Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.
  • Abbe returns artifacts to tribes 

    Abbe returns artifacts to tribes 

    BAR HARBOR — Imagine if the bones of someone in your bloodline were on display, or stored in a drawer, in a museum.  “You’d feel a little spooked going into that place,” said Chris Newell, executive director and senior partner to the Wabanaki Nations at the Abbe Museum. He’s a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe

  • Vacation rental workshop held; Planning Board debates bylaws 

    BAR HARBOR — The policy discussion about vacation rentals here was set to resume this week with a joint workshop between the Town Council and Planning Board Wednesday.  The council opted last month not to move forward with sending proposed regulations to voters at elections in November. Members said at the time they wanted to get to work right

  • Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    BAR HARBOR — Picking up the theme of “everyday heroes,” as nurses and other frontline workers have been labeled this year during the pandemic, the leaders of Mount Desert Island Hospital honored the organization’s 525 employees last Thursday at its annual meeting.  The challenges of the pandemic, hospital President and CEO Art Blank said, have “reaffirmed

  • New podcast ‘The View from ‘32’ keeping local arts scene connected 

    New podcast ‘The View from ‘32’ keeping local arts scene connected 

    BAR HARBOR — The nonprofit that operates the 1932 Criterion Theatre works to make sure the historic art deco building is used to connect artists, audiences and the local community. That’s difficult to do in a pandemic, but the nonprofit has launched two new projects that fit the bill.  One is live performances on the Criterion stage that audiences can

  • Landing pad for LifeFlight 

    Landing pad for LifeFlight 

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Fire Department ambulance crews have long had a seasonal migration when it comes to meeting the LifeFlight helicopter ambulance. In the spring, summer and fall, the landing zone is set up at the town athletic fields, but the helicopter can’t land on the grass in the winter. The ferry terminal property has

  • Outdoor music gets thumbs up 

    Outdoor music gets thumbs up 

    BAR HARBOR — Businesses that hold special amusement permits from the town will be allowed to host amplified live music outside, within certain parameters, under an emergency ordinance approved by the Town Council Tuesday.  Under the regular special amusement ordinance, no live music with mechanical amplification is allowed outdoors. But because indoor space at restaurants is so

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  IOD Class  August series for the Taormina Cup  On Monday, Aug. 24, the sailboat racing looked grim out on the Great Harbor with overcast skies and the motionless clouds. Eventually a bit of blue sky got the heat pump working between the east and west banks of Somes Sound and the racers were off from the

  • New coffee shop fills a need

    New coffee shop fills a need

    BAR HARBOR — Even though he commutes from Brewer every day, David Higgins is a familiar face on West Street. Working as a bartender last year at West Street Café, he said, he’d look out across the street and notice that there are no coffee shops on the block.  “All the customers are coming to

  • COVID tests not all created equal, experts say 

    COVID tests not all created equal, experts say 

    BAR HARBOR — “Most people in this country are not used to seeing science happening in real time,” said Dr. J.R. Krevans Jr., of Mount Desert Island Hospital, in a virtual town hall last week. “And those of us who are used to that are not used to seeing science happening at 60 miles an hour, which is what’s

  • Massachusetts visitor restrictions debated 

    BAR HARBOR — Massachusetts residents  historically make up a large fraction of out-of-state visitors here.  Worried that businesses will drop off precipitously in September and October with no cruise ship visitation, business leaders recently wrote to Governor Janet Mills to lift the requirement that visitors from Massachusetts quarantine or get a COVID-19 test.  The Town Council rejected a