• COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    BAR HARBOR — The College of the Atlantic’s annual graduation ceremony is set to take place on the school’s north lawn on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Educators, entrepreneurs, artists and scientists are among 78 students from 27 states and 13 nations who are set to receive human ecology degrees. Anote Tong, fourth president

  • Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    BAR HARBOR — Teachers in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) make less money on average and pay more for health insurance than teachers in what the Maine Education Association (MEA) says are comparable school districts in Maine. The MDIRSS teachers are using those comparisons to press for higher salaries and a smaller

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Student project takes second in statewide history contest ORONO — Sophia Anderson and Gaia Daul, students at Conners Emerson School, placed second in the junior group division of the statewide National History Day competition at the University of Maine. The theme of this year’s contest was “Conflict and compromise in American history.” Anderson and Daul’s

  • Fulbright sends Heist to Indonesia

    Fulbright sends Heist to Indonesia

    NORTON, Mass. — Riley Heist of Bar Harbor, who graduated from Mount Desert Island High School in 2014 and expects to graduate this spring from Wheaton College, is set to spend next year teaching English in Indonesia. She received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William

  • New teacher named for Frenchboro school

    New teacher named for Frenchboro school

    FRENCHBORO — A whole new world awaits Mindi Vestal, who was recently hired as the new teacher on Frenchboro. A Tucson, Ariz., native, Vestal, 28, will begin her stint at Frenchboro School on Long Island this fall. She will replace outgoing teacher Jan Keiper and teach four students, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, at

  • Drennan receives National Merit Scholarship

    Drennan receives National Merit Scholarship

    BAR HARBOR — Ava Drennan of Bar Harbor, a student at Mount Desert Island High School, is one of 11 high school seniors in Maine to have been awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The corporation said in a press release that 2,500 scholarship recipients nationwide were selected from more than

  • Playground project supported

    Playground project supported

    Sarah Hinckley SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Following months of contentious debate, selectmen here joined forces with the school board and recommended town funding for restoring the downtown playground. The proposal will be on the ballot at the June 12 election. Residents are being asked to approve spending $180,000, as a loan from the town’s undesignated

  • Public school grants available

    Public school grants available

    ELLSWORTH — Applications for four grant programs that benefit public schools in Maine will be accepted by the Perloff Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. One-year Fast Track Grants of up to $3,000 are available for all areas of pre-K through 12th grade. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year close June 30. STEM4ME grants

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Planchart graduates RALEIGH, N.C. — Rebecca A. Planchart graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University on May 12 with a bachelor’s degree in arts studies and a minor in arts entrepreneurship. Planchart is a 2014 graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and is the daughter of Cathy Planchart of Ellsworth and Antonio