• Avian clowns bring show to feeder

    A large flock of evening grosbeaks landed on a friend’s feeder this week with a flourish. All the other birds scattered when these large, colorful finches in black, white and yellow stopped by to eat the seeds offered. Evening grosbeaks are about the size of starlings, and they have a fierce look, although some people

  • DVD Review: The Equalizer

    DVD Review: The Equalizer

    It’s the return of “Death Wish” with Denzel Washington playing a thinking man’s Charles Bronson. Stylish, very well acted and pretty good in an eye-gouging, throat slashing, face-mauling, corkscrew-through-the-Adam’s-apple sort of way. Not to everyone’s taste. Most suitable for boys between the ages of 10 and 10½. Unfortuantely, it’s R-rated so they can’t see it.

  • Seal pups popping up

    It may be cold outside, but seal pups are being born even now on the ice near offshore islands. Hardy members of my family watched mothers nursing their newborns this past week. From the size of the seals, they identified them as gray seals, the larger of the two we see regularly in local waters.

  • Wabanaki objects ‘Coming Home’

    Wabanaki objects ‘Coming Home’

    BAR HARBOR — Coming Home, the Abbe Museum’s 2015 feature exhibit, will open on Thursday, Feb. 5. “This exhibit is not only a chance to learn through traditional and cultural knowledge, but to see amazing objects that are coming back to Maine after decades or centuries away,” said Julia Clark, director of collections and interpretation.

  • ‘Strange Eyes’ premieres on world stage

    ‘Strange Eyes’ premieres on world stage

    BAR HARBOR — An offbeat feature film created and produced on Mount Desert Island in 2013 premieres on an international stage this week. “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes,” which was created by College of the Atlantic film professor Nancy Andrews, is part of this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival in The Netherlands. The fever-dream

  • ‘Great Decisions’ discussions set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Great Decisions 2015 discussion series begins at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. The Bass Harbor Memorial Library collaborated on the first Great Decision series in 2014, and it was such a success that the libraries decided to offer the programs again. “The 2014 program

  • Uncommon fun at the Common Good

    Uncommon fun at the Common Good

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Anyone who hasn’t checked out the goings on at the Common Good Café yet this winter should think about a trip to Seawall some upcoming Saturday, Sunday or Thursday. On Thursdays, soup is served from 12-2 p.m., on Sundays it’s popovers from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Saturdays, well that’s when