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. dbroom@mdislander.com
  • Land request likely too late

    Land request likely too late

    BAR HARBOR — The town council voted Tuesday to ask Maine’s congressional delegation to add a provision to the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act that would transfer ownership of 50 acres of park-owned property off Crooked Road in Town Hill to the town. Council Chair Gary Friedmann said the property could be used for

  • Acadia boundary bill starting over

    Acadia boundary bill starting over

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The very first bill introduced by Maine 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden is, ironically, almost identical to a bill introduced in January 2017 by former Rep. Bruce Poliquin, whom Golden defeated in the November election. It is the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act. That bill was passed by the House last

  • Cyclists help pay for road study

    Cyclists help pay for road study

    MOUNT DESERT — Local cycling enthusiasts have so far raised more than $16,000 toward the town’s $45,000 share of the cost to study the feasibility of making safety improvements to the 2.9 miles of Peabody Drive (Route 3) between Asticou Azalea Garden and Seal Harbor Beach. The board of selectmen voted Monday night to hire

  • Moth trapping comes to MDI

    Moth trapping comes to MDI

    BAR HARBOR — The white plastic canister hanging from a low branch of a tree near the fountain in the Village Green here looks, at first glance, like a bird feeder, but it’s there to capture winter moths. It’s part of a Maine Forest Service project to chart the spread of the insects that, as

  • School taps Sundog for big solar project

    School taps Sundog for big solar project

    BAR HARBOR — Sundog Solar has been chosen to install a solar panel array on the roof of Mount Desert Island High School to meet all the school’s electricity needs. The high school trustees voted unanimously Jan. 2 to enter into a contract with Sundog for installation of the panels this summer. ReVision Energy also

  • Shutdown stalls work at Acadia

    Shutdown stalls work at Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The impact of the partial shutdown of the federal government will have a mostly delayed impact on Acadia. The shutdown is having little effect on the visitor experience because the park normally provides few visitor services this time of year. But winter is when a lot of the park’s out-of-the-public-eye work

  • 100s attend Pyle service: “A rich life fully lived”

    100s attend Pyle service: “A rich life fully lived”

    MOUNT DESERT — Hundreds of people filled the great hall to overflowing at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor for last Saturday’s memorial service for Robert “Bob” Pyle, who died Christmas Day at 73. Mount Desert Town Manager Durlin Lunt, who had known Pyle since 1963, delivered the eulogy, paying homage to “a rich life

  • Gardens are dormant, but Preserve’s work goes on

    Gardens are dormant, but Preserve’s work goes on

    MOUNT DESERT — The flowers aren’t blooming, the plants aren’t growing and the visitors are mostly gone. But that doesn’t mean there is no activity in the winter months at the properties of the Land & Garden Preserve. A new fencing system to keep deer out has been installed around the Asticou Azalea Garden. “After

  • Cameras in schools, on buses considered

    Cameras in schools, on buses considered

    BAR HARBOR — Policy changes that would allow for surveillance cameras on school buses and inside school buildings are being considered by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board. The proposed policy revision was recommended by the board’s policy committee and is on the agenda for the board’s Jan. 14 meeting. The current policy on