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.
  • Fiberight delays mean big costs

    Fiberight delays mean big costs

    BAR HARBOR — Delays in construction of the new Fiberight waste disposal facility in Hampden, originally planned to open April 1, are costing the town a lot of money in recycling fees. The cost per ton for single-sort recycling at Fiberight would be $35, according to Public Works Director Chip Reeves, but currently the town

  • Parking, traffic changes approved

    Parking, traffic changes approved

    BAR HARBOR — Proposed changes to public parking spaces and traffic flow on Federal and Kennebec streets were approved by the Town Council Tuesday and head next to a public hearing on May 15. This action came after an April 13 memo from Bar Harbor Police Chief Jim Willis suggested eliminating one space on Kennebec

  • Gray to retire

    Gray to retire

    BAR HARBOR — Pat Gray, who has served as town clerk here for 19 years, will retire next month, Town Manger Cornell Knight said Tuesday night. Gray previously announced plans to leave the job four years ago, in April of 2014, but she rescinded her resignation one month later after then-Town Manager Dana Reed resigned

  • Councilors bump docking fees

    Councilors bump docking fees

    BAR HARBOR — The fees charged to small cruise ships docking at town floats will go up 1.7 percent effective July 1, following a unanimous Town Council vote Tuesday. Town Manager Cornell Knight said the bump from $1,000 to $1,017 will raise about $330 per year. The council also asked the Cruise Ship Committee to

  • Stop the Bleed bystander training

    Stop the Bleed bystander training

    BAR HARBOR — Preventing deaths from uncontrolled bleeding is the aim of a free Stop the Bleed class for members of the public set to take place at Machias Savings Bank on Tuesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. The program is meant to train bystanders to help control dangerous bleeding in an emergency before first

  • Police to sell unclaimed bikes

    Police to sell unclaimed bikes

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Police Department plans to offload about 100 lost or unclaimed bikes in a June sale. The Town Council unanimously approved the plan at their April 3 meeting. Periodically, a bike is left for months at a time in the Village Green or elsewhere. Sometimes residents call the Police Department

  • Ferry terminal bond language finalized

    Ferry terminal bond language finalized

    BAR HARBOR — The ballot question for the ferry terminal property purchase bond will not include language detailing potential funding sources that could be used to pay down the general obligation bond’s debt service, following a Town Council vote last week. Councilors believed the language could be construed as a promise for outside funding to

  • Emera work planned Thursday in Bar Harbor

    Emera work planned Thursday in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR – Electric service along some parts of Route 3 and Lower Main Street here could be interrupted during planned maintenance on Thursday, April 12, according to a notice from Emera Maine. The work will begin at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to take three hours. Lower Main Street will be affected between Livingston

  • JAX VP Hewett to retire in July

    JAX VP Hewett to retire in July

    BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory announced last week that Charles Hewett, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the lab, would retire effective July 1. Hewett, 68, said he would stay on as an adviser to his successor and continue as a member of the laboratory’s board of trustees. “Chuck Hewett has been

  • Ferry terminal committee axed

    Ferry terminal committee axed

    BAR HARBOR — A proposed task force intended to inform voters of the process and timeline for development of the former international ferry terminal property was scrapped on Tuesday when councilors rejected its draft bylaws. Dissenting councilors said the bylaws had conflicts and also disputed the need for an intermediary task force. Resident Val Peacock