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  • Federal officials visit Acadia

    Federal officials visit Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Two members of Maine’s congressional delegation and the acting director of the National Park Service (NPS) visited Acadia Thursday morning to learn about the park’s infrastructure needs and to tout a bill now making its way through Congress that would provide $6.5 billion over the next five years to fund repair

  • Ferry company fleshes out plan

    BAR HARBOR — The town council is set to decide in a few weeks whether to accept Bay Ferries’ proposal for a five-year lease of a portion of the Eden Street property the town is purchasing from the state. The company holds a 10-year contract with the Province of Nova Scotia to provide ferry service

  • SWH District bond repayment based on old ordinance

    SWH District bond repayment based on old ordinance

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Officials of the town and the Water and Sewer District are trying to figure out who is on the hook for bond payments that cover the district’s projects. That question will go to voters in an upcoming special town meeting for which the date has yet to be set. When the Water

  • Northeast Harbor project on hold; complaints persist

    Northeast Harbor project on hold; complaints persist

    MOUNT DESERT — The Main Street redevelopment project in Northeast Harbor won’t be starting Oct. 15 as scheduled. At this point, that’s pretty much the only thing about the project that’s certain. Members of the Board of Selectmen Monday night informally agreed to delay a decision on how to proceed with the project until their

  • Fish shack squatter ordered out; Aid Society to secure building

    Fish shack squatter ordered out; Aid Society to secure building

    MOUNT DESERT — Someone has been living illegally in the small fish shack on Otter Cove, according to Code Enforcement Officer Kim Keene. She has ordered the Otter Creek Aid Society, which owns the building, to have it vacated immediately. “I have determined that the existing structure is in violation [of the Uniform Plumbing Code]

  • Hancock County Jail log Sept. 11-16

    Hancock County Jail log Sept. 11-16

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Sept. 11 and 16: Jeremy W. Fowler, 41, Ellsworth, domestic violence assault. Jacob D. Russell, 33, Bass Harbor, probation violation. Timothy L. Thorpe, 38, Dedham, back for court. Christopher R. Lapointe, 32, Bangor, back for court. Amanda L. Bowman, 38, Bucksport, unlawful drug

  • Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    BROOKLIN — With September well under way, captains in Maine’s schooner fleet must start thinking about the long winter ahead with no passengers to entertain and some time to enjoy the woodstove. Before they can turn their attention to the endless list of chores that comes with maintaining big, old wooden sailboats, the skippers have

  • MMA sweeps inaugural race

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy recently sent two Monomoy rescue rowboat teams to SUNY Maritime Academy in Throggs Neck, N.Y., to compete in the inaugural George C. Previll Memorial Inter-Academy Monomoy Challenge. Winning both parts of the challenge, MMA collected $4,000 in scholarship money: a $2,500 first place prize for the Monomoy race and a

  • Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier

    Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier

    TRENTON — Florida-based Silver Airways’ first summer as the seasonal air carrier for the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport was a success, according to Airport Manager Brad Madeira. Silver Airways replaced PenAir effective July 1. The airline, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, ran twice daily flights from Bar Harbor to Boston. “In July, Silver Airways reported carrying

  • Entrance fee  waived Sept. 22

    Entrance fee waived Sept. 22

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Saturday, Sept. 22, is one of four days this year when people can enter the park without showing an entrance pass or paying a fee. This “entrance-fee free” day is in observance of National Public Lands Day, which also happens to be the first day of autumn. Entrance fees will be