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.
  • Painting’s whereabouts a mystery

    Painting’s whereabouts a mystery

    BAR HARBOR — Painter Nelson L. Dodson donated an oil painting called “Shore Walk” to the National Park Service in 1977. The painting depicted an Acadia National Park ranger engaged in an education program about tide pools. The ranger is standing on the rocky coastline and holding a lobster. There are two onlookers, and a

  • Math teams shine at states

    Math teams shine at states

    FAIRFIELD — Students from Mount Desert Island schools made a strong showing at the State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Kennebec Valley Community College earlier this month. Mount Desert Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Conners Emerson School sent participants to the March 9 event. Representing Mount Desert Elementary were seventh graders Jay Haney, Roger Strauss and

  • Coffee shop faces eviction

    Coffee shop faces eviction

    BAR HARBOR — Last week, Trailhead Café owners Matthew and Angel Hochman received a 30-day notice to quit the premises of their business. The couple had been renting space for their Cottage Street café and coffee shop from the nonprofit Criterion Theatre, which owns the building, since 2012. Matthew Hochman told the Islander that the

  • Vacation rental pro/con voiced

    Vacation rental pro/con voiced

    BAR HARBOR — A discussion about rules for local property owners renting their homes, or parts of their homes, to vacationers again drew a standing-room only crowd at Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Council. “I’ve had more conversations with people about this issue than about any other since I’ve been on council for seven years,”

  • KOA gets into ‘glamping’ game

    KOA gets into ‘glamping’ game

    BAR HARBOR — A long-established campground in Town Hill is proposing to replace many of its existing tent and cabin sites with canvas tents on wood platforms, each with electricity, hot and cold running water and bathrooms. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on March 20 on Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) has application

  • Changes ahead for recycling and trash

    Changes ahead for recycling and trash

    BAR HARBOR — The new Fiberight facility in Hampden that will process Bar Harbor’s waste and recycling will be fully operational by August, according to Public Works Director Chip Reeves. Reeves told town councilors on Tuesday that the facility is coming online in stages. “The material recycling facility part of the plant will start this

  • Full speed ahead for ferry

    Full speed ahead for ferry

    BAR HARBOR — Ferry terminal renovations are set to go forward after receiving approval from the planning board at a special meeting and public hearing last week. Planning board members voted to approve the major site plan application, with conditions of approval including statements from the Maine Critical Areas Program, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Department

  • Budget up 4%, taxes 2.6%

    Budget up 4%, taxes 2.6%

    BAR HARBOR — The four percent increase in the proposed town budget for the coming year will be partly offset by new revenue, according to a memo released by Town Manager Cornell Knight. The proposed draft budget for fiscal year 2020 includes an estimated 2.6 percent increase in the tax rate. That means the annual

  • Jackson Laboratory and local caterer part ways

    Jackson Laboratory and local caterer part ways

    BAR HARBOR — After 12 years of serving staff and visitors at The Jackson Laboratory’s Bar Harbor campus, local business August Moon Catering will no longer be the lab’s food service provider. “It is mutually agreed upon that the lab has outgrown August Moon’s capacity to provide for all the lab’s needs,” Fayelle and Michael