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
  • Moonbeam fills in for Sunbeam

    Moonbeam fills in for Sunbeam

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission has found a boat to deliver services to several of Maine’s outer islands while the Sunbeam V is out of the water for major repairs and upgrades starting later this spring. Members of the mission staff and Sunbeam crew suggested names for the fill-in boat, and school children

  • Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at town meeting here last Saturday authorized the town to borrow up to $350,000 for a new fire truck for Great Cranberry Island. The vote was 41-10. One of the deciding factors, according to Town Clerk Denise McCormick, was the town’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) fire rating, which insurance companies use

  • Main Street project cost drops $722K

    Main Street project cost drops $722K

    MOUNT DESERT — By burying utility lines on only one side of Main Street in Northeast Harbor, the town will save about $844,000 on the downtown improvement project. But the addition of some drainage and sewer work will add $97,000 to the cost. Overall, the project will cost $722,631 less than originally planned, reducing the

  • Acadia boundary bill signed into law

    Acadia boundary bill signed into law

    WASHINGTON, D.C — With the president’s signature on Tuesday, the package of federal lands bills that includes the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act has become law. The act validates the National Park Service’s 2015 expansion of the park’s boundary to include 1,441 acres of donated land on the Schoodic Peninsula. A large portion of

  • Ship bill draws opposition; MDOT questions legality

    Ship bill draws opposition; MDOT questions legality

      AUGUSTA — Officials of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maine Tourism Association last Thursday testified against a bill in the Legislature that would ban cruise ships and other large commercial vessels from the waters between Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles. The bill to designate the area known as Great

  • MDES budget up 3.76 percent

    MOUNT DESERT — A Mount Desert Elementary School budget of $4.5 million for 2019-2020 was adopted by the school committee last week. The budget is $163,023 higher than the current year’s budget, an increase of 3.76 percent. Largely because of an anticipated hike in state funding for special education (see related story), the school’s budget

  • Schools may get more state money: Mills’ budget calls for increase

    Schools may get more state money: Mills’ budget calls for increase

    BAR HARBOR — Under the state budget proposed by Gov. Janet Mills, schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) would receive a total of $723,720 more in state subsidies for special education next year than they had included in their revenue projections. The governor’s budget calls for the state to pay 45

  • School faces budget crisis

    School faces budget crisis

    TRENTON — If voters at the May 21 town meeting approve the $3.97 million budget for Trenton Elementary School for next year that the school committee adopted Tuesday, property owners will pay 15.13 percent more in taxes. That increase amounts to $147.70 for every $100,000 of property valuation. And the budget does not include $50,000

  • Fire truck, breakwater, elevator lift town budget

    Fire truck, breakwater, elevator lift town budget

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at the annual town meeting here on Saturday, March 16, will be asked to approve municipal spending for the coming fiscal year of $2.72 million, which is 15.2 percent higher than the current year’s budget. Most of the increase in spending, $350,000, is for the purchase of a new tanker truck