Articles by: Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor. [email protected]
  • Cruise season hits high gear

    Cruise season hits high gear

    BAR HARBOR — This year’s cruise ship season may be more than half over as far as the calendar is concerned. But it really is just getting started. A total of 92 visits are still scheduled between now and Nov. 1 out of the 171 originally scheduled. That compares to last year when 120 visits

  • All the ‘Worlds’ race for IOD championship

    All the ‘Worlds’ race for IOD championship

    MOUNT DESERT — Sailors from International One Design (IOD) sailboat fleets from around the world have assembled on Mount Desert Island this week for the World Championships hosted by the Northeast Harbor Fleet. The World Championships got underway Sunday afternoon with a practice race and welcome reception. Races were held on Monday and Tuesday, and

  • Historic, high-end houses hit market

    Historic, high-end houses hit market

    MOUNT DESERT — Several of the most desirable ocean-front, luxury properties on Mount Desert Island have been placed on the market in the last month or so. Ranging in price from $6.2 to $19 million, some, if sold for the asking prices, will set new records for the most expensive residences in Maine. At the

  • Cruise ship moratorium finds favor

    Cruise ship moratorium finds favor

    TREMONT — Moving to preempt the cruise ship industry from bringing passengers ashore at Bass Harbor, Tremont selectmen Monday voted unanimously to call a special town meeting to consider a moratorium on such maritime uses. Several members of the public addressed the board, urging the town to take action in the wake of a similar

  • Closed dump eyed for solar site

    Closed dump eyed for solar site

    TREMONT – The possibility of using the town’s former landfill for a solar energy installation was entertained by selectmen here Monday. A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), an organization that has set the goal of making Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030, had filed a request that the town allow a 414-kilowatt array of 1,300

  • Van with seven aboard crashes on Park Loop Road

    Van with seven aboard crashes on Park Loop Road

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Seven people who were in a minivan that ran off the Lower Mountain Road here and ended up on its roof at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment Friday escaped without life-threatening injuries. According to ranger reports, the Honda Odyssey van was heading north on that section of the Park Loop

  • Video: Thousands attend Bar Harbor fireworks

    Video: Thousands attend Bar Harbor fireworks video

    BAR HARBOR — An estimated 10,000 people, or more, turn out to watch the annual fireworks display in Bar Harbor on July 4. Getting them all quickly on their way home after the show is as much an art, as it is a science. Bar Harbor Police can usually have traffic flowing smoothly again within

  • Tiny house revolution

    Tiny house revolution

    There’s a revolution of sorts happening in the housing industry in America. In a nation whose residents have long flocked to residential subdivisions filled with artificially ornate McMansions, many people are now turning their backs on the mantra “bigger is better” when it comes to a place to live. All hail the arrival, as the

  • Quarry hearing delayed till June

    Quarry hearing delayed till June

    MOUNT DESERT — The long-awaited review of the Planning Board’s granting of grandfathered status to a granite quarry operation in Hall Quarry began at a public hearing last week. After more than three hours of testimony without getting to the point where the applicant could present their evidence, the board agreed to end the meeting

  • Acadia advisory board suspended

    Acadia advisory board suspended

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has ordered the Citizen’s Advisory Commission here to cease meeting until further notice. Members of the commission, which represents the towns surrounding Acadia, were notified of the suspension in a May 9 email from park Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Our upcoming meeting scheduled for June 5