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
  • Acadia’s chief ranger leaving to become superindendent of Plains parks

    Acadia’s chief ranger leaving to become superindendent of Plains parks

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Stuart West, chief ranger here for the past 10 years, is leaving at the end of this month to become superintendent of three National Park Service (NPS) sites in the West. They are Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, both in southeastern Colorado, and

  • Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    TRENTON — Some residents and town officials here think the town is spending more on education than it needs to, and they are looking for ways to reduce the cost, including, perhaps, withdrawing from the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, or AOS 91. (In Maine Department of Education parlance, AOS stands for alternative organization

  • Acadia’s forests ‘super healthy’

    Acadia’s forests ‘super healthy’

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia’s forests are thriving. They have a healthy understory and a good rate of regeneration. And there are very few problems with invasive plants, insect pests or deer browse. Forest ecologist Kate Miller knows all that because each of 176 forest monitoring plots in Acadia gets a check-up every four years

  • Island Explorer expansion eyed

    Island Explorer expansion eyed

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia and Downeast Transportation, which operates the Island Explorer bus system, are looking at expanding the fare-free system, which serves the park and surrounding communities in the summer and early fall. With a $33,000 grant from Friends of Acadia, Downeast Transportation has contracted with Tom Crikelair, who helped design the bus

  • School skips bid policy for irrigation project

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Principal Matt Haney was so eager to get irrigation systems installed on the football field, known as Alumni Field, and the practice field this summer that he failed to follow the school system policy on putting the project out for bid, he told the high school board

  • E-bikes on carriage roads debated by advisory panel

    E-bikes on carriage roads debated by advisory panel

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Superintendent Kevin Schneider has just over two weeks to decide what if any restrictions to place on the use of electric bikes on the 45 miles of carriage roads in the park. The carriage roads have been off limits to e-bikes, which have small motors that can be activated to supplement

  • School to celebrate its new solar array; Ceremony set for Sept. 18

    School to celebrate its new solar array; Ceremony set for Sept. 18

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School will celebrate the completion of its solar panel array — the largest at any high school in Maine — with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the school’s gym. Local school officials and high school students will talk about the importance of

  • School system to hold job fair

    BAR HARBOR — If you think you might be interested in a job in food service or as a custodian, bus driver, educational technician (ed tech) or substitute teacher, then the Mount Desert Island Regional School System is interested in you. The system will hold a job fair at the superintendent’s office at MDI High

  • School’s new storage, restroom building ready

    School’s new storage, restroom building ready

    BAR HARBOR — The new building near the football field at Mount Desert Island High School that includes restrooms and storage space for sports equipment is finished. “This was sorely needed to protect the investments we have in the equipment,” said Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. Previously, the equipment,

  • E-bikes to roll on carriage roads

    E-bikes to roll on carriage roads

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — By order of the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the use of electric bikes — or e-bikes — are to be allowed wherever non-motorized bikes are permitted in most National Park Service (NPS) units including Acadia. The DOI announced the new policy last Friday, a day after