Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com
  • Jazz groups hit big time

    Jazz groups hit big time

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Mount Desert Island High School musicians earned high marks at the Maine High School Instrumental Jazz Festival, held Friday and Saturday at South Portland High School. Two MDI students, Dawson Burnett and Sarah Knox, received the Dale Huff Award for overall best musicianship in their respective divisions. Burnett earned musicianship recognition for

  • Theater tech skills showcased at festival

    Theater tech skills showcased at festival

    BAR HARBOR — In addition to performances of one-act plays, the Maine Drama Festival regional competition includes a special event designed to showcase the students’ skills in technical theater. Hampden Academy finished in first place in the Tech Olympics Saturday afternoon, winning this year’s Golden Wrench. The team from MDI was the runner-up and will

  • Emera sued in fire deaths of two

    Emera sued in fire deaths of two

    BAR HARBOR — The lone remaining survivor of a house fire that killed a woman and her adult son here last April is bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against power company Emera Maine. The suit alleges that the fire was caused by an electrical surge. Raymond Harding and his father, Percy Harding, escaped from the

  • Former convent building to be sold

    Former convent building to be sold

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society has announced plans to sell the former convent building at 33 Ledgelawn Ave. that has served as its headquarters since 1997. Proceeds from the sale of the three-story Tudor revival building will support the Historical Society’s acquisition of La Rochelle, the current headquarters of the Maine Seacoast

  • Jazz ensembles shine at district competition

    Jazz ensembles shine at district competition

    BLUE HILL — For the first time, the Mount Desert Island High School jazz program earned a sweep of the district high school jazz festival last week with “1” ratings for all five combos and both big bands. The festival came on Wednesday of the first week back at school after February break. “Everyone was

  • Climate work getting noticed beyond MDI

    Climate work getting noticed beyond MDI

    BAR HARBOR — An annual summit held by A Climate to Thrive Sunday afternoon — part education, part celebration and part strategy session — drew about 250 people. A Climate to Thrive, a group working toward a goal of energy independence for Mount Desert Island by 2030, began in 2015 as a group of friends

  • Mission names new leader

    Mission names new leader

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seascoast Mission has announced the appointment of John Zavodny as its next president. He is set to begin work Feb. 19, succeeding current President Scott Planting. An academic with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Zavodny has worked at Unity College in Unity for 18 years, most

  • Swim teams swamp Raiders

    Swim teams swamp Raiders

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School swim teams defeated the visiting Washington Academy Raiders at the final home meet of the season Friday. It was also Senior Night and swimmers Liam Sullivan, Isaac Weaver, Loren Genrich, Anna Naggert and Yuri Gabetta were honored (Zeke Valleau was not present). The Trojan girls won

  • Water main on Main Street a go

    Water main on Main Street a go

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Water District will replace the water main beneath Main Street in Northeast Harbor in connection with the town’s Main Street improvement project, which includes burying electric, cable and internet lines on one side of the street. Replacing the water main has not been high on the water district’s list

  • Boards discuss no shows

    TREMONT — The planning board here is set to decide whether the board chairman vacated his seat when he left town for the winter, notifying the rest of the board via email from the plane. Scott Grierson emailed Oct. 23 to say he would “be gone during the winter months this year.” The planning board