It was smiles all around for an autumn selfie on Schooner Head Road in Acadia National Park. PHOTO BY DAVID MANSKI/MDI PHOTO CLUB

Island Briefs: Roadside cleanup, broadband meeting, photo club collaboration

Roadside cleanup 

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — On Oct. 30, the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club will be picking up trash at various locations on the island. The club is asking the community for recommendations of places that need trash picked up. Comment on the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club Facebook page with suggested locations. 



Zoom meeting on Spectrum service Oct. 26 

MOUNT DESERT — The town’s Broadband Committee will host a public meeting via Zoom on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. with an official of Time Warner Cable/Spectrum on existing and future services in Mount Desert. The public may submit written questions during the meeting. 

A high percentage of Mount Desert residents and property owners who responded to a recent surgery said they have Spectrum as their internet service provider, but it is not available everywhere in town. A public meeting with the town’s other major provider, Consolidated Communications, is being planned. 


Rotary club paints town purple for polio awareness 

BAR HARBOR – On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club will be hosting its annual event, with help from other local businesses, to raise money for Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. 

Although polio has been eliminated in the U.S., the disease persists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Helping the rotary with the event are Thirsty Whale Tavern, Acadia Perk, Siam Orchid, Jordan’s Restaurant, Coffee Hound Coffee Co. at the Stadium, Acadia Trail Sign Company and other businesses. 

Purple has become symbolic in the fight against polio, inspired by the color of the dye put on the little finger of a child to signify they have received the polio vaccine. 

Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club member Susana Del Cid will stand on the corner of The Field and Main Street to fundraise for the cause. All donations will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

More information can be found on or the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club Facebook page. 


Biz boot camp rescheduled 

MOUNT DESERT — The Business Boot Camp & Pitch Competition organized by Mount Desert 365 and originally set for Nov. 5-7 has been rescheduled for March 4-6, 2022, because of the COVID pandemic. 

“We were blown away by the number of applications we received for this year’s (event),” said MD365 Executive Director Kathy Miller. “We narrowed it down to 10 island-area businesses.” 

Those businesses will compete for cash prizes to expand their existing enterprise or to start something new. 


Kayakers enjoy a glorious autumn day at Northeast Creek in Bar Harbor. This week marked peak foliage for the region. With temperatures hovering well above average, Mount Desert Island was an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Islander and local photo club collaborate 

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Starting with today’s edition, the Mount Desert Islander and the MDI Photo Club will collaborate to showcase the natural beauty and cultural heritage of our region.  

The Islander will publish club member photographs—including the stunning photos on page 1 and 10 of this week’s issue—to provide diverse local content in the paper and to promote public awareness and interest in photography and the club.  

A nonprofit organization established in 2013, the mission of the MDI Photo Club is the enjoyment, mastery and furtherance of the art of photography through cooperation, effort and good fellowship. The club meets monthly to share images and hear presentations about photography and also sponsors regular photo outings and assignment challenges. The club welcomes new members, regardless of one’s residency location or experience level in photography.  

For more information about the MDI Photo Club and how to become a member, visit 



SPCA of Hancock County Pet of the Week – Meet Sage 


TRENTON — Lovely Sage is a Boxer/Pittie mix made for fall photo shoots, with her sleek caramel and white coat that looks fabulous against autumn colors.  

Just over 50 pounds and only 2 years old, Sage is a young and healthy dog with a long life ahead of her. Toys are her favorite thing in the world – she can even play soccer, in her own way! She’s a sweet-tempered girl who’s good on her leash and who loves people.  

So why hasn’t she been adopted yet? Sage has a high prey drive and cannot be with small animals like cats or bunnies – she also is not too fond of other dogs. She likes all humans, but with how much she loves her toys, a home with children who understand not to take a toy from her or not to tease her would be best. A home with older children or adults might be ideal for her.  

Sage has a lot of energy and love to give – the perfect girl to adore and dote on. 

Make an appointment to meet Sage today.


Online burn permits now free of charge 

OLD TOWN — LD 268, “An Act To Eliminate Online Burn Permit Fees for All Areas of the State,” sponsored by Sen. Jim Dill, took effect at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 17, when open burning permits obtained online became free of charge.  

The online burn permit system is made possible by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service. Burn permits are available at, are required by law and are valid for 24 hours. Handwritten burn permits may also be obtained through local fire departments and town offices. 



A story in last week’s Islander about the proposed Acadia Wilderness Lodge campground in Tremont included comments by Lydia Rogers that were incorrectly attributed to Lydia Wegman. 

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