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.
  • All about the books: Bookseller Peruzzi honored

    All about the books: Bookseller Peruzzi honored

    BAR HARBOR — Mica Peruzzi from Sherman’s Books & Stationary was one of 333 booksellers in the country to be honored in December by bestselling author James Patterson. Peruzzi was awarded a Christmas bonus through the independent bookstore employee bonus program, personally funded by Patterson in partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA). Peruzzi told

  • Snowshoeing to victory

    Snowshoeing to victory

    BAR HARBOR — Jennifer Britz of Bar Harbor became the snowshoeing world champion in her age division earlier this month. She finished first in the women’s 40-49 Masters category at the 2019 World Snowshoe Championships in Italy on Jan. 5. She finished the 7-kilometer course in 40 minutes and 11.64 seconds. Overall, Team USA women

  • Students cap off Music Fest week with concert

    Students cap off Music Fest week with concert

    BAR HARBOR — Seventh and eighth graders at Conners Emerson School celebrated the end of Music Fest by performing in a school-wide assembly Friday afternoon. Music Fest is an annual event, according to Assistant Principal Heather Webster. Students each choose a workshop in the musical or performing arts, attend classes throughout the week, and show

  • Public hearing on apartments continued to Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.

    Public hearing on apartments continued to Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.

    BAR HARBOR — The public is invited to weigh in again on the proposed redevelopment of Acadia Apartments at 25 West St. Extension when the hearing continues before the planning board on Jan. 16 at 4:00 p.m. According to interim Town Planner Angela Chamberlain, the public hearing will occur pending receipt of updated paperwork from

  • Students push for change, reflect on lessons learned

    Students push for change, reflect on lessons learned

    BAR HARBOR — Ella Izenour, Caroline Musson, Charlotte Partin, and Logan Wilbur have been working since 2017 to reduce waste on Mount Desert Island by banning single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene (or Styrofoam) containers from local businesses. Town by town, the ninth-graders from Southwest Harbor have been talking to selectmen and town councilors to

  • Public weighs in on town charter

    Public weighs in on town charter

    BAR HARBOR — The newly formed charter commission held its first public hearing Monday evening. About a dozen people spoke, giving their thoughts on how the commission should proceed in reviewing the document that outlines town government. Several residents spoke in favor of the warrant committee. This committee is comprised of 22 elected members who

  • Ferries adrift: Bay Ferries lacks leases

    Ferries adrift: Bay Ferries lacks leases

    PORTLAND — Bay Ferries is momentarily without a U.S. port, as one lease has expired and another is not ready to be signed. Bay Ferries’ lease with the city of Portland expired on Dec. 31, according to The Vanguard newspaper of New Brunswick. Bay Ferries President and CEO Mark MacDonald said in an interview with

  • Big changes afoot for Rodick Street businesses

    Big changes afoot for Rodick Street businesses

    BAR HARBOR — Businesses on the west side of Rodick Street here are preparing for changes in the new year. A bakery is looking for a new home, a restaurant is closing, another restaurant and a juice bar are expanding. A hair salon is staying where it is, but with the building under new ownership.

  • Bar Harbor breakwater repairs eyed

    Bar Harbor breakwater repairs eyed

    BAR HARBOR — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to repair the hundred-year-old breakwater that protects the docks and anchorages of Bar Harbor. It’s not yet clear how extensive the work will be, when it will be done and whether the town will need to contribute to the cost. According to Captain

  • Court upholds ferry terminal zoning

    Court upholds ferry terminal zoning

    BAR HARBOR — The zoning amendment for the Eden Street ferry terminal property approved by Bar Harbor voters in June 2017 is legal, according to a Dec. 18 decision by Justice Michaela Murphy for the Business and Consumer Court in Cumberland County. Shorefront property owners James Blanchard, the late William Ruger, Jonathan Eno and Karen