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]
  • Charter changes vote set for Nov. 3 

    Charter changes vote set for Nov. 3 

    BAR HARBOR — As part of the Nov. 3 election, voters here will be asked to approve nine sets of modifications to the town charter.  The Town Council on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on the proposed changes for Oct. 6.  One of those changes would allow the use of electronic voting at open town meetings.  According to the Charter Commission, which

  • Acadia visitation bounces back 

    Acadia visitation bounces back 

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — If it seemed like there were just as many visitors here in August as there usually are in late summer, that’s because there were.  In fact, the estimated 626,916 visitors to the section of the park on Mount Desert Island was 15,026 more than in the same month last year, an increase of 2.5 percent.  Apparently, the number

  • Seacoast Mission, MD365 home almost done 

    Seacoast Mission, MD365 home almost done 

    MOUNT DESERT — The new building on Old Firehouse Lane in Northeast Harbor that will house the offices of the Maine Seacoast Mission and Mount Desert 365, as well as two residential apartments, is almost finished.  “We’re hoping to complete it in September and to move in in late September or early October,” said Kathy

  • Major Asticou Inn renovation approved 

    Major Asticou Inn renovation approved 

    MOUNT DESERT — A major renovation of the historic Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor will not create any more guest rooms – the number will remain at 31 – but they will be quite a bit larger.  That is possible because 19 small rooms previously used by staff or, in earlier times, the servants of inn guests are being eliminated to create more space for

  • A town meeting for Christmas? 

    TRENTON — The longer the Board of Selectmen waits to hold the annual Town Meeting, where residents can vote on this year’s elementary school budget, the more likely it is that programs – and possibly positions – will have to be cut for lack of funds, school officials said last week.  But it is now almost certain that the Town Meeting will not

  • $5.9M sought for new Explorer buses 

    $5.9M sought for new Explorer buses 

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park has applied for a $5.9 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to increase the size of the Island Explorer fleet from 30 to 49 buses over the next five years.  The money would cover the purchase of 21 new buses, two of which would replace the two old buses that

  • Wood rounds for pickup

    Wood rounds for pickup

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park is once again offering people within 50 miles of Bar Harbor the opportunity to collect wood rounds that will be piled in a designated area. Permits costing $25 will be issued to about 10 households to collect a maximum of two cords. To be considered for a permit, send

  • Road project agreement signed 

    Road project agreement signed 

    MOUNT DESERT — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday authorized Town Manager Durlin Lunt to sign an agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation that calls for both parties to pay half of the estimated $590,000 cost of completing the rebuilding of two miles of Route 198. Not enough money was available last year to finish the

  • Town’s property value nearly $2.2B 

    Town’s property value nearly $2.2B 

    MOUNT DESERT — The state’s preliminary 2021 valuation of taxable property in Mount Desert, one of the most property-rich towns in the state, is $2.174 billion.   That is an increase of 0.13 percent over the 2020 state valuation.  “This valuation represents the full equalized value of all taxable property in the municipality as of April 1, 2019,”

  • Steele book highlights Park Service career

    Steele book highlights Park Service career

    MOUNT DESERT — People used to tell Sheridan Steele, former superintendent of Acadia National Park, that he should write a book about the fascinating, funny and sometimes freakish experiences he had in 38 years of national parks management.  Now he has.  It is titled “From Bear Dens to the Oval Office.”  One early spring day when Steele was deputy superintendent