Articles by: Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and the Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
  • New contract inked for school support staff

    New contract inked for school support staff

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson support staff – ed techs, secretaries, bookkeepers, cafeteria workers and janitorial staff – will see three years of raises per a new contract approved by the School Committee on July 2. The action came after executive session negotiations between three support staff union members and two school committee members. The

  • Airbnb hosts draw violations

    Airbnb hosts draw violations

    BAR HARBOR — Two property owners who rent part or all of their properties here on Airbnb.com received notices of violation from the town’s code enforcement officer recently. Bar Harbor implemented ordinances in 2006 requiring registration for short-term rentals. The current ordinance requires that all vacation rentals – units rented for fewer than 30 days

  • Native American fest a success at new venue

    Native American fest a success at new venue

    BAR HARBOR — After being held for several years outside of the downtown area on the College of the Atlantic campus, the Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market moved downtown to the Abbe Museum’s backyard. “It was time for us to bring the festival closer to the museum,” Abbe CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko said Monday. The

  • Rally draws hundreds

    Rally draws hundreds

    BAR HARBOR — About 500 people crowded the Village Green on Saturday to show support for immigrant families separated at the southern border of the United States. Attendees carried signs and were offered assistance in contacting their government representatives. The rally was organized by Indivisible MDI, the local branch of a nation-wide organization that resists

  • Town wants more input on ANP plan

    BAR HARBOR — The town council is asking Acadia National Park officials to include the town in more of the conversations about the park’s transportation plan. The public comment period on the draft plan ended June 26. The “preferred alternative” in the plan includes implementing a reservation system at popular visitor destinations in the park.

  • New tender boats arrive

    New tender boats arrive

    BAR HARBOR — The first of two identical new boats ordered last year by hotel company Ocean Properties Limited (OPL) has arrived June 20. The boats will serve as tenders to visiting cruise ships too large to tie up to a dock, shuttling passengers to one of two dock facilities owned by the company. They

  • Fire destroys Trenton home

    Fire destroys Trenton home

    TRENTON — No one was home at an Oak Point Road house that was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning and no injuries were reported. Six Trenton volunteer firefighters responded to 910 Oak Point Road after a call at 4:57 a.m., along with automatic mutual aid from Ellsworth, Lamoine and Hancock. The fire involved a

  • Friendship sloop race set

    Friendship sloop race set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Friendship sloops from along the Maine coast will converge on Southwest Harbor for the 26th annual Southwest Harbor Rendezvous on July 14. The friendly race will be easily viewed from the shore. The distinctive gaff-rigged sloops were originally used for lobstering. The first boats of this type were built in the town

  • Housing remains a worry

    BAR HARBOR — The perceived crunch for seasonal and year-round employee housing here is real, according to data compiled by the Island Housing Trust (IHT). The housing stock here is shrinking, few homes affordable to families earning a median income are on the market, and landlords receive a higher return from short-term rentals and AirBnB

  • MDI Rotary celebrates 50 years of service

    MDI Rotary celebrates 50 years of service

    BAR HARBOR – The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club has been serving up seafood on the Fourth of July for decades, but its efforts have gone far further than lobster and clams. The club is part of Rotary International, which has more than 1.2 million members in about 34,000 clubs. The organization funds efforts in