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  • Vehicle ban worries wormers

    Vehicle ban worries wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    ELLSWORTH — The blowy weather that made lobster fishing a hard chance recently might well have been a blessing in disguise. The wind and cold certainly have given shorebound Maine lobstermen a good chance to learn about the tempests engulfing their industry in the Legislature and the world of fisheries regulation. Already beset by limits

  • Transfer station hours slashed

    Transfer station hours slashed

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s transfer station’s hours are set to change June 1, following a town council vote last week. “One of the ways [proposed] to cut $12,000 out of budget was to cut hours, public works director Chip Reeves told councilors. Reeves’ staff identified Sunday and Thursday afternoons as having limited use. Council

  • Rotary Club announces $10K in gifts

    Rotary Club announces $10K in gifts

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club recently sent out over $10,000 worth of checks to local organizations, which included the YWCA MDI, libraries, Island Housing Trust and other organizations. These new gifts are in addition to the more than $7,000 in donations that have been made in the previous six months. “Rotary

  • Asticou plans gain support

    Asticou plans gain support

    MOUNT DESERT — Members of the town’s land use zoning advisory group appear eager to find a way for the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor to expand, something that isn’t possible under the current zoning ordinance. The Asti-Kim Corporation, which owns the inn, wants to undertake a massive renovation of the main building and reduce

  • Cameras allowed in schools, buses

    Cameras allowed in schools, buses

    BAR HARBOR — A policy change that allows — but does not require — schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System to install security cameras inside school buildings and on school buses was adopted by the school system board Monday night. Previously, only exterior cameras were allowed. The new camera policy was included

  • Music therapy offered

    Music therapy offered

    BAR HARBOR — Melissa Violette, one of a handful of board-certified music therapists in Maine, is launching a new Outpatient Music Therapy Program in concert with Mount Desert Island Hospital that is designed to help participants identify and express emotions, process grief and loss, cope with anger, improve stress management and relaxation skills and explore

  • Coastal planning grant awarded

    Coastal planning grant awarded

    ELLSWORTH — A watershed management project for part of Frenchman Bay has been awarded a $36,908 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Coastal Community grant program. The Eastern Bay Watershed Management Plan is a join project of the Hancock County Planning Commission and the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Grief support for drug deaths

    Grief support for drug deaths

    ELLSWORTH — A support group for those who have lost a loved one to a drug overdose is set to meet Wednesdays Feb. 20 through March 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County house in Ellsworth. The group is free of charge but registration is required. “Losing a loved one to