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 shinckley@mdislander.com.
  • Solar array installers hope to finish by end of year

    Solar array installers hope to finish by end of year

    TREMONT — Soggy weather and wet grounds have made installation of the solar array and power transformer at the former town dump a messy and slow-moving process. Working to get the proposed 500 panels installed by the end of December is a race against the clock that Sundog Solar co-owner and project manager Danny Piper

  • Southwest Harbor sewer plant gets $15M

    Southwest Harbor sewer plant gets $15M

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant will be possible with the $15.6 million in federal funding announced Tuesday. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing the funds through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, which can be used for drinking water, storm water drainage and waste

  • Cemetery plot sales resume

    Cemetery plot sales resume

    TREMONT — The sale of plots in town-owned cemeteries here has commenced once again after being on hold for nearly four years. Voters approved authorizing selectmen to sell available town-owned plots at a special town meeting in August. Once selectmen were given the authority to sell plots, they approved a price structure at their first

  • New policy in works for tax-acquired property

    New policy in works for tax-acquired property

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials are trying to decide how many chances a tax-delinquent property owner should get before the town takes ownership of their land. The town has one ordinance on the subject and has also relied on the Maine Municipal Association’s (MMA) recommendations for best practices. At the 2017 Annual Town Meeting, voters

  • Freeman Ridge Road subdivision approved

    Freeman Ridge Road subdivision approved

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It is tough to picture a house among the evergreen trees peppering a 21-acre parcel at 28 Freeman Ridge Road where Tom Benson has been approved for Westwind Subdivision. But, that is what Benson is hoping some young families can see with the help of some survey tape. The orange tape is

  • Water, sewer trustee resigns

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — With two years remaining in his term on the Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees, Chairman Jim Geary has resigned, effective immediately. “I had told the board a month earlier that I was going to do it, but dragged my feet,” said Geary in an interview with the Islander. He said

  • Bass Harbor library to move during construction project

    Bass Harbor library to move during construction project

    TREMONT — Bass Harbor Memorial Library will have a new home during the reconstruction and expansion of their building, pending approved use of the temporary space. During their Nov.14 meeting, selectmen authorized Town Manager Chris Saunders to sign a lease for the use of Pacific Hall, formerly known as the Tremont Methodist Church, at 735

  • Story of a shack

    Story of a shack

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — As winter becomes more real, skaters will soon be cutting through the ice on Chris’s Pond. Keeping them outfitted and cozy when they gather there is an unassuming warming shack. Built by Pemetic Elementary School students under the leadership of art teacher Bob Sattler, the small wooden structure serves as a warming

  • Water project bond approved by voters

    Water project bond approved by voters

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Plans to upgrade and renovate the Long Pond water pump station took a step forward at the special town meeting here Tuesday. Voters approved authorizing selectmen to enter into an agreement with the water and sewer district to pay back a half-million dollar bond for the project. Residents were asked to vote

  • Schools eye policy for trans students

    TREMONT — The school committee here is discussing whether transgender students are adequately accounted for and protected under existing school policies, or whether a new policy should be drafted. The committee discussed the issue at the Tremont Consolidated School during a regular meeting on Nov. 8. This week, the Pemetic Elementary School’s committee will also