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]
  • Port authority opponents rally at Maine State House

    AUGUSTA — Opponents of a bill in the state Legislature that would enable a Bar Harbor town vote to create a local port authority gathered Tuesday afternoon to draw attention to their concerns. About two dozen people attended the rally, said organizer Renata Moise, a leader of a group called “Friends of Frenchman Bay.” The

  • Three survive Long Pond ordeal: View from the drivers’ seat

    Three survive Long Pond ordeal: View from the drivers’ seat

    MOUNT DESERT — “And the whole thing ran through my mind, that this is how it happens,” Eli Strauss said of the moments after he, his daughter Julia and her friend Jolie fell into icy water when the snowmobile they were riding fell through thin ice last week on Long Pond. He had hoped to

  • Acadia open, but staffing limited by shutdown

    Acadia open, but staffing limited by shutdown

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — With the partial shutdown of the federal government, which began Friday at midnight, Acadia remains open to the extent that it normally is at this time of year, but only those employees who are considered “essential” will be on the job. The Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road is

  • Three safe after snowmobile accident

    Three safe after snowmobile accident

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Three people were rescued after falling into the water on Long Pond while snowmobiling Wednesday. All were treated for hypothermia at Mount Desert Island Hospital and are doing well, according to reports. Eli Strauss, 43, of Mount Desert, his 13-year-old daughter, Julia, and her friend Jolie Deal, also age 13, were rescued,

  • Saco man dies in crash

    Saco man dies in crash

    MOUNT DESERT — Despite the best efforts of local paramedics and a quick response by the LifeFlight helicopter ambulance service, a Saco man died at the scene of a car accident Sunday near the Southwest Harbor town line. Christopher Colman, 28, was a driving a Ford Escape northbound just before noon when he lost control

  • Girls to challenge Wildcats

    Girls to challenge Wildcats

    BAR HARBOR — “We’re gonna have to become road warriors,” said Coach Brent Barker of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team, of the coming stretch of his team’s season. The Lady Trojans are 4-0 so far in an 18-game season. Six of their next seven games are on the road. “The

  • Grierson feted with song, story

    Grierson feted with song, story

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The American Legion hall here was packed Friday evening to celebrate the 90th birthday of the local musician and naturalist sometimes referred to as the “ancient fiddler.” Ruth Grierson is a classically trained violinist who, about eight years ago, decided to start playing fiddle at open mic nights. Now she plays fiddle,

  • Boatbuilding, rowing are a natural fit for island life

    Boatbuilding, rowing are a natural fit for island life

    CRANBERRY ISLES — The students who rowed a 22-foot skiff from their homes on Islesford to school on Great Cranberry Island this fall when the weather allowed look forward to starting up again in the spring. By the end of the school year, they look forward to doing it in a boat they will have

  • Documentary to celebrate MDIHS

    Documentary to celebrate MDIHS

    People on Mount Desert Island love history. There was so much excitement behind the documentary film “The Fire of ’47,” which commemorates the 70th anniversary of that event, that capacity crowds packed The Criterion Theater twice in October to see it. Now, the creative team behind the “Fire of 47” project is reuniting for another