• Top cook getting out of the kitchen

    Top cook getting out of the kitchen

    BAR HARBOR — It’s not that Carl “Whitey” Griffin is fed up; it’s just that after feeding teenagers for 25 years, he’s decided it’s time to take life a little easier. He will retire as food service director at Mount Desert Island High School at the end of the school year. Griffin said last week

  • Land reversion bill dies in Senate

    TREMONT — A recent proposal by MDI Regional School System Superintendent Howard Colter for the creation of a common middle school on the island and the closure of two elementary schools ignores a major concern regarding the fate of the Tremont school should it close. In August 1950, land was transferred to the town from

  • Schools save on health insurance

    BAR HARBOR — The area’s public schools will be paying less for health insurance for teachers and staff next year than they initially had included in their projected budgets. Anthem BlueCross BlueShield notified Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) officials last week that rates will go up no more than 5 percent for any

  • Three vying for two seats

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — John Bench, Michael Sawyer and incumbent Susan Allen are running for two seats on the Southwest Harbor school committee. The filing deadline for candidates was March 20. Board of selectmen chairman Dan Norwood has no challengers in his bid for reelection. Eric Clark is not seeking reelection to the MDI High School

  • Students bring cheer and fresh paint to SPCA

    Students bring cheer and fresh paint to SPCA video

    Members of the Mount Desert Island High School Interact club and advisors gave the Hancock County SPCA a full interior paint job earlier this month, featuring cheerful colors and a new mural. Interact is a community service club affiliated with Rotary International.

  • Manager denied sabbatical now out on medical leave

    BAR HARBOR — Former elementary school principal Dianne Waters has come out of retirement to fill in while Kelley Sanborn, director of special services for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, is on medical leave. Sanborn’s leave began March 2. “It is indefinite how long she will be out,” Superintendent Howard Colter said. “Our

  • Driver retires after 38 years

    Driver retires after 38 years

    MOUNT DESERT — “I decided I couldn’t ride around in circles anymore,” Robin MacLeod said with a grin, explaining why, after 38 years, he is retiring as a school bus driver. He drove for six years in Bar Harbor, where he was born and grew up. For the past 32 years, he has driven for