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  • Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The recent string of fall storms with high winds, and a detour around bridge work near the Southwest Harbor-Tremont town line, made life a little more difficult for the boatyards working to get customers’ yachts “put to bed” for the winter this year. “With a storm a week, it’s certainly challenging,” Will

  • Hancock County Jail log week of Nov. 14

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Nov. 4 and 7: Michael A. Mercer, 59, Searsport, violation of a protection order. Matthew B. Foss, 38, Trenton, unpaid warrants Nena C. Willey, 31, Addison, violating conditions of release. Melissa L. Jernigan, 42, Fletchers Landing, two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, and

  • Quarry noise a moving target

    Quarry noise a moving target

    MOUNT DESERT — As public hearings focused on noise impacts of a proposed stone quarrying operation in the village of Hall Quarry continue, the Planning Board is working to clarify the basis on which they’ll make their eventual decision. No quantitative measure of sound levels is included in the Quarrying Licensing Ordinance the board must

  • Holiday fairs begin

    Holiday fairs begin

    Somesville Union Meeting House fair MOUNT DESERT — The Somesville Union Meeting House will hold its Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include homemade chowder or vegetarian soup, rolls and dessert. Fair items will include handmade crafts, baked goods, raffle

  • Soil talk set

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) will host their annual Local Working Group meeting to discuss and obtain feedback on agricultural and forestry related conservation priorities for Hancock County on Thursday, Nov.14 from 5-7 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office. The meeting

  • Destination Health to move and expand

    Destination Health to move and expand

    BAR HARBOR — Destination Health will be moving to a new building in June. The vacant lot at 124 Cottage Street will be the home of a new 4,000-foot studio with four apartments, founding owner Sheridy Olsen announced at a groundbreaking ceremony last week. The new building is designed by Stewart Brecher Architects of Bar

  • Commissioners needed

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Housing Authority needs two Bar Harbor residents to serve on its Board of Commissioners. Board members help set policy and provide oversight for the Housing Authority. The Board meets once a month, and the term is for five years. Interested parties can contact Theresa Hodgdon at 288-4770 ext 127

  • Historical society names leader

    Historical society names leader

    MOUNT DESERT — Raney Bench will be the next executive director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, beginning in January. Tim Garrity, who has led the organization since 2010, will assume a new position as the society’s historian. The organization plans to expand its educational and community outreach programming and increase its capacity for

  • Setback for school move idea; School board opposes study

    Setback for school move idea; School board opposes study

    BAR HARBOR — School board members decided not to allocate additional money to explore the idea of building a school on the town’s ball fields. The 4-1 vote happened after a long discussion at the board’s meeting Monday. The Town Council had voted on Oct. 15 to spend an estimated $14,000 from a council contingency