• Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — No one spoke against a bill to restrict the future expansion of Acadia National Park and to allow the harvesting of clams and worms in the park’s intertidal zone at a Nov. 15 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Federal Lands. A new version of the

  • Town to buy ferry terminal for $3.5 million

    Town to buy ferry terminal for $3.5 million

    BAR HARBOR — The town will exercise the option agreement to purchase the abandoned ferry terminal property on Eden Street from the Maine Department of Transportation for $3.5 million, following a unanimous town council vote Tuesday. Residents attending the meeting greeted the decision with applause. A bond issue for the $3.5 million will go to

  • Walsh invests in new tender boats

    Walsh invests in new tender boats

    BAR HARBOR — One of the two large hotel companies operating here has placed orders for boats specifically to tender cruise ship passengers ashore, company officials said. Eben Salvatore, director of operations here for Ocean Properties Ltd. (OPL), said that the 98-foot boats will carry 150 passengers. They were designed by Australian firm Incat Crowther

  • Neilly, Edmondson go to Washington

    Neilly, Edmondson go to Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met with Conners Emerson School Principal Barbara Neilly and teacher Rebecca Edmondson in her office recently to congratulate them on the school’s National Blue Ribbon School award. Conners Emerson School is one of only three Maine schools — and one of only 342 public and private schools nationwide

  • US Marine helicopters buzz Bar Harbor

    US Marine helicopters buzz Bar Harbor video

    BAR HARBOR — A forgotten cell phone was the impetus for two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters to fly low over Mount Desert Island around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Six Marines had stopped for lunch at the Thirsty Whale earlier in the day, and one accidentally left his cell phone behind. A little while after they

  • Cox fondly remembers COA

    Cox fondly remembers COA

    BAR HARBOR — James Cox made national headlines after a watch he owned, once owned by Paul Newman, sold at auction for $17.8 million. He made local headlines last week because the story behind the watch began in Bar Harbor while he was a student at the College of the Atlantic. Cox, now a resident

  • Acadia to take over lighthouse

    Acadia to take over lighthouse

    TREMONT — The scenic beauty of the Bass Harbor Head Light has been captured on an America the Beautiful quarter, an Acadia National Park centennial postage stamp and in thousands of professional and amateur photographs. Now, the keeper’s house at the iconic 159-year-old lighthouse could become a vacation rental under one use being considered by

  • Dispatcher given retirement surprise

    Dispatcher given retirement surprise

    MOUNT DESERT — Halloween was over, but Lorraine Bracy found herself both tricked and treated last Saturday evening. She thought she was being taken to Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor for her granddaughter Lyla’s ballet recital. Instead, she walked in on her own retirement party. She has been a Mount Desert public safety dispatcher for