• Sanctuary community petition is on warrant

    Sanctuary community petition is on warrant

    BAR HARBOR — Nonbinding resolutions declaring “sanctuary communities” will now come before voters both here and in Mount Desert at town meetings this year. According to the wording of the resolution, its purpose is “to ensure all visitors and residents may live free of harassment or arrest by restricting town and law enforcement personnel from

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tax records examined

    Tax records examined

    TREMONT — The town’s contracted assessor is checking building permits to see if the assessed value of the properties has been updated since the work was completed. Town Manager Dana Reed reported to selectmen on Monday that RJD Appraisal has begun the process. “The records were not as complete as we would like,” Reed told

  • Attorney General Mills emboldens the troops at Ellsworth gathering

    Attorney General Mills emboldens the troops at Ellsworth gathering

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s Democratic attorney general, Janet Mills, rallied a cheering crowd of 300 Saturday morning, quoting Martin Luther King, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and reggae legend Bob Marley as she ticked through a list of social, political and economic issues dear to the hearts of progressive voters. The Hancock County Action Assembly was convened

  • Proposed code seeks civility

    Proposed code seeks civility

    BAR HARBOR — As debates about parking, cruise ships and other issues intensify leading up to town meeting in June, several dozen residents attended a “civility workshop” March 2 led by Ron Beard and Nina St. Germain. Last month, councilors approved a proposal by Beard and St. Germain to host this workshop, draft a “civility

  • Republicans schedule meeting

    Republicans schedule meeting

    ELLSWORTH — The March meeting of the Hancock County Republicans will be at Ellsworth City Hall on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Along with the regular meeting, there will be a book swap. Everyone should bring a book they’d like to see go to a good home and be ready to choose any they

  • Nominations being sought

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Nomination papers for five offices are available at the town office. Up for grabs are two seats on the board of selectmen, two seats on the school committee and one seat on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees. All are for three-year terms to be filled at the May