• ‘Higher Ground Moral Declaration’ subject of talk

    MOUNT DESERT — Rev. J. Clinton McCann will speak on the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” at the UCC of Northeast Harbor & Seal Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. McCann is a professor of biblical interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. The “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” offers “a moral agenda

  • Fortune: Lief one of 40 most influential

    Fortune: Lief one of 40 most influential

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Jacob “Jake” Lief, a summer resident of the Cranberries since birth, has been named to “Fortune” magazine’s 2016 “40 under 40” list of the most influential young people in business. Lief, 39, is co-founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, which provides comprehensive health, education and social services to vulnerable children in

  • IRW names new directors

    IRW names new directors

    MOUNT DESERT — Michelle Finn of Cherryfield, Debra Lay of Jonesport and Marjorie Withers of Cooper have been elected to the board of directors of Island Readers & Writers (IRW). Finn is a teacher at Cherryfield Elementary School and has served as director of content and services for the Re-inventing Schools Coalition, an educational foundation

  • Schools to examine common insurance

    BAR HARBOR — Whether the Mount Desert Island school system should operate as a single unit for employees’ health benefits will be decided by the local school boards and the school system board in the coming weeks. The MDI Regional School System operates under an Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS), which means its individual school units

  • Middle school idea resurfaces: Pre-kindergarten program explored

    Middle school idea resurfaces: Pre-kindergarten program explored

    BAR HARBOR — It would be possible to create a single middle school for Mount Desert Island and Trenton students without closing any of the existing elementary schools, according to MDI Regional School Superintendent Marc Gousse. The idea of bringing together all students in the middle school grades has been batted around for several years.

  • COA names two to faculty

    COA names two to faculty

    BAR HARBOR — Two new faculty members have been appointed by College of the Atlantic. Artist Sean Foley is COA’s new professor of painting and drawing. Kourtney Collum has been named the second holder of the COA Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems. “With these appointments, we’ve attracted dynamic, bright, successful candidates who

  • Community School to show new campus

    Community School to show new campus

    MOUNT DESERT — The Community School of MDI will host an open house at their new campus at 585 Sound Drive in Somesville on Friday, Sept. 30, from 4-6 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Tours will be offered. The Community School is a K-5 grade progressive, independent school started in 2014. It

  • Hospice training coming up

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County will hold a fall volunteer training series beginning Oct. 20 and running for nine consecutive Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County office. The series costs $75, which includes extensive training resources, background checks, refreshments and graduation materials. The

  • School funding ballot issue discussed

    BAR HARBOR — Opinions are divided on the referendum question concerning school funding set to appear on Maine ballots in November. The citizen initiative Question 2 proposes adding a 3 percent tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund to increase state support for K-12 schools. The initiative was put

  • Islesford museum rehab planned

    Islesford museum rehab planned

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Acadia National Park plans to spend about $300,000 on improvements to the Islesford Historical Museum before next summer. The museum is owned and operated by the park. The improvements will include interior repairs, replacement of the slate roof, reconstruction of the well, installation of a HAZMAT cabinet and repairs to the exterior