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
  • ‘Loonch’ raises $140K for Camp Beech Cliff

    ‘Loonch’ raises $140K for Camp Beech Cliff

    MOUNT DESERT — The Ladies Who Loonch fundraiser for Camp Beech Cliff on July 10, attended by about 210 women, brought in more than $140,000 for the camp’s campership and transportation funds. The campership fund provides needs-based summer camp scholarships for Hancock County youngsters. This year the fund will grant more than $75,000 to area

  • Lower speed limit eyed for Somesville

    Lower speed limit eyed for Somesville

    MOUNT DESERT — Police Chief Jim Willis will ask the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 through the commercial area of Somesville to prepare southbound drivers for the lower speed limit that already exists on Main Street in the residential part the village. The Board

  • Acadia visitation: Record-setting day follows slow spring

    Acadia visitation: Record-setting day follows slow spring

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — If you thought there had never been as many people and cars in Acadia as there were July 5, you were right. The park set an all-time record for a single day, with the number of visitors estimated at more than 35,000. That was an increase of about 15 percent over

  • Research focus: How climate change will change Acadia

    Research focus: How climate change will change Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Climate change has the potential to change just about everything, including America’s national parks. “The national parks were originally set up to keep things the same,” said Abe Miller-Rushing, Acadia’s science coordinator. “But we know that’s not possible. So, we’re having to deal with how we manage change.” Helping Acadia do

  • Acadia given Fresh Meadow parcel

    Acadia given Fresh Meadow parcel

    BAR HARBOR — Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has transferred ownership of a 37-acre parcel of land at Fresh Meadow, on the north side of Crooked Road, to Acadia National Park. The property is within the boundary that Congress established for the park in 1986. “This undeveloped property, which consists almost entirely of marsh, is

  • BHB&T acquires People’s branches

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (BHB&T) is acquiring eight People’s United Bank branches in central Maine, increasing to 22 the number of its locations in the state and 56 overall in northern New England. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, is subject to approval

  • Helicopter lift among July 5 mountain rescues

    Helicopter lift among July 5 mountain rescues

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A 69-year-old woman suffered an apparent heat stroke and lost consciousness while hiking on the Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail at around noon on July 5. With park rangers unable to respond immediately because of other emergencies, Bar Harbor Fire Department paramedics and a park firefighter hiked two miles up the

  • Sailboat high, dry on Fourth of July

    Sailboat high, dry on Fourth of July

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A 35-foot sailboat became stranded on the rocky shore of an area of the park known as Wonderland on the night of July 4. Wonderland is between Seawall and Bass Harbor Head. The sailboat is a Hinckley Pilot named Seal. Its home port is Southwest Harbor, according to the lettering on

  • Halpern retires from boutique after 31 years

    Halpern retires from boutique after 31 years

    MOUNT DESERT — Practically anyone who has ever shopped at the Kimball Shop Boutique on Main Street in Northeast Harbor knows Elizabeth Halpern. That’s a whole lot of people, because the boutique opened 31 years ago, and Halpern has been there the whole time. The original Kimball Shop and the Kimball Shop Boutique, two doors