• New coffee shop fills a need

    New coffee shop fills a need

    BAR HARBOR — Even though he commutes from Brewer every day, David Higgins is a familiar face on West Street. Working as a bartender last year at West Street Café, he said, he’d look out across the street and notice that there are no coffee shops on the block.  “All the customers are coming to

  • Pickling at home 

    Pickling at home 

    ORONO — Do you make fermented pickles at home, or do you want to learn how?   University of Maine researchers are seeking Maine residents at least 18 years old to answer questions and watch a short video about safe fermentation practices.  Jacob Rich is the study’s principal investigator. The UMaine graduate student in food science and human nutrition works under

  • Farmers market begins Friday 

    Farmers market begins Friday 

    TOWN HILL—Acadia Farmers Market will start June 19 and run through Sept. 25. Held outside the Town Hill Community Hall on Fridays from 3-6 p.m., the market features local produce, meats, dairy, flowers and more. 

  • Online beverage training offered 

    Online beverage training offered 

     ELLSWORTH—Healthy Acadia is ready to help stores, restaurants and taverns safely sell or serve alcohol.   “Two things have changed with our state-certified server/seller training. We will be offering training using Zoom, and, since so many businesses are experiencing financial difficulties, we will not charge for the training,” said Tara Young, Healthy Acadia’s drug-free communities coordinator and one of the trainers. 

  • Eat in Eden 

    Eat in Eden 

    BAR HARBOR—Local artist Russell D’Alessio created this “Eat in Eden” poster and is offering it free of charge to businesses in Bar Harbor. The poster is 18×12 inches.    D’Alessio said, “We are hoping to help our small town and its small businesses in its recovery this summer, encouraging folks to eat out and shop safely.”   Any business wishing to display the poster

  • ‘Chef Emily’ is part of new Asticou team; Crowley named general manager

    ‘Chef Emily’ is part of new Asticou team; Crowley named general manager

    MOUNT DESERT — When the Asticou Inn opens for the season – the target date is June 19 – it will have a new general manager, Scott Crowley, and a new executive chef, Emily Damon.  For Damon, it is a homecoming of sorts, even though she has never worked at the inn. Her great-grandmother, Emily Phillips, was born in the Asticou’s Cranberry Cottage. And it was Phillips’ grandmother, also named Emily, and

  • To-go cocktails become a reality in Maine

    To-go cocktails become a reality in Maine

    BAR HARBOR — On Monday, the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages issued an update to its March restriction about to-go beverages, leaving the door open for restaurants to offer another option to takeout diners: cocktails.   Restaurants can now mix their signature spirits-based cocktails and serve them to go, providing they follow a series of rules:

  • Bread by Fred

    Bread by Fred

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR–This is a story about a sourdough starter named Fred and how he inspired a few people to make bread.  Created in January by Raney Bench, Fred came to life in fits and starts.   “We heat with a wood stove and it gets cold at night and starters don’t like that,” said Bench.   They

Never miss a beat! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get top stories sent straight to your inbox.