Articles by: Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
  • MDI Hospital transitions its leadership

    MDI Hospital transitions its leadership

    BAR HARBOR — If you ask Mount Desert Island Hospital’s outgoing CEO Art Blank what he will do in retirement, he will tell you that he plans to rekindle his love of horseback riding.  After 20 years at the helm of the hospital, and seeing it through a number of successful transformations, he has probably earned that right, but when he expands

  • Cranberries make the holidays merry and bright 

    Cranberries make the holidays merry and bright 

    BAR HARBOR— No matter how you traditionally celebrate the holidays, things are bound to look a lot different this year. Instead of company parties and large gatherings, gift swaps and general holiday shenanigans, Americans are being asked to limit the number of people with whom they gather and to remain physically distant. It is hard

  • Council votes to move ahead with retail marijuana discussion  

    Council votes to move ahead with retail marijuana discussion  

    BAR HARBOR—Bar Harbor residents feel the same about retail marijuana as they did in 2017, according to a recent poll taken by the town.   The survey, conducted through the polling service, Polco, was answered by 232 participants, a number down slightly from three years ago. However, despite the dip in participation, the results remained split just about the same with roughly 60 percent of respondents in favor and 40

  • Food pantry donation gives needed boost to nonprofit 

    Food pantry donation gives needed boost to nonprofit 

    BAR HARBOR—Dollar for dollar, Greg and Julie Veilleux, owners of Window Panes, matched donations collected at their store during the month of November. Last week, they presented a check for $2,000 to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry.   “We got a great response from the community,” said Julie Veilleux, who added that donations of cash and

  • Sea of Blue donates funds despite canceling its race 

    Sea of Blue donates funds despite canceling its race 

    NORTHEAST HARBOR—Even though the annual Sea of Blue Autism Awareness 5K run and walk was canceled this year, organizers are not letting that stop them from raising funds for the Autism Society of Maine.   The fundraising was a little different this year, said Susan Heel, whose son Chris started the race in 2014 as part

  • Pedestrian killed in early morning accident

    Pedestrian killed in early morning accident

    BAR HARBOR—About an hour before sunrise on Thursday, a 27-year-old woman from Trenton was killed while in a crosswalk on lower Main Street in Bar Harbor. McKenna Unobskey was struck by a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Russell Clark, 63, of Bar Harbor, at 5:47 a.m. while crossing Route 3 at the campus of

  • Islander named a distinguished newspaper in regional contest

    Islander named a distinguished newspaper in regional contest

    BAR HARBOR— The Mount Desert Islander was named a Distinguished Newspaper among weekly papers of its size (circulation 5,000 to 9,000) during the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) conference held virtually Nov. 17-19.  The Vermont Standard of Woodstock, Vt., was Newspaper of the Year in that category, while The Provincetown Independent of Massachusetts was also recognized as a

  • Court finds for town in rental fee challenge

    Court finds for town in rental fee challenge

    BAR HARBOR—A lawsuit brought against the town of Bar Harbor by property owners Jonathan Eno and Karen Gilfillan Eno that challenged the town’s annual $250 vacation rental registration fee has been decided in favor of the town.   The October ruling from the Business and Consumer Court found that the town was within its rights, and did not run afoul

  • Outdoor oxygen tank malfunction at MDI Hospital

    Outdoor oxygen tank malfunction at MDI Hospital

    BAR HARBOR — Emergency personnel from across Mount Desert Island responded to MDI Hospital on Wednesday for an oxygen leak in a large tank by the main entrance. According to hospital officials, a vendor was delivering oxygen when a valve broke, necessitating the need for immediate response. The Bar Harbor Fire Department positioned its trucks

  • Williams wins House 135 race

    Williams wins House 135 race

    BAR HARBOR—Voters in Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert favored Democrat Lynne Williams by a wide margin in a three-way race for the House of Representative’s District 135 seat.  Williams beat out her nearest opponent, Republican Timothy Oh, almost 2–1 in the heavily Democratic district during the General Election on Nov. 3. Williams will replace Brian Hubbell who, having served since

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