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  • Gateway to address ‘too many cars’ 

    Gateway to address ‘too many cars’ 

    TRENTON — Now that the money that is available to build the Acadia Gateway Center here has caught up with the ever-increasing cost, construction is expected to start next year and to be completed in 2023.  The Gateway Center is to be a visitor information center and Island Explorer bus terminal, with a parking lot for nearly 500 cars. The idea

  • Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    BAR HARBOR — In early June, Town Council Chair Jeff Dobbs and Town Manager Cornell Knight wrote to Governor Janet Mills, urging her to lift restrictions on travelers from out of state.  “We have heard from many businesses that their revenues are down by 90 percent compared to last year and that is backed up

  • Park visitation surged in July 

    Park visitation surged in July 

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park typically attracts more visitors in July than in June, but not almost two-and-a-half times as many, as was the case this year.  Visitation was way down throughout the first half of the year, primarily because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials estimated that 201,166 people visited Acadia in June, compared to 490,720 during the same month last

  • How do we talk to kids about race? 

    How do we talk to kids about race? 

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — “Race and racism has a very violent history in our country. It’s hard for white parents to talk to white kids because it’s scary,” said Sirohi Kumar, who is soon to be a junior at Mount Desert Island High School. “A big fear is that they’ll get it wrong… The other option is, your children

  • Island Police: Name-calling restaurant goer tabled his manners 

    Island Police: Name-calling restaurant goer tabled his manners 

    Southwest Harbor  On Aug. 18 around 1 p.m., an officer checked on the well-being of a victim of domestic violence after a request to do so. According to the officer, the person was fine.   A report of a prowler in the area of Village Green Way was made on Aug. 18 around 10:30 p.m. When an officer investigated

  • Absentee ballot requests are way up

    Absentee ballot requests are way up

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Maybe it’s concern about the coronavirus. Or maybe it’s uncertainty over the reliability of mail delivery.  But whatever the reason, local town clerks are receiving more inquiries than usual related to voting in the November election and more requests for absentee ballots.   Registered voters may request absentee ballots anytime between now and Election Day, Nov. 3, but they won’t receive their ballot until around

  • Seasonal families adding to school numbers

    Seasonal families adding to school numbers

    By Sarah Hinckley and Liz Graves  [email protected]     MOUNT DESERT—There isn’t a better place to live through a pandemic than MDI,” said Mount Desert Elementary School Principal Gloria Delsandro in a conversation with the Islander this week.   That sentiment seems to be shared by a number of families who typically only spend the summer season on Mount Desert Island.

  • Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    BAR HARBOR — On Aug. 18, Mount Desert Island Hospital reported a new positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 from a sample taken at its testing center, the first for the facility since mid-July.  The person tested was a Hancock County resident who was showing symptoms of the disease, hospital spokesperson Oka Hutchins said, and was not

  • Colorful steel sculptures enliven vacant lot

    Colorful steel sculptures enliven vacant lot

    NORTHEAST HARBOR–An empty lot in downtown Northeast Harbor has been transformed into a temporary sculpture garden that is open to all.  Six brightly painted, welded steel creations by the late internationally known sculptor David Hayes were “planted” on the lot at the southern end of Main Street by his son, also named David, about two weeks ago. They are to remain there on loan from the David