Articles by: Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Former Islander reporter Henriette Chacar covered the towns of Southwest Harbor and Tremont.
  • Cruise ship ban to go on May ballot

    Cruise ship ban to go on May ballot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The harbor here is a town treasure, according to Harbor Committee Chair Anne Napier. It’s one of the focal points of the town even for people like her, who don’t own a boat or go out in the water. Over the past year, it also has united the town. In just four

  • Library expansion on track to begin in fall

    Library expansion on track to begin in fall

    TREMONT — The Board of Trustees at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library has raised close to half a million dollars for the library’s expansion on 89 Bernard Road in the last 12 months. “A year ago, if you had asked me if we would have raised this much money and had been this far along

  • One year into Emera merger on Swans Island

    SWANS ISLAND — This winter, for the first time in a long time, residents here had to power through outages that lasted as long as three days. It’s a result of a change that happened last April, when the Swans Island Electric Cooperative transferred its electrical distribution system to Emera Maine. Without a full-time crew

  • Playground project set for June ballot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – “Marilyn, can you read the motion back to us?” asked Dan Norwood, chair of the Board of Selectmen. His request was met with laughter from the selectmen and residents who attended the Tuesday meeting. They were 40 minutes into a discussion about proposed upgrades to the playground at Pemetic Elementary School, which

  • Fire burns down Hall Quarry cabin

    Fire burns down Hall Quarry cabin

    MOUNT DESERT — A small seasonal cabin in the village of Hall Quarry is considered a total loss following a Tuesday morning fire. Firefighters responded to a fire on 6 Sylvina’s Way to find the two-bedroom, 790-square-foot cabin fully involved. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, Mount Desert Fire

  • Library director search continues

    Library director search continues

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The search committee for a new library director here has interviewed candidates from Maine as well as across the country, including California, Arizona, South Carolina and Chicago. Candy Emlen, who served as director for almost 30 years, retired in March. Katie Pickup-McMullin, who has been the library’s assistant director since 2012 and

  • Mooring fees to go up, lobster buyer fees steady

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A proposed cut to the town’s lobster buyer truck fee was rejected by selectmen here Tuesday, but an increase in mooring fees was accepted. The Harbor Committee had recommended decreasing the fee for lobster buyers using the Manset Town Dock to $2,300, but the Board of Selectmen voted to keep it at

  • Warrant Committee approves budget with recommendations

    Warrant Committee approves budget with recommendations

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Warrant Committee here concurred unanimously with all of the items in the proposed town and school budget but strongly advised the town leadership to improve transparency and communication with voters. After a series of meetings over the past month, the committee recommended all articles of the proposed 2018-2019 town budget at