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.
  • One bridge opens, another set to close

    One bridge opens, another set to close

    TREMONT — Commuters should soon expect to add at least 15 minutes onto their commute from Tremont to Southwest Harbor when the Marsh Bridge closes for two months, beginning soon after labor day. The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) combined two bridge projects in town into a single contract, which was awarded in 2018 to

  • Achieving a quorum a challenge for boards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — When Jesse Dunbar accepted the code enforcement clerk’s job with the town recently, he resigned from his position on the Planning Board. Earlier this year, long-time Planning Board member Mike Magnani resigned prior to the end of his term. A couple of months later, board member Chris Rawls was asked to resign

  • What does a health officer do?

    What does a health officer do?

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Marilyn Lowell has been trying to solve a mystery with the help of the town’s animal control officer that has to do with dog excrement in a public parking lot. In the last four months, three different incidents have been brought to Lowell’s attention in her role as the local health officer

  • Umpire MacGown a fixture on the field

    Umpire MacGown a fixture on the field

    BAR HARBOR — Since the 1970s adult softball games on the town athletic fields have been a steadfast summer night scene. From the mid-80s on, Doug MacGown has been the director behind the plate. “I started playing in 1971, the second year of men’s league,” said MacGown who has spent every summer since then either

  • Dunbar resigns from Planning Board

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Selectmen accepted the resignation of Planning Board member Jesse Dunbar at their Tuesday night meeting. Dunbar has accepted a new part-time position with the town as the code enforcement and planning clerk. His resignation from the board brings the number of members to four. The new town position is being created to

  • Larson to work on ordinance changes

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — John Larson, the town’s new code enforcement officer, is set to research and prepare changes to the town’s Land Use Ordinance (LUO). Initially, the Board of Selectmen had planned to hire a consultant to correct changes the state has requested be made to the town’s LUO. In order to save the town

  • Parking changes eyed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Parking meters, increased signage, eliminating parking spaces on Main Street and increasing use of under-utilized lots were all part of a 19-page preliminary parking report presented to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. “Lydia [Goetze, chair of the Board of Selectmen] asked me to put out the parking plan, whether it was

  • Wiegle, on wheels, on a mission

    Wiegle, on wheels, on a mission

    SWAN’S ISLAND — Donna Wiegle has always wanted to travel the country. She credits her ovarian cancer for finally giving her the push to do so. Throughout the month of September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Wiegle will ride her teal and white Harley Davidson from Oregon to Maine on a Teal on Wheels