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  • Young chef receives inaugural Russell scholarship 

    Young chef receives inaugural Russell scholarship 

    MOUNT DESERT — Community School of Mount Desert Island student Tryg Soares has been awarded the inaugural Jeff Russell Memorial Scholarship.  Soares received the award from Coda restaurant chef Carter Light on Friday, Nov. 13, in the company of his teachers and family. The scholarship is named after Jeff Russell, a beloved community member and chef at Coda, in Southwest

  • Parking for student housing questioned

    Parking for student housing questioned

    MOUNT DESERT — The student housing that College of the Atlantic plans to build in Northeast Harbor would have a total of three parking spaces for 17 bedrooms.  Planning Board member Joanne Eaton questioned whether that would be sufficient when the board reviewed the architect’s sketch plan for the proposed development last Wednesday.  “My hope is that they will

  • Search ongoing for four Maine-based fishermen

    Search ongoing for four Maine-based fishermen

    BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for four Maine-based fishermen approximately 20 miles northeast of Provincetown, Mass. Watchstanders at First District Coast Guard Command Center, in Boston, received notification at 1 a.m., Nov. 16, from the 82-foot fishing vessel Emmy Rose’s emergency position indicating radio beacon. The vessel owner reported there were four people

  • Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Without a shellfish warden here, there would be no way to prevent commercial clam diggers from working the town’s flats.  As Harbormaster Adam Thurston prepares to leave that position for one as deputy harbormaster in Mount Desert, town officials are figuring out how to make sure there is no, or minimal, lapse in warden

  • Walgreens rapid testing locations increase to 52

    Walgreens rapid testing locations increase to 52

    AUGUSTA— On Nov. 19, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the additional Walgreens pharmacy locations that will offer free drive-through rapid COVID-19 antigen testing to people in Maine experiencing symptoms of the virus. Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, Walgreens will open 52 testing sites across Maine to the public, using Abbott’s BinaxNOW rapid

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Climate change program  ELLSWORTH — On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) will host an online educational event titled “Climate Change, Reaction and Action.” This event is open to the public and will feature a panel of speakers who will share their knowledge about three interconnected topics: the climate change crisis as it stands now,

  • Bar Harbor Inn closes for season after employee tests positive  

    Bar Harbor Inn closes for season after employee tests positive  

    BAR HARBOR— What was supposed to be a new tradition for one Bar Harbor business this season has ended before it could begin.   On Monday, the Bar Harbor Inn staff learned that an employee of their food and beverage staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Though the employee worked exclusively at the Reading Room Restaurant, management decided to close both of their eateries that

  • Planning board approves parking lot on fourth try 

    Planning board approves parking lot on fourth try 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In the Planning Board’s fourth meeting reviewing plans for a parking lot and the use of an adjacent private road, which were remanded back to them from the towns Board of Appeals, members of the board approved them last week.  “They wanted us to be consistent with our land use ordinance,” said Planning Board Chairman Eric Davis, following a comment from Mike Levesque, another

  • With COVID-19 cases rising, more public measures are put in place

    With COVID-19 cases rising, more public measures are put in place

    AUGUSTA — Following an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates in Maine, the Mills Administration announced new measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 6, all outdoor and indoor amusement venues, movie theaters, performing arts venues, casinos and businesses that provide seated food and

  • Island Briefs

    Island Briefs

    Proposed school budget  BAR HARBOR —  During the virtual Bar Harbor school committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, Conners-Emerson principal Barbara Neilly presented a first draft of the school budget for the fiscal year 2021-22. The budget was proposed on a spreadsheet for committee members to review and compare to the current year. Without any added positions or COVID staffing needs taken into account for