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.
  • Library renovation, addition on budget, behind schedule

    Library renovation, addition on budget, behind schedule

    TREMONT — Doors of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library are not expected to open until next spring due to some unexpected setbacks. Or, more specifically, setback requirements that introduced issues which resulted in modifications to the construction project. That, in addition to heavy spring rains and a change of crew members were reasons library board

  • Mushrooms in abundance

    Mushrooms in abundance

    BAR HARBOR — It could be considered a new food frontier if it wasn’t as old as dirt. Mushroom foraging seems to be on the rise and this season is producing lots of bounty. “It’s an exceptionally good year for mushroom picking,” said Willow Cullen Torrey, who owns the business FineFungi: Mushroom Identification and Cultivation.

  • Police contract to go to voters

    Police contract to go to voters

    TREMONT — Residents will vote on whether to make a change in law enforcement coverage at a special town meeting next month. The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Wednesday and signed the warrant for the special town meeting, set for Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Looking for input on whether to continue

  • Cranberry Co-op soaking in the sun savings

    Cranberry Co-op soaking in the sun savings

    ISLESFORD— Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op is living up to the ‘sustainable’ piece of its slogan a bit more with the recent installation of solar panels on its buildings. Residents from the Cranberry Isles, students from the Outer Islands Teaching & Learning Collaborative and key stakeholders of the project gathered Sept. 18 for a ceremony to

  • Fire equipment sought for island

    Fire equipment sought for island

    TREMONT — After a small fire on Great Gott Island this summer, firefighters are asking the town to support them in building or designating a small building there for basic equipment. “After this last close call event it seems like now is the time,” said Heath Higgins, president of the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department’s board

  • Parking proposal aired

    Parking proposal aired

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Eliminating parking spaces on one side of Main Street and limit the remaining spaces to 45 minutes could help create “a more vibrant downtown,” Town Manager Justin VanDongen told a group of residents and business owners gathered for a public hearing at the fire station Tuesday. “We won’t know for sure if

  • Overnight dispatching may shift

    Overnight dispatching may shift

    TREMONT — When a 911 call is placed from anywhere in Hancock County, it goes to the regional communications center in Ellsworth. From there, a dispatcher can send the call to a town’s local dispatcher, the state police regional communication center in Bangor or continue to dispatch from that office to county or local emergency

  • Marijuana deliberations begin

    Marijuana deliberations begin

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — As the state prepares to issue provisional licenses to marijuana businesses, residents and town officials are trying to learn what they can before deciding whether to allow such businesses here. About 25 residents attended a joint public hearing hosted by the Select Board and Planning Board on Tuesday night at which attorney

  • Contractor sought for harbor development plan

    Contractor sought for harbor development plan

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town is looking for the right contractor to help develop the Manset dock and the adjacent lot known as the Hook property. A request for qualifications (RFQ) went out to the public on Wednesday to help the town identify a vendor to provide design and engineering services for planned renovations to

  • Old Red Store going for second try at designation

    Old Red Store going for second try at designation

    TREMONT — Marty Lyons is trying to preserve a little piece of this town’s history. For the second time in two years Lyons approached the Board of Selectmen requesting support for his attempt to list the Old Red Store on the National Register of Historic Places. Selectmen unanimously voted to support the listing at their