Articles by: Islander Staff

Islander Staff

Islander Staff

  • Editorial: Giving thanks 

    We predict more than the usual number of burnt turkeys this year as first-time poultry chefs break in their basters. Many Americans are wisely heeding the advice of public health experts and foregoing travel and large family gatherings this year. A small dinner at home can be just as sweet but Zooming with loved ones offers but a shadow of the joy

  • Editorial: Choices and consequences

    In 2001, when 2,977 people died in the World Trade Center and associated attacks, Americans were outraged. Yes, it was an act of terror, but the deaths solidified our resolve as Americans — to be Americans. We purchased flags, we were kind to our neighbors and we came together to fight a common enemy. A wave of red, white and blue ran far and deep across the country, and we were

  • Island Briefs

    Island Briefs

    Proposed school budget  BAR HARBOR —  During the virtual Bar Harbor school committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, Conners-Emerson principal Barbara Neilly presented a first draft of the school budget for the fiscal year 2021-22. The budget was proposed on a spreadsheet for committee members to review and compare to the current year. Without any added positions or COVID staffing needs taken into account for

  • Sports Shorts

    Sports Shorts

    Youth hockey  AUGUSTA — Youth hockey in Maine will be restricted to in-state competition in the coming weeks after governors from seven Northeastern states announced the suspension of interstate play.  Govs. Janet Mills, Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) Phil Murphy (D-N.J.), Gina Raimondo (D-R.I.), Phil Scott (R-Vt.) and Chris Sununu (R-N.H.) made the announcement in a statement issued

  • Area burglaries lead to camper trespasser’s arrest

    Area burglaries lead to camper trespasser’s arrest

    Tremont A deputy spoke with a woman on Nov. 10 around 7:45 a.m. regarding a scam. According to the woman, she had already spoken with her bank and wanted the incident documented. Following an investigation, which included collecting evidence, into recent burglaries in the area, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for

  • Editorial: The CARES Act cliff 

    Implementing COVID-19 safety measures in schools and launching remote and hybrid learning required blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of money. Hancock County schools collectively received more than $14 million through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. The money was awarded in three pools, Elementary and Secondary Education Relief (ESSER) and two rounds of coronavirus

  • Island Briefs

    Island Briefs

    School board members recognized  BAR HARBOR — Four members of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board have been recognized by the Maine School Boards Association for their length of service on their local school committees. They are: Tammy Tripler, Swan’s Island, 17 years; Richard Davis, Swan’s Island, 16 years; Heather Jones, Mount Desert, 13 years; and Ingrid Kachmar, Southwest Harbor,

  • Sports Shorts

    Sports Shorts

    Cake wins road race  ELLSWORTH — Judson Cake of Bar Harbor claimed first place in Saturday’s Veterans Remembrance Road Race at the Down East Family YMCA.  Cake crossed the finish line with a time of 22 minutes, 51.9 seconds to place first in the 54-person field. His time was 47.1 seconds faster than that of the second-place

  • Editorial: Shop local pledge

    Americans expect to curtail their spending this holiday season amid economic uncertainty and a pandemic. A Gallup poll in October found that U.S. shoppers predict they will spend an average of $805 on Christmas gifts this year, the lowest holiday spending projection Gallup has measured since 2016.   For many families, especially those who have experienced job losses or faced unforeseen health–care expenses,