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Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley covers the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands. Send story ideas and information to
  • At Home hosts first regatta

    At Home hosts first regatta

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Charlie Wray of Mount Desert and a group of Cranberry Isles teens were among the winners of a rowing regatta held Saturday in Southwest Harbor. The event was a fundraiser for At Home, a program of Downeast Community Partners designed to provide older residents with essential services and empower them to live

  • Lobster boat races are here again

    Lobster boat races are here again

    TREMONT — Nearly $15,000 worth of prizes will be given away at the Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races this Sunday, June 23, with bait topping the list again. More than 100 buckets of pigs’ hide bait has been donated for the event. The town’s ninth annual races will begin right around 10 a.m., according to

  • Nature photographer moving to a new shop

    Nature photographer moving to a new shop

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Those who enjoy seeing Acadia National Park, and other areas of Maine, through the vibrant camera lens of J.K. Putnam will have to look no further than 334 Main Street starting in May. When his previous shop’s landlord decided to sell the building behind the library on Village Green Way at the

  • Waterfront zoning change pulled from warrant

    Waterfront zoning change pulled from warrant

    TREMONT — Unwilling to give up more waterfront property in town to possible development, selectmen voted Monday to remove a proposed zoning change from the warrant for the town meeting in May. Under the proposal, some areas currently zoned for “commercial fisheries maritime activities” would have switched to “harbor shoreland.” “I think we should protect

  • Five throw hats in ring

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Five candidates are vying for the two open seats on the town’s Board of Selectmen. Residents will choose by written ballot who will fill the seats currently held by George Jellison Jr. and Chad Terry during the polling day on May 7. Open seats on the school board and high school board

  • School’s only teacher resigns

    School’s only teacher resigns

    FRENCHBORO — After six months as an island resident, new teacher Mindi Vestal submitted her resignation and moved back to the mainland. “We’re sad to see her go,” said Mount Desert Island Regional School System Superintendent Marc Gousse in a Tuesday conversation with the Islander. “We were all surprised when she left … Outside the

  • Sips 2.0 now open

    Sips 2.0 now open

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After more than a decade of success at Sips restaurant on Clark Point Road, owner Jennifer Worcester has opened Sips 2.0 across the street. Strictly a to-go style shop, the smaller Sips is located next to the post office and offers pre-made meals, wraps and quesadillas, among other grab-n-go items. “I really

  • New playground is complete, and paid for

    New playground is complete, and paid for

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Despite a few hiccups in the process and with help from an end-of-year approval of funds by the School Board, the new playground is finished and paid for. One selectman expressed concern that the playground still had outstanding debt and was not yet finished during several meetings at the beginning of the

  • Ambulance needs a new home

    Ambulance needs a new home

    TREMONT — Southwest Harbor-Tremont Nursing Service, the nonprofit that provides ambulance service for both towns, is looking for a home for its second ambulance. The vehicle, known as R2, is currently housed at the Bass Harbor Fire Station. “They moved in temporarily 18 years ago,” said Tremont Fire Chief Keith Higgins. “We’ve really been making

  • Seat on school board vacant

    TREMONT — Several unexcused absences led to a unanimous vote by Tremont’s now four-member school board at its March 14 meeting to proceed with a vacant seat until it can be filled. Tremont Consolidated School Board member Scott Grierson was voted off due to what the other members of the board agreed was too many