Education

  • Mount Desert Island schools to open Monday 

    Mount Desert Island schools to open Monday 

    BAR HARBOR — Three schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System – Mount Desert Elementary, Tremont Consolidated and MDI High School – have already begun welcoming some students into the buildings for the first time since they closed in March because of COVID-19.  All the district’s schools are to be open for in-person learning next Monday, Sept. 28. 

  • Selectmen heed residents’ pleas, school budget vote set for Oct. 3

    Selectmen heed residents’ pleas, school budget vote set for Oct. 3

    TRENTON — The Board of Selectmen reversed course Tuesday night and voted unanimously to hold a town meeting before the November election to pass the Trenton Elementary School budget for the current year.  The special town meeting, which will deal only with the school budget, will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. on the ball field at the school.   One

  • Killam Fellowship awarded to Bass Harbor student 

    Killam Fellowship awarded to Bass Harbor student 

    ORONO — University of Maine student Abigail Muscat of Bass Harbor and Sarah Marcotte of Bangor earned Killam Fellowships to study in Canada during the spring 2021 semester. Muscat, a third-year marine sciences major and international affairs minor, plans to study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Marcotte, a third-year biology major, plans to study at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova

  • Free training for school support staff

    Free training for school support staff

    BANGOR — In an effort to support pre-K-12 teachers across the state, Eastern Maine Community College and the Maine Department of Education teamed up to launch a new, free education training program that will allow trainees to work as supervised support staff in pre-K-12 classrooms this year. The pandemic has intensified a staffing shortage in

  • Jones receives Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship  

    Jones receives Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship  

    BAR HARBOR—This year’s recipient of the Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship is Madison Jones, a 2020 graduate of MDI High School and a Lamoine resident.  Jones has been interested in gardening for many years, and has her own garden and greenhouse, along with a donkey and chickens. She has worked at Salt Farm Flowers and Black Dog Medical in Lamoine. She hopes to one day start her own

  • Dorr Museum set for upgrade 

    Dorr Museum set for upgrade 

    BAR HARBOR — State-of-the-art storage improvements and enhanced preservation and protection of more than 3,000 animal specimens are on tap for the College of the Atlantic George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History following an award of $96,000 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and a $23,000 gift from the Dorr Foundation.  The grants

  • High school trustees sought

    High school trustees sought

    MOUNT DESERT — Two of Mount Desert’s three seats on the MDI High School Trustees board are currently vacant because no one filed for election to the board in the July 14 election. And the two people who received write-in votes were unable to serve.  So, now it is up to the Board of Selectmen to fill

  • Get fit while learning island history 

    Get fit while learning island history 

    BAR HARBOR –The Mount Desert Island YMCA’s new fitness challenge to the local community, Fit in the Streets, is designed to get people out and exercising. Each station of Museum in the Streets has a corresponding fitness challenge.   People of all ages can participate. Take a photo of you or your family completing a challenge and post it to your social media with the hasthtag, #FitintheStreets. Tag the MDI

  • School system welcomes new employees 

    School system welcomes new employees 

    BAR HARBOR — Thirteen new employees are joining the Mount Desert Island Regional School System this year.   Eight other employees are changing schools within the district. And four people who have worked in the local schools in the past are returning this year.  The brand-new employees are school psychologists, Stephanie Logue and Daniel Rynkiewicz, who will be based in the

  • Martel to retire from Harbor House 

    Martel to retire from Harbor House 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— As Harbor House Children’s Center celebrates its 35th anniversary this month, it will say goodbye to one of its most integral members, current director MaryEllen Martel.   “She’s been the face of that program for a very long time,” said Ingrid Kachmar, executive director of the Harbor House Community Center. “She is a great teacher, particularly when she