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  • Community rallies for furloughed families

    Community rallies for furloughed families

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island residents, businesses and organizations have been rallying to support local National Park Service and Coast Guard employees and their families as the partial government shutdown stretches on. Matt Hochman of the Trailhead Café said he saw a Facebook post last week about a fellow islander going without a paycheck

  • Bean supper features Fenton

    Bean supper features Fenton

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s Eighth Annual Bean Supper, set for Jan. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. at MDI High School, will feature a presentation by Nat Fenton about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The presentation is entitled “The Good Samaritan, the Letter and the Mountaintop: Martin Luther

  • Bag ban gets nod in second MDI town

    Bag ban gets nod in second MDI town

    BAR HARBOR — Single-use plastic bags for carrying out purchases from stores and polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers will be prohibited in two of four Mount Desert Island towns beginning next month. Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Bar Harbor Town Council enacted new ordinances to ban single-use carryout bags, and polystyrene food service containers from Bar

  • Hancock County Jail log Jan. 7-13

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Jan. 7 and 13: Corey R. Skeate, 33, Winter Harbor, violating conditions of release, domestic violence assault, aggravated assault, criminal threatening. Dustin T. Kilpatrick, 36, Deer Isle, two counts failure to appear. Richard L. Drost, 44, Sullivan, unlawful drug trafficking. Zachary B. Eccleston, 23,

  • Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    SORRENTO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present the week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September

  • PTSA grants

    PTSA grants

    BAR HARBOR — The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Conners Emerson school recently announced more than $2,100 in grants to complete projects to enhance learning at the school. Teachers Heather Dority, Abbie Plaskov, Carol Rosinski, Siobhan Ryan, Rachel Singh, Meryl Sweeney, Amanda Dyer, Amber Pickers Debbie Mountford will receive grants for specific projects. Mae

  • Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For many devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    CRANBERRY ISLES — This school year, Ashley Bryan School students are doing some of their history and math in a boatbuilding shop. The independent nonprofit Islesford Boatworks has been leading summer boatbuilding programs for more than a decade. Last fall, Tony Archino, former executive director of Boatworks, led the first school-year program. The students began