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
  • Young MDI sailors score; Donahue, Ehrhart win gold

    Young MDI sailors score; Donahue, Ehrhart win gold

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR – Mount Desert Island’s youth sailors had a strong showing earlier this month at the combined Maine State Championship and Junior Olympic (JO) Sailing Festival hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club earlier this month. They represented the MDI Community Sailing Center and Northeast Harbor Sailing School. A first-place finish for Terra Ehrhart,

  • Campground celebrates 60th, one camper logs 60 summers

    Campground celebrates 60th, one camper logs 60 summers

    MOUNT DESERT — The late Arnold Allen came home to dinner one night in 1957, the story goes, and said to his wife, Marie, and young daughter, Mady, “I think I’m going to open a campground.” And he did. Opening day was July 3, 1958. Mady Allen joined the current owners, the Craighead family, for

  • Petition response delayed

    Petition response delayed

    By Liz Graves and Dick Broom news@mdislander.com   MOUNT DESERT — Selectmen are taking more time to consider their response to a citizen petition presented earlier this month seeking to delay a planned reconstruction of Main Street. They requested reports from town staff at their next meeting, Aug. 6, and plan to pass a resolution

  • Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    BAR HARBOR — The CEO of the private company proposing to bring back Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry service faced a battery of questions Tuesday evening from town councilors and residents. Some of those questions were about the company’s history in Bar Harbor and current activities in Portland. Others were about ensuring public waterfront access and community input in

  • Oxen pull Blackjack to launch at museum

    Oxen pull Blackjack to launch at museum

    ROCKLAND — The Friendship sloop Blackjack, originally built in 1900 by Wilbur Morse, was launched Saturday the same way it was rebuilt over the last three years: with teamwork. A team of four oxen pulled the boat on a large wooden cradle several hundred feet from beside the Sail, Power and Steam Museum building on

  • Former chief’s appeal denied

    Former chief’s appeal denied

    ELLSWORTH — A decision was reached Friday in the legal battle between the Town of Bar Harbor and its former police chief that has stretched more than four years. His complaint against the town was denied in Hancock County Superior Court. Judge Bruce Mallonee upheld former Town Manager Dana Reed’s decision to fire Nate Young

  • Tales from the Long Trail

    Tales from the Long Trail

    BAR HARBOR — Author Anne O’Regan will talk about her thru-hikes on Vermont’s Long Trail and show some of the pictures she took along the way at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. O’Regan has twice thru-hiked the 273-mile Vermont’s Long Trail, first from south to north and then a

  • Sewer rates explained

    Sewer rates explained

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — When a new, independent Water and Sewer District took over those systems from the town a couple of years ago, it inherited a half-million dollar liability and systems that needed a lot of work, its leaders said at a public meeting last week. The district has been making steady progress in addressing

  • Former president addresses grads

    Former president addresses grads

    BAR HARBOR — There once were two neighbors, said Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati, to the group gathered at the College of the Atlantic’s commencement ceremony Saturday. One of them had a tree in his driveway that made turning around in his car difficult. So he cut the tree. It fell