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  • Fire out upon arrival

    BAR HARBOR — Firefighters responded to a small fire near the Log Cabin Restaurant Sunday afternoon, which was out by the time they got there, said Captain John Sanders of Bar Harbor Fire Department (BHFD). The fire started at about 4 p.m. in an electrical breaker box on the building, according to Sanders. The breaker

  • Council vacancy discussed

    Council vacancy discussed

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council is set to appoint someone to fill the vacancy to be left by Councilor Judie Noonan when she steps down on Oct. 31. According to the town charter, when a councilor steps down, “the remaining members may by majority action appoint” a new member to serve until the next

  • Fishing in the fifties; Bud Trask recalls bygone era

    Fishing in the fifties; Bud Trask recalls bygone era

    TREMONT — The Tremont Historical Society will be hosting a talk by Bud Trask titled “Fishing in the Fifties” on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Hall in West Tremont. He will describe lobster and trawl fishing methods and equipment he and his father employed and take questions from the audience. Trask

  • What does a health officer do?

    What does a health officer do?

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Marilyn Lowell has been trying to solve a mystery with the help of the town’s animal control officer that has to do with dog excrement in a public parking lot. In the last four months, three different incidents have been brought to Lowell’s attention in her role as the local health officer

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet Cruising Class MDI Series for the Carol and Gordon Haaland Trophy A bit of brightness and a very soft east wind gave all of the competitors hope that we would get a race off on Sunday. However, the curtain came down as the sailors headed towards Islesford and after an hour had

  • Environmental groups weigh in on whale rules

    Environmental groups weigh in on whale rules

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald SOUTH PORTLAND — Environmentalists showed up in large numbers last Thursday night to urge federal fishing regulators to defend the endangered right whale against what they claim is the looming extinction threat posed by the Maine lobster industry. Some of the largest and most powerful animal and environmental groups

  • Hancock County Jail log Aug. 12-18

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Aug. 12 and 18: Pat R. Vanzura, 57, Trenton, seven days for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Damon A. Eversole, 40, Southwest Harbor, failure to appear. Armand A. Hitchings, 35, Sullivan, violating conditions of his release. Wesley

  • Air quality testing plan moves forward, tenders to stop idling at dock

    Air quality testing plan moves forward, tenders to stop idling at dock

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s Cruise Ship Committee weighed in on plans to test air quality around visiting ships last week, as directed by the Town Council. Town Manager Cornell Knight said he is in discussion with the Department of Environmental Protection. Knight will meet with Andy Johnson (Division Director of Ambient Air Monitoring) in

  • Who can afford to live on MDI?

    Who can afford to live on MDI?

    Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series about the recently released housing study. BAR HARBOR — House prices have more than doubled on Mount Desert Island since the year 2000, according to a study commissioned by the Island Housing Trust and released in November 2018. In Bar Harbor, median home values went