• 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

  • West End Drug has greeting cards and gifts, too

    West End Drug has greeting cards and gifts, too

    BAR HARBOR —West End Drug is a lot of things. It’s a soda fountain, a restaurant, a pharmacy and a medical supply store. Considering some of the antiques displayed on the wall, it could even be a museum. A drugstore also needs to carry emergency essentials and last-minute gifts. This is a role that Deborah

  • Coast Guard veteran becomes entrepreneur

    Coast Guard veteran becomes entrepreneur

    MOUNT DESERT — For George Grohs, military service turned out to be ideal preparation for starting and growing his own business. He is the owner of Coastal Computers in Somesville, which provides a wide range of services, from repairing home computers to designing, installing and providing support for large IT systems. Growing up in a

  • Wound healing research backed

    Wound healing research backed

    BAR HARBOR — Vicki P. Losick of the MDI Biological Laboratory has been recognized as an “outstanding investigator” by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for her research on wound healing. The designation carries a grant award in the amount of about $348,000 per year for five years, or a total of about $1.7

  • COA pair competes for $100,000

    COA pair competes for $100,000

    BAR HARBOR — Two College of the Atlantic students are semifinalists for a $100,000 prize as part of a televised business startup competition airing this fall. Grace Burchard ’17 and Anita van Dam ‘19 comprise the sustainability-focused [Re]Produce, one of 26 teams competing on Season 3 of the weekly TV entrepreneurial pitch contest “Greenlight Maine.”

  • Schmitt joins BH Bankshares

    Schmitt joins BH Bankshares

    BAR HARBOR — Joseph G. Schmitt has joined Bar Harbor Bankshares as senior vice president, chief marketing officer. His office is located at the corporate headquarters in Bar Harbor. Schmitt will lead the marketing strategy for the bank, deploying it across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. “Joe is an innovative executive who brings a terrific

  • Catering company gets new home

    Catering company gets new home

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Catering Company recently moved its production kitchen and office to 367 Route 3 in Bar Harbor. The building, next to Mainely Meat Dreamwood Hill, formerly housed a small store. Catering company owner Mandy Fountaine said that the company purchased the space in February and finished renovations in June. While there’s

  • Genetics surprises

    Genetics surprises

    BAR HARBOR — Surprising features of the mammalian genome – such as genetic regions associated with metabolic disease and clues to male infertility – are among the findings reported in the June issue of the journal “Genetics” by Jackson Laboratory scientists and collaborators working with collaborative cross (CC) and diversity outbred (DO) mouse populations, the

  • Chronic fatigue target of NIH grant

    Chronic fatigue target of NIH grant

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — Jackson Laboratory Professor Derya Unutmaz has received a five-year grant totaling $10,553,732 from the National Institutes of Health as part of a major, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary assault against myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a highly debilitating and poorly understood chronic disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 836,000

  • Chamber announces awards

    Chamber announces awards

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce annual award dinner will be held at the Bar Harbor Club, 111 West St., on Friday, Oct. 20. The Rising Star Award, given to a business demonstrating marked growth and prominence, will go to Bar Harbor Catering Company. The Neighbor Business of the Year Award, bestowed