• Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    BAR HARBOR — “If you have a willing, engaged partner in the community, it makes a crazy amount of difference,” Josh Castonguay of Vermont-based Green Mountain Power told a group of about 250 at Mount Desert Island High School Sunday. “I hope folks here understand that this [event] is a huge deal.” Power companies and

  • NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    ELLSWORTH – Last year, at least 17 endangered North Atlantic right whales died in Canadian waters and off the coast of New England. Some of those deaths were attributed to the whales’ entanglement with fishing gear. On Thursday, three conservation organizations sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the federal

  • Energy summit planned

    Energy summit planned

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive, a group seeking energy independence for Mount Desert Island in response to concerns about climate change, has been at work on several fronts, including solar power, energy efficiency, transportation and waste management. Two years after a large kickoff event in January 2016, the group is again planning a

  • Fee-free days set for 2018

    Fee-free days set for 2018

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Entrance fees will not be charged at any national park including Acadia on four days in 2018. Those days are Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; April 21, the first day of National Park Week; Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Of the 417 National

  • New players in fee hike debate

    New players in fee hike debate

    BAR HARBOR — The Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trust is weighing in on the National Park Service proposal to increase visitor fees at Acadia and other parks, seeking the support of the Town Council in opposing the increase and working with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce to get the word out about the issue. Under

  • Project doubles MDI solar output

    Project doubles MDI solar output

    BAR HARBOR — Solarize MDI, a project of A Climate to Thrive, has doubled the island’s solar power generation in less than a year and become the most successful of similar Solarize campaigns around the state. Fifty new solar projects have been installed, 13 are scheduled to be installed by the end of the year,

  • AED-CPR class offered

    AED-CPR class offered

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A free automatic external defibrillator and hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Ambulance Service at the library on Monday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. This class is not for CPR certification but still provides participants with current AED and

  • Obsolete electric car charger to be replaced

    MOUNT DESERT — The town is having a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station installed at the Northeast Harbor Marina, replacing one that was installed in August but turned out to be obsolete, according to Public Works Director Tony Smith. The town purchased the original, single-vehicle charging station from power company Emera Maine for $100.

  • Park passes on sale

    Park passes on sale

    BAR HARBOR — Annual passes to Acadia that normally sell for $50 will be available for half price on Saturday, Nov. 11, the day of the annual Bar Harbor pajama sale, from 6 a.m. until noon at the park information building at the Village Green. The half-price passes also will be sold throughout the month