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.
  • Town committee handbook revised

    BAR HARBOR — Revisions to the town’s handbook on boards and committees were approved by town councilors last week in a unanimous vote. The handbook was revised by a subcommittee appointed last May, made up of Councilors Erin Cough and Matt Hochman and Town Manager Cornell Knight. The recently approved final draft included numerous recommendations,

  • Trainer explores ‘neuro-logic’ connections

    Trainer explores ‘neuro-logic’ connections

    BAR HARBOR — There is a new exercise studio in town for those who want to explore connections between body and mind, and learn to exercise “from the nervous system’s point of view,” as Jacques Newell Taylor puts it. The facility, called Exercise Design Lab, opened in July in the old Pleasant Street Pilates building.

  • Town seeks Acadia parcel for housing

    Town seeks Acadia parcel for housing

    BAR HARBOR — A 50-acre parcel of land in Town Hill owned by Acadia National Park is being eyed for housing development. The property was up for discussion when Park Superintendant Kevin Schneider met with the Bar Harbor Town Council last week. Town officials have asked whether the park would consider transferring the parcel to

  • East of Eden sold for $4.1M; new owner plans unusual resale terms

    East of Eden sold for $4.1M; new owner plans unusual resale terms

    BAR HARBOR — The waterfront estate known as East of Eden sold at auction for $4.1 million Saturday, plus an additional $451,000 buyer’s premium, according to the buyer. Portland real estate developer and philanthropist Art Girard and his wife Fran Girard made the winning bid at the auction held at the estate at 145 Eden

  • Planning begins for future town marina

    Planning begins for future town marina

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s Harbor Committee met at the ferry terminal at 121 Eden Street last month to look at the facility and begin to plan future projects. “Our ultimate goal is to put in a marina,” said Lynne Williams, who chairs the committee. “That’s a long-term goal.” The harbor committee is responsible for

  • Fire department has friend in high places

    Fire department has friend in high places

    BAR HARBOR — The newest member of the Bar Harbor Fire Department can fly and see in the dark, but it’s not a superhero. It’s a drone. Assistant Fire Chief John Lennon said the drone will help firefighters locate missing people in search and rescue operations. It will also help them assess the extent of

  • Little-used lot opened for permit parking

    Little-used lot opened for permit parking

    BAR HARBOR — The parking lot behind the Kids’ Corner childcare center will now be open to residents, employees and others with a town parking permit, by unanimous vote of the Town Council on Tuesday. Paid parking will continue to be available for RVs. Under the Permit and Paid Parking Policy approved earlier this year,

  • Death in Acadia Book details common missteps

    Death in Acadia Book details common missteps

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Beautiful and serene with its iconic rocky coastline, Acadia, like any national park, can be dangerous. Rochester, N.Y. author Randi Minetor, who has written a “Death in the Parks” series, has turned her attention to Acadia. “Death in Acadia,” published in May by Lyons Press, details 78 deaths that occurred in

  • Mola mola prevalence linked to warmer water

    Mola mola prevalence linked to warmer water

    BAR HARBOR — Ask a boat cruise naturalist, or just about anyone else who spends time on the water, and he or she will tell you that Mola mola sightings are on the rise this summer. “I had 10 the other day,” said naturalist Bill Townsend. “We usually see one or two at least. They

  • Police busy enforcing  no-camping ordinance

    Police busy enforcing no-camping ordinance

    BAR HARBOR — With beautiful weather, many people enjoy sleeping out of doors. Bar Harbor has four campgrounds plus a new “glampground,” with seven more campgrounds scattered across Mount Desert Island for those who want to sleep under the stars. Those who decide to sleep outside in a public space other than a campground will