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  • Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills has proclaimed Monday, July 13, as Ashley Frederick Bryan Day in honor of the renowned Islesford artist, author and illustrator on the occasion of his 97th birthday.  The proclamation declares that Bryan has “enriched the lives of island residents, visitors and school children in Maine and around the world with over 50 books including “Beautiful

  • MRC strikes deal to send trash to PERC

    MRC strikes deal to send trash to PERC

    ELLSWORTH — A temporary solution for waste disposal has been reached following the closure of a plant that processed trash and recycling for numerous Hancock County and eastern Maine communities.  The Municipal Review Committee announced in a virtual town hall last Wednesday that the Coastal Resources of Maine site in Hampden had been cleared of all waste and

  • Library expansion finished

    Library expansion finished

    TREMONT—Bass Harbor Memorial Library now has a large eye on its Bernard neighborhood, right in the middle of a new, children-focused expansion that is finally complete.   Furniture, donated toys and shelves, some with books and some bare, are scattered about the recently constructed 700–square–foot space. Now it is time to move in and fill the rooms back

  • Hansen’s looking to add ice cream

    Hansen’s looking to add ice cream

    TREMONT—Hansen’s Outpost is looking to add a dairy bar and take out in a building across the parking lot from the store, but proper Planning Board procedure may prevent it from opening this season.  Hansen went before the town’s Planning Board on Tuesday night to see if there needed to be a site plan review of the 800-square-foot building

  • Virus testing for tourism workers to begin

    Virus testing for tourism workers to begin

    BAR HARBOR — A plan to test a group of front-facing workers in local tourism businesses for COVID-19 got the go-ahead from state officials this week. The “surveillance” or “sentinel” testing of frontline employees is intended to protect them as well as provide early warnings of potential community transmission as Mount Desert Island welcomes visitors

  • Police practices explained, petition calls for task force

    Police practices explained, petition calls for task force

    BAR HARBOR — Activists inspired by the national movement for racial justice and changes to police practices are seeking some specific changes in local law enforcement; police say they look forward to “interactive dialogue…as we learn by working together.”  On Monday, at a rally, organized by a group now called the MDI Racial Justice Collective, postponed from Sunday due to weather, leaders began gathering signatures

  • Some businesses to stay closed this year, others adapt practices

    Some businesses to stay closed this year, others adapt practices

    BAR HARBOR — Even as town got much busier over the July Fourth weekend than it has been so far this season, some of its largest restaurants are staying shuttered.  Kristi and Jeremy Bond, owners of CherrySTONES restaurant at the corner of Main and Mount Desert streets, announced June 10 that it wouldn’t be opening this year.

  • Pets affected by pandemic, too 

    Pets affected by pandemic, too 

    TRENTON—As many have experienced over the last four months, a pandemic can bring out the best of circumstances and, more often, the worst of circumstances, even for animals.   Since the first state of emergency was declared in Maine in March, the Hancock County SPCA has experienced multiple extremes. At the beginning of the pandemic, adoptions were at