Articles by: Becky Pritchard

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
  • Veterinarian returns home

    Veterinarian returns home

    BAR HARBOR—The new veterinarian at Acadia Veterinary Hospital grew up on Mount Desert Island. After studying in Scotland and traveling the world from 2015 to 2020, she has now returned home to work.  Bethany Van Gorder told the Islander that prior to her enrollment at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, her only international travel had been to Canada. That soon changed as her

  • Civilian Conservation Corps in Acadia

    Civilian Conservation Corps in Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK—Learning new skills and working their way out of the Great Depression, thousands of young men lived and worked in Acadia National Park between the years of 1933 and 1942 as members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a national program that put young men to work during the Great

  • With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    shortMOUNT DESERT ISLAND—The season started slowly as state regulations to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 kept tourists away. Now that tourists are here, businesses struggle to accommodate as many customers as they can with limited staff.  Many business owners point to the lack of foreign workers as part of the reason they are short staffed this season. Others

  • Quorum met, budgets passed at Town Meeting

    Quorum met, budgets passed at Town Meeting

    BAR HARBOR—An hour and a half into the Mount Desert Town Meeting on Tuesday, before the Mount Desert School budget was to be approved, the sound of car engines broke the stillness of the high school parking lot and a few registered town voters made their exit.  “I would respectfully urge anybody who can stay to please stay,” said Town Meeting moderator Bill Ferm. Attendance was now down to 55

  • Acadia Gateway Center receives $9 million

    Acadia Gateway Center receives $9 million

    TRENTON—The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) received $9 million to complete Phase 2 of the Acadia Gateway Center, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced last Thursday.  Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2012. This included the construction of a bus maintenance garage, a Park-and-Ride lot and a propane fueling station for the Island Explorer and Downeast Transportation

  • Online art auction launches Aug. 14 

    Online art auction launches Aug. 14 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Acadia Family Center (AFC) is holding its first art auction. Showcasing the work of local and national studio artists, the auction celebrates the effectiveness and importance of visual communication and expression. The auction launches on Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 a.m. and closes on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Registration is free; the auction link is At least 50 percent of

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    UMO honors  ORONO – The University of Maine recognized the following students for achieving dean’s list honors in the spring semester.   Bar Harbor: Molly Brown, Julianna Cleves, Matthew Cox, Ryan Kelly, Matthew Lambert, Gabby Link, Abbe Miller, Maev Rogers, Sierra Tapley and Nathaniel Taylor  Bass Harbor: Abigail Muscat  Bernard: Christina Closson, Owen Mild and Claire Shaw  Hulls Cove: Rushanne Facey and Loren Genrich  Mount Desert: Jesse Dyer, Alex Eason, Hannah Edgecomb, Megan Howell, Sam Johnson, Madeleine Macauley, Nate Parkinson,

  • Civil rights activist reflects on experience

    Civil rights activist reflects on experience

    BAR HARBOR—Lucy Witt says it is hard not to attend local marches and rallies in support of Black Lives Matter. The 88-year-old Bar Harbor resident, formerly of Washington, D.C., attended the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.   “There were very few white people at the march,”

  • Swan’s Island: Life-saving tools available for free 

    Donna Wiegle informs us that “Healthy Acadia is offering, free of charge, Narcan® and fentanyl test strips. For more information, contact Beth at [email protected] or complete the Google form If you follow the link to make a request, you will be required to watch a short training video on the use of Narcan®.  Healthy Acadia has both of these

  • Federal money to go toward airport repairs

    Federal money to go toward airport repairs

    TRENTON—Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport will receive $854,548 to improve airport infrastructure, according to a statement issued by U.S. Senator Susan Collins last week.  Collins, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport was one of eight airports in Maine to receive a total of $3.5 million awarded through the U.S. Department of

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