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.
  • Straw poll on middle school set

    BAR HARBOR — Voters here will weigh in on whether the school board should continue planning a combined middle school to serve all the towns in the school district. The non-binding “straw poll” question will go on the June ballot, as the Town Council decided on Tuesday. According to a memo from Superintendant Marc Gousse,

  • Improv Acadia chooses naughty over nice

    BANGOR — Bar Harbor-based Improv Acadia’s Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut are bringing audiences an improvised holiday musical this month, starting on Dec. 12. But unlike other holiday-themed entertainment, this show is not intended for the whole family. According to a press release issued by Penobscot Theatre Company, which is producing the show, it is

  • To grow or not to grow: Bar Harbor officials map goals for tourism and sustainability

    To grow or not to grow: Bar Harbor officials map goals for tourism and sustainability

    BAR HARBOR — Tourism, growth and sustainability were the hot topics Tuesday as members of the Town Council discussed their goals and strategies for the next five years. Councilors were concerned about language in the draft goals document that makes reference to preventing “negative consequences of over-tourism.” In a closed goal-setting meeting last month, the

  • New outlook for Capt. Kirk

    New outlook for Capt. Kirk

    BAR HARBOR — Captain James T. Kirk appeared over the summer in the window of 121 Cottage Street. This is the former McEachern & Hutchins Hardware Store now owned by Ocean Properties, currently headquarters for Acadia Coffee Company. People may remember Kirk from the window of the Sonogee barn on Eden Street. For years he

  • E-bike order may be challenged

    E-bike order may be challenged

    BAR HARBOR — Local opponents of a new rule that has opened Acadia’s carriage roads to some categories of e-bikes may have a new ally. They received an email from Friends of Acadia (FOA) last week, offering to put them in contact with a national nonprofit organization that may sue the Department of the Interior

  • Charter proposal debated

    BAR HARBOR — The Charter Commission presented its draft report for proposed changes to the town charter, and held a public hearing on Monday. More than 60 people attended, offering the Charter Commission plenty to consider as they meet to prepare their final report to Town Council in December. Following more public hearings, proposed changes

  • New ‘mountain’ makes perfect classroom

    New ‘mountain’ makes perfect classroom

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island’s volcanic history may well be in the past, but a new mountain just popped up last summer on the College of the Atlantic COA campus. The accidental result of building construction, the “mountain” quickly became a favorite spot on campus, both as a classroom and recreation area. According to

  • Bar Harbor declares ‘climate emergency’

    Bar Harbor declares ‘climate emergency’

    BAR HARBOR — The town officially declared a “climate emergency,” following a 5-1 Town Council vote Tuesday. Councilors said they intend to create an action plan to address the emergency, but need more time to decide which specific actions the town will undertake. The climate resolution was brought to the council by members of the

  • Residents, planners discuss dorms

    BAR HARBOR — A draft proposal to add new forms of dormitory-style housing as allowed uses in the Land Use Ordinance was discussed at a public information session last Wednesday. Town Planner Michele Gagnon hosted the public information session to present the proposal in its current state, and solicit feedback. After this session, the draft