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  • Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    BAR HARBOR — After 17 years working with the city of Ellsworth, Planner Michele Gagnon will be leaving her job to take the job as planning director in Bar Harbor. “We just really liked her enthusiasm for the job,” said Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight. “I think she’ll be a great fit. She has

  • Island Police Log: Accidents strike twice

    Island Police Log: Accidents strike twice

    BAR HARBOR — A Bar Harbor man was involved in two vehicle accidents six days apart. Jordan Pelletier, 27, was in both an accident with a town plow truck Jan. 8 and a collision at the head of the island Monday. A 2018 Chevy Silverado town plow truck operated by Pelletier was turning from Ledgelawn

  • Land request likely too late

    Land request likely too late

    BAR HARBOR — The town council voted Tuesday to ask Maine’s congressional delegation to add a provision to the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act that would transfer ownership of 50 acres of park-owned property off Crooked Road in Town Hill to the town. Council Chair Gary Friedmann said the property could be used for

  • Acadia boundary bill starting over

    Acadia boundary bill starting over

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The very first bill introduced by Maine 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden is, ironically, almost identical to a bill introduced in January 2017 by former Rep. Bruce Poliquin, whom Golden defeated in the November election. It is the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act. That bill was passed by the House last

  • Community rallies for furloughed families

    Community rallies for furloughed families

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island residents, businesses and organizations have been rallying to support local National Park Service and Coast Guard employees and their families as the partial government shutdown stretches on. Matt Hochman of the Trailhead Café said he saw a Facebook post last week about a fellow islander going without a paycheck

  • Bag ban gets nod in second MDI town

    Bag ban gets nod in second MDI town

    BAR HARBOR — Single-use plastic bags for carrying out purchases from stores and polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers will be prohibited in two of four Mount Desert Island towns beginning next month. Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Bar Harbor Town Council enacted new ordinances to ban single-use carryout bags, and polystyrene food service containers from Bar

  • Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For many devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • Students push for change, reflect on lessons learned

    Students push for change, reflect on lessons learned

    Updated Jan. 16 BAR HARBOR — Ella Izenour, Caroline Musson, Charlotte Partin, and Logan Wilbur have been working since 2017 to reduce waste on Mount Desert Island by banning single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene (or Styrofoam) containers from local businesses. Town by town, the ninth-graders from Southwest Harbor have been talking to selectmen and