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]
  • Sproule opposes school withdrawal

    Sproule opposes school withdrawal

    Judy Sproule, who served as chair of the Trenton School Committee during the process that led to the formation of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) in 2009, thinks it would be a big mistake for Trenton to withdraw from the school district.

  • School makes climate change commitment    

    School makes climate change commitment   

    By a unanimous vote on Monday, the Mount Desert Island High School board made a formal commitment to combatting climate change and its impacts. The commitment, proposed by the school’s student Eco Team, lays out actions to be taken in education, carbon emissions and social justice.  

  • Cranberry voters OK road, reject restroom

    Cranberry voters OK road, reject restroom

    Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday authorized spending up to $115,000 for reconstruction of Co-Op Road on Little Cranberry Island (Islesford) but turned down a proposal to spend up to $50,000 to build a public restroom on Little Cranberry. 

  • Last leg of Route 198 rebuilding underway

    Last leg of Route 198 rebuilding underway

    Paving is to begin this Friday, May 7, on 810 feet of Route 198 to the south of the Eagle Lake Road intersection. Paving is scheduled to be completed May 14, with the entire road reconstruction project, which began April 19, to be wrapped up by May 20. Drivers will encounter alternating one-way traffic through the work area. 

  • Voters OK fire/EMS expansion planning

    Voters OK fire/EMS expansion planning

     Voters at Town Meeting Tuesday evening authorized spending up to $357,500 for engineering and design services for a proposed expansion of the fire station in Northeast Harbor to house fire and EMS personnel and equipment. The vote was 46-18. 

  • Road issue delays quarry decision

    Road issue delays quarry decision

    It had been expected that on Monday, nearly seven years after Harold MacQuinn, Inc. applied for a license to resume quarrying at a site in the village of Hall Quarry, the Planning Board would make a decision. But that didn’t happen.  The quarry is located at the end of dirt lane off Crane Road. A question of whether that road meets the town’s road standards arose at Monday’s meeting.  

  • Teachers go “above and beyond” in pandemic year

    Teachers go “above and beyond” in pandemic year

    When Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Hancock native, became the first woman elected to the job in December, she told The American how much of an impact her teachers had on her political career. “Mrs. Johnson was my kindergarten teacher,” she remembered, adding that without the speech therapy she received as a young student at Hancock Grammar School, “I wouldn’t be in politics today.”

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