community development projects. The Mount Desert Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will support “business retention and attraction, entrepreneurship and small business development, along with other activities to foster a healthy and sustainable year-round

  • High School budget vote turnout tiny

    High School budget vote turnout tiny

    BAR HARBOR — Of the 9,239 registered voters on Mount Desert Island, just 21 turned out April 5 to approve a $10.5 million budget for MDI High School next year. That is a voter turnout rate of .22 percent. And 18 of those who voted were either school board members or school employees. All of

  • Loop Road set to open: Rockslide must be cleared

    Loop Road set to open: Rockslide must be cleared

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — After being closed to motor vehicles all winter, the Park Loop Road will reopen to all traffic this Saturday, April 15. But the opening of one section might be delayed. A small rockslide has littered the northbound lane and shoulder of the two-way Lower Mountain Road section of the Loop Road

  • Marine tech course draws industry interest

    Marine tech course draws industry interest

    BAR HARBOR — “I really want a maritime career. I’ve been thinking about it since the eighth grade,” said Will Renault, a junior at Mount Desert Island High School, of his reason for signing up for the school’s new marine service technology course. Bri Sumner, also a junior, said she has family members who work

  • Surplus shift eases tax hike

    Surplus shift eases tax hike

    MOUNT DESERT — An additional $100,000 in unexpended funds will go into the town’s budget next year to help trim an increase in property taxes. It will cut the projected higher tax rate by about five cents. Surplus or “undesignated” funds in a municipal budget are the result of lower-than-expected costs or higher-than-expected revenues in