Articles by: Becky Pritchard

  • Warrant committee opposes charter redo

    Bar Harbor — The Warrant Committee is recommending against a plan to work on major changes to the town’s charter. In March, town officials began working to establish a charter commission for the first time in ten years. The commission can only be formed with approval from the voters and the question is set for

  • Paperwork for ferry terminal to be signed

    Paperwork for ferry terminal to be signed

    BAR HARBOR — The final step in the town’s acquisition of the Eden Street former ferry terminal property is the formal Purchase and Sale Agreement. Last week the town council gave Town Manager Cornell Knight formal authorization to sign the agreement, buying the property from the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT bought the property

  • Shop faces close shave

    Shop faces close shave

    BAR HARBOR — It’s hard to retire when you’re the town’s only barber. Raymond Gray, known as “Razor Ray,” was ready to retire this summer after cutting hair in Bar Harbor for 56 years. He found a barber to take over his shop, and left. That new barber, Jeremy Bither, arrived in July. He liked

  • Court action possible over unpermitted rental

    BAR HARBOR — The town is set to pursue court action over a code violation at a Ledgelawn Avenue residence, following a unanimous town council vote Tuesday. Rob and Kate Jordan have been renting a guest room over their barn by the month in the winter, and by the week in the summer, according to

  • $1.2M in gifts from Cough family trust announced

    $1.2M in gifts from Cough family trust announced

    BAR HARBOR — The Cough family is donating more than $1.2 million to the Jesup Memorial Library, the Mount Desert Island YMCA, the YWCA, and the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, they announced at an Aug. 29 event hosted by Bar Harbor Trust Services. Twenty years ago, prior to their deaths, Bernard “Sonny” and Sylvia Cough

  • Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson teachers were in for a surprise when they returned to school on Aug. 29. The day before students were set to return, teachers were greeted at the school entrance by appreciative crowds of parents and students holding signs and cheering them on. The welcome party was planned over the summer

  • Opinions divided on CAT ferry return

    Opinions divided on CAT ferry return

    BAR HARBOR – The town’s role in Maine’s economy and international relations were among the points of contention Wednesday in a public comment session about a proposal to return the Maine – Nova Scotia ferry to Bar Harbor beginning next year. The town council scheduled the public comment session to help with their consideration of

  • Garland Farm open Thursdays

    Garland Farm open Thursdays

    BAR HARBOR — Garland Farm, where landscape designer Beatrix Farrand lived the last few years of her life, is open to the public on Thursday afternoons through the month of September. The farm is located at 475 Bay View Drive in Bar Harbor. Farrand (1872-1959) designed more than 100 private and public landscapes, including the

  • September means bigger cruise ships in Bar Harbor

    September means bigger cruise ships in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Cruise ships continue to arrive at a steady clip through the fall. Larger ships visit in the fall, when the town’s daily passenger cap goes up to 5,500 passengers per day. In the summer, when more land-based visitors are in town, the cap is 3,500. Three ships will be on their “maiden

  • Recycling is getting recycled

    Recycling is getting recycled

    BAR HARBOR — Public Works Director Chip Reeves wants Bar Harbor residents to know that when they deposit their recyclable materials in the new single-sort receptacle at the transfer station, it is in fact getting recycled. There is “a glut of recyclables in the market,” he said, due mainly to China reducing their importation of