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Fire station whistle out of commission



BAR HARBOR — Those who live or work in downtown Bar Harbor may have noticed that the whistle that sounds at noon and 9 p.m. daily has been silent for a few weeks.

There seems to be a mechanical issue with the whistle itself, which sits high in a tower at the fire station, Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. It’s fed with air from an air compressor, which is working fine, so the problem is believed to be in the horn itself.

“We can still do it manually,” he said, but the automatic system is down for the moment. There’s certainly interest in bringing the whistle back: “To me, it’s a piece of the old history of the town and the department that I’ve always appreciated,” Bartlett said.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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