• 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

  • 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