Articles by: Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. rlevin@mdislander.com
  • Reflections

    To The Editor: One year ago, our then-three-year-old daughter Clara became ill and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. As we approach the anniversary of Clara’s diagnosis, there are a number of things we have found ourselves reflecting upon. And we have sat down so many times to write this letter but have always gotten

  • Town meeting splits sessions

    Town meeting splits sessions

    BAR HARBOR — Residents next month will face two distinct opportunities to weigh in on matters of great import to the town, including next year’s municipal budget, school funding, solar farm leases and a restructured land use ordinance. Bar Harbor’s annual open town meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in the gymnasium

  • Towns are closer to shared force

    BAR HARBOR — A robust mutual aid agreement between the police force here and in the town of Mount Desert was approved by town councilors Tuesday. It will allow officers from either department to travel and work freely in both towns whenever they deem necessary. The agreement provides for mutual aid that is “constant, recurring

  • Zoning vote may short circuit plan

    Zoning vote may short circuit plan

    BAR HARBOR — A citizen’s amendment to govern the placement and permitting of electrical substations could derail Emera Maine’s intention to build a new substation at a location other than Woodbury Road. Emera officials said Tuesday that after a year of meeting with a citizens’ advisory group here, they had chosen a new site for

  • Conservation plan fails to gain traction

    Conservation plan fails to gain traction

    BAR HARBOR — Three years and tens of thousands of dollars after work on it began, the town’s open space conservation plan failed to gain traction with town councilors this month. The plan, which was put together by the conservation commission, summarizes both protected and desired open spaces and offers strategies for achieving more conservation.

  • Murder mystery picnic is Sunday

    Murder mystery picnic is Sunday

    BAR HARBOR — Intrigue, mystery, murder and time travel are just part of the bill at this weekend’s Murder Mystery Picnic performance at College of the Atlantic. The audience-interactive play kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday on COA’s front lawn. Guests can enjoy a beautiful picnic setting (blankets provided) and ample eats while they puzzle

  • Bloodied man arrested after break-in

    Bloodied man arrested after break-in

    BAR HARBOR — A Massachusetts man is in custody after allegedly smashing his way into a downtown shop Sunday night and walking out with two bottles of wine. Police say Nicholas Cumberland, 21, of Weymouth, was found with his hand bleeding profusely while standing in front of Bar Harbor Brewing, on Mount Desert Street, just

  • School greenhouse plans are step closer to fruition

    School greenhouse plans are step closer to fruition

    BAR HARBOR — It’s been years in the making, but plans for a greenhouse and gardening program at Conners Emerson School are inching closer to fruition. Most of the construction materials are on hand, the site has been prepared for construction, and organizers are looking for volunteers for a weekend to put the structure up,

  • Zoning rewrite draws fire

    BAR HARBOR — Opponents of the land use ordinance repeal and replacement that will come before voters at town meeting in June dominated the public hearing on the matter Tuesday. They condemned the document as everything from badly flawed to full of deception and lies. Key players in the successful 2010 “Appendix C” zoning lawsuit

  • Nurses, hospital ink deal

    Nurses, hospital ink deal

    BAR HARBOR — Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital will gain a five percent pay raise over the next three years, according to the terms of a contract ratified by an “overwhelming” majority April 28, said a representative with Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU). Step raises in pay, frozen for about one