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  • Former YWCA Director Benni McMullen remembered

    Former YWCA Director Benni McMullen remembered

    BAR HARBOR — Benni McMullen, who died Wednesday, is remembered for her big heart and her creativity. As director of the YWCA from 1973 to 2012, she helped countless women and children. As President of the MDI Rotary in 2006, she helped the community at large. And in her involvement with the Island Arts Association, she supported fellow

  • Bar Harbor suspends lodging for nonessential travel

    Bar Harbor suspends lodging for nonessential travel

    BAR HARBOR — The town is asking lodging businesses, including campgrounds and vacation rentals, to close for a few weeks to all but essential travel to protect public safety during the coronavirus emergency. Meeting Monday via videoconference, the Town Council approved a statement suspending “all occupancy for transient accommodations, vacation rentals and campgrounds for nonessential

  • As virus precaution, MDI Hospital limits, screens visitors

    As virus precaution, MDI Hospital limits, screens visitors

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital and its health centers are temporarily restricting visitors as part of ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19. Visitors are not allowed at the hospital until further notice, as of March 27. Specific exceptions may be made for emergency

  • Bar Harbor woman made history with write-in bid for probate post

    Bar Harbor woman made history with write-in bid for probate post

    BAR HARBOR — Things moved fast in the late-summer weeks of 1920 as the constitutional amendment allowing women to vote in federal elections was being ratified. And one woman in Bar Harbor acted quickly, too: Margaret S. Dyer ran as a write-in candidate for Hancock County Register of Probate, becoming the first woman in Maine

  • A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    HERNDON, Va. – When Etaine Raphael decided to publish her first children’s book, she not only involved her two daughters in the process, but joined their art class in order to create something to which they could relate.   “What I’m trying to do here is bring a really simple story to life in the eyes of a child,” said

  • Quarry noise plan to get expert review

    Quarry noise plan to get expert review

    MOUNT DESERT — The town will hire an acoustical consulting firm to review the plan by Harold MacQuinn, Inc. and Freshwater Stone to muffle noise at MacQuinn’s granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry.  The two companies have applied for a license for Freshwater to operate the one-acre quarry. Their attorney, Ed Bearor, told the Planning Board last Thursday

  • A day in the life of MDI

    A day in the life of MDI

    The Mount Desert Islander assembled a team of photographers to document a single day in the life of the island. The idea was to create a snapshot of an ordinary day. We did not, however, pick an ordinary day. Friday, March 13, the day of our project, was the date that President Trump declared a

  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,