• Herbarium exhibition open

    Herbarium exhibition open

    BAR HARBOR — The Beatrix Farrand Society’s herbarium exhibition can be viewed at Garland Farm, 475 Bay View Drive, on Thursdays through Sept. 28, from 1-5 p.m. It also can be seen on days of Garland Farm programs. The herbarium exhibition celebrates the plants of three Mount Desert Island gardens: Reef Point Gardens, Beatrix Farrand’s

  • Explorer bus ridership up

    Explorer bus ridership up

    BAR HARBOR — Ridership on the Island Explorer bus system during its first three-and-a-half weeks of operation this season was up 4.5 percent over the same period last year. The free bus system, which serves Acadia National Park and surrounding communities, recorded 138,794 passenger trips between June 23 and July 16. That puts the Island

  • FOA celebrates year of successes

    FOA celebrates year of successes

    BAR HARBOR — In his opening remarks at Friends of Acadia’s annual meeting last week, outgoing board Chair Ed Samek credited the effectiveness of Friends of Acadia’s initiatives to a team effort and called 2016 – Acadia’s centennial and FOA’s 30th anniversary – the best of times. While some were concerned that nothing could match

  • Kline to give glimpse of ‘A Piece of the World’

    Kline to give glimpse of ‘A Piece of the World’

    BAR HARBOR — No. 1 New York Times-bestselling author Christina Baker Kline will talk about her newest novel, “A Piece of the World,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. The novel imagines the life of Christina Olson, the real-life muse of Andrew Wyeth, portrayed in his iconic painting “Christina’s

  • Greif loses appeal to law court

    Greif loses appeal to law court

    PORTLAND — The state’s highest court has denied an appeal by Bar Harbor resident Arthur Grief challenging a 2016 Town Council decision not to investigate claims of alleged misconduct by two councilors. Justices affirmed the judgment of Hancock County Superior Court justice William Anderson that the Town Council had not violated the Town Charter nor Maine Freedom of Access

  • Seacoast Mission eyes major move

    Seacoast Mission eyes major move

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission is developing plans to move its administrative headquarters out of the Colket Center on West Street here. In a letter mailed Monday, July 17, President Scott Planting outlined reasons for the move to mission supporters and donors. “It is with mixed feelings that I tell you that the

  • Gov. pans pot tax bill

    Gov. pans pot tax bill

    BAR HARBOR — Gov. Paul LePage told the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club on Wednesday that if the Legislature passes a bill imposing a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana but not on medical marijuana, he will veto it. He said he expected legislators to vote on the bill today (Thursday). “Colorado has nontaxable

  • Abel’s Lobster Pound shut: Operators decide to go mobile

    Abel’s Lobster Pound shut: Operators decide to go mobile

    MOUNT DESERT — Abel’s Lobster Pound on Somes Sound, which opened in 1939, is closed this summer, and its future is unclear. Ted Stanley Jr., who owned and operated Abel’s for many years, said in a Facebook post last month, “After 42 seasons at Abel’s, the family and myself have retired.” He and his wife,

  • Hieronymous wins Friendship race

    Hieronymous wins Friendship race

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — For the past 25 years, Friendship sloops have gathered on Mount Desert Island in July before heading to the westward to participate in the Friendship Sloop Society’s annual Rendezvous and race days. That event, which brings together dozens of the elegant gaff-riggers, has been held in Rockland since 1995. It was started