• SWH election lineup is set

    SWH election lineup is set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Four people will vie for two seats on the Board of Selectmen at the May town elections. Jesse Dunbar, Ryan Donahue, former Selectman Ralph Dunbar and incumbent Lydia Goetze all returned nomination papers before the deadline on Friday, according to Town Clerk Marilyn Lowell. Selectman Tom Benson, whose seat also is up

  • Judge tosses Nemo’s count

    Judge tosses Nemo’s count

    BANGOR — After weighing responses from both the defendants and plaintiffs to his recommendation to dismiss claims in the lawsuit filed by Robert and Judy Cousins against Tremont firefighters and others, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison has recommended that another count be dismissed. In January, Nivison, responding to a motion to dismiss filed by the

  • Petition asks Acadia to ‘honor principles’

    Petition asks Acadia to ‘honor principles’

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters at the May 2 town meeting will decide whether to authorize the Board of Selectmen to support the Aid Society of Otter Creek’s request that Acadia National Park “honor its original foundation principles.” Otter Creek resident Steve Smith circulated a petition to place the question on the town meeting warrant and

  • Lagrange shifts gears

    Lagrange shifts gears

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town Manager Don Lagrange has submitted his resignation, but he’s giving selectmen plenty of time to find a replacement. Lagrange notified selectmen in a March 14 memo that he will remain as town manager until June 30, 2018. The 15 months allows for a smooth transition, he said. “It gives them ample

  • Reed renews contract

    Reed renews contract

    TREMONT — Dana Reed is to stay on two more years as town manager under a deal inked Monday with selectmen. Reed’s current two-year contract with the town is set to end on April 3. After coming out of an executive session, selectmen voted 4-0 to sign an amended two-year contract with Reed. Reed said

  • Zukerman gets five years for tax fraud

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Islesford summer resident Morris Zukerman was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months in prison for engaging in “multi-year tax fraud schemes,” evading more than $45 million in income and sales taxes, according to a press statement from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Zukerman, 72, who

  • Four seek three seats in Mount Desert

    Four seek three seats in Mount Desert

    MOUNT DESERT — Four candidates are running for three seats on the Board of Selectmen in the May 1 election. Board Chairman John Macauley and former Selectman Rick Mooers have filed for the two three-year terms that are up for election. Selectman Dennis Shubert, whose term is up this spring, is not running for re-election.

  • Emera deal approved

    SWANS ISLAND — By a vote of 265-29, electricity customers on Swans Island and Frenchboro have approved the takeover of the Swans Island Electric Cooperative (SIEC) by Emera Maine. March 15 was the deadline for sending in ballots. The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last month approved the terms of the merger, which the two

  • LED bulbs to be given away

    LED bulbs to be given away

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), the local group working to help Mount Desert Island achieve energy independence by 2030, has a new ‘bright idea.’ To get island residents thinking about energy efficiency in their own homes, the ACTT building efficiency committee will give away thousands of LEDs over the next two weekends

  • Health fair planned

    Health fair planned

    BAR HARBOR — A health fair will be hosted by the Mount Desert Island Hospital at the fire station here on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, annual event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about many resources for a healthy lifestyle. Wellness professionals