Breaking News

  • Water plant is back online

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The water treatment plant again is fully operational and customers of the public water system no longer are being asked to reduce consumption. Steve Kenney, manager of the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District, said repairs at the plant had been completed and that the plant was operating normally at about 1:30

  • Pipe breaks, residents asked to conserve water

    Pipe breaks, residents asked to conserve water

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – People connected to the public water system here are being asked to reduce their usage until a problem can be fixed at the water treatment plant. That could take two days, Steve Kenney, manager of the Southwest Harbor Sewer and Water District, said Tuesday afternoon. Electronics controlling the pump that moves water

  • Trenton home destroyed in fire

    Trenton home destroyed in fire

    TRENTON — No one was home when a fire broke out in a Fern Gully Road home Thursday night, officials said. James and Sarah Pinkham and their four children had left for the weekend, but the house was destroyed. Someone in the area noticed smoke around midnight and called the Fire Department, Trenton Deputy Fire Chief Steve Heckman said. Another

  • Flames damage barn, shed, spread to woods

    Flames damage barn, shed, spread to woods

    BAR HARBOR – Flames from a burning barn on Russell Farm Road spread to a nearby shed and then raced across tinder dry fields and into nearby woods last Friday afternoon. According to a witness at the Percy Harding residence, people there noticed a whisp of smoke coming from the ground immediately behind a storage

  • Fire damages Tremont rock crusher

    Fire damages Tremont rock crusher

    TREMONT – A leaking hydraulic hose most likely is the source of a Wednesday afternoon fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to rock-crushing machinery owned by Doug Gott and Sons Construction, according to Tremont fire chief Keith Higgins. The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. The machine was in operation and

  • Former chief seeks election

    Former chief seeks election

    BAR HARBOR — Former Police Chief Nate Young pulled nomination papers Wednesday to become a candidate for Town Council. “I want to continue to serve the town,” he told the Islander. “I have a vast knowledge of the infrastructure of the town and a lot of people saying I should run.” He’s also currently involved

  • Superintendent search starts over

    BAR HARBOR — It’s back to square one in the search for a new superintendent for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS). The school system board decided Monday night not to offer the job to either of the candidates that the superintendent search committee had selected as finalists: Mike Hammer of Ellsworth and

  • Hodgdon guilty in sexual assault case

    Hodgdon guilty in sexual assault case

    ELLSWORTH – A former Tremont Consolidated School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a female student was found guilty on three charges in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon. Benjamin Hodgdon II of Tremont has been charged with four counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of sexual