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
  • Board reviews middle school plan for MDI

    Board reviews middle school plan for MDI

    BAR HARBOR — If a single, stand-alone middle school is created for students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System — and that decision has not yet been made — it should be for grades seven and eight and should be built on the campus of Mount Desert Island High School. Those are the

  • Sprinkler system leaks  delay Asticou opening

    Sprinkler system leaks delay Asticou opening

    MOUNT DESERT — Leaks in the two water storage tanks for the fire-suppression sprinkler system at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor have delayed the inn’s opening for a week, until next Friday, May 24. “We have 18,000 gallons of water storage for the sprinkler system, and we had a breach in those tanks back

  • School costs top town meeting warrant

    TRENTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting next Tuesday, May 21, will be asked to approve a 2019-20 budget of just under $5.06 million that includes $3.97 million for education. That figure covers the cost of operating Trenton Elementary School, paying tuition for Trenton students to attend Mount Desert Island or Ellsworth High School

  • School kids take trip back in time

    School kids take trip back in time

    MOUNT DESERT — What better way to learn about history than to go back in time and experience it? Of course, that’s not possible. But what might be the next best thing happens around this time every year when the third-grade classes at each of the Mount Desert Island and Trenton elementary schools spend half

  • High school solar project set to start

    High school solar project set to start

    BAR HARBOR — Structural engineers have determined that the Mount Desert Island High School roof is strong enough to support an array of solar panels designed to meet all of the school’s electricity needs, and the delivery of materials for the project is scheduled for next week. “We’re excited to get going on it, and

  • Gateway Center is in DOT’s work plan, but project still lacks funding

    Gateway Center is in DOT’s work plan, but project still lacks funding

    TRENTON — The long-delayed construction of a combination visitor information center and Island Explorer bus terminal at the Acadia Gateway Center off Route 3 is in the Maine Department of Transportation’s (DOT) work plan for 2020-21. But that might be wishful thinking because the DOT doesn’t have nearly enough money to pay for the project,

  • Work starts on new Seacoast Mission HQ

    Work starts on new Seacoast Mission HQ

    MOUNT DESERT — Construction of a new two-story office and residential building in Northeast Harbor, which will be the new home of Maine Seacoast Mission, has started with the installation of utility services. The 8,000-square-foot building also will house the offices of Mount Desert 365, the nonprofit organization that is constructing it, and two two-bedroom

  • Lawmakers kill Great Harbor bill

    Lawmakers kill Great Harbor bill

    AUGUSTA — It took the Legislature’s Transportation Committee less than three minutes April 25 to kill a bill that would ban cruise ships and other large commercial vessels from the waters between Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles. The committee voted unanimously that the bill “ought not to pass.” It had been introduced by

  • Cake wins Sea of Blue 5K

    Cake wins Sea of Blue 5K

    MOUNT DESERT — Runners and walkers of all ages, and a few of their dogs, participated in the sixth annual Sea of Blue Autism Awareness Walk and 5K held in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, April 29. What started out as a senior exhibition project for Mount Desert Island High School alum Chris Heel has become

  • Permit renewal sought for ‘gray water’ system

    Permit renewal sought for ‘gray water’ system

    BAR HARBOR — As it does every five years, Mount Desert Island High School is applying to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for renewal of its permit to spray so-called “gray water” into the woods on the hill to the east of the school building. Since the school opened in 1968, its sewage