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  • Vulnerable church is in need of repairs

    Vulnerable church is in need of repairs

    Barbara Fenderson remembers attending the Town Hill Federated Church a few decades ago with her former mother-in-law, and her oldest son was baptized in the Crooked Road building.  It has been at least 15 years since the church has had any kind of congregation or community activity inside, but Fenderson is volunteering with the Town Hill Village Improvement Society to breathe life back into the 114-year-old building.  

  • Town boards endorse universal health care

    Town boards endorse universal health care

    The town boards in Bar Harbor and Tremont have joined those in several other Maine municipalities in adopting a resolution calling on the Legislature to design and implement a health plan that provides every Maine resident with comprehensive medical care. 

  • COA to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester

    COA to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester

    College of the Atlantic plans to require students, staff and faculty who will be working and studying on campus in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19. School officials cite the broad benefits of a vaccinated campus, including holding gatherings, sharing meals, resuming regular transportation protocols and a return to a more normal academic setting. 

  • Bill aims to allow lobstermen to hold harvesting demo licenses

    Bill aims to allow lobstermen to hold harvesting demo licenses

    A bill proposed by state Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham would eliminate a provision that bars commercial lobstermen from taking people out on educational charters to demonstrate how lobstering is done. “Can you imagine that an opportunity exists to charter people on a vessel that demonstrates how lobstering is done, and the only people excluded under current law are real commercial lobstermen?” the Winter Harbor Republican asked the Committee on Marine Resources on April 13. “It’s only a matter of fairness that we correct this law and make provisions for commercial lobstermen to participate in this activity.”   

  • Charter boat industry expects a busy season

    Charter boat industry expects a busy season

    When the pandemic hit last spring, the charter boat and tour industry thought it was sunk. “I thought, ‘This is it.’ This is the end of my business,” said Shane Ellis, who runs Ellis Boat Charters in Southwest Harbor.  As bookings dropped off the map as the season was just about to start, he wondered how he would survive and even pondered selling off some of the boats.  

  • Nature: Are feeders for the birds?

    Nature: Are feeders for the birds?

    Bird feeders provide so much pleasure for so many people all over the world. Feeders are not really as important to the birds as one would think, except in severe weather conditions. But feeders do provide pleasure for the humans watching and they are educational for all ages who might not get out in woods and fields and notice the world around them. 

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