• Business scholarships available

    Business scholarships available

    ELLSWORTH — Applications are currently being accepted for the Maine Community Foundation’s Patriot Education Scholarship Fund. This renewable scholarship supports graduates of a Maine high school who are enrolled part-time (minimum of nine credit hours) or full-time in pursuit of a business degree and who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year

  • ‘Road less traveled’ scholarship offered

    ‘Road less traveled’ scholarship offered

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents over the age of 18 who are on a “road less traveled” and are seeking educational experiences that will change their life and the lives of people around them are invited to apply for a James and Marilyn Rockefeller Transition Scholarship. The next application deadline for the Rockefeller Transition Scholarship is

  • Playground project set for June ballot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – “Marilyn, can you read the motion back to us?” asked Dan Norwood, chair of the Board of Selectmen. His request was met with laughter from the selectmen and residents who attended the Tuesday meeting. They were 40 minutes into a discussion about proposed upgrades to the playground at Pemetic Elementary School, which

  • Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    TRENTON — Trenton Elementary School this fall will become the first school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System to have a prekindergarten program if voters at the May 15 town meeting approve funding for it. Voters will be asked to provide $58,000 in local tax money, roughly half of the anticipated first-year cost.

  • Gun control resolution passed by school board

    Gun control resolution passed by school board

    BAR HARBOR — A resolution asking elected official at all levels to enact “common sense gun measures and other laws” to protect the “health, safety and security of students, teachers, staff and others” was adopted unanimously by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board Monday night. The resolution, introduced by Caroline Pryor, was

  • Schools’ insurance costs staying flat

    Schools’ insurance costs staying flat

    BAR HARBOR — None of the schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) will see any increase in health insurance premiums for next year. Budgeting for insurance coverage is always a guessing game because all of the schools must have their budgets finalized, or nearly so, before Anthem Blue Cross & Blue

  • School stresses rule barring pets

    School stresses rule barring pets

    BAR HARBOR — People who have enjoyed taking their dog with them to a soccer or baseball game at Mount Desert Island High School or for a walk in the woods around the school are learning that their four-legged friends are no longer welcome. Officially, they haven’t been welcome for years. “That sign at the

  • Teacher award nominations needed

    Teacher award nominations needed

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club seeks nominations for its annual Golden Apple Award, presented annually to an MDI school system teacher or staff member. The club will select one outstanding educator from the MDI Regional School System based on community and administrator nominations. The awardee will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Nominations

  • Compromise budget to fully fund school septic

    Compromise budget to fully fund school septic

    TREMONT — The town and school budgets approved by selectmen here last Monday translate into a 6 percent increase in property taxes. That’s an increase of $133 per year on a home valued at $250,000. The town’s mill rate would nudge up from 9.9 to 10.43. It’s a smaller increase than Town Manager Christopher Saunders’

  • Insurance numbers

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council approved a reduction of $75,000 to the elementary school budget for the coming year the school’s Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance premium was reduced. “The insurance came in lower than we expected,” Conners Emerson Principal Barb Neilly said. “Rather than adjust things on the town meeting floor, we thought