Articles by: Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
  • The making of a museum 

    The making of a museum 

    BAR HARBOR – What if you threw a party and nobody could come? Hopefully that will not be the case for the Bar Harbor Historical Society, but as the finishing touches are put on its new museum at the historical La Rochelle mansion, the society waits to learn when the doors can open to the

  • To-go cocktails become a reality in Maine

    To-go cocktails become a reality in Maine

    BAR HARBOR — On Monday, the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages issued an update to its March restriction about to-go beverages, leaving the door open for restaurants to offer another option to takeout diners: cocktails.   Restaurants can now mix their signature spirits-based cocktails and serve them to go, providing they follow a series of rules:

  • Merchants Association wants to help

    Merchants Association wants to help

    BAR HARBOR – In a time when social distancing is keeping people from their daily routines and from their favorite places, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association (BHMA) is looking to find ways to keep local businesses connected to their customer base.   “While dealing with this unprecedented pandemic, our members need to know we are here for them,” said Julie Veilleux,

  • American Legion post looks to aid veterans in need

    American Legion post looks to aid veterans in need

    MOUNT DESERT — The Lurvey Wright Post No. 103 of the American Legion might not have a lot, but it wants to help veterans where it can. “We have a small treasury, but we are willing to share,” said Jack Tracy, who serves as the service officer for the veterans organization. Tracy said that “any veteran

  • Some eateries, businesses remain open on MDI – Updated

    Some eateries, businesses remain open on MDI – Updated

    BAR HARBOR — On March 18 Governor Janet Mills first issued an executive order mandating all restaurants, bars and non-essential businesses statewide close to the public. The order was extended on March 31 pushing the closed date until April 30 and further restricting the guidelines for those that remain open.   While eateries are allowed to sell their

  • Amid shutdown, kindness continues at Birch Bay 

    Amid shutdown, kindness continues at Birch Bay 

    BAR HARBOR—Since March 18 the residents of Birch Bay Retirement Village have been sheltering in place. Way ahead of the government directive,the doors were closed to the public, all group activities ceased,and the main dining room was closed by a vote of the residents.   “We have an amazing staff who normally go above and beyond,”

  • MDI sends SOS to those with extra (stimulus) funds

    MDI sends SOS to those with extra (stimulus) funds

    BAR HARBOR — With an estimated $7 million coming to residents of Mount Desert Island from the federal stimulus expected in the next two weeks, Gary Friedmann of Gary Friedmann & Associates is looking to pair unneeded funds with area organizations that have a need.   Working in conjunction with the MDI Nonprofit Alliance, Friedmann has spent some

  • Governor prohibits dine-in service, bans gatherings of more than 10 people

    Governor prohibits dine-in service, bans gatherings of more than 10 people

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order on Wednesday that prohibits dine-in service in restaurants and bars across the state for a two-week period. Take out and delivery will be allowed to continue.   In her order, the Governor also prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice.  In addition, she urged non-essential public-facing businesses, such as

  • Viewpoint: From the Editor’s desk

    With my first official issue now behind me, I want to take a minute to introduce myself. I have already met a few readers who’ve been in for their paper on Thursdays and I have corresponded with others by phone or email about specific issues. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to