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]
  • Conners Emerson named National Blue Ribbon School

    Conners Emerson named National Blue Ribbon School

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson School won a national award today for being an “exemplary high-performing school.” The National Blue Ribbon Schools award program from the U.S. Department of Education recognizes top-achieving schools based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. CES has won the award before, in 2004. This

  • ‘Sea to Sky’ time-lapse film debuts

    ‘Sea to Sky’ time-lapse film debuts video

    BAR HARBOR — When Will Greene finished “Acadia,” a five-minute film of time-lapse images of Acadia National Park for a senior project at Mount Desert Island High School two years ago, he didn’t know what to do with himself. “Whenever I see a good night or nice clouds, I go out,” he said last week.

  • Portalatin wins half marathon

    Portalatin wins half marathon

    BAR HARBOR — Rico Portalatin of Milo was the winner of the 40th annual Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon hosted by the Mount Desert Island YMCA Saturday morning. Portalatin finished the course through Acadia National Park in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 23 seconds, five seconds ahead of the runner-up, Hancock County’s own

  • Volleyball rides past Raiders

    Volleyball rides past Raiders

    BAR HARBOR — It was another nail-biter, but the Mount Desert Island High School varsity volleyball team came out ahead of the Washington Academy Raiders 3-2 at home Friday evening. Two players were out with illness, but the Trojans rallied to win the first and fourth sets. By the end of the fourth, they had

  • Chummy 34 Karen E. christened

    Chummy 34 Karen E. christened

    TREMONT — After selling the boatyard his father founded in 2014, fifth-generation wooden boatbuilder Robert “Chummy” Rich christened what he claimed will be his last boat on Sunday. Karen E., a 34-foot lobster yacht that he’s been working on for several years, is a combination of his previous designs for motor yachts and working lobster

  • Gray is Clerk of the Year

    Gray is Clerk of the Year

    WATERVILLE — Bar Harbor Town Clerk Pat Gray was honored with the Clerk of the Year award from the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association Tuesday at the group’s annual business meeting. The award, presented annually to a municipal clerk nominated by peers, recognizes excellence in contributions to the community as well as to the

  • Ferry terminal property visioning work begins

    Ferry terminal property visioning work begins

    BAR HARBOR — Public access to Frenchman Bay and environmental protection were at the forefront of a public comment session Monday hosted by the new ferry terminal property advisory committee. Former Town Council Chair Ruth Eveland heads the committee, which is tasked with evaluating options for use of the 121 Eden St. property. The town

  • Night Sky Festival on the horizon

    Night Sky Festival on the horizon

    BAR HARBOR — The ninth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, five days of events and activities around Mount Desert Island celebrating the age-old human affinity for pondering the stars and planets and people’s place in them, begins Sept. 20. Events include outdoor “star parties,” lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities from art workshops to night kayaking.

  • MDI has strong ties to hurricane-hit areas

    MDI has strong ties to hurricane-hit areas

    BAR HARBOR — The ties that bind Mount Desert Island and Florida are many, so residents here carefully watched the path of Hurricane Irma over the weekend and are planning ways to help. Some Mainers retire to Florida but stay in close contact with family and friends back home Downeast. Others migrate between jobs in