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.
  • School’s furnaces are stuck in the building

    School’s furnaces are stuck in the building

    TREMONT — When the furnace at the elementary school here reaches the end of its useful life, it will require removing a wall to get it out of the school. Officials are saving up for that day. “The only way to get it out is to go through a wall, a concrete wall to be

  • Parking, tour bus options

    Parking, tour bus options

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Officials are discussing what can be done to improve access to parking downtown and how to make room for tour buses to unload passengers. Proposals range from creating a parking map for visitors to eliminating parking on one side of Main Street altogether. Nearly six months after being asked to create a

  • Felony mischief charges brought

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Leon Jacobs, 45, of Bangor was arrested Feb. 5 on charges of criminal mischief, a Class C felony. With an arrest warrant issued by Hancock County District Court, Jacobs was arrested by the Penobscot County Sheriff as a result of an incident in Southwest Harbor. On Jan. 28, following several reports to

  • Swan’s Island students make most of winter

    Swan’s Island students make most of winter

    SWAN’S ISLAND — Over the last month, in the heart of the dark, cold days of winter off the coast of Maine, students here not only sought out time on the snow and ice, but earned points for doing so. Swan’s Island Elementary School was one of 32 elementary schools in the state participating in

  • As EMTs retire, training course aims to fill ranks

    As EMTs retire, training course aims to fill ranks

    BAR HARBOR — What would happen if you called 9-1-1 for a medical emergency and no one was available to come help? Sean Hall of Bar Harbor has that question on his mind a lot. There’s a shortage of local people on emergency forces, he said, and two area emergency services have closed in the

  • Restaurant evacuated for vent system fire

    Restaurant evacuated for vent system fire

    BAR HARBOR — A fire crew responded to Blaze on Main St. at dinner time on Thursday because of a fire in the hood system. No one was injured in the fire that started and was contained in the hood ventilation system. When the fire department arrived, the restaurant had been evacuated. Main Street was

  • Chair booted from planning board

    Chair booted from planning board

    TREMONT — Planning Board Chairman Scott Grierson’s absence from the board’s last six meetings are unexcused and disqualify him from continuing to serve on the board, selectmen decided Monday. Two selectmen were absent from the meeting and three remaining members all agreed Grierson had neglecting his responsibility to the town with the extended absence. Selectmen

  • Deer hunt eyed

    Deer hunt eyed

    TREMONT — Town officials are trying to decide the best approach to address what many see as an overpopulation of deer. At both of their last two meetings, selectmen requested that Town Manager Chris Saunders look into hunting options to cull what seems to be ever-increasing deer population in the town. At the most recent

  • Track team enters home stretch

    Track team enters home stretch

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School indoor track coach Aaron Long says it’s a challenge to make running inside interesting. “For the other coaches and myself, practicing with limited space pushes our creativity,” he said. “It tests our ability to not only provide our athletes with quality workouts but also to keep them

  • Program offers aquaculture coaching

    Program offers aquaculture coaching

    SWAN’S ISLAND — When long-time fisherman Jason Joyce decided to start Swan’s Island Oyster Farm two years ago, he knew there was risk involved, but there has been help along the way. With the guidance of a new Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program offered by the Rockland-based Island Insitute, Joyce and his cousin, Josh Joyce,