Articles by: Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley covers the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands. Send story ideas and information to [email protected]
  • Mask Makers making the difference

    Mask Makers making the difference

    TREMONT – Since she began sewing masks about two weeks ago, Michelle Carter has just been churning them out.   “They’re taking me like eight minutes a piece,” she said last week in between delivering a new batch to folks in her community. “It’s what I’ve been doing night and day.”  There is a high number of

  • Restaurants offer free food for kids

    Restaurants offer free food for kids

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Red Sky Restaurant owners James and Elizabeth Lindquist had planned to begin their weekend dinners on Friday the 13th but a pandemic changed the course of their season opener.   After choosing to cancel the Friday dinner, the couple had lots of prepped food and wondered what to do with it. They called

  • A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    HERNDON, Va. – When Etaine Raphael decided to publish her first children’s book, she not only involved her two daughters in the process, but joined their art class in order to create something to which they could relate.   “What I’m trying to do here is bring a really simple story to life in the eyes of a child,” said

  • Tremont keeping staff on site, officials meeting virtually  

    Tremont keeping staff on site, officials meeting virtually  

    TREMONT – As the state adjusts to necessary actions for public safety surrounding the coronavirus, town officials here are attempting to continue providing services for their residents in a limited capacity.  As an alternative to meeting in a public space, the Board of Selectmen, town manager Chris Saunders, Fire Chief Keith Higgins, Town Clerk Katie

  • How to talk with our kids about COVID-19

    How to talk with our kids about COVID-19

    BAR HARBOR – No school for a month would be happy news for most kids under normal circumstances, but the recent announcement that school will be out until the end of April brings more questions than answers for many children.   So, how do we talk with them about COVID-19?  “They are doing a lot better

  • Rental agencies, hotels see fluctuations in market

    Rental agencies, hotels see fluctuations in market

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Guests were supposed to be checking in for a stay at one of Acadia Cornerstone’s properties on Monday but cancelled at the last minute, which added to Veena Gaines’s stress about what the repercussions of the novel coronavirus, COVID–19, might be.  She had received several calls on Monday following what seemed like a drastic social and political shift regarding the virus

  • Resource website aims to help MDI community

    Resource website aims to help MDI community

    TREMONT — Do you need help getting food? Are you in need of a prescription refill? Does your college student want to offer babysitting services but needs to understand proper hygienic practice to keep themselves and their family safe?  There are several places to find information for these questions online, but a recently created website is specifically

  • Appeals sent back to planning board

    Appeals sent back to planning board

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In a unanimous decision regarding two appeals to a Main Street parking lot, members of the Board of Appeals decided the Planning Board did not properly review the lot’s compliance with the town’s land use ordinance is sending it back to that board for further review. It was the second hearing for

  • Cease and desist served to caregiver

    Cease and desist served to caregiver

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — As town officials work to create an ordinance regarding marijuana businesses in town, slated to go before voters in June, one medical marijuana caregiver has already opened up shop. Operating without an opt-in vote in place or Planning Board approval for the business, Jesse Wallace, owner of Island Herb located in the

  • Lobster company wants to serve food

    Lobster company wants to serve food

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Plans to add a 135-seat take-out restaurant to MDI Lobster Company were tabled by the Planning Board last Thursday until the owners can provide a clear idea of what they are adding to the existing business. Four members of the board were present at the Feb. 27 meeting where John Williams filled