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
  • Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The recent string of fall storms with high winds, and a detour around bridge work near the Southwest Harbor-Tremont town line, made life a little more difficult for the boatyards working to get customers’ yachts “put to bed” for the winter this year. “With a storm a week, it’s certainly challenging,” Will

  • Quarry noise a moving target

    Quarry noise a moving target

    MOUNT DESERT — As public hearings focused on noise impacts of a proposed stone quarrying operation in the village of Hall Quarry continue, the Planning Board is working to clarify the basis on which they’ll make their eventual decision. No quantitative measure of sound levels is included in the Quarrying Licensing Ordinance the board must

  • School move debate continues

    School move debate continues

    BAR HARBOR — If the town chose to site a new elementary school at the Park Street property currently used for Little League fields, the 10-acre site where the current Conners Emerson School sits could be developed as affordable housing, according to the Town Councilor who pitched the idea. “By possibly freeing up this other

  • Chamber honors leaders

    Chamber honors leaders

    BAR HARBOR — The results of a recent survey of Bar Harbor businesses about the challenges they face won’t surprise anyone, Alf Anderson, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce told the group gathered for the chamber’s annual dinner Monday. Businesses identified staffing and housing as far and away the biggest concerns. Maine needs more

  • Islander photography, writing, ads win awards

    Islander photography, writing, ads win awards

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Islander earned 16 awards in the Maine Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, concluding a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff and designers throughout the state. The Islander was runner-up in General

  • History on the move

    History on the move

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society group has found a buyer for the former convent building it owns on Ledgelawn Avenue, the group announced this week, and hired an acting executive director to guide the process of turning its new headquarters, the West Street mansion known as La Rochelle, into a museum. The

  • ‘We’ve arrived here together’ Penobscot activist speaks at museum

    ‘We’ve arrived here together’ Penobscot activist speaks at museum

    BAR HARBOR — Recent actions by the State of Maine to recognize Indigenous People’s Day and ban Native American mascots are important, Penobscot activist and teacher Sherri Mitchell told a capacity crowd at the Abbe Museum Monday, but those declarations must be followed by other, substantive change. “Even though we have this incredible symbolic change,”

  • Susan Margaret, a 1972 Bunker and Ellis, launched after rebuild

    Susan Margaret, a 1972 Bunker and Ellis, launched after rebuild

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Five years of work rebuilding a venerable old boat were finally capped off recently when Kathe and Dan Walton celebrated the launch of the 1972 Bunker and Ellis now called Susan Margaret, for Kathe Walton’s mother, Susan Bunker Newman.     The late Raymond Bunker was Newman’s father and Walton’s grandfather. The