• 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

  • Hancock County Action Assembly to meet

    ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County Action Assembly is planned for the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The assembly, which aims to build unity and a coordinated action plan in the face of national threats to safety, health care, economy, constitutional rights, the environment and public education,

  • Port authority bill discussed

    Port authority bill discussed

    BAR HARBOR — Town councilors want more time to study a proposed bill in the state legislature to create a Bar Harbor Port Authority to operate the proposed future development at the former international ferry terminal on Eden Street. The council voted to table consideration of whether to support the bill until their Feb. 21

  • Candidate filing deadline looms

    Candidate filing deadline looms

    MOUNT DESERT — With three of the five seats on the Board of Selectmen up for election this spring, one board member whose term is ending plans to run again. Another does not, and a third is undecided. Board Chairman John Macauley said he plans to run for another three-year term. He was first elected

  • Civility is project aim

    Civility is project aim

    BAR HARBOR — A project aimed at improving communication and trust between residents and town government got a green light from the Town Council Tuesday. The unanimous council vote authorized spending up to $5,000 from a contingency account for a pilot project to host community meetings, create branding-marketing materials and advertise on Facebook and elsewhere.

  • SWH budget increases by 1.75 percent

    SWH budget increases by 1.75 percent

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters at the annual town meeting in May will consider a $3.24 million municipal budget that is a 1.75 percent increase from that approved for the current fiscal year. The proposed $3.24 million in spending reflects an increase of $51,754. Significant increases are in the lines for administration, police, dispatch and a

  • League of Women Voters to start public conversations

    League of Women Voters to start public conversations

    ELLSWORTH — A 10-month public dialogue series sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Downeast will open with a conversation on the topic “Ballot Questions in Maine: Whose Initiatives Are They?” at Pat’s Pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. Former state Sen. Jill Goldthwait, Sen. Brian Langley and Rep. Louie Luchini will be featured.

  • Republicans to meet

    Republicans to meet

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans will meet at the Ellsworth city hall on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend. Call 669-0176.

  • Post-march gathering

    BAR HARBOR — Some Mount Desert Island residents who participated in Women’s Marches in Washington, D.C., Augusta and elsewhere last month are gathering at the YWCA on Friday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. for a potluck, slide show and presentations from grassroots groups. The community gathering “for marchers and any who support them” is set

  • YMCA, library funding debated

    YMCA, library funding debated

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council teed up a debate for the floor of town meeting in June when they voted Jan. 26 to partially grant funding increase requests to the YMCA and the Jesup Memorial Library. Councilor Gary Friedmann tied the YMCA funding request to another funding increase request for the Jesup Memorial Library