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  • Lobster exports decline sharply as tariffs kick in

    Lobster exports decline sharply as tariffs kick in

    ELLSWORTH — Some say trade wars are easy to win, but every war has its casualties. According to trade figures just published by NOAA Fisheries, the lobster industry may be one of them. In June, the United States exported to China nearly 1.6 million pounds of live lobster worth $11.7 million. In July, live lobster

  • Bank food drive set

    Bank food drive set

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has announced its 30th annual “Food for Good” community food drive, to be held Oct. 29 through Nov. 16. Nonperishable food donations will be collected at bank branch and donors will receive a “Food for Good” reusable grocery tote, while supplies last. All food donations go to

  • New park takes shape

    New park takes shape

    BAR HARBOR — A new park named DeGregoire Green is taking shape along Eden Street, between West Street and Harbor Lane. The park is a project of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association (VIA). It is being built on private land with the cooperation of landowners Joe Cough and Lance Mahaney, who will maintain ownership

  • New drysuits for Maine Patrol

    ROCKLAND — With a grant of $11,000 from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and matching funds of $3,352.75 from the Department of Marine Resources, the Maine Marine Patrol has acquired 15 dry suits to be worn in the dangerous on-deck situations that officers often encounter at work. In 2015, Sergeant Matthew Talbot and Specialist Corrie

  • Explorer buses set ridership record

    Explorer buses set ridership record

    BAR HARBOR — By the time the Island Explorer bus system ended its 2018 season Oct. 8, it had set a new ridership record with 620,991passenger trips. That was 39,686 more than in 2017, an increase of 7 percent. And last year’s number was 9 percent higher than the previous year’s. The fare-free Island Explorer

  • Eeek festival at Schoodic

    Eeek festival at Schoodic

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Just in time for Halloween, the Schoodic Institute in the Schoodic section of the park will host the Eeek of Ecology Festival for young children on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. The free event, which will go on rain or shine, is recommended for children age 8 or younger who

  • Workshop on dealing with chronic pain

    Workshop on dealing with chronic pain

    Bar Harbor — Mount Desert Island Hospital, in partnership with Healthy Acadia, is offering a free six-week “Taking Action on Pain” workshop. The workshop will take place on Mondays from 1 – 3:30 p.m., Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 in the second floor conference room of the Cadillac Mountain Medical Building on Main Street in

  • Scallop drag license lottery

    Scallop drag license lottery

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is announcing a license lottery for four scallop drag licenses. The scallop drag license lottery will remain open until Oct. 26. Applicants may enter online at or may complete a paper application at the DMR offices in the Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta. DMR will

  • $4M in public construction projects planned in SWH

    $4M in public construction projects planned in SWH

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In the next year, the town has about $4 million in construction projects slated to be completed. One project, renovations at the century-old pumping station on Long Pond, is initially being funded by the Water and Sewer District. A request will go before voters either this fall or next spring to ask