Articles by: Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
  • 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

  • Fewer ships, more passengers in 2019

    Fewer ships, more passengers in 2019

    BAR HARBOR — Fewer cruise ships are scheduled to visit here next year, but they will carry more passengers, Harbormaster Charlie Phippen told the town Cruise Ship Committee last week. This year, 180 ship visits to Bar Harbor will bring an estimated 245,000 passengers. In 2019, 168 ship visits are scheduled to bring 256,730 passengers.

  • Transfer station to open Wednesday

    Transfer station to open Wednesday

    BAR HARBOR – The new town transfer station on White Spruce Road will not be fully operational until June 27, a few days later than planned. “Our hauling contractor needs to change the hydraulic system on his tractor to be compatible to the Town’s new trailers, which will not be completed until Tuesday,” Public Works Director Chip

  • Interim assessor appointed

    BAR HARBOR — Deanne Cray, who has served as the deputy assessor in Bar Harbor since March 2016, was appointed interim assessor on Tuesday. Former assessor Justin VanDongen, who worked at the town for more than five years, recently was appointed Town Manager in Southwest Harbor. His last day was June 13. Cray is a

  • Bid accepted for school wall repair

    BAR HARBOR — The school board here accepted a $184,000 bid for the waterproofing of the south wall of the Emerson building of Conners Emerson School. The money will be drawn from funds allocated in the school’s budget to address vital repairs to the 85-year-old school. This was one of the tasks flagged as a

  • Marijuana debates resume

    Marijuana debates resume

    BAR HARBOR — By taking no action to “opt in” under a new state law, the Town Council prohibited marijuana cultivation, retail stores, marijuana product manufacturing operations and testing facilities here on Tuesday. This action followed the general consensus of councilors that the town should wait for a state framework. The plan is to move

  • Friedmann new council chair

    Friedmann new council chair

    BAR HARBOR — Following his re-election to the Town Council last week, Gary Friedmann was elected chair at a special organizational meeting on June 13. Councilor Matt Hochman was elected vice-chair, the position Friedmann held previously. Joe Minutolo is new to the council, having received more votes than Peter St. Germain in last week’s election.

  • Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    BAR HARBOR – Following last week’s vote approving a town purchase of the former ferry terminal on Eden Street, the company currently operating ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia has reaffirmed its interest in returning international ferry service here. Town officials received a letter of intent from Bay Ferries chairman Mark MacDonald on Tuesday

  • Commercial disposal fee eyed

    BAR HARBOR — A proposal to begin charging commercial haulers a fee to dispose of solid waste at the town’s transfer station was tabled by the Town Council Tuesday. But a vehicle sticker program allowing only residents to dump trash was approved. There currently is no charge for commercial or resident disposal of municipal solid

  • New businesses pop up for season

    New businesses pop up for season

    BAR HARBOR — A new art gallery has opened up in town, but it’s also the latest place to get a local beer and a lobster roll. The Stadium Pub, located at 62 Main St. in the Morrison Building, is owned by father-son team Rich and Greg Duperey, originally of Massachusetts, who have worked in