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. [email protected]
  • Campgrounds get upgrades

    Campgrounds get upgrades

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — There is a new water tank at Blackwoods Campground and a like-new entry station at Seawall Campground. With a capacity of 47,000 gallons, the new water tank is larger than the one it replaced, which had been “failing slowly over the years, losing water and having lots of small-scale fixes,” said

  • Sign makers honored

    Sign makers honored

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park’s Sign Shop volunteers have been honored by the National Park Service with a George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Service. The volunteers received the award for the NPS’s Northeast Region in the “group” category. For the past 20 years, volunteers have carved wooden signs for the park’s carriage

  • LED, solar projects are moving ahead

    LED, solar projects are moving ahead

    MOUNT DESERT — The project to replace the town’s existing streetlights with energy-efficient LED fixtures is now in the “pilot study phase,” according to Public Works Director Tony Smith. Several different types of LED fixtures are being considered. They are being temporarily installed on 12 utility poles in Northeast Harbor, six on South Shore Road

  • Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    TRENTON — Trenton Elementary School this fall will become the first school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System to have a prekindergarten program if voters at the May 15 town meeting approve funding for it. Voters will be asked to provide $58,000 in local tax money, roughly half of the anticipated first-year cost.

  • New ferry fares set: ‘Flat rates’ start May 21

    New ferry fares set: ‘Flat rates’ start May 21

    ROCKLAND — A simplified, flat rate fare structure for all of the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) routes, including between Bass Harbor and Swans Island and Frenchboro, was announced Tuesday by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). The new rates will go into effect May 21. The changes mean that some passengers on some routes

  • New dinghy replaces a ‘hulking dinosaur’

    New dinghy replaces a ‘hulking dinosaur’

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Great Cranberry lobsterman Scott Bracy had an old dinghy that had been patched and repaired so many times that Cranberry Island Boatyard owner Sam Donald described it as a “hulking dinosaur that weighed a million pounds.” But it was sound and reliable. Then it broke off its painter during a storm last

  • Acadia fees going up, but not by much

    Acadia fees going up, but not by much

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Everyone who had been worried that a near tripling of the park’s entrance fees this summer would sharply reduce visitation can breathe a sigh of relief. Starting June 1, entrance fees will rise from $25 to $30 for private vehicles, from $20 to $25 for motorcycles and from $12 to $15

  • Route 198 rebuild work has begun

    Route 198 rebuild work has begun

    MOUNT DESERT — Reconstruction of about 1.1 mile of Route 198, from Giant Slide Road to just north of Parkman Mountain, has begun, with alternating one-lane traffic through the work zone. The project is expected to be completed before the end of June. “They want to be in and out before we see a large

  • Gun control resolution passed by school board

    Gun control resolution passed by school board

    BAR HARBOR — A resolution asking elected official at all levels to enact “common sense gun measures and other laws” to protect the “health, safety and security of students, teachers, staff and others” was adopted unanimously by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board Monday night. The resolution, introduced by Caroline Pryor, was

  • Kids envision junk sculpture

    Kids envision junk sculpture

    MOUNT DESERT — If you have ever walked on the rocky shore of Somes Sound at Suminsby Park off Sargeant Drive, you know you’d better wear shoes because it’s littered with broken glass. A small group of civic-minded children want to do something about that. They have proposed collecting the glass and other debris and