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]
  • Town’s school cost up 9.9 percent

    Town’s school cost up 9.9 percent

    TRENTON — A Trenton Elementary School budget for next year that, if approved by voters at Town Meeting in May, would require a 9.93 percent increase in local property tax funding was adopted by the school committee Tuesday.  The $4.32 million budget is 7.47 percent higher than the budget for the current year.   The main reason

  • Cranberries’ budget passes; Sprague, Sumner re-elected

    Cranberries’ budget passes; Sprague, Sumner re-elected

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at the annual Town Meeting here on Saturday approved almost everything on the warrant as presented, including a $1.96 million budget for municipal operations and a $773,681 school budget.  Joy Sprague was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen and Darlene Sumner was re-elected to the School Committee.  Voters authorized town officials to spend up to $14,300

  • Virus threat tough on mental health

    Virus threat tough on mental health

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Got cabin fever? Going stir crazy?   Feeling anxious or depressed because of the coronavirus threat and all the disruption and uncertainty it’s causing?  If so, you’re certainly not alone.   There are good, reliable sources of advice on preventing or coping with emotional and psychological distress triggered by a public health emergency such as

  • Quarry noise plan to get expert review

    Quarry noise plan to get expert review

    MOUNT DESERT — The town will hire an acoustical consulting firm to review the plan by Harold MacQuinn, Inc. and Freshwater Stone to muffle noise at MacQuinn’s granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry.  The two companies have applied for a license for Freshwater to operate the one-acre quarry. Their attorney, Ed Bearor, told the Planning Board last Thursday

  • Acadia closes all roads, facilities

    Acadia closes all roads, facilities

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — To discourage visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, all roads and facilities in the park are now closed to the public until further notice.  “Continuing to keep park facilities open is encouraging visitors from outside local communities,” Superintendent Kevin Schneider said. “This is placing local residents, health care workers and first responders at risk. The park and

  • Pay doubled for on-call firefighters: Virus prompts 24/7 staffing

    Pay doubled for on-call firefighters: Virus prompts 24/7 staffing

    MOUNT DESERT — The town is nearly doubling the rate of pay for on-call firefighters who volunteer to work shifts at the fire station in Northeast Harbor as the Fire Department moves to around-the clock staffing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus threat.  Both the 24/7 coverage and the higher pay for the volunteers who help provide it went into effect Monday on what is to be a temporary basis, until the

  • MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    BAR HARBOR — All schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will remain closed until April 27 to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, Superintendent Marc Gousse announced Monday.  He said a top priority now is putting in place systems for remote learning for students at all grade levels.  “We are setting up teacher face pages on school

  • COVID-19 response: Cleaning, feeding, teaching is schools’ focus

    COVID-19 response: Cleaning, feeding, teaching is schools’ focus

    BAR HARBOR — Cleaning school buildings from top to bottom, getting food to children who need it and setting up a system for remote learning are the top priorities for Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic threat.  All schools in the system, which have been closed since Monday, will remain

  • Town offices closed in Mount Desert; emergency plan activated 

    Town offices closed in Mount Desert; emergency plan activated 

     MOUNT DESERT — All town offices are closed to the public indefinitely because of the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.   However, some services will still be available by telephone or online.  The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to activate the town’s emergency operations plan, which outlines steps that can be taken to ensure the continuity of essential municipal functions and the

  • Virus fears bring summer residents

    Virus fears bring summer residents

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Some seasonal residents are coming weeks or even months earlier than usual this year in an attempt to reduce their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  They have been calling plumbers on the island and asking them to turn on the water.   “In the past five days, we’ve had requests from four people to turn on the water in