• Controversial B&B approved by board

    Controversial B&B approved by board

    BAR HARBOR — After more than a year of negotiation and changes, a planned new 31-room bed-and-breakfast was approved by the Planning Board last week. The board approved the conditional use application by a vote of 3-1. Board members Tom St. Germain, Basil Eleftheriou and Alf Anderson voted in favor, and John Fitzpatrick voted against

  • Groups to aid town projects

    Groups to aid town projects

    MOUNT DESERT — A group of year-round and seasonal residents has formed two private, nonprofit corporations to provide financial backing for business and community development projects. The Mount Desert Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will support “business retention and attraction, entrepreneurship and small business development, along with other activities to foster a healthy and sustainable year-round

  • Cruise terminal plans in conflict

    BAR HARBOR — Proponents of a citizen initiative amendment limiting cruise ship operations disagree with the town attorney about whether their proposal conflicts with the planning board’s proposed amendment for the former ferry terminal property. Both proposals will be on the ballot at Town Meeting elections June 13. The citizen initiative, Article 13, inserts a

  • Visa cap hinders local labor supply

    Visa cap hinders local labor supply

    BAR HARBOR — While hotels and restaurants are busy preparing for the coming tourist season here, some also are facing uncertainty about whether the foreign workers they traditionally hire will get permission to come to work this year. According to the Maine Innkeepers Association, between 7,000 and 8,000 foreign seasonal workers are employed in the

  • Historic property sold

    Historic property sold

    BAR HARBOR — Ullikana in The Field was purchased by former Bar Harbor hoteliers Eddie and Judy Hemmingsen on March 7 from longtime owners and innkeepers Roy Kasindorf and Helen Harton. Ullikana was purchased by Kasindorf and Harton in 1992, then renovated. After 26 years, Kasindorf and Harton believed it was time to sell the

  • PETA files complaint over treatment of mice

    BAR HARBOR — A national animal rights group filed a complaint this month alleging that animal care technicians at The Jackson Laboratory neglected and abused the mice used in research there. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed the complaint with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health

  • L.S. Robinson hires Dunbar

    L.S. Robinson hires Dunbar

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Lucas Dunbar has joined the business insurance division of L.S. Robinson Co. Dunbar is a native of Southwest Harbor and a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School. Though new to the insurance industry, he is excited to follow in the footsteps of Lawrence Robinson, a great uncle who founded the agency

  • Jackson Lab finance team

    BAR HARBOR — Jason D. Irwin and Kate Homer have joined the finance team at The Jackson Laboratory, Irwin as controller and Homer as senior manager of financial planning and analysis. “I’m very excited to welcome Jason and Kate to our financial services team,” said Catherine Longley, vice president and chief financial officer. Irwin, a

  • Manager wins realty award

    Manager wins realty award

    ELLSWORTH — Holly Shields has been named 2016 Affiliate Member of the Year by the Acadia Council of Realtors. The award was presented by council President Laura Pellerano at the council’s annual luncheon at the Hancock County Technical Center after a vote by council members. Shields is a personal insurance account manager at L.S. Robinson

  • Airbnb will collect taxes

    BAR HARBOR — Internet rental service Airbnb announced this week that it has completed a Voluntary Collection Agreement (VCA) with the state of Maine that will allow the company to automatically collect and remit the state’s lodging tax on behalf of its community. The agreement, which goes into effect April 1, is expected to grow