• Cruise ship committee

    BAR HARBOR — Following a request from resident Ken Smith, the town’s Cruise Ship Committee is set to consider a change to the ordinance that details the group’s composition. “It has come to my attention that Amy Powers is no longer the executive director of CruiseMaine,” Smith wrote in an email to committee Chair Eben

  • Cruise ship ban floated

    Cruise ship ban floated

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The town will not be rolling out the red carpet for cruise ship visits after selectmen on Tuesday approved putting a moratorium on that activity before voters. The board then underscored their concerns by directing the harbormaster immediately to begin prohibiting vessels with 50 or more passengers from anchoring in the town’s

  • MDI sailing leaderboard

    MDI sailing leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet Luders July Series With 17 boats participating in July, the Luders Class has eclipsed the IOD Class as the largest class of sailboats on a Mount Desert Island starting line this summer. A faint southeast breeze barely filled the Great Harbor last Friday, with 15 sailboats ready for battle. Starting off Gilpatrick

  • Great Harbor Dream event

    Great Harbor Dream event

    MOUNT DESERT — A celebration to benefit the Great Harbor Dream program will take place immediately following the Pursuit Race on Sunday, July 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Fleet. The Pursuit Race is open to all keel boats 20 feet and over. The first boats go off at 1 p.m. from the

  • Life jacket collection

    Life jacket collection

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — MDI Loaner Life Jacket is hosting a life jacket drive from Saturday, July 22, through Friday, July 28. MDI Loaner Life Jacket stations will be accepting donations in Southwest Harbor at Dysart’s Great Harbor Marina, Harbor House, MDI Community Sailing Center and Southwest Harbor Public Library, and at the Neighborhood House in

  • Whale rescuer death hits home

    Whale rescuer death hits home

    CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, N.B. — Canadian fisherman Joe Howlett, who died July 10 freeing a right whale from entanglement with fishing gear, was part of a close network of whale researchers and experts that spans the Gulf of Maine and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Howlett, 59, helped to found Campobello Whale Rescue in 2002. His was

  • Sibling sailors win in Junior Olympics

    Sibling sailors win in Junior Olympics

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sibling duo Terra Ehrhart, 14, and her brother, Skye Ehrhart, 18, took first place in the C420 Junior Olympic championships in Portland July 10-12. “It was our first time competing together, and it went really well, and we really enjoyed it,” said Terra Ehrhart, who is a coach at the Mount Desert

  • Hieronymous wins Friendship race

    Hieronymous wins Friendship race

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — For the past 25 years, Friendship sloops have gathered on Mount Desert Island in July before heading to the westward to participate in the Friendship Sloop Society’s annual Rendezvous and race days. That event, which brings together dozens of the elegant gaff-riggers, has been held in Rockland since 1995. It was started

  • Clam seeding testing begins

    Clam seeding testing begins

    BAR HARBOR — Areas in Bar Harbor where clam production has decreased are undergoing testing to determine how and why that production has slowed. Members of the Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee, along with Heidi Leighton of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, reseeded two areas along the western shore and Hadley Point where clam

  • Ferry terminal ‘visioning’ set

    Ferry terminal ‘visioning’ set

    BAR HARBOR — Two public meetings are planned for July 17 and July 24 by Louis Ajamil, the town’s consultant working on a business plan for maritime uses of the former international ferry terminal. Ajamil is working under a contract that was funded jointly by the town, the Maine Port Authority and the Bar Harbor