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. dbroom@mdislander.com
  • MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert school committee decided Feb. 16 to take no action on the issue of having a police officer at the school as a “school resource officer” (SRO) pending the recommendations of the school system’s policy committee. Although the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Superintendent Marc Gousse and Police Chief Jim

  • School cop debated

    School cop debated

    BAR HARBOR — The question of whether to have a police officer – in the role of “school resource officer” – assigned on a regular basis to Mount Desert Island High School has been referred to the regional school board’s policy committee. After nearly two hours of discussion by the high school board and members

  • Acadia projects are on schedule

    Acadia projects are on schedule

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The $400,000 septic system improvement project at Seawall Campground is on track to be completed in plenty of time for the campground to open on schedule in late May, according to Keith Johnston, Acadia’s chief of facilities maintenance. He told the Acadia Advisory Commission last week that the Seawall project, as

  • Shea wins school bid

    Shea wins school bid

    BAR HARBOR — An unexpectedly low bid has won E.L. Shea Builders of Ellsworth the contract for the walls and windows replacement project at Mount Desert Island High School. The school’s trustees voted last week to accept Shea’s bid of $586,860. Of the seven companies that bid on the job, only Shea came in under

  • Acadia to hire parking staff

    Acadia to hire parking staff

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Officials here plan to hire a few parking lot attendants this summer to help alleviate congestion and “trouble-shoot problems before it gets to the point where we see gridlock and areas have to close down,” Superintendent Kevin Schneider told the Acadia Advisory Commission last week. Gridlock was a serious problem in

  • Lot sought for donated house

    Lot sought for donated house

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters at the May 2 town meeting will be asked to authorize the town to give a one-acre parcel of land on Beech Hill Road to the Island Housing Trust (IHT) so that a house that the owner wants to donate can be moved there. The property, which was deeded to the

  • Teacher’s essay shares wisdom

    MOUNT DESERT — An essay by Karen Sharpe, a special education teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School who lives in Bar Harbor, is featured in the spring 2017 edition of “Teaching Tolerance” magazine, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The essay, part of the magazine’s “Why I Teach” series, is subtitled “A Little Girl

  • School fixes – $1.5 million

    School fixes – $1.5 million

    MOUNT DESERT — It would cost about $1.5 million to address all of the capital improvement needs at Mount Desert Elementary School, according to Mike Sealander of Ellsworth-based Sealander Architects. That firm recently conducted an assessment of the building and grounds. The most expensive item on the list, with an estimated cost of $472,000, is

  • Candidate filing deadline looms

    Candidate filing deadline looms

    MOUNT DESERT — With three of the five seats on the Board of Selectmen up for election this spring, one board member whose term is ending plans to run again. Another does not, and a third is undecided. Board Chairman John Macauley said he plans to run for another three-year term. He was first elected

  • Intertidal bill changes sought

    Intertidal bill changes sought

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A proposed federal law that would legalize the commercial digging of clams and worms in the intertidal zone around Acadia should be amended to make clear that it does not apply to the harvesting of seaweed, the Acadia Advisory Commission said Monday. Commission members voted unanimously to ask Maine’s congressional delegation