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.
  • Former YWCA Director Benni McMullen remembered

    Former YWCA Director Benni McMullen remembered

    BAR HARBOR — Benni McMullen, who died Wednesday, is remembered for her big heart and her creativity. As director of the YWCA from 1973 to 2012, she helped countless women and children. As President of the MDI Rotary in 2006, she helped the community at large. And in her involvement with the Island Arts Association, she supported fellow

  • Schools and businesses closed to prevent virus spread a hundred years ago

    Schools and businesses closed to prevent virus spread a hundred years ago

    BAR HARBOR — Residents woke up on Oct. 5, 1918 to read the headline in the Bar Harbor Times that their town had closed.  “TOWN CLOSED TO PREVENT EPIDEMIC,” the headline proclaimed. The epidemic was the rapid spread of a deadly virus known as the grippe or Spanish influenza. Though called “Spanish,” it was a worldwide pandemic.  According to the newspaper report, the closure affected “schools, theatres,

  • Online classes help islanders stay connected

    Online classes help islanders stay connected

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Monica Johnson is a yoga and Qigong teacher who until recently taught classes in Town Hill and Southwest Harbor. She had recently started a YouTube channel to put some of her classes online.  “I was planning on putting up a class once a week, because not everyone can get to the studios,” she

  • Offices and agencies close to prevent spread of virus 

    Offices and agencies close to prevent spread of virus 

    BAR HARBOR — Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, town and state offices and agencies have closed to the public.  As of press time, there were 52 confirmed or presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Maine, one of them in

  • Community sailing

    Community sailing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Registration is now open for summer programs at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center. Youth programs for children ages six and up include An Introduction to Sailing I and II; Turbo 420 sailing, which focuses on crew teamwork and an introduction to racing; basic and intermediate Bullseye dinghy classes; Optimist racing

  • Island 5th graders  learn outdoor safety

    Island 5th graders learn outdoor safety

    MOUNT DESERT — Ninety fifth graders from area schools descended on Camp Beech Cliff last Friday to learn how to stay safe outdoors. Volunteers from the community and representatives of five local agencies spread out over the Camp Beech Cliff campus to teach students a variety of skills. Through talks, demonstrations, and hands-on practice, the

  • Tall ships upriver

    ORRINGTON — Maine’s Bicentennial Committee and a new organization called the Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association are teaming up to organize a series of events celebrating the maritime history of the upper Penobscot River this summer. As part of a planned “4-Port Loop” set for July 8-14, tall ships and other vessels will visit the ports

  • Four seasons of painting

    Four seasons of painting

      BAR HARBOR — The Plein Air Painters of Acadia are a group of local artists that like to get out and paint in almost any weather. “I’ve been out at 30 [degrees],” said painter Liz Cutler, “and it was really hard.” Cutler kept her eyes on the harbor and brandished a paint brush, dotting

  • The optometrist who  wouldn’t run for President

    The optometrist who wouldn’t run for President

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — This primary season, here’s a story of a campaign that never happened. When local optometrist Carleton C. Kelley announced his retirement on March 21, 1968, he did so in a two-column ad in the Bar Harbor Times. “I cannot see any more patients because of physical disability,” he wrote, suggesting his patients