Articles by: Islander Staff

Islander Staff

Islander Staff

  • No shellfish closures, inspections continue

    No shellfish closures, inspections continue

    AUGUSTA — To maintain bivalve shellfish harvest opportunities in the state of Maine, the sampling and analysis associated with the DMR Bureau of Public Health Shellfish Growing Area Classification Program and DMR Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program remain active.  Future schedule adjustments in response to COVID-19 are evolving, but flexible plans have been developed that are designed

  • ASMFC spring meeting cancelled

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Leaders of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have decided to cancel the group’s Spring Meeting, which was planned for May 4-7.  This action is taken in response to the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 people or more over the next eight weeks because of the

  • A day in the life of MDI

    A day in the life of MDI

    The Mount Desert Islander assembled a team of photographers to document a single day in the life of the island. The idea was to create a snapshot of an ordinary day. We did not, however, pick an ordinary day. Friday, March 13, the day of our project, was the date that President Trump declared a

  • Taking out papers

    Taking out papers

    BAR HARBOR — Residents interested in running for open seats on the Town Council, Superintending School Committee and High School Trustees are encouraged to contact the town clerk to ask for nomination papers to be mailed, even though town offices are closed to the public.  The terms of current Town Councilors Erin Early-Ward, Stephen Coston

  • Town office closed, meetings cancelled 

    Town office closed, meetings cancelled 

    TRENTON — The municipal offices here are closed to the public until further notice because of the coronavirus threat, and meetings of the Board of Selectmen and all other town boards and committees have been cancelled until the threat has passed.  The selectmen made that decision Tuesday night in a meeting that two of the five board members participated in by telephone.  The

  • Hamilton Marine closed

    Hamilton Marine closed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Hamilton Marine closed its doors in an effort to protect its employees and customers at the end of business on Saturday.   This is the time of year when boaters begin gearing up for the summer season on the water and an open house sales flyer had just gone out to customers.   Owners of the Maine-based company

  • Sobriety help from a distance 

    Sobriety help from a distance 

    BAR HARBOR – For anyone looking to attend an Alcohol Anonymous meeting or Narcotics Anonymous meeting, these support groups are now meeting online.  For Narcotics Anonymous, visit For Alcoholics Anonymous, visit  Additionally, Acadia Family Center in Southwest Harbor is offering remote counselling; call 244-4012. Financial help for services may be available, according to a statement

  • “The Day the Music Died” – for an hour

    “The Day the Music Died” – for an hour

    ELLSWORTH — Radio station Star 97.7 announced Friday that it’s going to stop the music for one hour on Tuesday, March 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to air an informational program with two local physicians about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is something the station has never done before, said co-owner and general manager Mark

  • Apply for, renew licenses online

    Apply for, renew licenses online

    AUGUSTA — The Maine CDC recommends limiting contact and exhibiting social distancing due to the coronavirus, so access to all Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro and Rockland are currently by appointment only.  The department strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system.