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  • Steele accused of violations

    Steele accused of violations

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Sheridan Steele, former superintendent of Acadia National Park, has been accused by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the National Park Service (NPS) of having “illegally accepted $14,771 in gifts” from the Schoodic Institute and its board members. The OIG said Steele also “negotiated for employment with the (Schoodic Institute)

  • Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    BAR HARBOR – Following last week’s vote approving a town purchase of the former ferry terminal on Eden Street, the company currently operating ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia has reaffirmed its interest in returning international ferry service here. Town officials received a letter of intent from Bay Ferries chairman Mark MacDonald on Tuesday

  • Turnaround idea going nowhere

    Turnaround idea going nowhere

    MOUNT DESERT — If you take a boat or trailer to the Otter Cove landing in Otter Creek, you’ll have to back down the narrow, rocky lane from Grover Avenue because there is no room to turn around at the bottom. At the request of Steve Smith and a few other Otter Creek residents, town

  • Electric rates to increase July 1

    BANGOR — Emera Maine expects to bump distribution rates by 5.3 percent following the conclusion of deliberations with the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday. Increased rates will take effect on July 1, according to a press release. This bump is lower than the initial request made to the PUC. This change will see the

  • Memorial bench

    MOUNT DESERT — The MDI Lions Club will place a granite bench near the pier at the Northeast Harbor Marina in memory of longtime club members John Fernald and Lloyd Norwood. Both men died in March. The Board of Selectmen approved the placement of the bench Monday night.

  • Domestic violence indictments

    Domestic violence indictments

    ELLSWORTH — A Mount Desert man was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury June 7 after an incident in which he allegedly threatened a domestic partner with a firearm. Ryan Dunbar, 34, was indicted on charges of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, aggravated criminal mischief, obstructing report of a crime or

  • Hancock County Jail log June 12-17

    Hancock County Jail log June 12-17

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between June 12 and 17: David W. Jamieson, 44, Bangor, two counts failure to pay fine. Candra St. Clair Leckman, 29, Ellsworth, one count failure to appear and two counts default in payment of fine. Michael C. Sigler, 27, Sanford, back for court. Khadijah N.

  • Family displaced by fire

    Family displaced by fire

    TREMONT — A fire, believed to have been started by a malfunctioning self-cleaning oven, displaced a family of three on June 13. Volunteers for the Tremont Fire Department received a call around 2:30 p.m. about a fire on Old Point Road. When they arrived on the scene, flames were coming from windows on the second

  • Sewer rates explained

    Sewer rates explained

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — When a new, independent Water and Sewer District took over those systems from the town a couple of years ago, it inherited a half-million dollar liability and systems that needed a lot of work, its leaders said at a public meeting last week. The district has been making steady progress in addressing

  • Water mains fail in two towns

    Water mains fail in two towns

    By Sarah Hinckley and Samuel Shepherd [email protected] SOUTHWEST HARBOR— It was a rough week for municipal water crews on Mount Desert Island. A major water main break cut off water and snarled traffic in Southwest Harbor Wednesday morning. On June 13, water mains in Bar Harbor had four separate breaks, leaving some residents without water