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]
  • Citizen survey site goes live

    Citizen survey site goes live

    BAR HARBOR — A public survey about use of the former ferry terminal property is posted on, a subscription service allowing towns and schools to collect feedback on town issues. “Do you support the purchase of the Ferry Terminal property as part of a solution to reduce congestion of people, vans and buses from

  • Warrant Committee changes scrapped

    Warrant Committee changes scrapped

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council scrapped a proposal to change the terms and election process for the Warrant Committee Tuesday, saying a more thorough review of the committee’s role is needed. Town Attorney Ed Bearor had drafted an amendment to the town charter changing the committee structure to create staggered three-year terms, with seven

  • Stanley launches wood-glass hybrid

    Stanley launches wood-glass hybrid

    TREMONT — A thunderstorm cell loomed on the horizon, but bright sunshine greeted the small crowd that gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the launch of National Pride, the first of a new design of lobster boat by Richard Stanley. The sturdy hull of the handsome 38-foot boat was built with Maine white cedar planking on

  • Preparations for IOD Worlds include new masts

    Preparations for IOD Worlds include new masts

    BAR HARBOR — The sailors who steward the Northeast Harbor fleet of International One Design sailboats are fortunate to have a master wooden spar builder right up the road. The other fleets of this classic racing boat have switched to aluminum masts, but Northeast Harbor has held to the tradition of square, hollow spars made

  • Hospital marks 120 years

    Hospital marks 120 years

    BAR HARBOR — Bow ties were everywhere during the annual meeting of the Mount Desert Island Hospital organization Monday in honor of Dr. Edward Gilmore. He was the hospital’s chief medical officer and retired this year after more than 46 years of service. The distinctive bows were found in table centerpieces, on cupcakes and in

  • Sewer rate to stay flat

    Sewer rate to stay flat

    BAR HARBOR — Despite some increased expenses, no rate change is proposed for the town’s sewer budget for fiscal year 2018. A public hearing on the budget is set for the Aug. 15 Town Council meeting. Councilors tentatively approved the budget last month when it was presented by Finance Director Stan Harmon, Public Works Director

  • Solar project powers ahead

    Solar project powers ahead

    BAR HARBOR — A group working to double Mount Desert Island’s capacity for solar electricity generation is undeterred by the Legislature’s decision last week to uphold Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill adjusting rules for solar power rates. Solarize MDI, a project of A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), has contracts for 523 kilowatts worth

  • Boatworks to hold school-year session

    Boatworks to hold school-year session

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Kids have been building boats with Islesford Boatworks for long enough now that some of them have become the teachers. Louise Chaplin and Oliver Blank, both rising sophomores at Mount Desert Island High School, worked this summer as assistant instructors. The community boatbuilding program is wrapping up its 13th summer but now

  • Minke whale disentangled

    Minke whale disentangled

    BAR HARBOR — A quick response from the Maine Marine Patrol helped a minke whale swim free after it had become tangled in fishing gear near the entrance to Frenchman Bay on Aug. 3. The whale had rope attached to lobster traps wrapped around its tail and through its mouth, said Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin