• New owner Brower visits Islander office

    New owner Brower visits Islander office

    ELLSWORTH — Reade Brower of Rockland, the new owner of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, visited both newspapers Tuesday, introduced himself to staff and talked shop over lunch. Brower was accompanied by Lisa DeSisto, CEO of Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning

  • Organoids a window into human development, disease

    Organoids a window into human development, disease

    BAR HARBOR — For some, the word “organoid” — a small collection of cells that behave like organs — might connote some far out idea, and until recently that would have been true. But scientists are now using this new tool to learn more about human development, disease and regenerative medicine. Organoids are miniature 3-D

  • Student mentoring discussed

    Student mentoring discussed

    By Becky Pritchard, BAR HARBOR — Educators and business partners from across eastern Maine met Monday to brainstorm new ways to interest students and their families in the idea of college or other post-secondary education. The initiative, called the Future of Eastern Maine Council, met at Machias Savings Bank to plan an initiative to

  • Boatyard to downsize

    Boatyard to downsize

    By Jack Sasner MOUNT DESERT—After 75 years in business, the Mount Desert Yacht Yard (MDYY) has announced major cutbacks to the operation. Most of the current boat storage and service customers received a letter in early July announcing they wouldn’t be able to store their boats there in the future. That includes nearly all of

  • Mainely Delights reopens

    Mainely Delights reopens

    TREMONT — In 2015, after 36 years of serving fish chowder, fried haddock, lobster rolls, doughboys and other such fare at their seaside eatery overlooking the ferry terminal in Bass Harbor, Karen Godbot and her partner Jan Beal decided it was time to retire. When Mainely Delights did not open the following Memorial Day, it

  • Islander has a buyer: Reade Brower

    Islander has a buyer: Reade Brower

    ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Islander is set to embark on the next chapter of its history under new ownership. Alan Baker, owner of the Islander and its sister paper, The Ellsworth American, announced Wednesday that he has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the two newspapers with Maine media entrepreneur Reade Brower

  • Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    ELLSWORTH — Hammond Lumber Co. announced Wednesday that it had purchased EBS Building Supplies, which employs more than 300 people across its 10 locations in Hancock, Washington and Knox counties. The announcement was made at the Ellsworth store. EBS also has locations in Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Machias and Rockland.

  • Marijuana debates resume

    Marijuana debates resume

    BAR HARBOR — By taking no action to “opt in” under a new state law, the Town Council prohibited marijuana cultivation, retail stores, marijuana product manufacturing operations and testing facilities here on Tuesday. This action followed the general consensus of councilors that the town should wait for a state framework. The plan is to move

  • Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    BAR HARBOR – Following last week’s vote approving a town purchase of the former ferry terminal on Eden Street, the company currently operating ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia has reaffirmed its interest in returning international ferry service here. Town officials received a letter of intent from Bay Ferries chairman Mark MacDonald on Tuesday

  • Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    ELLSWORTH — Retail sales boomed for the second year in a row on Mount Desert Island and merchants are attributing this in part to changes in travel patterns. Bar Harbor restaurateur Michael Boland owns Havana Restaurant, Choco-Latte Café, Acadia Coffee Co. and co-owns the Islesford Dock Restaurant & Gallery on Little Cranberry Island. “Fear of