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.[email protected]
  • Serving up a strong season

    Serving up a strong season

    BAR HARBOR — The early part of the spring sports season around here is catch-as-catch-can. The tennis courts at Mount Desert Island High School have been clear of snow for the first weeks of practice, but spectators at the team’s first preseason match Monday against George Stevens Academy were bundled up like it was midwinter.

  • It’s not over yet for MDES, Emerson jazz

    It’s not over yet for MDES, Emerson jazz

    MOUNT DESERT — Most years, the season ends for middle school jazz bands at the state festival in March. But the Mount Desert Elementary School and Conners Emerson bands are having so much fun, they’re not ready to stop. The two bands are set to travel to the Great East Music Festival in Massachusetts on

  • Compromise budget to fully fund school septic

    Compromise budget to fully fund school septic

    TREMONT — The town and school budgets approved by selectmen here last Monday translate into a 6 percent increase in property taxes. That’s an increase of $133 per year on a home valued at $250,000. The town’s mill rate would nudge up from 9.9 to 10.43. It’s a smaller increase than Town Manager Christopher Saunders’

  • Cooper Gardens to close up shop

    Cooper Gardens to close up shop

    BAR HARBOR — “I’ve always had two main guidelines,” the late Bob Cooper wrote in a retirement speech. “Don’t ever cheat a customer and don’t ever cheat a crew member. If you play by the rules and play as hard as you can, things will work out.” Cooper died last July following a heart attack

  • Cake wins track gold

    Cake wins track gold

    LANDOVER, Md. — Bar Harbor runner Judson Cake, 40, medaled in three events over the weekend at the USATF Masters Indoor Track Championships. Representing Dirigo Running Club Saturday afternoon, Cake won gold in the 1500-meter run for the 40-44 age group with his time of 4 minutes, 19.81 seconds. He won silver in the 3000-meter

  • Northeast Harbor Fleet plans overnight cruise to Brooklin

    Northeast Harbor Fleet plans overnight cruise to Brooklin

    MOUNT DESERT — The Cruising Class boats of the Northeast Harbor Fleet will go a bit farther afield for one of their races this summer, according to class captain Chris Hopkins. The boats will undertake a two-day cruise and race, beginning with a race from Northeast Harbor up Eggemoggin Reach to WoodenBoat in Brooklin Aug.

  • Young poet inspired by author program

    Young poet inspired by author program

    BAR HARBOR — Sirohi Kumar is not afraid of the big issues facing Maine and the country. She also thinks literature, and the way it can expose people to different perspectives and experiences, can help start important conversations. Discussing a book with others, she said, makes it “really easy to see all the sides and

  • Winter of the engines

    Winter of the engines

    MOUNT DESERT — In a boatyard that balances new boat production with service and storage work, winter is the time for the big engine projects. A “repower,” switching out a boat’s engine, is a big job that can require cranes and a fair bit of “boat yoga” as mechanics squeeze and reach into nooks and

  • Sharks fourth in YMCA states

    Sharks fourth in YMCA states

    ORONO — A small group of dedicated swimmers on the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks swim team edged rivals from Ellsworth to finish fourth in the Maine State YMCA swim meet held Friday through Sunday at the University of Maine. Of the 16 participating teams, the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath won the