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.
  • Mount Desert Nursing Assn.: Caring for MDI for 70 years

    Mount Desert Nursing Assn.: Caring for MDI for 70 years

    NORTHEAST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Nursing Association (MDNA) turns 70 this summer. Yet with a new director, new Medicare accreditation and newly expanded service area, this private nonprofit home health care agency is just getting started. “We’re looking to take more patients on. We’re always taking referrals,” said Executive Director Heather Lewis. She described

  • Council, planners to talk housing

    Council, planners to talk housing

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council will meet with the Planning Board this summer in for a workshop to hash out housing issues, including potential Land Use Ordinance (LUO) amendments to regulate vacation rentals. After a discussion at last week’s meeting about how the Town Council and Planning Board were not seeing eye-to-eye on land

  • Cruise ship visits up, fees flat

    Cruise ship visits up, fees flat

    BAR HARBOR — Cruise ship visits are up but fees remain the same. That was the bottom line, according to the annual report delivered last week to Town Council by Cruise Ship Committee Chairman Eben Salvatore. The Cruise Ship Committee met 10 times in 2018, according to Salvatore. If the new citizens’ initiative is approved

  • Paid parking delayed

    Paid parking delayed

    BAR HARBOR — Paid parking will begin on May 22, delayed from the original May 15 start date, according to Town Clerk Sharon Linscott. The permit parking program will begin one week later, on May 29. The date changes are due to delays in shipping the kiosks, and meter and sign installations. Likewise, the online

  • Marsupials on MDI?

    Marsupials on MDI?

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Islander reporter Dick Broom was on his way to a meeting one evening last February. While stopped at the stop sign where Park Street meets Ledgelawn Avenue, his vehicle headlights caught the form of a light gray animal across the street. At first Broom thought it was a cat. But

  • Ferry terminal work continues

    Ferry terminal work continues

    BAR HARBOR — Crews are working full speed ahead to get the terminal and dock ready for the CAT ferry to begin international ferry service on June 21. “It will be a very busy two months,” said Mark MacDonald, CEO of Bay Ferries, told the Islander. Work crews are repairing the dock and building a

  • Hamilton Hill subdivision approved

    Hamilton Hill subdivision approved

    BAR HARBOR — A 16-lot subdivision was approved by the Planning Board last week. The Hamilton Hill subdivision will have house lots ranging in size from a half-acre to 6 acres, said developer Chris Swan of Kebo LLC. The lots will be on town water and sewer. A new road off Kebo Street will give

  • Parking enforcement hours, time limits tweaked

    Parking enforcement hours, time limits tweaked

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council decided to heed requests to change the enforcement hours and time limits in the new downtown parking system that goes into effect May 15. On Tuesday, the council acted to end enforcement in permit parking areas at 6 p.m., instead of 8 p.m. Councilors discussed and then dismissed the

  • New shops, eateries

    New shops, eateries

    BAR HARBOR — A new restaurant with plenty of spice and a shop featuring recycled bags are moving into downtown Bar Harbor this spring. In addition, a favorite old sports pub is getting a makeover under new ownership, a new “glampground” is open and one of the town’s oldest companies is expanding its holdings. Royal