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]
  • Food truck, market site prep exceeds budget

    MOUNT DESERT — Preparing the new sites for the summertime food trucks and farmers’ market at the Northeast Harbor Marina and running electricity to the sites have cost more than expected. The project cost $3,257 more than the $60,166 that Public Works Director Tony Smith had budgeted. The Board of Selectmen last week approved his

  • Visitation continues to rise

    Visitation continues to rise

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia visitation appears headed toward another record-setting year. The estimated number of park visits in July was 759,165, an increase of more than 15,000 over last July, according to the monthly report issued by the National Park Service earlier this week. The July figures pushed the number of visits for the

  • ‘Protest art’ show opens at Smart Studio

    ‘Protest art’ show opens at Smart Studio

    In rather stark contrast to the restful landscape and seascape paintings one expects to find at the Smart Studio gallery in Northeast Harbor is, for one week starting today (Thursday), a show of “protest art” by about 20 area artists. “Some of the topics that are covered are the #MeToo movement, war, the wall, children

  • Jones Marsh purchase near; Housing Trust applies for PUD

    Jones Marsh purchase near; Housing Trust applies for PUD

    BAR HARBOR — If you hold your thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart, that’s how close officials of two non-profits say they are to reaching their fundraising goal of $450,000, the majority of which will be used to buy 60 acres of land at Jones Marsh near the head of Mount Desert Island. Meanwhile, one

  • Public auction set for Rockefeller estate items

    Public auction set for Rockefeller estate items

    MOUNT DESERT — A public auction of more than 400 items from the estate of David Rockefeller Sr. will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at noon at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who died last year at 101, was a lifelong seasonal resident of Seal Harbor. The items to

  • Town looks to state for road repair

    MOUNT DESERT — Two short sections of Route 102 in Somesville are in especially bad shape, and, according to Public Works Director Tony Smith, waiting until 2020, when the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to give the road a thin overlay of pavement, is too long. He had wanted to pave the two sections

  • Re-vote set on Main St. work

    Re-vote set on Main St. work

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters will decide at a special town meeting Sept. 10 whether to proceed with redevelopment of Main Street in Northeast Harbor as approved at the May 8 regular town meeting or to have town officials consider delaying and revising the project. The Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to schedule the special

  • Designers chosen for first MD365 houses

    Designers chosen for first MD365 houses

    MOUNT DESERT — A husband-and-wife team, architect Gregg Scott and interior designer Terri Scott, have been chosen by Mount Desert 365 to design the first two small, workforce-affordable houses it intends to build in Northeast Harbor. The houses are planned for a quarter-acre lot on Summit Road across from Millbrook Road. MD365, the nonprofit organization

  • Cranberry House seeks $450K for expansion

    Cranberry House seeks $450K for expansion

    CRANBERRY ISLES — The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society has formally launched a campaign to raise $450,000 to enlarge the Preble-Marr Historical Museum’s archival and exhibit space in Cranberry House and to fund two part-time positions. The plan is to build a 20-by-30-foot addition to the back of the building that will extend up all

  • Camper dismissed after bullets found in backpack

    MOUNT DESERT — One camper at Camp Beech Cliff has been dismissed after rifle bullets were found in his backpack by camp staff on Tuesday. Executive Director Debra Deal said in an email to the parents of campers on Wednesday that the camper had reported finding three bullets in the Junior Maine Guide area of