Articles by: Ninah Gile

Ninah Gile

Ninah Gile

Reporter at MDIslander
Ninah Gile, an MDI native, covers the town of Bar Harbor. She is glad to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor's degree in San Diego from the University of California.
  • Downtown retailers report steady autumn business

    Downtown retailers report steady autumn business

    BAR HARBOR — The fall tourist season has been a mixed bag for Bar Harbor retail shop owners who have experienced ups and downs for the last nine months. For some, the cancellation of cruise ships and the convenience of online shopping during this year’s pandemic have had a negative impact, but, for others, pandemic purchasing has helped the

  • MDI music programs’ pandemic performance hits the right notes

    MDI music programs’ pandemic performance hits the right notes

    BAR HARBOR— For the 2020 school year, operating amid a pandemic, Mount Desert Island High School’s music directors have been forced to reinvent their methods of teaching in order to continue music education at the school. Band teacher, Michael Remy, and chorus instructor, Browyn Kortge, said they have found these alternatives to be even more beneficial than anticipated and could continue them after the pandemic has ended.  Before the coronavirus was declared a national

  • Council takes comments on charter modifications

    BAR HARBOR– Members of the Bar Harbor Town Council met virtually for a special town meeting on Oct. 6 to accept public comment on charter modifications ahead of a Nov. 3 vote seeking to change the town’s governing document.   The proposed modifications include changing the size, duties and method of electing the Warrant Committee; changing the process for

  • Board reviews application for rental project in Town Hill

    BAR HARBOR— Paul and Jean Weathersby recently purchased and renovated a two-acre property in the Town Hill business zone to operate a seasonal rental business, and are proposing to add 10 new units to the lot. The couple have proposed the development of a single new structure containing eight units while also converting existing structures

  • Invasive shrub removal continues in Acadia 

    Invasive shrub removal continues in Acadia 

    ACADIA NATL’ PARK— When surrounded by the beauty of the Acadia National Park, it might be hard to imagine that an invasive threat could be steps away. But that is the case with glossy buckthorn, a single stem, or, at times, small shrub, composed of bright, glossy leaves with a dull underside that can grow to 20 feet.  Over the last decade, the park has worked to gain control

  • Island family-friendly Halloween happenings

    Island family-friendly Halloween happenings

    MOUNT DESERT – Despite the pandemic, Halloween is happening this year.  There are several events scheduled around the island and in Trenton, all designed to protect the health of children and their families. Some will even support local business owners.   Because Halloween is on a Saturday this year, a few new spooktacular events have been created and will take place throughout the day. Outside

  • School committee reviews return to school 

    School committee reviews return to school 

    BAR HARBOR — When the Bar Harbor School Committee met on Oct. 5, discussions regarding the return to school and a variety of ongoing projects topped the agenda.  The return to school, whether in person or virtual, is going well, said Conners Emerson Principal Barbara Neilly. She reported on the formation of a number of co-curricular activities for sixth through eighth grade students now underway,

  • Retail marijuana discussion tees up in council chambers

    BAR HARBOR—After the expiration of a moratorium on marijuana businesses, and changes to state law that govern how they are permitted, a request to locate a retail adult-use establishment has pushed the topic once again to the Town Council.   While voters statewide approved the legalization of an adult-use recreational marijuana market in 2016, it finally came online this week as

  • Science kits given to students district-wide

    Science kits given to students district-wide

    BAR HARBOR— The education team at Acadia National Park, with help from Friends of Acadia, has created outdoor science kits to use in outdoor instruction for all schools in the local district. A total of 2,500 grade-specific kits, which include both consumable and durable materials, were delivered to each school during the last weeks of September.   The “nature study kits” contain items

  • Department of Interior assistant secretary tours Acadia

    Department of Interior assistant secretary tours Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rob Wallace, assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior, got a firsthand look at deferred maintenance projects while visiting Acadia National Park. Last Friday, Wallace came to park headquarters to learn about the extended backlog of needed repairs, including the replacement of a maintenance facility that houses the construction, electrical and plumbing supplies for the park as well as providing space for work to occur.   Thanks to the recent approval of the Great