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]
  • Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — No one spoke against a bill to restrict the future expansion of Acadia National Park and to allow the harvesting of clams and worms in the park’s intertidal zone at a Nov. 15 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Federal Lands. A new version of the

  • Lerner creates art from everything

    Lerner creates art from everything

    Susan Lerner is an accomplished painter and sculptor, but her creativity doesn’t stop there. She has yet to come across a material she couldn’t use to make art – from old clothes to muscle shells, from the foil around the necks of wine bottles to meringue. She fashions the foil into bracelets, earrings and pins.

  • Two more weeks with no internet

    Two more weeks with no internet

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Axiom Technologies is “racing along” with the wiring of Islesford for internet service, company President Mark Ouellette said Monday, but it will be another two or three weeks before residents will have internet access through the new system. Many Islesford residents have been without internet access since Oct. 31, when RedZone Wireless

  • Students chosen for leadership institute

    Students chosen for leadership institute

    BAR HARBOR — Five sophomore girls at Mount Desert Island High School have been chosen as the school’s first participants in the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, which the former Maine senator started three years ago. The institute is for girls in grades 10-12 for whom “exposure to the range of opportunities available to them

  • Great education starts with basics

    Great education starts with basics

    BAR HARBOR — If schools want the freedom to be innovative and to offer students much more than just the basics, then they had better do a good job of teaching those basics, according to Julie Meltzer, director of curriculum, assessment and instruction for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. “We want project-based and

  • New bills would OK Acadia boundary shifts

    New bills would OK Acadia boundary shifts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minor adjustments to Acadia National Park’s boundary would be permitted under bills introduced last week in the U.S. House and Senate. The identical bills submitted by Maine Sen. Angus King and 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin replace similar bills they introduced in January. The new version would still validate Acadia’s annexation of

  • Food truck fracas

    Food truck fracas

    MOUNT DESERT — The Harbor Committee here is adamantly opposed to a proposal by Public Works Director Tony Smith and Police Chief Jim Willis to relocate the seasonal farmers market and food trucks at the Northeast Harbor Marina. The farmers market operates for three hours every Thursday morning in the summer on the southeast side

  • Dispatcher given retirement surprise

    Dispatcher given retirement surprise

    MOUNT DESERT — Halloween was over, but Lorraine Bracy found herself both tricked and treated last Saturday evening. She thought she was being taken to Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor for her granddaughter Lyla’s ballet recital. Instead, she walked in on her own retirement party. She has been a Mount Desert public safety dispatcher for

  • Crosswalk, road spending OK’d

    Crosswalk, road spending OK’d

    MOUNT DESERT — The town will spend up to $8,000 for a crosswalk improvement plan and $20,000 for testing services in connection with an upcoming Route 198 reconstruction project. The Board of Selectmen approved the expenditures Monday night. Crosswalk fixes Last spring, Public Works Director Tony Smith and Highway Superintendent Ben Jacobs attended a Maine