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
  • Asticou zoning district proposed

    Asticou zoning district proposed

    MOUNT DESERT — A zoning change that would allow the Asticou Inn to build additional guest rooms is being proposed by the town’s Land Use Advisory Group. The idea is to create a new zoning district — Shoreland Residential 3 (SR3) — encompassing the 16-acre Asticou property at the head of the harbor in Northeast

  • Trust now owns Stone Barn Farm

    Trust now owns Stone Barn Farm

    BAR HARBOR — Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has completed its purchase of the 128-acre Stone Barn Farm property, which includes the historic and much-photographed barn at the intersection of Crooked Road and Norway Drive. Harry Owen and his wife Cindy, who died in 2018, bought the property in 1963 and lived in the farmhouse

  • School to test live feed and recording cameras

    MOUNT DESERT — Two security cameras to be mounted outside Mount Desert Elementary School on a trial basis will allow school administrators or police to see what is happening in real time in the event of a crisis or to view recordings of an incident later. The camera systems that are currently installed at three

  • Principal works to trim budget

    Principal works to trim budget

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Principal Matt Haney knows he can’t propose a budget next year that would increase assessments to the four MDI towns by an overall 10.2 percent, so he is looking for ways to cut spending. It’s an odd situation. The draft budget Haney gave the high school board

  • Sailing books deal is dead

    MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast Harbor Library apparently will not be housing a collection of 5,000 to 6,000 books on sailing that a Mount Desert resident who wished to remain anonymous offered last year to donate to the library on the condition that the books could be kept in a separate, secure, climate-controlled space. In

  • School funding woes discussed

    School funding woes discussed

    BAR HARBOR — Three members of the state Legislature who represent Mount Desert Island Regional School System towns met Monday night with the school system board to talk about the challenges of funding public education, particularly special education. Maine Commissioner of Education Pender Makin joined the discussion by phone. Several members of the board described

  • Volunteers craft Acadia trail signs

    Volunteers craft Acadia trail signs

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Every Monday and Wednesday morning in the winter, as many as a dozen volunteers, nearly all of them retired, can be found in the park’s sign shop tucked away in the woods near the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. They are making the directional signs for Acadia’s 45 miles of carriage roads.

  • Pre-K, patio repair would boost budget

    MOUNT DESERT — If there are no changes at Mount Desert Elementary School next year, if there is nothing new, then spending would go up a minuscule 0.39 percent to $4.52 million under the budget proposed by Principal Gloria Delsandro. The town’s appropriation of taxpayer money for the school would actually drop by 0.48 percent,

  • Fire truck catches fire

    MOUNT DESERT — The fire department’s tanker truck caught fire Dec. 20 as it was traveling on Millbrook Road in Northeast Harbor. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Damage was not extensive and no one was injured. “The diesel tank dropped right out of it,” Fire Chief Mike Bender told the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

  • Town preserves, digitizes old records

    Town preserves, digitizes old records

    MOUNT DESERT — When Samuel Cony, a Republican, was elected governor of Maine in 1864, 86 voters in Mount Desert cast their ballots for him. Fifty-seven voted for the Democratic candidate, Joseph Howard. Voting a straight party ticket was apparently as prevalent then as it is now. In almost every race for state and local