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  • Voting now open for “Women of Distinction”

    Voting now open for “Women of Distinction”

    BAR HARBOR — YWCA MDI has announced the finalists for this year’s Women of Distinction awards and is inviting the public to vote for one person in each of three categories: Woman of the Year, Young Woman of the Year and Girl of the Year. The nominees were chosen based on their leadership and advocacy

  • Recovery coaching

    ELLSWORTH — On July 1 Healthy Acadia, with support from Governor Janet Mills and the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), launched the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) to support volunteer-driven, community recovery coaching throughout Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington Counties. Through Maine-ARC, Healthy Acadia and partners will collaborate with

  • Chamber celebrates 50 years

    Chamber celebrates 50 years

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating fifty years of service since its incorporation on Aug. 4, 1969. A celebration is planned for the organization’s annual dinner on Oct. 21. “As we celebrate 50 years, it is no coincidence that the advancement of the area as a destination tracks with

  • Quarry hearing to focus on noise

    Quarry hearing to focus on noise

    MOUNT DESERT — It has always been about the noise. Residents of Hall Quarry, especially those who live near the quarry owned by Harold MacQuinn, Inc., have expressed concern about dust, vibration, truck traffic and other potential impacts if quarrying is allowed to resume. But at the heart of their objection is the noise that

  • One bridge opens, another set to close

    One bridge opens, another set to close

    TREMONT — Commuters should soon expect to add at least 15 minutes onto their commute from Tremont to Southwest Harbor when the Marsh Bridge closes for two months, beginning soon after labor day. The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) combined two bridge projects in town into a single contract, which was awarded in 2018 to

  • Island Police Log: SUV flips over, catches fire

    Island Police Log: SUV flips over, catches fire

    TRENTON — The driver of a 2008 Dodge SUV was swerving to avoid a deer that ran into Route 3 around 1 a.m. Sunday, he told police, when the vehicle reportedly went off the road and hit a utility pole. It flipped over as it fell down an embankment, according to reports, and caught on

  • Boatworks turns to workboats

    Boatworks turns to workboats

    CRANBERRY ISLES — A few raindrops couldn’t dampen the spirits in the historic Blue Duck building on Little Cranberry last Saturday, as Oso Oloroso, the latest Islesford Boatworks boat was cheerfully launched. Spanish for “Stinky Bear,” this was the first boat completed in their new waterfront shop and the program’s fourteenth annual summer launch. It

  • Achieving a quorum a challenge for boards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — When Jesse Dunbar accepted the code enforcement clerk’s job with the town recently, he resigned from his position on the Planning Board. Earlier this year, long-time Planning Board member Mike Magnani resigned prior to the end of his term. A couple of months later, board member Chris Rawls was asked to resign

  • School starts Aug. 29

    School starts Aug. 29

    BAR HARBOR — The new school year starts Thursday, Aug. 29 for all students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. At MDI High School, it will be a full day of school for freshmen. The day will officially start at 9:57 a.m. for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

  • Pancake breakfast in memory of Young

    BAR HARBOR — A pancake breakfast and silent auction will be held at Birch Bay Retirement Village Main Dining Room on Friday, Aug. 23 from 7-11 a.m. The event is in memory of a the late Truth Young, who worked at Birch Bay. A donation of $5 per person will be encouraged. Silent auction items