Articles by: Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
  • Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia wants to be able to make minor adjustments to its boundary without having to get congressional approval. A bill currently inching its way through Congress would validate Acadia’s annexation of 1,441 acres on the Schoodic Peninsula, including the Schoodic Woods Campground, in 2015, but it would prohibit any future expansion

  • Visitor numbers are up, with an asterisk

    Visitor numbers are up, with an asterisk

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park is on pace to break its all-time annual visitation record of 3.3 million, which was set last year. Through Aug. 31, the visitor count was slightly more than 2.3 million, a four percent increase over the first eight months of last year. But there is a wrinkle. Prior to

  • School eyes building for storage, restrooms

    School eyes building for storage, restrooms

    BAR HARBOR — This summer, the leaky walls and windows at Mount Desert Island High School were replaced, the parking lots were repaved, and the area around the gym entrance was rebuilt and landscaped. Now, school officials are looking at building a facility for restrooms and sports equipment storage near the track and football field.

  • Artist Wini Smart dies at 85

    Artist Wini Smart dies at 85

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Acclaimed Acadia-area artist and longtime gallery owner Winifred “Wini” Smart died Sept. 15 following a long illness. She was 85. Originally from New Jersey, she fell in love with the Maine coast when she first visited as a teenager. She returned often over the years, painting landscapes and seascapes. Smart opened the

  • Hurricane Jose prompts precautions

    Hurricane Jose prompts precautions

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — With Hurricane Jose swirling off the mid-Atlantic Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for the Mount Desert Island area through Tuesday night. In response, Acadia National Park is setting up a message board with a “high surf warning” on the Ocean Drive section of the Park

  • Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Dexter Lee, Swans Island’s representative on the Acadia Advisory Commission, has urged park officials to look very hard at the cost of maintaining the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse before accepting the U.S. Coast Guard’s offer to give it to the park. Lee said at the Advisory Commission meeting on Monday that,

  • Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials defended the ban on the use of electric bicycles on Acadia’s carriage roads at Monday’s meeting of the park’s Advisory Commission. The policy has been criticized by some who say “e-bikes” are used primarily by older people and others who need a little extra boost going up hills and

  • Parish House residence opens

    Parish House residence opens

    BAR HARBOR — More than 200 community members turned out Sept. 6 for a dedication ceremony and tours of the Parish House residence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The facility is adjacent to St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church. It includes six one-bedroom apartments and common kitchen and social areas, as well as accommodations for

  • Birkenmeier remembered

    Birkenmeier remembered

    BAR HARBOR — Connie Birkenmeier, who died Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle in Hulls Cove, was a retired research laboratory manager at The Jackson Laboratory, where she worked for 37 years. Her primary area of research was red blood cell biology. Carol Bult, professor and deputy director of the Cancer Center at the

  • School cop policy aired

    School cop policy aired

    BAR HARBOR — A new policy defining the role of police officers serving as school resource officers (SROs) is being considered by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board. Recommended by the policy committee, the draft policy was formally presented to the full school board Monday night. It will be on the agenda for