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  • Teachers press board on contract

    Teachers press board on contract

    BAR HARBOR — More than 60 Mount Desert Island Regional School System teachers and a few parents of students attended the school board’s meeting Monday night to press their call for a “fair and competitive” contract. Representatives of the teachers union and school board have been trying to negotiate a new three-year contract since last

  • Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    BAR HARBOR — The CEO of the private company proposing to bring back Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry service faced a battery of questions Tuesday evening from town councilors and residents. Some of those questions were about the company’s history in Bar Harbor and current activities in Portland. Others were about ensuring public waterfront access and community input in

  • Counting porpoises by sight and echo-location

    Counting porpoises by sight and echo-location

    BAR HARBOR — Kate Pielmeier is spending several hours a day, four days a week this summer staring out at the water from the Schoodic Ferry as it travels between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor. She’s looking for harbor porpoises. Pielmeier, a graduate student at College of the Atlantic, is a research associate in the

  • New marina cameras

    New marina cameras

    MOUNT DESERT — New, high-definition security cameras are on their way to the Northeast Harbor marina. Last week, the town’s Board of Selectmen authorized Harbormaster John Lemoine to spend $4,302 from an equipment reserve account to replace seven security cameras and a DVR at the marina with new models.  

  • New chief has long history in department

    New chief has long history in department

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Tom Chisholm joined the junior fire department here at 8 years old. Now, two decades and a couple years later, he has been named the town’s fire chief. It’s a step up from deputy chief, a role he has filled for the last few years. He was nominated for the position by

  • Make way for flamingos

    Make way for flamingos

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Pink is popping up around town and flamingos are flocking in for the annual celebration that takes over the Quietside of Mount Desert Island this time of year. This Friday the Quietside Flamingo Festival kicks off with a Lobster Bake at 5 p.m. under the tent on Pemetic Green in front of

  • 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

  • Teachers up pressure for contract settlement

    Teachers up pressure for contract settlement

    BAR HARBOR — Representatives of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board and the teachers’ union met Monday with a professional mediator to try to break an impasse in contract negotiations that began last September. Following Monday’s meeting, the MDIRSS board scheduled an executive session for this coming Monday, July 16, to discuss

  • Police log: Tempers flare in hot weather

    Police log: Tempers flare in hot weather

    BAR HARBOR – A Trenton couple were arrested on charges of domestic violence assault July 4 following a fight during a car ride. Nicholas Laurendreau, 33, and Katherine Roy, 37, had a verbal argument early in the day, according to reports. Later, Laurendreau picked up Roy and they were traveling together when a physical fight

  • Oxen pull Blackjack to launch at museum

    Oxen pull Blackjack to launch at museum

    ROCKLAND — The Friendship sloop Blackjack, originally built in 1900 by Wilbur Morse, was launched Saturday the same way it was rebuilt over the last three years: with teamwork. A team of four oxen pulled the boat on a large wooden cradle several hundred feet from beside the Sail, Power and Steam Museum building on