• COA commencement set

    COA commencement set

    BAR HARBOR — More than 75 students from across the nation and the world will graduate from College of the Atlantic on Saturday, June 3, during the school’s annual commencement celebration. The ceremony takes place under the big tent on the North Lawn at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Poet,

  • Bridge vista request hampered by locale

    Bridge vista request hampered by locale

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — There are sound environmental reasons for not cutting trees that, when leafed out, obscure the view from Route 3 of the triple-arched Park Loop Road bridge over Duck Brook, according to park officials. Therese Marshall, whose father was a supervisor for construction of the bridge in the early 1950s, last fall

  • Land conservation is discussed

    Land conservation is discussed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town Manager Don Lagrange presented selectmen Tuesday with a list of conservation easements in the town held by Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), raising the issue of the best use of the remaining properties on the town’s property tax rolls. Given that about half of the town is within the boundaries of

  • Energy savings

    Energy savings

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Selectmen on Tuesday approved spending $4,760 to install LED lighting in the town office. Town Manager Don Lagrange estimates the town will receive a $2,150 rebate from Efficiency Maine to help offset the cost to the town. Selectmen also considered a $4,984 bid to install LED lighting in the fire station but

  • Trenton yard sale rules remain

    TRENTON — Residents here still will have to apply for permits when they want to have a yard sale after voters rejected two warrant articles that would have eliminated the paperwork requirement at their open town meeting May 16. At last year’s town meeting, Board of Selectmen Chair Fred Ehrlenbach said that voters enacted a

  • Lawyer rebuts pier opponents

    Lawyer rebuts pier opponents

    BAR HARBOR — A deep divide continues between proponents of a town plan to build a cruise ship pier at the former international ferry terminal and a group concerned that such development would encourage unwanted growth in cruise tourism here. Two zoning questions come before voters at town meeting elections next month. Town attorney Ed

  • Emily Damon to be chef at the new Islesford Dock

    Emily Damon to be chef at the new Islesford Dock

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Emily Damon, former chef-owner of Northeast Harbor restaurants 151 Main Street, House of M and the Watermark, will be the chef at the popular Islesford Dock Restaurant when it opens for dinner June 1 under new ownership. Lunch will be served starting June 3. Bar Harbor restaurateur Michael Boland and Northeast Harbor

  • DHS boss to step down

    DHS boss to step down

    ELLSWORTH — Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services, will leave her post Friday, according to Gov. Paul LePage’s office. “Commissioner Mayhew has done an exceptional job in managing DHHS and reforming Maine’s welfare system,” LePage said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “She spearheaded the many important welfare reforms

  • Mussel farmer questions plan of competitor

    Mussel farmer questions plan of competitor

    TREMONT — The only objections voiced Monday at a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) hearing on a proposal to more than double the size of an aquaculture operation off Hardwood Island came from an owner of a nearby ocean-farming venture. Erick Swanson, who operates a 15-acre mussel farm with his two sons under the names

  • Bar Harbor Warrant Committee

    Bar Harbor Warrant Committee

    BAR HARBOR — The town charter requires an up or down vote on the slate of 22 candidates for the Warrant Committee, according to a May 11 memo from town attorney Ed Bearor. In the past, the moderator of the town meeting has asked for nominations from the floor for additional candidates, but Bearor said