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]
  • Steele accused of violations

    Steele accused of violations

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Sheridan Steele, former superintendent of Acadia National Park, has been accused by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the National Park Service (NPS) of having “illegally accepted $14,771 in gifts” from the Schoodic Institute and its board members. The OIG said Steele also “negotiated for employment with the (Schoodic Institute)

  • Turnaround idea going nowhere

    Turnaround idea going nowhere

    MOUNT DESERT — If you take a boat or trailer to the Otter Cove landing in Otter Creek, you’ll have to back down the narrow, rocky lane from Grover Avenue because there is no room to turn around at the bottom. At the request of Steve Smith and a few other Otter Creek residents, town

  • Main Street buildings to be replaced: Current tenants out for 2019

    Main Street buildings to be replaced: Current tenants out for 2019

    MOUNT DESERT — The commercial tenants in the buildings at 147 and 149 Main St. in Northeast Harbor have been notified by Mount Desert 365, which owns the buildings, that their leases won’t be renewed for next year. MD365, the nonprofit organization working to boost economic development and provide workforce housing, acquired those two properties

  • Wild Gardens recovering from ice damage

    Wild Gardens recovering from ice damage

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The unusual cycle of heavy rains and hard freezes this past winter, which created a frozen flood in the Great Meadow area, did only minor damage to the Nature Center and other buildings at Sieur de Monts Spring but took a toll on the Wild Gardens of Acadia. “We reacted pretty

  • Acadia plan: Public won’t see public comments

    Acadia plan: Public won’t see public comments

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Comments from individuals about the park’s draft transportation plan that are submitted online won’t be available to the public. The 60-day period for public comment on the park’s “preferred alternative” plan ends June 26. Then Acadia officials will group comments into what they’re calling “statements of concern,” such as what people

  • Estate featured in film

    Estate featured in film

    MOUNT DESERT — A French film production crew spent part of last week shooting scenes for a documentary at Petite Plaisance, the Northeast Harbor home of the late writer Marguerite Yourcenar. The documentary is based on Yourcenar’s 1968 novel, “The Abyss,” which she wrote at Petite Plaisance. The film features readings by acclaimed French actress

  • Advice to grads: Embrace ‘inner second-grader’

    Advice to grads: Embrace ‘inner second-grader’

    BAR HARBOR— There were cheers and tears in the packed gym at Mount Desert Island High School on Sunday as 117 members of the class of 2018 received their diplomas. It was the school’s 50th commencement ceremony. The commencement speaker was Max Mason, a member of the MDI High class of 2013 who earned a

  • Teachers press board on new contract

    Teachers press board on new contract

    BAR HARBOR — About 30 teachers, most of them wearing badges reading “Great Teachers Make Great Schools,” attended the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board meeting Monday night to show support for their union in ongoing contract negotiations with a school board panel. Several teachers spoke during the meeting’s public comment periods. Patty

  • School gets new art teacher, garden

    School gets new art teacher, garden

    MOUNT DESERT — Shannon Westphal has been chosen to succeed Carol Shutt, who is retiring after 27 years as art teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School . Westphal, whose hiring was approved last week by the Mount Desert School Committee, has been teaching visual and performing arts at Ellsworth High School. She previously taught alongside

  • Clam flat closure to be lifted soon

    Clam flat closure to be lifted soon

    AUGUSTA — A section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine was closed to shellfish harvesting late last month by the Maine Department of Marine Resources after what it said was “the identification of a pollution point source.” Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said Tuesday that the