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]
  • $6 Cadillac fee approved

    $6 Cadillac fee approved

    The regional director of the National Park Service has approved Acadia’s plan to charge a $6 fee for reservations to drive up the Cadillac Mountain summit road between dawn and dusk from late May to mid-October. 

  • Buses will run more often on fewer routes

    Buses will run more often on fewer routes

    The fare-free Island Explorer bus system will start running June 23 as usual, but it will operate this year on only half the usual number of routes, Paul Murphy, executive director of Downeast Transportation, said in announcing the 2021 schedule.

  • High school changes addressed in online Q&A 

    High school changes addressed in online Q&A 

    How early classes will start at Mount Desert Island High School next fall and when they will end – and how the hours in between will be structured – appear to be of great interest to a lot of people. About 120 people registered for an hour-long virtual Q&A session on the subject last Thursday evening, and many of them submitted questions and comments. 

  • Hikers die in Dorr Mountain fall 

    Hikers die in Dorr Mountain fall 

    Two hikers from Rutland, Mass., died after apparently falling about 100 feet off an ice-covered cliff on Dorr Mountain last Thursday afternoon. The bodies of Kassandra Caceres, 30, and Wayne Beckford, 28, were found by searchers late Saturday morning. 

  • Gousse plans to retire in 2022 

    Gousse plans to retire in 2022 

    Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System since July 2016, has told the school system board he plans to retire effective Jan. 1, 2022. But he said he would stay on through June 2022 if the board wants him to. 

  • Treasurer staying until successor is settled in 

    Treasurer staying until successor is settled in 

    Mount Desert Town Manager Durlin Lunt is scheduling interviews for the week of March 29 with candidates for the job of finance director. Meanwhile, Treasurer Kathi Mahar, who announced in January that she planned to retire effective March 31 after nine years in the position, has agreed to continue working part time until the finance director is on board. She will work up to 24 hours a week at a rate of $40 an hour. 

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