Environment

  • 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

  • Hundreds to volunteer in Acadia

    Hundreds to volunteer in Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Nearly 500 volunteers are expected here on Saturday, Nov. 4, to help maintain the historic carriage paths. Take Pride in Acadia Day attracts hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches along miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. The well-coordinated volunteer effort, now

  • Solar info session set

    Solar info session set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Business owners and farmers in Hancock County are invited to a solar power information session at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The free event is part of the College of the Atlantic’s Solar for Businesses and Farms (SBF) initiative. The SBF initiative aims to help

  • Solar farm in the works

    Solar farm in the works

    TREMONT — Recent decisions by the Board of Selectmen have cleared the way for the town’s closed landfill to become the site of a small-scale solar farm. The board at its Oct. 2 meeting gave the go-ahead to a request for proposals for a solar photovoltaic array on the three-acre landfill site. Last week, at

  • Park pass art sought

    Park pass art sought

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Artists and photographers are invited to submit digital images of park scenes for possible use on Acadia’s 2018 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. “Having a new image on the annual pass each year will continue the long

  • Help sought helping bats

    Help sought helping bats

    BAR HARBOR — When a young bat tried to hang from a house where vinyl siding was being installed recently, it was accidentally covered in the adhesive used for the siding. The contractor rushed it to Acadia Wildlife Foundation in Town Hill. The animal rehabilitation center is seeking $10,000 to build a flight cage for

  • Carriage road opens, rocks close another

    Carriage road opens, rocks close another

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The carriage road between Jordan Pond House and Wildwood Stables, which had been closed since August for reconstruction of a retaining wall, has reopened. But a section of carriage road west of Day Mountain was closed Wednesday due to a rock slide.

  • Maple leaf blight ugly but harmless

    Maple leaf blight ugly but harmless

    BAR HARBOR — Ah, the lovely maple leaves … with the big, ugly, black blotches. This is a particularly bad year for tar leaf spot fungus, which mainly affects Norway maples. It is a non-native species, unlike the red maple or sugar maple. Norway maples are most common in developed areas. Bar Harbor has an

  • Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia wants to be able to make minor adjustments to its boundary without having to get congressional approval. A bill currently inching its way through Congress would validate Acadia’s annexation of 1,441 acres on the Schoodic Peninsula, including the Schoodic Woods Campground, in 2015, but it would prohibit any future expansion