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  • Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) schedules dozens, if not hundreds, of aquaculture scoping sessions, public hearings and informational meetings covering a variety of issues around the state each year, but few of them are important as three community meetings DMR has scheduled for next month. Maine’s $485 million lobster industry is

  • Sips 2.0 now open

    Sips 2.0 now open

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After more than a decade of success at Sips restaurant on Clark Point Road, owner Jennifer Worcester has opened Sips 2.0 across the street. Strictly a to-go style shop, the smaller Sips is located next to the post office and offers pre-made meals, wraps and quesadillas, among other grab-n-go items. “I really

  • New playground is complete, and paid for

    New playground is complete, and paid for

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Despite a few hiccups in the process and with help from an end-of-year approval of funds by the School Board, the new playground is finished and paid for. One selectman expressed concern that the playground still had outstanding debt and was not yet finished during several meetings at the beginning of the

  • Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at town meeting here last Saturday authorized the town to borrow up to $350,000 for a new fire truck for Great Cranberry Island. The vote was 41-10. One of the deciding factors, according to Town Clerk Denise McCormick, was the town’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) fire rating, which insurance companies use

  • Ambulance needs a new home

    Ambulance needs a new home

    TREMONT — Southwest Harbor-Tremont Nursing Service, the nonprofit that provides ambulance service for both towns, is looking for a home for its second ambulance. The vehicle, known as R2, is currently housed at the Bass Harbor Fire Station. “They moved in temporarily 18 years ago,” said Tremont Fire Chief Keith Higgins. “We’ve really been making

  • Island Police Log: Habitual offender nabbed

    Island Police Log: Habitual offender nabbed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Glenburn man was arrested Saturday evening on charges of operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior, possession of Schedule Z drugs and an outstanding warrant. A sheriff’s deputy recognized Christopher Thomas, 35, who he knew had a suspended license and pulled him over on Main Street in Southwest Harbor. A

  • Math teams shine at states

    Math teams shine at states

    FAIRFIELD — Students from Mount Desert Island schools made a strong showing at the State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Kennebec Valley Community College earlier this month. Mount Desert Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Conners Emerson School sent participants to the March 9 event. Representing Mount Desert Elementary were seventh graders Jay Haney, Roger Strauss and