Articles by: Becky Pritchard

Becky Pritchard
Becky Pritchard covers the town of Bar Harbor, where she lives with her family and intrepid news-dog Joe-Joe. She worked six seasons as a park ranger in Acadia, and still enjoys spending her spare time there.
  • Permit parking now enforced

    BAR HARBOR — Parking enforcement has begun in both permit and paid parking areas downtown, despite lingering technical problems, according to Town Manager Cornell Knight. Parking enforcers have been entering plate numbers manually into handheld devices in order to determine if cars parked in permit areas have valid permits on file. Though the plate readers

  • CAT stops taking reservations

    CAT stops taking reservations

    BAR HARBOR — The company that planned to offer ferry service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia beginning in June is now offering refunds for all reservations for the 2019 season. “Efforts are being made to accelerate the start date” a statement issued Monday from Bay Ferries, Inc. said, “but, in the meantime, all customers

  • New businesses share space

    New businesses share space

    BAR HARBOR — A new tapas-style bar and a coffee shop serving ethically-sourced coffee opened this spring at the newly renovated 51 Rodick Street, former home of Bar Har-B-Q and Miguel’s. Juice bar Thrive also shares the building, having moved up the street. Coffee Matter is owned an operated by Cristina Sarriguren, who works during

  • Unregistered dog owners get visits from police

    Unregistered dog owners get visits from police

    BAR HARBOR — Police visited three residents last month to issue summonses. The charge was having unregistered dogs. Using the police force to issue summonses “is a last resort for us,” said Lt. Dave Kerns of the Bar Harbor Police Department. “We’ll start making calls; and if people don’t respond to calls, we’ll visit.” It

  • Restaurant worker arrested on drug charge

    Restaurant worker arrested on drug charge

    BAR HARBOR — A restaurant employee here was arrested Thursday after reportedly selling cocaine at the restaurant. Jonathan Parkinson, 23, of Bar Harbor, was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in cocaine. Parkinson is alleged to have sold cocaine to Maine Drug Enforcement agents on several occasions, according to Chris Thornton, a supervisor with

  • Jeep towed out of the mud

    Jeep towed out of the mud

    BAR HARBOR — A Jeep stuck in the mud near the sandbar was towed out by an excavator Sunday morning, just before the incoming tide filled the jeep with water. According to reports filed by police, Willis Watson of Gladwyne, Pa. had gotten his Jeep stuck in the soft mud during low tide, which peaked

  • School facilities head wins lottery

    School facilities head wins lottery

    BAR HARBOR — Peter Alley is feeling fine, but “a little overwhelmed” after winning $500,000 in the Maine State Lottery last month. The Bar Harbor resident received a check for $355,000 after taxes were withheld, according to Maine State Lottery spokeswoman Angie Helton. The winning ticket, from the $20 instant scratch game “$500,000 Payout” was

  • Public Works solar array to get battery

    Public Works solar array to get battery

    BAR HARBOR — The 288-panel solar array on the Public Works Building will soon have a battery to go with it, as approved by Town Council in a unanimous vote last month. The battery will store energy produced by the solar panels, and this energy will be used during periods of high energy demand. For

  • New park features Fire of ’47 memorial

    New park features Fire of ’47 memorial

    BAR HARBOR — Work on the reconstruction of Route 3 is complete, but the action continues at the corner of Eden Street at West Street as a new park comes together. A monument dedicated “to all the men and women who worked on the fire lines and behind the scenes” during the Great Fire of

  • Town waives parking fees for July Fourth holiday

    Town waives parking fees for July Fourth holiday

    BAR HARBOR — Parking will be free on the Fourth of July, the Town Council decided in a special meeting Monday night in a 6-1 vote. This is the first summer that paid and permit parking is in effect in the downtown area. The emergency council meeting came after a notice was posted on the