Articles by: Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Former Islander reporter Henriette Chacar covered the towns of Southwest Harbor and Tremont.
  • Maine DEP grant funding

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is administering $5 million dollars in a single round of grant funding to assist municipalities with stream crossing upgrades and replacements. These monies fund competitive grants that match local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings. The projects awarded will provide public infrastructure benefits

  • Buck, Mansolilli elected

    Buck, Mansolilli elected

    TREMONT — Except for a brief musical interlude produced by a cell phone belonging to moderator Frank Gray, all 45 warrant articles at the town meeting here Tuesday passed with little discussion or contest. Residents approved $1.87 million for municipal expenditures and $3.04 million for Tremont’s school budget for the fiscal year starting July 1,

  • Big budget increase approved Hutchins elected to board

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Compensation for the code enforcement officer, a role current Town Manager Don Lagrange will continue to fill when he steps down as manager June 30, was the closest vote at Monday’s town meeting here. Seventy-nine registered voters participated in the meeting in the Pemetic Elementary School auditorium. They approved a roughly $7.5

  • Shellfish group needs members

    Shellfish group needs members

    TREMONT — The Shellfish Management Task Force here is at risk of being terminated. The purpose of the taskforce is “to recommend an approach for improving shellfish health and harvesting.” With only two volunteers at the moment, the task force hasn’t had a quorum at its meetings. According to the bylaws, the taskforce has to

  • Post office parking lot purchase on hold

    Post office parking lot purchase on hold

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Board of Selectmen here rejected an offer by Ken Korona, the owner of the post office parking lot, to spend up to $2,500 for soil testing as a step toward a purchase deal. “This isn’t a formal offer to sell the property, it’s trying to get past what could be showstopper

  • Solar array planned for Southwest Harbor

    Solar array planned for Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A solar array is planned for the rooftop of the new public works building and existing salt shed on Seal Cove road, as Southwest Harbor joins other Mount Desert Island towns working with ReVision energy to produce some of the electricity it uses. The Board of Selectmen voted last week to enter

  • Cell tower OK’d

    Cell tower OK’d

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Planning Board Chair Mike Magnani doubts anybody knew what a cell tower was when the town’s land use ordinance was written. But “here we are now,” he said at the board’s April 26 hearing on a proposed new tower. “As my grandfather used to say, that’s where the donkey fell. Now, we

  • Former playground fundraisers rally behind June town vote

    Former playground fundraisers rally behind June town vote

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dianne Helprin can still recall how in the summer, picking up the trash from the playground was a guessing game. “Is it our responsibility or the town’s?” the former Pemetic Elementary School principal would wonder. That same question has resonated in more recent discussions about the playground, but neither the school nor

  • Tax increase might be lower than expected

    Tax increase might be lower than expected

    TREMONT — Voters at the town meeting Tuesday, May 8, will consider a budget that would mean a 6 percent increase in property taxes if approved. The taxes on a $250,000 home would go up by $133 a year. The meeting will take place at the town office’s Harvey Kelley Meeting Room starting at 6:30

  • Six vie for seats on Tremont boards

    Six vie for seats on Tremont boards

    TREMONT — Three candidates are running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen at the May 7 town election. Incumbent Kevin Buck and two first-time bidders, Steve “Spiff” Carter and Mike Mansolilli, are seeking the two open seats. Selectman Chris Eaton, who has been a selectman since 2006 and a former chairman, will not

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