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  • Teachers press board on contract

    Teachers press board on contract

    BAR HARBOR — More than 60 Mount Desert Island Regional School System teachers and a few parents of students attended the school board’s meeting Monday night to press their call for a “fair and competitive” contract. Representatives of the teachers union and school board have been trying to negotiate a new three-year contract since last

  • Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    BAR HARBOR — The CEO of the private company proposing to bring back Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry service faced a battery of questions Tuesday evening from town councilors and residents. Some of those questions were about the company’s history in Bar Harbor and current activities in Portland. Others were about ensuring public waterfront access and community input in

  • Hancock County Jail log July 9-15

    Hancock County Jail log July 9-15

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between July 9 and 15: Walker R. Gaspar, 30, Deer Isle, domestic violence assault. Jared L. Kjenstad, 33, Owls Head, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, burglary and forgery. Khadijah N. Kenion, 19, Brownstown, Mich., hold for other agency. Matthew C. Milliken, 32, Ellsworth,

  • Friendships, no matter the wind

    Friendships, no matter the wind

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Racing a sailboat, especially a gaff-rigged one, requires some wind. If there’s not much wind, you need some serious strategy. Thirteen Friendship sloops were on the starting line Saturday for the annual Southwest Harbor Rendezvous and Race. Scott Martin, who took over from Miff Lauriat this year as commodore of this little

  • Counting porpoises by sight and echo-location

    Counting porpoises by sight and echo-location

    BAR HARBOR — Kate Pielmeier is spending several hours a day, four days a week this summer staring out at the water from the Schoodic Ferry as it travels between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor. She’s looking for harbor porpoises. Pielmeier, a graduate student at College of the Atlantic, is a research associate in the

  • Sensing storm surge

    Sensing storm surge

    MOUNT DESERT — University of Maine researchers Kim Huguenard and Laura Rickard will give a talk about the effects of storm surge (rising water levels generated by a storm) in the Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor estuaries Wednesday, July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Somes Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary in Somesville. This interactive

  • Reunion RSVP deadline nears

    BAR HARBOR — The last class to ever graduate from Bar Harbor High School, the class of 1968, presents a special 50th anniversary reunion event Aug. 19 at the Bar Harbor Club. “The program will be a little different than past reunions since 1968 was the year the doors closed for good at ole BHHS,”

  • New marina cameras

    New marina cameras

    MOUNT DESERT — New, high-definition security cameras are on their way to the Northeast Harbor marina. Last week, the town’s Board of Selectmen authorized Harbormaster John Lemoine to spend $4,302 from an equipment reserve account to replace seven security cameras and a DVR at the marina with new models.  

  • New contract inked for school support staff

    New contract inked for school support staff

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson support staff – ed techs, secretaries, bookkeepers, cafeteria workers and janitorial staff – will see three years of raises per a new contract approved by the School Committee on July 2. The action came after executive session negotiations between three support staff union members and two school committee members. The