Business

  • Tax-exempt bid boosted: Group directors named

    MOUNT DESERT — Action by the Board of Selectmen Monday night could help Mount Desert 365, the new nonprofit organization formed to promote the revitalization of downtown Northeast Harbor and create affordable housing, to start approaching potential large donors this summer. The board passed a resolution affirming that town officials would work in collaboration with

  • Salvatore retires

    Salvatore retires

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Ken Salvatore of L.S. Robinson Co. retired June 1 after a 35-year career in insurance. Focused primarily in commercial insurance, he worked with two generations of business owners on Mount Desert Island. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Salvatore joined L.S. Robinson in 1991 and served in leadership roles in

  • Lot closure prompts petition

    Lot closure prompts petition

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Selectmen, in reaction to a petition asking them to reconsider their decision not to renew a lease on a privately owned downtown parking lot, have scheduled a special meeting for today (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. The petition, signed by 38 people, is in response to parking lot owner Ken Korona’s closure of

  • Trump’s win shifts development plans

    Trump’s win shifts development plans

    MOUNT DESERT — Disheartened by the election of President Donald Trump, jewelry maker and store owner Sam Shaw abruptly abandoned his plans for a commercial development at 131 Main St. in Northeast Harbor and sold the property. “I had a really great project and everything was all lined up, and then I woke up Nov.

  • One-way on Rte. 3 begins Monday

    One-way on Rte. 3 begins Monday

    BAR HARBOR — A portion of Route 3 between Hulls Cove and Ireson Hill near the Pirate’s Cove mini golf course will be temporarily one-way beginning Monday, May 1. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Crooked Road. The section of road affected by the change is the first of two sections of the Route 3 Reconstruction

  • Biomedical startup relocates to MDI Biological Laboratory

    Biomedical startup relocates to MDI Biological Laboratory

    BAR HARBOR — The MDI Biological Laboratory will provide laboratory incubator space to Monoclonals Inc., a biomedical startup that will relocate to Maine from West Lawn, Pa., in May. Monoclonals Inc. makes novel monoclonal antibodies for use in the diagnosis of viral diseases. Monoclonal antibodies enable the development of rapid test kits that allow physicians

  • COA team in $20K business challenge

    COA team in $20K business challenge

    BAR HARBOR — Anita van Dam and Grace Burchard share a passion for food systems and social justice. The College of the Atlantic students have gobbled up just about every food-related course during their time at COA, grappling with challenges like food insecurity, food waste and food-related health issues. Now, they are preparing to take

  • Controversial B&B approved by board

    Controversial B&B approved by board

    BAR HARBOR — After more than a year of negotiation and changes, a planned new 31-room bed-and-breakfast was approved by the Planning Board last week. The board approved the conditional use application by a vote of 3-1. Board members Tom St. Germain, Basil Eleftheriou and Alf Anderson voted in favor, and John Fitzpatrick voted against

  • Groups to aid town projects

    Groups to aid town projects

    MOUNT DESERT — A group of year-round and seasonal residents has formed two private, nonprofit corporations to provide financial backing for business and community development projects. The Mount Desert Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will support “business retention and attraction, entrepreneurship and small business development, along with other activities to foster a healthy and sustainable year-round

  • Cruise terminal plans in conflict

    BAR HARBOR — Proponents of a citizen initiative amendment limiting cruise ship operations disagree with the town attorney about whether their proposal conflicts with the planning board’s proposed amendment for the former ferry terminal property. Both proposals will be on the ballot at Town Meeting elections June 13. The citizen initiative, Article 13, inserts a