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.
  • Ropeless fishing options floated

    Ropeless fishing options floated

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Whales and fishing gear increasingly occupy the same areas of ocean in the Gulf of Maine, and whales being injured or killed by entanglement with gear continues to be a top concern of scientists and regulators. While most Maine lobstermen say they have never even seen a right whale close to

  • Dam construction completed

    Dam construction completed

    BAR HARBOR — People who pass by Hamilton Pond may have noticed it looks like a pond again. The stumps and vegetation that were visible until recently are back under water, signaling that repair work has been completed on the Hamilton Pond dam. The repair on the stone masonry dam was carried out in September

  • Powerless in big fall storm

    MOUNT DESERT — Saturday’s wind and rain brought down trees and power lines, but Emera Maine crews and first responders were ready. Emera reported having 44,000 power outages during the height of the storm; but most customers had their electricity restored by Wednesday morning. Emera representatives said Saturday that the company had brought in more

  • On your mark, get set, shop!

    On your mark, get set, shop!

    BAR HARBOR — Pajamas will be the fashion next Saturday, as Bar Harbor celebrates its 24th annual Early Bird Pajama Sale on Nov. 10. Many local businesses will participate in the popular sale, organized by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, from 6 – 9 a.m. “It’s a great day to come out and enjoy

  • Harbor Committee expanded

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s harbor committee was expanded from seven to eleven members by unanimous vote of the town council earlier this month. The change was made via an amendment to the town’s harbor ordinance. The amendment not only expanded the committee, it also gave the committee the additional duty of preparing plans for

  • Highway crew brews custom salt brine

    Highway crew brews custom salt brine

    BAR HARBOR — Everyone has their late fall to-do list: putting gardens to bed, shuttering seasonal businesses, winterizing homes. For the Bar Harbor Highway Department, late fall means mixing brine. According to Suzanne Banis, members of the town’s highway crew mix their own salt brine and store it in 1,500 gallon tanks for the winter.

  • The making of a Ledgelawn Halloween

    The making of a Ledgelawn Halloween

    BAR HARBOR — While the rest of the town starts to close down for the season, Ledgelawn Avenue comes alive. Up and down the residential street, households prepare for Halloween night when more than a thousand children and parents from all over the island descend on Ledgelawn for trick-or treating. Two days before Halloween, Ledgelawn

  • Dump truck loses control in downpour, crashes through garage

    Dump truck loses control in downpour, crashes through garage

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Department of Transportation is set to apply an iron oxide grit to a portion of Route 3 after slippery road conditions were blamed for a dramatic accident in driving rain Monday afternoon. No one was injured when a dump truck lost control driving down a steep section of Route 3

  • Bar Harbor’s tipping point?

    Bar Harbor’s tipping point?

    BAR HARBOR — When tourists come to Bar Harbor, they bring revenue for businesses, which in turn provide jobs. They also bring diversity, and their presence supports services like a hospital and schools, and amenities like restaurants and theaters, according to participants in a workshop last week on “Balancing Quality of Life and Tourism.” When

  • Slick road attributed to “fogging”

    Slick road attributed to “fogging”

    BAR HARBOR — A couple of accidents on Route 3 in the last few weeks may be connected to a slippery road surface between Dreamwood Hill and Hulls Cove, according to Lt. David Kerns of Bar Harbor Police Department (BHPD). The most recent was on Oct. 2. The section of road was rebuilt in 2017,