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
  • School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    CRANBERRY ISLES — This school year, Ashley Bryan School students are doing some of their history and math in a boatbuilding shop. The independent nonprofit Islesford Boatworks has been leading summer boatbuilding programs for more than a decade. Last fall, Tony Archino, former executive director of Boatworks, led the first school-year program. The students began

  • Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    BAR HARBOR — Maine lobstermen and their representatives, along with state fisheries regulators, continue to debate how much the Maine lobster fishery is implicated in the decline of the North Atlantic Right Whale. Ongoing efforts to protect the whales from entanglement with fishing gear may result in two different new sets of regulations, Sarah Cotnoir,

  • Boys win close games

    Boys win close games

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated both Caribou and Presque Isle in close games in vacation week play at home. On Thursday evening against Caribou, the Trojans gave up an early lead and had to claw their way back to a 67-65 victory with a shot at

  • Boys trip up Crusaders

    Boys trip up Crusaders

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team moved to the top of the Class B North standings after a Saturday home win, 77-35 against John Bapst. Coming into the game, both teams were 3-1 on the season. After one quarter, the Trojans had a slim 18-13 lead. In the

  • Swim team tops Brewer

    Swim team tops Brewer

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School swim teams defeated Brewer Friday evening at home. The boys’ team won the meet 105-22. The girls’ contest was closer, a 101-82 victory. The strong Witches girls’ team won this matchup last year. MDI coach Tony DeMuro said Friday’s meet “was a good testing. There were

  • Park open during shutdown, but no services

    Park open during shutdown, but no services

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park will be accessible to visitors during the current partial shutdown of the federal government, but the National Park Service will provide no visitor information or other visitor services. The park’s restrooms will be closed and there will be no trash collection. Law enforcement rangers, who are among the few

  • They’ve got The Write Stuff! Student storytellers shine

    They’ve got The Write Stuff! Student storytellers shine

    BAR HARBOR — Student storytellers told tales of a souped-up go kart, a shape-shifting unicorn and a pumpkin squash pie on fire at the Jesup library last week. The performance was part of a new program called “The Write Stuff,” a collaborative program among local schools and the Jesup to “help kids become story-makers,” according

  • Historical Society halfway to La Rochelle purchase goal

    Historical Society halfway to La Rochelle purchase goal

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society has announced that it is halfway to its $5 million fundraising goal to purchase La Rochelle, the historic West Street estate currently owned by the Maine Seacoast Mission. The two nonprofits signed a purchase and sale agreement in September. The Historical Society now has until the end

  • MDI sailors compete at national championship

    MDI sailors compete at national championship

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coach John Macauley said he was pleased with both the performance and the sportsmanship of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team this weekend at the high school national championship regatta for keelboat racing. “I’m always impressed by these guys,” Macauley said of sailors Alec Fisichella, Lucas Ingebritson, Nate Ingebritson

  • Gray Zone fishing conflict is ‘Lobster War’ film focus

    Gray Zone fishing conflict is ‘Lobster War’ film focus

    BAR HARBOR – Lobsterman Brian Cates of Cutler regularly fishes in the territory around Machias Seal Island that’s disputed territory between the U.S. and Canada. It’s known as the Gray Zone. For generations, it was mostly Maine fishermen who worked in the area. But, there also weren’t huge numbers of lobsters there. In recent years,