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]
  • School playgrounds, tennis courts now open to the public 

    School playgrounds, tennis courts now open to the public 

     BAR HARBOR — Playgrounds at all the schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, as well as the tennis courts and track at MDI High School, have been reopened to the public.  They were closed for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some restrictions are still in place.  “All state and CDC guidelines

  • Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills has proclaimed Monday, July 13, as Ashley Frederick Bryan Day in honor of the renowned Islesford artist, author and illustrator on the occasion of his 97th birthday.  The proclamation declares that Bryan has “enriched the lives of island residents, visitors and school children in Maine and around the world with over 50 books including “Beautiful

  • Board promotes town government clarity

    TRENTON — The Board of Selectmen wants citizens to understand how their town government works and how they can participate.  The board has approved a fact sheet on selectmen’s meetings and town meetings, which is now posted on the town’s website. It includes information on when and where board meetings are held, how meetings are publicized and how

  • Service agencies must wait for town funds 

    Service agencies must wait for town funds 

    MOUNT DESERT — The town can’t pay outside agencies for services they provide to area residents until enough tax money comes in. Tax money can’t come in until the tax bills go out. Tax bills can’t go out until the budget is passed at Town Meeting. And that meeting won’t be held for at least another month. (See story on page 1.)  This year’s proposed municipal budget includes $316,887 for outside organizations and service agencies.   “They

  • Iconic lighthouse is now part of Acadia

    Iconic lighthouse is now part of Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Bass Harbor Head Light Station, one of the most-photographed landmarks on Mount Desert Island, is now part of Acadia, as most visitors had probably always assumed.  Transfer of the iconic lighthouse, lightkeeper’s house, three smaller buildings and two acres of land from the U.S. Coast Guard to the National Park Service was finalized Wednesday.   Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced

  • Drive-in town meeting planned: Date still not set

    Drive-in town meeting planned: Date still not set

    MOUNT DESERT — The date of this year’s Town Meeting is still up in the air, but where and how it will be conducted has been decided.  The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to hold a “drive-in” town meeting in a parking lot at Mount Desert Island High School, much as Bar Harbor did June 30.  Originally scheduled for

  • Local pair wins climate awards

    BAR HARBOR — Sirohi Kumar and Ania Wright of Bar Harbor are among the six winners of the 2020 Brookie Awards, presented by NRCM Rising, a program of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to honor “young changemakers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant impact in Maine’s environmental movement.”  The Brookies are named for brook trout, which the NRCM describes as “strong, mighty and captivating to

  • Towns’ COVID-related costs, losses surveyed

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Municipal Association (MMA) wants to know how much money towns and cities have spent and how much total revenue they anticipate losing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Executive Director Steve Gove told the Acadia-area League of Towns board last week that the MMA is sending out a survey to municipal officials to collect that information.   “We

  • Thuya, Rockefeller gardens set to open

    Thuya, Rockefeller gardens set to open

    MOUNT DESERT — Starting July 8, Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 2:30–5:30 p.m.  Admittance will be on a first-come basis, with a limit of 35 people in the garden at a time. There is no admittance fee, but donations may be made at the gate. Thuya Lodge will remain closed for the season. 

  • High school budget vote July 7: Spending to total $11.3M

    High school budget vote July 7: Spending to total $11.3M

    BAR HARBOR — The annual meeting at which registered voters in the four Mount Desert Island towns are asked to approve the MDI High School budget for the coming year will be held next Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m.  The budget meeting was originally scheduled for April 1, but the coronavirus intervened.  The format of the meeting will be the same