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  • Drug Take-Back Day set

    Drug Take-Back Day set

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island police departments will join the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and others in observing National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. Any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs will be accepted anonymously and for free. Drug drop boxes are already located in the lobbies of these law

  • Old Red Store listing tabled

    Old Red Store listing tabled

    TREMONT — Plans for the Old Red Store to be considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places are on hold after the trustees of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library objected because of the effect the listing could have on the future use of the property. The Old Red Store at the intersection

  • Two buildings razed

    Two buildings razed

    BAR HARBOR — Crews demolished the former Nakorn Thai building across from the Bar Harbor Post Office on Cottage Street last Thursday morning. Owner Tom Alley of Bar Harbor said that the building saw many uses, including a sandwich shop, gas station and ice cream shop. “The lot is worth more with the building off

  • Students to join school board

    Students to join school board

    BAR HARBOR — Two students will join the Mount Desert Island High School board as nonvoting members in the next few months. The board voted unanimously Monday night to have the school administration start the process of selecting student representatives. Principal Matt Haney and Superintendent Marc Gousse recommended adding students to the board. “In other

  • Voter guide available

    Voter guide available

    BAR HARBOR — The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund’s Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the 2017 election is now available online. This year’s guide covers the four statewide referendum questions to be decided by voters on Nov. 7. The guide is written in easy-to-understand language. It is nonpartisan; it does not promote any

  • The kids are all right

    The kids are all right

    BAR HARBOR — Police here respond to numerous reports of animals left alone inside cars, but an Oct. 11 incident was unusual even for them. Sgt. Chris Wharff checked on two goats inside a vehicle parked on Mount Desert Street with the windows closed. Wharff determined the goats were not in distress and took no

  • Input sought on energy plan

    ORONO — The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is asking Mainers for their input as it develops an Energy Planning Roadmap to advance the state’s energy, economic development and environmental goals. A public meeting is set for the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine on Friday, Oct. 27, from

  • Small Claims Court Oct. 2

    Small Claims Court Oct. 2

    The following Hancock County Court Small Claims cases were adjudicated Oct. 2: Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary vs. Herb Lewis of Surry: case dismissed at the request of the plaintiff (Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary) with prejudice as debt is paid in full. Jim’s Auto Repair of Ellsworth vs. Matthew Chick of Hancock: default judgment to plaintiff (Jim’s Auto

  • Inn, town dispute parcel

    Inn, town dispute parcel

    BAR HARBOR — A strip of land adjacent to a municipal parking lot on Cottage Street that is owned by the town but used by a local business via a right-of-way has been the subject of a dispute this fall. Tom Hulbert, the owner of the Black Friar Inn, is now working with the town

  • Learning from the Great Fire of 1947

    Learning from the Great Fire of 1947

    BAR HARBOR — The good news is, firefighting technology and capabilities have improved dramatically since a fire burned thousands of acres on Mount Desert Island 70 years ago this week. Communication and cooperation between local, state, trans-state and even international wildfire “compacts” is vastly improved. The bad news is, fire continues to be a very