Articles by: Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
  • Fire station floor needs repair

    Fire station floor needs repair

    BAR HARBOR — The concrete and steel beam floor of the 100-year-old fire station is suffering from water infiltration and may have “significant internal deterioration,” according to an engineer’s report. The extent of the structural deterioration of the floor frame could not be determined by the solely visual inspection performed, M2 Structural Engineering president Matthew

  • Trash disposal fee is backed

    Trash disposal fee is backed

    BAR HARBOR — A plan to begin charging by the bag for trash disposal in 2016 was approved by town councilors by a 4-2 vote April 7. The pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) plan, which exists in concept only at this time, is projected to reduce the town’s trash output by 44 percent, as more goods will be

  • Smoke draws firefighters to apartment building

    Smoke draws firefighters to apartment building

    BAR HARBOR — Smoke coming from a window of an apartment at Harbor Hill Estate on Highbrook Road drew a quick response from firefighters just after 1 p.m. Firefighters tapped into a hydrant on Route 3 and ran the line across the road, while police detoured traffic through College of the Atlantic for the better

  • Earth Day to celebrate sustainability

    Earth Day to celebrate sustainability

    BAR HARBOR — Sustainable living practices, green design and energy efficiency will be brought into focus when College of the Atlantic holds its annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 25. The morning of April 25, before the festivities begin at COA, Friends of Acadia will hold its annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Participants are encouraged

  • SFOA program takes new focus

    BAR HARBOR — One of the area’s best-known arts programs has a new leader, a new home and a renewed focus on bringing out the best, most creative side of area youth. Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA), now in its 37th year, has long been a mainstay of creative summer programs on Mount Desert

  • Seasonal construction boom

    Seasonal construction boom

    BAR HARBOR — One of the town’s last neighborhoods with available commercial property is undergoing a redevelopment this spring, and projects in another part of town are well underway. Lower Main Street Several properties at the far end of Lower Main Street are gaining new life this year, with a dental clinic, apartments, a business

  • Substation foes file new suit

    Substation foes file new suit

    BAR HARBOR — An attorney who lives in the neighborhood of Emera Maine’s proposed controversial power substation has filed suit against the town over the project. He is claiming in court that town councilors violated local law by refusing to put zoning initiatives related to the substation on the June town meeting ballot. Putting that

  • Design review process called vague, confusing

    Design review process called vague, confusing

    BAR HARBOR — The process used to determine the appearance of buildings and signs downtown, in Town Hill and in part along the Route 3 corridor is being called into question by members of the planning board, who say that it is too vague, subjective and “confounding” for business owners to follow. Speaking during their

  • Airbnb rentals are in crosshairs

    Airbnb rentals are in crosshairs

    BAR HARBOR — A Hancock lawmaker and inn owner is sponsoring a bill that would require licensing and regulation of one-night “Airbnb” style rentals. Airbnb is a website that facilitates short-term, international rentals. The popularity of the service has grown in recent years, with room pricing typically much lower than that found at traditional lodging