Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves covers the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor for the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com
  • Parking, cruise ship zoning hearing set

    BAR HARBOR — Zoning changes dealing with parking, housing and the use of the former international ferry terminal are set for public hearing at the March 7 Town Council meting. The changes are necessary for two controversial projects, a downtown parking garage and a cruise ship terminal, to move forward. Amendments adding “parking lot” and

  • Iconic trees come down

    Iconic trees come down video

    BAR HARBOR — The row of tall European black pine trees along Route 3 at the College of the Atlantic campus were cut down last week as part of the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) project to rebuild and widen a four-mile stretch of that road. “This is going to be the biggest visual impact,

  • Route 3 redo trees to become lumber, biomass

    Route 3 redo trees to become lumber, biomass

    BAR HARBOR — Several weeks into the tree-clearing phase of the project to rebuild Route 3, the landscape in that part of town already looks markedly different. Sargent Corporation of Stillwater holds the contract for the whole road reconstruction project with the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT). The subcontractor working on the clearing is Comprehensive

  • Bike lane survey set

    Bike lane survey set

    BAR HARBOR — A plan to build bicycle lanes on the Crooked Road took a step forward last week when councilors approved the expenditure of up to $32,000 from the sidewalk repair account to survey the road. The funding was approved on a split 4-3 vote. Councilors Clark Stivers, Gary Friedmann, Anne Greenlee and Peter

  • Blizzard brings area to a halt

    Blizzard brings area to a halt

    BAR HARBOR — Schools, government offices and most other businesses were closed Monday for the snowiest snow day Mount Desert Island has seen in a long time. Crews were resting up for another nor’easter expected to arrive Wednesday evening into Thursday. The Maine Department of Transportation announced at 1:15 p.m. that state plows would be

  • Response filed in Greif appeal

    Response filed in Greif appeal

    BAR HARBOR — Attorneys representing the town filed a response brief last week in a State Supreme Court appeal seeking a hearing on whether town councilors improperly directed town employees. In November, Superior Court Justice William Anderson denied the original complaint, filed by Greif in February 2016. In January 2016, the Town Council received a

  • LePage praises his MDI pen pal

    LePage praises his MDI pen pal

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor native Allison Salsbury got a shout-out from Gov. Paul LePage at the beginning of his State of the State address last week. “Allison and I became pen pals way back in 2011, when I first became governor,” he said. “She really understands the plight of the Maine elderly. She’s been

  • Ambulance revenues a moving target

    Ambulance revenues a moving target

    BAR HARBOR — For several months, members of the Town Council have been asking why revenues from the town’s ambulance service, operated by the Bar Harbor Fire Department, are below budgeted amounts. This comes up when Finance Director Stan Harmon reviews regular financial statements with the council. Ambulance revenue was down 19 percent this year,

  • Port authority bill discussed

    Port authority bill discussed

    BAR HARBOR — Town councilors want more time to study a proposed bill in the state legislature to create a Bar Harbor Port Authority to operate the proposed future development at the former international ferry terminal on Eden Street. The council voted to table consideration of whether to support the bill until their Feb. 21

  • Civility is project aim

    Civility is project aim

    BAR HARBOR — A project aimed at improving communication and trust between residents and town government got a green light from the Town Council Tuesday. The unanimous council vote authorized spending up to $5,000 from a contingency account for a pilot project to host community meetings, create branding-marketing materials and advertise on Facebook and elsewhere.