• NOAA Scholar named 

    NOAA Scholar named 

    TREMONT—University of Maine student Abigail Muscat is in good company. She is the fourth student from the college to be named a 2020 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.   Muscat, who is a marine sciences major and international affairs minor, is scheduled to receive a two-year academic scholarship and opportunity for a

  • Local pair wins climate awards

    BAR HARBOR — Sirohi Kumar and Ania Wright of Bar Harbor are among the six winners of the 2020 Brookie Awards, presented by NRCM Rising, a program of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to honor “young changemakers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant impact in Maine’s environmental movement.”  The Brookies are named for brook trout, which the NRCM describes as “strong, mighty and captivating to

  • Get a jumpstart on college 

    Get a jumpstart on college 

    AUGUSTA—A new program at the University of Maine at Augusta provides those considering college with a free one-credit course, “Jumpstart: Managing Early Success in College.” The seven-week seminar begins July 13 and will cover subjects designed to give students the skills to succeed in college. Topics will cover fitting into college life, computer competency, study skills, note taking, time management, test anxiety, information literacy and career planning.   “This program is for anyone wanting to learn

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Jacobson graduates from Bowdoin  BRUNSWICK—During on online celebration of Bowdoin College’s Class of 2020, held May 23, Peter Jacobson, of Southwest Harbor, was awarded a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies-anthropology.   Philbrook earns degree   SWAN’S ISLAND—Tyler Philbrook, of Swans Island, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology during commencement ceremonies on May 17.    UVM dean’s list  BAR HARBOR—The following local students have made the dean’s

  • High school budget vote July 7: Spending to total $11.3M

    High school budget vote July 7: Spending to total $11.3M

    BAR HARBOR — The annual meeting at which registered voters in the four Mount Desert Island towns are asked to approve the MDI High School budget for the coming year will be held next Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m.  The budget meeting was originally scheduled for April 1, but the coronavirus intervened.  The format of the meeting will be the same

  • Youth racial justice organizers seek ‘quantifiable change’

    Youth racial justice organizers seek ‘quantifiable change’

    BAR HARBOR—After George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, people gathered in cities and towns across the country to protest police brutality against Black people. More than a month later, protests, rallies and marches are still going on.  In Bar Harbor, marches in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement have drawn over 375 people, according to organizers.

  • Foundation offers new online course 

    Foundation offers new online course 

     AUGUSTA – The Maine TREE Foundation is offering a new online course tailored for teachers, land trusts and forestland owners called “Window to the Woods” July 14-30. Maine’s environment, economy and communities depend on the forest and the people who work in them. This course is the Maine TREE Foundation’s alternative offering to the ever-popular in-person “Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours.”   Registration is open to the

  • School leaders see anti-bias opportunity

    School leaders see anti-bias opportunity

    BAR HARBOR — The list of things the Mount Desert Island Regional School System has been and is doing to promote “diversity, inclusion, social justice, anti-bias and anti-racism” is more than two pages long, single spaced.  But the schools need to see if there is more they could and should be doing, according to Superintendent Marc

  • MDI trio graduates as ‘Olympia’s Leaders’

    MDI trio graduates as ‘Olympia’s Leaders’

    BAR HARBOR — Three members of the Mount Desert Island High School Class of 2020 are among more than 150 young women from 36 high schools in Maine who this month graduated from the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.   They are Ashley Graves, Sarah MacDonald and Camille Michaud.  The institute, founded by former Maine U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, is a three-year program

  • Leadership training offered to teenagers 

    MOUNT DESERT—Despite making the choice to suspend summer camp programs this year, Camp Beech Cliff, with the support of Healthy Acadia, is offering a free one-week virtual certificate training program for teenagers in Hancock and Washington counties. Focused on youth leadership and development, the program will also address safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program, “Filling Your Leadership Toolbox,” will be offered June 29–July 3 and consist of three hours of