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  • Island police log: Coyotes like to eat venison, too

    Island police log: Coyotes like to eat venison, too

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A woman driving a 2015 Dodge Ram truck on Route 102 reportedly hit a deer near Fernald Point Road Nov. 27 around 4:45 p.m. The following morning, police received a report of a deer in the ditch on Fernald Point Road. When an officer arrived, he found the deer dead and partially

  • Ambulance to get new home

    Ambulance to get new home

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — “Rescue 2” or R2, as the second ambulance for the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Nursing Service is called, is scheduled to move down the road this month from one fire station to another. Leaders of the Southwest Harbor Fire Department have agreed to make room in their station on Main Street to temporarily accommodate

  • Town seeks voters  for committees

    Town seeks voters for committees

    BAR HARBOR — The town is seeking Bar Harbor registered voters to serve on volunteer boards and committees. The town currently has 26 total openings on 11 committees. Town Clerk Sharon Linscott said some committees have a desperate need of registered voters, in order to have a quorum of voting committee members. In June, a

  • Dutch company plans fish farm in Jonesport

    Dutch company plans fish farm in Jonesport

    JONESPORT — Kingfish Zeeland, owner of a large recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) fish production operation in the Netherlands, got a strong show of support for its proposal to build a similar land-based facility in Jonesport during a public presentation to the community on Nov. 20. Kingfish Zeeland considered more than 20 locations on the East

  • Volunteer info session

    Volunteer info session

    MOUNT DESERT — Island Connections, a nonprofit that provides free transportation for seniors and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands, will host an information session for potential volunteers Monday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library. “Transportation to medical appointments, cancer and dialysis treatments, outpatient surgeries, grocery

  • School’s solar system goes live

    School’s solar system goes live

    BAR HARBOR — The new solar power system at Mount Desert Island High School began generating electricity and sending it to the grid Nov. 24. “Even though it is November, the system is already producing about 700kWh (kilowatt hours) per day,” Principal Matt Haney told the Islander. “I can’t wait to see what it turns

  • Straw poll on middle school set

    BAR HARBOR — Voters here will weigh in on whether the school board should continue planning a combined middle school to serve all the towns in the school district. The non-binding “straw poll” question will go on the June ballot, as the Town Council decided on Tuesday. According to a memo from Superintendant Marc Gousse,

  • Tremont going ‘one bin’

    Tremont going ‘one bin’

    TREMONT — When asked on Monday if they wanted the town to do away with the recycling bins outside the town office and put all their trash in one container to eventually be sent to Coastal Resources of Maine in Hampden, two selectmen said, “get rid of the dumpsters and go for it.” Select Board

  • Officials stress need for cooperation

    Officials stress need for cooperation

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Benjamin Franklin famously told his fellow signers of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Today, public officials on Mount Desert Island aren’t worried about being strung up, but they are looking at ways for the four towns to hang together

  • To grow or not to grow: Bar Harbor officials map goals for tourism and sustainability

    To grow or not to grow: Bar Harbor officials map goals for tourism and sustainability

    BAR HARBOR — Tourism, growth and sustainability were the hot topics Tuesday as members of the Town Council discussed their goals and strategies for the next five years. Councilors were concerned about language in the draft goals document that makes reference to preventing “negative consequences of over-tourism.” In a closed goal-setting meeting last month, the