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
  • Spring play opens this weekend

    Spring play opens this weekend

    The Mount Desert Island High School drama department presents Welcome Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean this weekend, May 8, 9 and 10.   The musical stars Mary Paola, Kit Gurin, Sammie Park, Sarah Soucek, Bonnie Snyder, Rosie Avila, Chelsea Schroeder, Hannah Bouchard, Molly Brown, Grace Drennan and Lucas Wood.  

  • Judge overrules town, orders substation regs vote

    Judge overrules town, orders substation regs vote

    BAR HARBOR — The town council broke its own rules by refusing to place citizens’ petitions on the June town meeting ballot, according to a Maine Superior Court ruling. Justice Robert Murray ruled April 30 that ordinance amendments supported by citizens’ petitions this winter must be put before the voters in June of this year,

  • LUO redo up for hearing

    LUO redo up for hearing

    BAR HARBOR — The long-planned and much-contested proposed repeal and replacement of the land use ordinance will be the subject of a public hearing before town council on Tuesday, May 5. This will be the last public debate on the issue before it comes before voters on written ballot at the annual town meeting in

  • Beloved Criterion ready for 2nd act

    Beloved Criterion ready for 2nd act

    BAR HARBOR — The historic Criterion Theatre reopens this week following a six-month, $1 million-plus renovation that has brought back much of the building’s original 1930s charm. From new floors to new seats and new paint, new roofs, a new façade – the list of “new” in the venerable art-deco structure built in 1932 goes

  • Code violations draw scrutiny

    Code violations draw scrutiny

    BAR HARBOR — Two businesses that recently have tried to expand in Town Hill are facing possible fines and other legal action after being accused of violating land use ordinance rules. Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain last week issued letters to both property owners stating that because of what she considers unresolved code violations, she

  • Solar farm reaction mixed

    Solar farm reaction mixed

    BAR HARBOR — A proposal to lease out the roof of the town’s new salt shed for a community solar farm drew mixed reaction from residents at a public hearing before the town council Tuesday. The solar array, which would provide enough power for nine households, would be a powerful, symbolic step toward fighting climate

  • Pier ‘fixture’ to be honored

    Pier ‘fixture’ to be honored

    BAR HARBOR — A beloved member of the town’s fishing community and a fixture at the waterfront for many years until his death in 2014 will be memorialized with a bronze plaque on a bench at the town pier. Thomas “Lobo” Pinkham served as the town’s first full-time harbormaster and as a policeman, and also

  • Student artist recognized for work

    Student artist recognized for work

    Meghan McDunnah, a senior at Mount Desert Island High School, is recognized this month as a budding artistic talent.   McDunnah received honorable mention in April in the Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s second district.                         Earlier this year, McDunnah received one Gold Key

  • Nurses’ union, hospital reach contract deal

    Nurses’ union, hospital reach contract deal

    BAR HARBOR — Nearly 70 registered nurses who have been working without a contract for nearly a year have reached a tentative agreement with Mount Desert Island Hospital administrators. Maine State Nurses Association representative Vanessa Sylvester told the Islander that the tentative agreement came during a joint meeting with a federal mediator on Friday. “The

  • The pros and cons of removing or rehabing windows

    The pros and cons of removing or rehabing windows

    Household windows may be all about the look, but when it comes time for something new, there’s a lot more to windows than meets the eye. Beyond aesthetics, which is always important, one’s got to look at a whole host of factors that might influence the way one replaces — or repairs — the windows