Politics

  • Institute to explore American democracy

    Institute to explore American democracy

    BAR HARBOR — A weeklong, public forum of ideas examining the future of American democracy will take place this summer at College of the Atlantic’s inaugural Champlain Institute. Curated around a different topic each year, the COA Champlain Institute invites scholars, writers and thought leaders to weigh in on the most pressing issues of our

  • Trenton incumbents re-elected

    TRENTON — Voters here re-elected current selectmen Fred Ehrlenbach and Mark Remick to new three-year terms in town elections Monday, town Administrative Assistant Carol Walsh said. Remick received 62 votes and Ehrlenbach got 57. Susan Starr was re-elected to the town’s Board of Assessors with 13 write-in votes. Jennifer Bonilla was re-elected to the School

  • Police proposal finds favor

    Police proposal finds favor

    TREMONT — Voters at the polls Monday approved having selectmen negotiate with the town of Southwest Harbor for police protection, elected two new selectmen and filled five school positions. Residents voted 181-89 in approving the law enforcement question, which was on the ballot as the result of a citizen petition. Voters were asked if the

  • SWH town, school budgets adopted

    SWH town, school budgets adopted

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — About 70 voters approved a $3.24 million municipal budget and $3.57 million for the Pemetic Elementary School at the annual town meeting Monday. The $3.24 million for the 2017-2018 municipal budget reflects an increase of 1.5 percent. Significant increases are in the lines for administration, police, dispatch and a capital improvement plan.

  • Tremont budget, harbor regs on ballot

    Tremont budget, harbor regs on ballot

    TREMONT — Voters at the open town meeting Tuesday, May 9, are to consider a $1.88 million municipal budget and $2.8 million for the Tremont Consolidated School. The open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room of the town office. Elections are Monday. Polls are open from 1-8 p.m. (See separate

  • Three seek seats on board

    Three seek seats on board

    TREMONT — Voters at the annual town elections Monday will weigh in on contracting with neighboring Southwest Harbor for law enforcement and elect eight town officials, including two members of the Board of Selectmen. Polls are open May 8 from 1-8 p.m. in the town office meeting room. A citizen petition put the law enforcement

  • Littlefield wins town seat

    Littlefield wins town seat

    MOUNT DESERT — Wendy Littlefield won a two-year term on the Board of Selectmen in Monday’s election, outpolling Gordon Beck 161-78. Selectman John Macauley and former Selectman Rick Mooers each were elected to three-year terms without opposition. Just 12.3 percent of the town’s registered voters cast ballots. The annual open town meeting, at which residents

  • County invited to join League

    County invited to join League

    TREMONT — The board of the Acadia-area League of Towns has informally invited Hancock County to become the eleventh member of the league, which fosters communication and cooperation among municipalities and Acadia National Park. The board consists of town managers and other officials of league members. County Administrator Scott Adkins has been attending the board’s

  • Dual roles in ballot review discussed

    Dual roles in ballot review discussed

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s Warrant Committee decided last month that committee members who also were involved in a citizen initiative petition may vote on whether to recommend adoption of that initiative question to voters at town meeting in June. The petition proposal, Article 13, would limit the length of cruise ships tying up to

  • Four vie for selectmen seats in Southwest Harbor

    Four vie for selectmen seats in Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Four candidates are on the ballot for two seats on the Board of Selectmen at the May 2 town election. Incumbent Lydia Goetze, former Selectman Ralph Dunbar, Jesse Dunbar and Ryan Donahue are seeking the two open seats. Selectmen Tom Benson, who has been serving as board chairman, is not seeking another