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  • Wharf bid tentatively awarded

    Wharf bid tentatively awarded

    TREMONT — Charles Bradley Construction was awarded the bid to reconstruct aspects of the town’s wharf in Bernard, pending the state’s Department of Transportation approval. Bids were opened on Tuesday and selectmen awarded the bid at their meeting that night in order to begin construction as soon as possible. Charles Bradley Construction offered to rebuild

  • Community School open house set

    Community School open house set

    MOUNT DESERT — The Community School of Mount Desert Island will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the school’s Somesville campus, located at 585 Sound Drive, observe work across the grades, talk with current families and teachers, and enjoy some

  • Public debates employee housing

    Public debates employee housing

    BAR HARBOR — Public hearings on proposals to allow Employee Living Quarters (ELQs) and Shared Accommodations (SAs) once again drew a crowd at a Planning Board meeting Jan. 8. After hearing comments, the Planning Board voted to recommend amendments to the Land Use Ordinance (LUO) that would allow both types of housing in certain zones.

  • Ventless trap survey seeks participants

    Ventless trap survey seeks participants

    WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Maine Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, is seeking industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. The cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine to New York seeks data on relative lobster abundance and size

  • Goose Cove aquaculture

    Goose Cove aquaculture

    TRENTON — A new 6-acre farm for suspended culture of shellfish is planned in Goose Cove in Western Bay. A scoping session for Brian Harvey’s planned operation is set for Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the town office. Scoping sessions are required to be held by the prospective standard lease applicant after submitting

  • Marine Resources Committee off to an ambitious start

    Marine Resources Committee off to an ambitious start

    ELLSWORTH — With Arctic temperatures chilling Maine, it’s difficult to focus on the state’s diverse fisheries. But in Augusta, the Marine Resources Committee had a wide range of proposed legislation scheduled for consideration this week. On Tuesday, the committee scheduled public hearings on two bills submitted on behalf of the Department of Marine Resources. The

  • Asticou zoning district proposed

    Asticou zoning district proposed

    MOUNT DESERT — A zoning change that would allow the Asticou Inn to build additional guest rooms is being proposed by the town’s Land Use Advisory Group. The idea is to create a new zoning district — Shoreland Residential 3 (SR3) — encompassing the 16-acre Asticou property at the head of the harbor in Northeast

  • Climate task force plan OK’d

    Climate task force plan OK’d

    BAR HARBOR — The town took a next step Tuesday in responding to the climate emergency it declared in November when a new town Climate Task Force was created, despite some uncertainty about the details of the group’s work and whether the town is the best entity to organize it. Town Council Chairman Jeff Dobbs

  • Sea exploration talk set

    Sea exploration talk set

    BAR HARBOR — Deep-sea explorer and College of the Atlantic alumna Allison Fundis will discuss her experiences searching for Amelia Earhart’s plane with famed explorer Robert Ballard. She will speak at the COA Human Ecology Forum on Thursday, Jan. 30. The free event will be held in McCormick Lecture Hall at 4:10 p.m. As the