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  • Time to register Fido

    Time to register Fido

    BAR HARBOR — December is dog-licensing month in Maine. All dogs that are at least six months old are required to have a new or renewed license by Jan. 1. Licenses may be purchased at each town clerk’s office. The cost is $6 for spayed or neutered dogs and $11 for others. Dog license requests

  • Groundfish survey complete

    Groundfish survey complete

    STONINGTON — The Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) recently completed the ninth season of a Sentinel Survey, involving longlining and jigging for groundfish at 80 locations from Penobscot Bay to Canada. This year’s survey involved Deer Isle fisherman Bobby Jones on High Hopes and Mattie Thomson of Monhegan on Fairwind. Graduate students from the

  • MDI Christmas week services

    MDI Christmas week services

    Bar Harbor   Bar Harbor Congregational Church 29 Mount Desert St., 288-3280 Thursday, Dec. 20 Living Nativity, 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Living Nativity, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 Family worship service, 4 p.m. Traditional candlelight service, 7 p.m.   Eden Baptist Church 155 Old Bar Harbor Rd., Salisbury Cove, 288-9812 Sunday, Dec. 23 Christmas

  • Detectors available

    Detectors available

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available at the town’s fire station. Residents in need of a smoke and carbon monoxide detector are asked to call the dispatcher line in Southwest Harbor at 244-7911. Information regarding interested people will be passed on to Fire Chief Tom Chisholm. There are a limited number

  • Town, lobster company ink agreement on noise

    Town, lobster company ink agreement on noise

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — MDI Lobster Company has until the last day of March 2019 to find an alternative, less noisy method of cooling their bait in order to avoid hefty fines, under the terms of a consent agreement with the town. The agreement, drawn up by the town, was signed by all parties, including selectmen,

  • Bar Harbor bank food drive

    Bar Harbor bank food drive

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust concluded its 30th annual “Food for Good” community food drive on Nov. 16. “On behalf of the Bank, I would like to thank all community members who gave a gift of healthy food to our neighbors in need by donating to the food drive,” said Curtis Simard,

  • Apartment complex decision delayed

    Apartment complex decision delayed

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s planning board is set to continue the public hearing on a proposed expansion of an apartment complex at 25 West Street Extension next week, following disagreement over the number of affordable units required under the Planned Unit Development (PUD) site plan. The follow-up hearing is set for the Wednesday, Dec.

  • Schools gauge interest in pre-K

    Schools gauge interest in pre-K

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A survey is circulating in Tremont and Southwest Harbor to gauge interest in offering a shared preschool program through the public school system. Signed by the principals from both Pemetic Elementary School and Tremont Consolidated School, the survey is a preliminary step to gather information about interest within the two communities, to

  • Bank to collect toys

    Bank to collect toys

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is hosting a toy drive. The public is invited to drop off toy donations at any branch between Dec. 10 and Dec. 21. “When doing your holiday shopping, pick up an extra toy for a child and drop it off at your local Bar Harbor Bank &