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]
  • Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Without a shellfish warden here, there would be no way to prevent commercial clam diggers from working the town’s flats.  As Harbormaster Adam Thurston prepares to leave that position for one as deputy harbormaster in Mount Desert, town officials are figuring out how to make sure there is no, or minimal, lapse in warden

  • Planning board approves parking lot on fourth try 

    Planning board approves parking lot on fourth try 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In the Planning Board’s fourth meeting reviewing plans for a parking lot and the use of an adjacent private road, which were remanded back to them from the towns Board of Appeals, members of the board approved them last week.  “They wanted us to be consistent with our land use ordinance,” said Planning Board Chairman Eric Davis, following a comment from Mike Levesque, another

  • Town garage option still up in the air

    Town garage option still up in the air

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials can’t seem to move forward with a plan for a new town garage.  During their Zoom meeting Tuesday night, when Town Manager Justin VanDongen asked members of the Board of Selectmen to authorize him to make an offer on a garage located on Mountain View Road, no one offered a motion to do so.  

  • Town working on marijuana business license process 

    Town working on marijuana business license process 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Those looking to establish a marijuana business here need to have a complete application submitted before Jan. 26.   That is the first date members of the Board of Selectmen will review any applications for businesses focused on selling, manufacturing, cultivating and/or testing medical or adult use marijuana.   Voters of the town approved marijuana businesses at the polls on Nov.

  • MDI grad wins awards for short film

    MDI grad wins awards for short film

    BAR HARBOR — Three years after graduating from Mount Desert Island High School, Emma Forthofer is an award-winning and internationally recognized filmmaker. In her short film “A Fifth Season,” which has won Best Short Documentary from the Los Angeles Film Awards and is the winner of the 2020 Best Documentary for the School of Film

  • Ferry service being reviewed by DOT

    Ferry service being reviewed by DOT

    TREMONT— Friday trips to Frenchboro on the R.L. Gott have been a constant part of Eli Strauss’s life for at least the last two decades, as well as for the year-round residents of that island. “I’ve been doing this since I’ve owned the business,” said Strauss, who captains the ferry boat that runs from April

  • Planning Board member submits resignation

    Planning Board member submits resignation

    TREMONT — Planning Board member Maynard ‘Gus’ Young submitted his resignation to the town earlier this month.  At their meeting on Monday night, members of the Board of Selectmen accepted the resignation, effective Nov. 9.   Young’s resignation comes after a number of absences from the board’s meetings. At a meeting earlier this year, members of the board discussed holding those with repetitive absences accountable.  

  • Year-round restaurant opens in Southwest Harbor

    Year-round restaurant opens in Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Most locals would warn anyone who was opening a restaurant in November on Mount Desert Island that they had it backward.   But, after spending the last eight months or so renovating their space on Main Street, the owners of Hearth and Harbor are ready to serve the people in their year–round neighborhood some wood–fired

  • School not pursuing use of Pacific Hall this year

    School not pursuing use of Pacific Hall this year

    TREMONT— Use of Pacific Hall for kindergarten and first-grade students will not happen this school year, at least not with COVID-19 relief funds.  Members of the Tremont Consolidated School Committee held a special meeting last week to discuss moving forward with plans to explore the building at 735/7 Tremont Road. They were up against a deadline to submit

  • Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    BAR HARBOR — After waiting a month to discuss possible alternatives, members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council last week agreed to present to the state a proposal for regulations aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.   The Department of Marine Resources had asked the zone council and others around the state to come up