Articles by: Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com
  • Another MDI town to consider plastic bag ban

    Another MDI town to consider plastic bag ban

    MOUNT DESERT — Less than a week after voters in Southwest Harbor enacted bans on plastic single-use carryout bags and polystyrene food containers, members of the Mount Desert Board of Selectmen Monday night indicated their strong support for the same prohibitions here. They voted 4-0 in favor of a motion by Selectmen Rick Mooers, in

  • Cop-in-schools agreement renewed

    Cop-in-schools agreement renewed

    BAR HARBOR — A year-old agreement that allows a police officer to serve as school resource officer (SRO) at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and Mount Desert Elementary School has been renewed by the respective school committees. The agreement, detailed in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), is with the

  • Ordinance changes to be considered

    Ordinance changes to be considered

      MOUNT DESERT — Members of the town’s Land Use Zoning Ordinance (LUZO) advisory committee will meet next Tuesday, Nov. 13, to begin considering whether any changes are needed in the LUZO, the Subdivision Ordinance and the Sale of Food and Merchandise Ordinance. That last ordinance includes provisions for the licensing of mobile food vendors.

  • Hundreds of volunteers brave rain for cleanup

    Hundreds of volunteers brave rain for cleanup

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Saturday morning saw 300 volunteers brave drenching rain to put in a morning’s work at the annual Take Pride in Acadia fall cleanup day. Together, volunteers raked fallen leaves from drainage areas on nine miles of carriage roads in 18 locations. Now in its 28th year, the event is sponsored by

  • Old laundry gets new life

    Old laundry gets new life

    MOUNT DESERT — Bill Hanley and Heli Mesiniemi will be happy to design a house for you, but if you ask them to do your laundry they will politely decline. The married couple, whose practice is WMH Architects, renovated the former Mount Desert Dry Cleaners building on Neighborhood Road in Northeast Harbor and moved their

  • Parks seeks applications for artists-in-residence

    Parks seeks applications for artists-in-residence

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The National Park Service is accepting applications from professional artists and writers who would like to be considered for Acadia’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program. The deadline for applying is Dec. 31. Juries that include accomplished artists in various media will select eight applicants to spend two weeks each in the park next

  • School adopts new study-to-play rules

    School adopts new study-to-play rules

    BAR HARBOR — New, stricter eligibility requirements for Mount Desert Island High School students participating in athletics and other extracurricular activities have been adopted by the MDI Regional School System board. The revised extracurricular policy increases from 2.5 to 3 the minimum number of credits a student must be taking and passing to be eligible.

  • Islander brings home awards

    Islander brings home awards

    NEWRY — The Mount Desert Islander won 10 awards, including first-place awards for photography and advertising, in the Small Weekly Newspaper division at the annual meeting of the Maine Press Association here Oct. 20. The paper earned first place for General Excellence in Advertising and third place for editorial General Excellence. Managing Editor Liz Graves

  • Repair work to interrupt island power

    Repair work to interrupt island power

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Emera Maine customers on Islesford will experience power interruptions starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as maintenance crews repair electrical equipment on the island. The work to repair damaged equipment “will take approximately three hours to complete, affecting the entire island,” a statement from Emera said.  

  • Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Updated Oct. 31 CRANBERRY ISLES — Friends of Islesford lobsterman Cory Alley — and perhaps some people who don’t even know him — have contributed more than $26,000 to help him and his family following the sinking of his lobster boat, Under Pressure, on its mooring last Thursday morning, Oct. 24. Alley said a video