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]
  • 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

  • A worldwide Christmas

    A worldwide Christmas

    MOUNT DESERT — The Christmas season tradition of displaying a nativity scene, or crèche, is popular in Christian communities around the world. Figures of Mary, Joseph, animals and sometimes visiting kings or wise men are grouped around a baby Jesus in a manger. Sometimes there’s a barn or stable behind them and an angel or

  • Marketing effort gets council nod

    Marketing effort gets council nod

    BAR HARBOR — Old frustrations between lobstermen and dealers have been stirred by the debate about whether to renew a lobster marketing effort, but fishermen here decided they support continuing the marketing project. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC), launched by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) after a 2012 price crash, is set

  • Hotelier Witham remembered

    Hotelier Witham remembered

    BOSTON — It was very important to David Witham, the Bar Harbor hotelier who died from Parkinson’s disease Saturday at age 77, that the large picture windows in the Bar Harbor Inn’s Reading Room restaurant always be clean. That was just one of the many details Cathy Walton, the inn’s food and beverage director, said

  • A search for Christmas spirit

    A search for Christmas spirit

    BAR HARBOR — “Christmas in the Land of Oz,” this year’s holiday season offering from Acadia Community Theater, opens Friday at 7 p.m. at The Criterion Theatre, part of the evening’s Village Holidays and Midnight Madness festivities. Another performance of the family-friendly play by Tamara Tudor at The Criterion is set for Saturday, Dec. 2,

  • Trenton native named Miss Maine 2018

    Trenton native named Miss Maine 2018

    PORTLAND — Former Trenton resident Marina “Rosie” Gray was named Miss Maine 2018 over the weekend at the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay. Gray, 22, is a former Ellsworth High School student, University of Maine graduate and a sergeant in the Army National Guard. She currently resides in Portland. The Miss Maine competition is

  • Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    SEARSPORT — Researchers and others interested in maritime and fishing history have a powerful new tool at their disposal. The publishers of “National Fisherman” magazine donated the magazine’s entire predigital photographic archive to the Penobscot Marine Museum here. The museum is wrapping up a five-year project digitizing and cataloguing the archives. The whole collection is

  • US Marine helicopters buzz Bar Harbor

    US Marine helicopters buzz Bar Harbor video

    BAR HARBOR — A forgotten cell phone was the impetus for two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters to fly low over Mount Desert Island around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Six Marines had stopped for lunch at the Thirsty Whale earlier in the day, and one accidentally left his cell phone behind. A little while after they

  • Sculptor adds spirit to stone

    Sculptor adds spirit to stone

    BAR HARBOR — Liz Mead of Bar Harbor wears many hats: snowplow driver, lawn care professional, wildlife biologist. In the downtime between those endeavors over the last 20 years, she also has been a self-taught carver of small stone animals. None are for sale; all are gifts for friends, family and some strangers. “I think

  • The making of a master diver

    The making of a master diver

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — When Andy Mays was learning to scuba dive in the 1980s, it was going to be just for fun. In the years since, he has become a master scallop diver deeply involved with Department of Marine Resources research and management work as well as his own harvesting. He’s one of Mount Desert