Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]
  • Day spa, salon announce merger 

    BAR HARBOR — Salon NaturELLES and Tree of Life Day Spa announced a plan to merge. The salon and day spa already often refer clients back and forth, and are now developing service packages that include both businesses, according to a news release.  “We both focus on quality service and we both use organic, sustainable, cruelty-free products that help protect the health of the planet

  • Virus testing for tourism workers to begin

    Virus testing for tourism workers to begin

    BAR HARBOR — A plan to test a group of front-facing workers in local tourism businesses for COVID-19 got the go-ahead from state officials this week. The “surveillance” or “sentinel” testing of frontline employees is intended to protect them as well as provide early warnings of potential community transmission as Mount Desert Island welcomes visitors

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  IOD and Luders July 4th Series for the Harry Madeira Trophy (IOD) and David Schoeder Trophy (Luders)  July 3-4  Friday was a gorgeous day that had an east wind with a firm bite in its teeth. The forecast was for the breeze to clock to the southeast during the day; that really didn’t happen much, but the breeze moderated to 8-12

  • Police practices explained, petition calls for task force

    Police practices explained, petition calls for task force

    BAR HARBOR — Activists inspired by the national movement for racial justice and changes to police practices are seeking some specific changes in local law enforcement; police say they look forward to “interactive dialogue…as we learn by working together.”  On Monday, at a rally, organized by a group now called the MDI Racial Justice Collective, postponed from Sunday due to weather, leaders began gathering signatures

  • Climate awareness is art project goal 

    Climate awareness is art project goal 

    BAR HARBOR — A group of Mount Desert Island teens is working to put together a community art installation “centered around climate awareness,” according to a newsletter announcement from A Climate to Thrive.  Residents of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork responding to these prompts: “What on earth are you grateful for? What environmental issues do

  • Mask rule tabled 

    Mask rule tabled 

    BAR HARBOR — Town officials will wait and see what Governor Janet Mills’ expected new executive order about face coverings says, and how effective local education campaigns are, before drafting an additional town ordinance requiring them.  The town recently received a grant to purchase thousands of masks that will be available in mailbox-like kiosks around town and also distributed to businesses so employees have them

  • Some businesses to stay closed this year, others adapt practices

    Some businesses to stay closed this year, others adapt practices

    BAR HARBOR — Even as town got much busier over the July Fourth weekend than it has been so far this season, some of its largest restaurants are staying shuttered.  Kristi and Jeremy Bond, owners of CherrySTONES restaurant at the corner of Main and Mount Desert streets, announced June 10 that it wouldn’t be opening this year.

  • Tribute planned for ‘Uncle’ Gove 

    Tribute planned for ‘Uncle’ Gove 

    STONINGTON — A tribute to Andrew Gove, the Stonington lobsterman who died late last month, is planned for Sunday, July 12.  Plans call for a fleet of boats to gather off Greenhead at the western end of the Deer Island Thorofare at noon, and then to proceed eastward in a double line toward the Stonington

  • Mural celebrates community connections

    Mural celebrates community connections

    BAR HARBOR — When the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down this spring, Paige Speight said she was struck by how, everywhere she looked, people were helping their neighbors.  “Whether that was through lending books or sharing whatever food they had or sharing children’s toys to keep kids entertained,” she said. “That’s what I was thinking about and

  • Kids spearhead neighborhood parade

    Kids spearhead neighborhood parade

    BAR HARBOR — As the Fourth of July approached in this strange year with limits on large gatherings and most of the traditional activities reworked or canceled, two young residents of Glen Mary Road got their thinking caps on and hatched a plan for a special, do-it-yourself celebration for their neighborhood.  They were so successful that they later dubbed