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
  • Budget, bag ban, fireworks go to voters

    Budget, bag ban, fireworks go to voters

    TREMONT — Voters here will decide Monday, May 13, whether to adopt new rules governing the use of fireworks in the town and whether to join other Mount Desert Island towns in banning plastic carryout bags and polystyrene food containers. They’ll also elect one member of the Board of Selectmen, one member of the School

  • Mother whale, washed ashore on Cape Cod, to be exhibited with calf

    Mother whale, washed ashore on Cape Cod, to be exhibited with calf

    SANDWICH, Mass. — When a group aboard a whale watch vessel spotted a dead humpback whale floating in the Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary off of Scituate, Mass. Saturday, May 4, whale experts around New England sprang into action. They identified the whale as a female known as Vector, who was first seen and catalogued

  • Littlefield, Hart re-elected; plastic bag ban approved

    Littlefield, Hart re-elected; plastic bag ban approved

    MOUNT DESERT — Wendy Littlefield and Matt Hart were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen in voting on Monday, outpolling challenger Ian Schwartz. Littlefield received 216 votes, Hart 180 and Schwartz 55. Todd Graham and Teresa King-LeClair were re-elected to three-year terms on the Mount Desert School Committee, having run unopposed. At

  • Budget has taxes up 3.7%

    Budget has taxes up 3.7%

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters will consider budgets that require a 3.7 percent increase in the tax rate and decide on funding for sidewalk and sewer projects at Town Meeting here May 6-7. The Town Meeting will be held Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Pemetic Elementary School gym. This year, a spaghetti dinner

  • Public meeting on private property?

    Public meeting on private property?

    MOUNT DESERT — The Planning Board is asking for legal advice after concerns were raised that a site visit last Thursday may have violated requirements for public access to the board’s proceedings. The question is: What provisions of Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, which preserves the right for the public to be present at any

  • Emmett remembered as adventurer

    Emmett remembered as adventurer

    BAR HARBOR — Last week, when news broke that Adam “A.J.” Emmett had died near Ocean Drive in Acadia National Park, friends began flooding social media with memories and photos. The photos showed Emmett playing guitar or mandolin, rock climbing, canoeing, fishing and skateboarding. He loved to learn, loved to work, and loved to go

  • Southwest Harbor opts for no-sort recycling

    Southwest Harbor opts for no-sort recycling

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — While some Hancock County towns announced last year that they could no longer afford to offer recycling programs, Southwest Harbor officials are betting they can increase recycling in the town. They’re doing it by instructing residents and businesses not to separate trash from recycling at all. “We haven’t decided not to recycle,

  • Bayview Hotel under new ownership, townhouses sold to COA

    Bayview Hotel under new ownership, townhouses sold to COA

    BAR HARBOR — An Eden Street hotel is set to reopen next month under new ownership, and six townhouse units on the property have been split off and sold to College of the Atlantic. Last fall the Cough family, who have been hoteliers in Bar Harbor since the 1950s, sold the Bayview Hotel at 111

  • Body of missing man recovered in Acadia

    Body of missing man recovered in Acadia

    BAR HARBOR — The body of Adam “A.J.” Emmett was found Thursday in Acadia National Park on the rocks between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Emmett, a Hancock County man, had been missing since Monday. On Wednesday, a search for Emmett was launched and a missing person notice was circulated. The day before, park rangers

  • La Rochelle sale complete

    La Rochelle sale complete

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society took ownership Tuesday of the West Street mansion that for decades has been the headquarters of the Maine Seacoast Mission. The society plans to open a museum in the historic building. The property, an estate called La Rochelle, was donated to the mission in 1972 by Tristam