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]
  • Parking for student housing questioned

    Parking for student housing questioned

    MOUNT DESERT — The student housing that College of the Atlantic plans to build in Northeast Harbor would have a total of three parking spaces for 17 bedrooms.  Planning Board member Joanne Eaton questioned whether that would be sufficient when the board reviewed the architect’s sketch plan for the proposed development last Wednesday.  “My hope is that they will

  • In-person learning to continue for now

    In-person learning to continue for now

    BAR HARBOR — “Our school district intends to continue with in-person instruction to the maximum extent possible,” Superintendent Marc Gousse said in a letter to parents on Wednesday. “However, any outbreak [of COVID-19] or information from the Maine CDC may necessitate a shift to full remote learning at any time. Given the recent uptick in

  • Strout remembered as an MDI ‘treasure’

    Strout remembered as an MDI ‘treasure’

    BAR HARBOR — “Replacing his knowledge is going to be impossible,” Earl Brechlin, president of the Bar Harbor Historical Society board, said of Raymond Strout, who died Nov. 6 at the age of 79. Strout owned Ahlblad’s Frame Shop in Bar Harbor, but his passion was collecting maps, letters and photos that documented the history

  • Town-wide revaluation gets go-ahead

    Town-wide revaluation gets go-ahead

    MOUNT DESERT — Over the past six months, as people from parts of the country with high rates of COVID-19 infection looked for safer places to live, houses on Mount Desert Island have been selling like hotcakes – but at filet mignon prices. Not only have some houses been selling for substantially more than their

  • MDI nonprofits share in gifts of $575K

    MDI nonprofits share in gifts of $575K

    MOUNT DESERT — Four Mount Desert-based nonprofits and one in Florida have received gifts from the Curtis and Patricia Blake Foundation totaling $575,000. The organizations are the Land and Garden Preserve, which received $100,000, and the Maine Seacoast Mission, Mount Desert Nursing Association and Neighborhood House, each of which received just under $119,000. That same

  • Winter overnight parking bans

    Winter overnight parking bans

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — In Mount Desert, on-street parking is not permitted from Nov. 2 through May 5 between midnight and 6 a.m. That is to allow for snow plowing. Overnight parking is not permitted in municipal parking lots at any time of year without written permission from the Police Department. In Bar Harbor, from

  • Tree planted at Northeast Harbor marina to honor Savage

    Tree planted at Northeast Harbor marina to honor Savage

    MOUNT DESERT — A white spruce tree was planted at the Northeast Harbor Marina on Wednesday in memory of Tom Savage, who died Oct. 12 in an accident at his business, Savage Forest Enterprise Inc.  Micki Sumpter, director of the Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce, said that earlier this fall, she had been talking with members of the Garden Club of Mount

  • Ocean Drive cut from park reservation plan

    Ocean Drive cut from park reservation plan

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The timed entry reservation system for private vehicles, which was piloted last month, will not be in effect next summer for the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road, as had been planned.  The reservation system will be implemented for the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road.  Christie Anastasia, the park’s public

  • Schools to offer teachers and staff COVID-19 tests

    Schools to offer teachers and staff COVID-19 tests

    BAR HARBOR — Testing for COVID-19 is to begin in early December for teachers and staff throughout the Mount Desert Island Regional School system who do not have any symptoms of the disease, and testing will continue through the school year. Participation in the asymptomatic testing program will be voluntary for the roughly 450 school

  • Stone Barn Farm plans parking, renovations

    Stone Barn Farm plans parking, renovations

    BAR HARBOR —  It might be next spring before there is a parking lot at Stone Barn Farm on Crooked Road, whose two miles of trails have become quite popular since Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) acquired the 128-acre property last year. “People are already using it left and right,” said Douglas McMullin, MCHT’s regional