Island Briefs: Lunt ‘scaling back,’ free tax filing help, ACTT info session

Durlin Lunt

Lunt ‘scaling back’ outside obligations  

MOUNT DESERT — Durlin Lunt, who has served as town manager here since 2010, said Tuesday that he isn’t ready to retire, but he is looking to cut back on some of his other commitments. He told the League of Towns board that he would prefer not to continue as chair, but then agreed to do it for one more year. 

“The more I thought about it, I decided it would be sort of unfair because I hadn’t given them any warning that I was thinking along those lines,” he said. “So, I’m happy to do it for another year. It gives them an opportunity to plan for the future.” 

As for other obligations, he said, “I’m involved in so many things outside [the town job] that I’m kind of ready to start scaling some of it back a little.” 


Libraries offer free tax return help 

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Both the Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor public libraries are offering tax filing assistance through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This service, offered in cooperation with the IRS, is free to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes. Trained volunteers help taxpayers receive all applicable tax credits and deductions, and all tax help is confidential.  

For more information or to schedule a session, call the Southwest Harbor Library at (207) 244-7065 or the Northeast Harbor Library at (207) 276-3333. 


ACTT holds online info session Feb. 2 

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — This winter and spring, homeowners on Mount Desert Island can receive free home energy consultations with Penobscot Home Performance to improve home performance and reduce heating costs.  

MDI homeowners can learn more about the program at a virtual information session on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. Penobscot Home Performance and ACTT will walk people through the weatherization process and give details on what to expect at every step. 

The session will also cover the rebates available from Efficiency Maine Trust for air sealing and insulation. These rebates cover up to $500 of air sealing projects (leaving the homeowner responsible for $100) and up to 50 percent of insulation projects for homeowners of all income levels. Low- and moderate-income homeowners qualify for 100 percent coverage of air sealing projects and 90 percent coverage of insulation projects. Penobscot Home Performance covers the rebate for homeowners and fills out all necessary paperwork. Homeowners participating in Weatherize MDI also qualify for an additional discount. 

For more information or to register, go to or email [email protected] 


Nomination papers available  

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Nomination papers for elected town seats became available at the town office on Monday.  

There are two open seats on the Select Board, currently held by Allen Willey and Chad Terry; one seat on the Southwest Harbor School Committee, currently held by John Izenour; and one seat on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees, currently held by Ingrid Kachmar. All seats are three-year terms.  

The deadline to return nomination papers to the town office is 5 p.m. on March 4. 


Select Board authorizes violation resolution 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Select Board voted Tuesday to authorize George Jellison, the board’s chairman, to enter into an administrative consent agreement with MDI Lobster Company LLC to resolve past code violations for parking and right-of-way issues. In the agreement, which was recommended by Town Manager Marilyn Lowell, MDI Lobster Company will pay a $2,500 fine and the town’s legal costs associated with this matter, which are estimated to be $2,500. These two fees are to be paid within 30 days from Jan. 25. The motion passed unanimously. 



SPCA of Hancock County Pet of the Week: Meet Laura

TRENTONMeet Laura, an orange and cream tabby who is sweet like marmalade. Laura is a lovely 10-year-old with gorgeous green eyes and a freckled pink nose, and she is ready to take over your home – and your heart.  

She can be a little shy and reserved at first, so we think she would prefer a quieter home that would give her time to adjust.  

Laura is good with kids and cats, but perhaps does best with slow introductions where she can lean in for affection on her own terms. She is not impressed by young, rowdy dogs, so most likely only senior dogs or extremely quiet, laidback dogs for this lady.  

Laura has diabetes, which is managed through insulin and something shelter staff can demonstrate on how to give.  

Laura would love a family of her own – don’t you want to make her yours? 


Free support services available 

BANGOR —Maine Department of Health and Human Services StrengthenME program and Work Force EAP are joining forces to offer free support services for all Maine healthcare and frontline workers who may be feeling down, disconnected or discouraged. 

“These are really trying times, particularly for healthcare and frontline workers who are often short-staffed, overworked and navigating all the personal challenges that come with living through a pandemic,” Work Force EAP Director Sheila Thibodeau said.  

Call (800) 769-9819, go online at or send an email to [email protected] to access free support services that include individual confidential coaching sessions, wellness workshops and connection groups. 

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