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 voters in line with state

    MDI voters in line with state

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Voters here largely agreed with voters statewide on Tuesday, confirming primary frontrunners and voting in favor of implementing ranked-choice voting sooner rather than later. About 34 percent of the registered voters in the four Mount Desert Island towns, Swans Island, Trenton, the Cranberry Isles and Frenchboro took to the polls in

  • Terminal, parking meter bonds OK’d

    Terminal, parking meter bonds OK’d

    BAR HARBOR — Voters approved bond issues for the purchase of the currently abandoned ferry terminal property and a downtown parking meter and kiosk system at Tuesday’s election. Joe Minutolo was elected to his first term as a town councilor with 1,103 votes. Gary Friedmann was re-elected with 959 votes. Incumbent Peter St. Germain received

  • Bar Harbor named a HeartSafe Community

    Bar Harbor named a HeartSafe Community

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Fire Department has been recognized by a state organization for its ongoing efforts to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest. On May 23, the department received a certification presented by the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council and Maine Emergency Medical Services, certifying Bar Harbor as a HeartSafe Community. The

  • Historic pier stones set back

    Historic pier stones set back

    BAR HARBOR — Contractors for the Maine Department of Transportation are taking apart historic pier stones that mark locations of estates burned in the Fire of ’47 and setting them back farther. During the community advisory process for the current reconstruction of Route 3, a number of residents asked that the pier stones remain along

  • Additional H-2B visas a ‘band-aid’

    Additional H-2B visas a ‘band-aid’

    BAR HARBOR — A second-round application process for temporary foreign workers announced last week may help local businesses toward the end of the season, ones that lost out in a first-round lottery over the winter. The Department of Homeland Security announced May 31 that the federal government would make 15,000 more H-2B visas available this

  • Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    BAR HARBOR — Last June, the gymnasium at Conners Emerson School was packed full of residents eager to sound off on a sanctuary community resolution and parking meters. Nearly 300 residents showed up, and the meeting lasted more than three hours. This year’s open town meeting, held Tuesday, couldn’t have been more different. About 140

  • Half marathon records smashed

    Half marathon records smashed

    BAR HARBOR — Jonny Wilson of Falmouth and Tracy Guerrette of Saint Agatha took home the top honors for men and women, respectively, at the 7th annual Acadia Half Marathon on June 3, both setting new records in the process. Wilson’s time of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 32.3 seconds is more than 7 minutes faster

  • Adventure of the Seas’ visits for first time

    Adventure of the Seas’ visits for first time

    BAR HARBOR — Appearing to dwarf the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay, Adventure of the Seas dropped anchor for its inaugural visit here on Monday at 7 a.m. The ship will visit Bar Harbor eight more times this season. On board later in the morning, Bar Harbor Historical Society Curator Deborah Dyer and Bar Harbor

  • Man arrested on murder charge

    Man arrested on murder charge

    BAR HARBOR – A Bar Harbor man was arrested Monday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Mikaela Conley of Bar Harbor. Detectives from the State Police Major Crimes Unit arrested Jalique Keene, 21, on a murder charge, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Keene was taken into custody at the Bar Harbor

  • Kids’ Corner seeks alumni stories

    Kids’ Corner seeks alumni stories

    BAR HARBOR — Kids’ Corner child care center will celebrate its 30th year of caring for Mount Desert Island children in 2020. The nonprofit is attempting to chart where its alumni ended up in an attempt the gauge the impact the center has had ahead of the big anniversary. “I realize people are far flung,”