Articles by: Blake Cass

Blake Cass

Blake Cass

  • Hospital celebrates strong community ties

    Hospital celebrates strong community ties

    BAR HARBOR — Health care delivered by neighbors, to neighbors, at the highest level of skill. That’s how Jim Bright, chairman of the board of trustees, summed up the mission of the Mount Desert Island Hospital when he spoke at the organization’s annual meeting at the Bar Harbor Club Monday. Chrissy Maguire-Harding, the hospital’s chief

  • Dormitories debated

    BAR HARBOR — At a public hearing last Wednesday, the head of one of the large hotel companies that operates here thanked the Planning Board for working on a zoning change to allow the construction of employee dormitories. “I’ve been working with the board on this for over three years now,” said David C. Witham

  • ‘B&B’ application tabled again

    BAR HARBOR — Ledgelawn Avenue residents Robert and Kate Jordan, accompanied by their attorney Bill Reiff, appeared before the Planning Board on June 19 to discuss their application to operate a TA-1, which is a bed and breakfast accommodation in a private, year-round residence. The Jordans had previously rented out an apartment above their garage

  • New tavern in Manset

    New tavern in Manset

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The former Dockside Inn at 48 Shore Road across from the town dock in Manset reopened this past weekend under new ownership and with a new name. Peter Trout Tavern is owned by Ryan Lamon and Alex Loftus. The pair purchased the 48 Shore Road property in December and have spent the

  • JAX executive, town council talk housing, PILOT payments

    BAR HARBOR — When a representative of the town’s largest employer met with the Town Council Tuesday, discussion centered on perennial issues of year-round housing, land purchases by large nonprofit organizations that do not pay taxes, and voluntary payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT). Katy Longley, The Jackson Laboratory’s chief operating officer, gave a presentation

  • Bar Harbor could take in $1M in parking fees this summer

    Bar Harbor could take in $1M in parking fees this summer

    BAR HARBOR — The town is now taking in about $10,000 per day from parking meters and kiosks, Town Manager Cornell Knight told the Town Council Tuesday. Gross revenue since the meters and kiosks were activated a month ago has been $181,000, he said. “Most are through credit cards, 88 percent of transactions, and 12

  • Neighbors question parking lot

    Neighbors question parking lot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A planned new, commercial parking lot on Main Street will disrupt the residential neighborhood, one neighbor told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday. “A floodlight shines directly into our bedroom,” resident Ann Walok told selectmen. She said the lot at 376 Main Street, just to the south of Penury Hall Bed and Breakfast,

  • Culvert costs climb

    TREMONT — Town Manager Chris Saunders expected bids for a replacement culvert on Clark Point Road to come in under $5,000, which would allow him to go ahead with the project without authorization from the Board of Selectmen. However, the single bid that he received was for $10,168. A culvert is a structure, usually made

  • Selectmen elect a temporary board chair

    Selectmen elect a temporary board chair

    TREMONT — With one of the five members of the Board of Selectmen absent Monday at the first meeting of the new board following Town Meeting, the remaining members opted to elect a temporary board chair. Selectmen serve three-year terms, but officers of the board are elected every year for one-year terms. The election of

  • “Wilderness Lodge” planned for parcel in Tremont woods

    TREMONT — Years ago, James Hopkins’ grandfather gave him an undeveloped lot on Kellytown Road with the idea that Hopkins could sell it and use the profits to pay for college. But Hopkins couldn’t bring himself to sell the land. “It just didn’t feel right to do that,” Hopkins said Tuesday. “The lot is right