Articles by: Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Former Islander reporter Henriette Chacar covered the towns of Southwest Harbor and Tremont.
  • Cell tower hearing set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Acadia National Park is known for its great views of Maine’s bare granite mountains and spruce-fir forests. Soon, visitors might also spot a 195-foot cell tower in the landscape. Florida-based Vertical Bridge Holdings has submitted an application to build a communication tower on Freeman Ridge Road. If it were to be built,

  • School Board approves budget

    School Board approves budget

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The proposed school budget here is up by 4.49 percent from last year, to a total of $3,728,719. The figure for 2018-2019 was presented to selectmen as well as the Warrant Committee in February and passed by the School Board on March 15. The most significant increase across all articles of the

  • Wharf House bills still due

    Wharf House bills still due

    TREMONT — The town hopes to enter negotiations with the former tenant of a town-owned building for backed up bills, if they can find him. Lee Hodgdon was a tenant in the building on 20 Rice Road in Bernard known as “the Wharf House.” The pipes froze after the building ran out of oil while

  • Phone records request pending

    Phone records request pending

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A resident here said he has yet to hear back from the town weeks after he made a Freedom of Access Act request for Town Manager Don Lagrange’s cell phone records from July 2015 to October 2016. Jim Snow, who made the request for the records, said “the town is taking too

  • Solar contractor selected

    Solar contractor selected

    TREMONT — The town is set to begin negotiating a contract with Sundog Solar of Searsport for the installation of a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array at the town’s former landfill, following a recommendation from the town’s Solar Task Force at the selectmen’s meeting last Monday. The solar array would provide power to municipal buildings, operating

  • School, town manager to discuss playground

    School, town manager to discuss playground

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — School Superintendent Marc Gousse, Pemetic School Principal Rhonda Fortin and Town Manager Don Lagrange are set to meet and discuss the next steps for the reconstruction of the school playground. At a special meeting held on March 7 following the Board of Selectmen’s decision to postpone the playground funding vote, Southwest Harbor

  • Common Good time’s a comin’

    Common Good time’s a comin’

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Ellsworth-based Trisha Mason Band will perform at Legion Hall on Saturday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. for a “helluva time” benefit concert and dance for the Common Good Soup Kitchen. Admission by donation of $10 per person or $15 per couple is suggested. Mason began as a solo artist at the

  • Draft budget includes 8.4 percent tax hike

    Draft budget includes 8.4 percent tax hike

    TREMONT — The Board of Selectmen here is still considering the 2018-2019 budget, but the final property tax rate is expected to increase by 8.4 percent, according to a March 5 budget message from Town Manager Christopher Saunders. He recommended that selectmen maintain a balanced budget and suggested keeping the municipal budget as close as

  • C.H. Rich under new management, again

    C.H. Rich under new management, again

    TREMONT — C.H. Rich, the lobster wharf at 49 Shore Road in Bass Harbor, is under new management for the second time in three years. Former CEO Francois Benoit stepped down in late January to pursue outside business ventures, according to Craig Rexroad, North America communications director for Thai Union, owner of Thai Union Canada,

  • Elderly foreclosure bill amended in committee

    Elderly foreclosure bill amended in committee

    TREMONT — A bill in the Legislature intended to “protect the elderly from tax lien foreclosures” is pitting Gov. Paul LePage against municipal officials. “I don’t know a single town trying to foreclose a property for profit reasons,” Tremont Town Manager Christopher Saunders told the Islander last week. By making it more challenging for local