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]
  • Tremont News Briefs

    Tremont News Briefs

    Nonprofit money debated  TREMONT— Because they were closed this summer to campers, selectmen opted not to give Camp Beech Cliff the $5,000 approved by voters in the group of nonprofits on this year’s ballot.   Selectmen also questioned whether to disperse the funds approved for Island Explorer since the bus service did not run at all this season.  

  • Marijuana hearing turnout small 

    Marijuana hearing turnout small 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — As many people showed up to ask questions or comment at a public hearing Tuesday regarding a proposed marijuana ordinance as there were on the panel before them.  In November, voters will be asked if they would like the town to opt in to allow marijuana businesses to operate within the town. Maine is an opt-in state; towns that take no action default to not

  • Culvert work needs a plan 

    Culvert work needs a plan 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Main Street parking lot owner John Williams is now widening the private road along the south side of the lot by installing a 24-inch culvert.   Williams went before the town’s Planning Board to have them review an application but plans for the culvert project that will ultimately expand 3 Rod Road were not included,

  • Food pantries brace for increased need this fall

    Food pantries brace for increased need this fall

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Since March, the number of people receiving food from the Common Good Soup Kitchen has doubled while their number of volunteers has declined by about 75 percent.   “Prior to the pandemic, we were serving about 100 people in a variety of ways,” said Executive Director Laurie Ward in a conversation with the Islander on

  • Planning Board and Council begin long vacation rental conversation

    BAR HARBOR— Despite a questionable tourist season on Mount Desert Island this summer, over 100 more vacation rental permit applications have come to the code enforcement office than last year.   “A lot of these were people who panicked when they thought the ordinance was going to change, so they got their applications in,” Code Enforcement Officer

  • Ossanna runs Bigfoot 200 on local trails 

    Ossanna runs Bigfoot 200 on local trails 

    BAR HARBOR— Melissa Ossanna calls herself a ‘crazy runner type.’  The type who forwent an office chair in her workstation to not only stand up but to also be in constant motion, if she chooses.  “I have a walking treadmill at my computer that just keeps me in shape for whatever, whenever,” said Ossanna in a conversation with the

  • Northeast Harbor Library Story Hour

    Northeast Harbor Library Story Hour

    Northeast Harbor Library’s Children’s Librarian Robin Strauss reads to a few children on the lawn at the library on Monday for story time. Some of the library has been open to the public since July 1, with safety precautions and an attendance limit in place. Depending on the weather and interest, Strauss is planning to continue

  • MDI Lobster plan approved with conditions 

    MDI Lobster plan approved with conditions 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— A plan for serving food and outdoor dining at MDI Lobster, first presented in February, was approved last week by the Planning Board, with a few conditions.   A lawyer for neighbors of the property on Clark Point Road spoke during the public hearing that took place prior to the board’s review of the business’s

  • Marijuana ordinance public hearing set for Sept. 15

    Marijuana ordinance public hearing set for Sept. 15

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Several proposed ordinance changes are going before voters this November, including one focused on local marijuana regulations.  Two public hearings have been scheduled for the coming week where members of the public can ask questions regarding the proposed changes.   On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m., a public hearing focused on the proposed marijuana ordinance will take place at

  • Swan’s Island student swims to raise funds 

    Swan’s Island student swims to raise funds 

    SWAN’S ISLAND—A common question visitors ask about living on an island is, ‘well, if you miss the ferry, do you swim home?’   That question was, in part, Sage Dentremont’s inspiration to swim the 6 miles from Swan’s Island to Bass Harbor on the first day of September.   “I’ve worked at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station for four summers now,” said Dentremont in