• Hike in ferry fares on hold: Public objections cited

    Hike in ferry fares on hold: Public objections cited

    ROCKLAND — State transportation officials are reconsidering a proposed new rate structure and fare increases for the Maine State Ferry Service, which had been scheduled to go into effect by the end of this month. The Maine Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that a final decision is being delayed until “later this spring.” The MDOT

  • Renovations close Somesville C-store: On the Run to reopen in May

    Renovations close Somesville C-store: On the Run to reopen in May

    MOUNT DESERT — The Foster’s On the Run convenience store in Somesville will be closed for extensive renovations for about seven weeks starting next Monday, March 26. The impetus for the makeover was the need to dig up and replace the tanks that feed the store’s gasoline pumps, according to Assistant Manager Mark Martin. “The

  • Elver season opens

    Elver season opens

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine resources published a final rule last week establishing elver quota allocations for the 2018 season, which begins March 22. The 2018 allocations for individuals who held a license in 2017 are the same as their 2017 allocations, less any quota that was associated with licenses suspended for the

  • Legislature upholds port authority veto

    Legislature upholds port authority veto

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1400, a bill that would have allowed voters here to create a port authority. The Senate voted on March 15 to override the veto by a 25-8 vote. The House voted 81-63 to override the veto, short of

  • Cell tower hearing set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Acadia National Park is known for its great views of Maine’s bare granite mountains and spruce-fir forests. Soon, visitors might also spot a 195-foot cell tower in the landscape. Florida-based Vertical Bridge Holdings has submitted an application to build a communication tower on Freeman Ridge Road. If it were to be built,

  • School Board approves budget

    School Board approves budget

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The proposed school budget here is up by 4.49 percent from last year, to a total of $3,728,719. The figure for 2018-2019 was presented to selectmen as well as the Warrant Committee in February and passed by the School Board on March 15. The most significant increase across all articles of the

  • Hospice trainings coming up

    Hospice trainings coming up

    ELLSWORTH — Two training series will be offered by Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County starting mid-April. A hospice patient care volunteers training will be held at the hospice office on Thursdays, April 12 through June 7, from 3:30-7 p.m. This training costs $75. A bereavement training for professionals (clergy, social workers, medical personnel, and others

  • CPR training

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will offer CPR training on Monday, March 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $40 and first aid training on Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $30. The classes will be held in the MCMH classroom accessible via Door C of the hospital, which

  • Wharf House bills still due

    Wharf House bills still due

    TREMONT — The town hopes to enter negotiations with the former tenant of a town-owned building for backed up bills, if they can find him. Lee Hodgdon was a tenant in the building on 20 Rice Road in Bernard known as “the Wharf House.” The pipes froze after the building ran out of oil while

  • Town drops FOAA request

    Town drops FOAA request

    BAR HARBOR — The town is dropping the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) request it made of five current and former Warrant Committee members, following a unanimous Town Council vote Tuesday. The action comes after only one of the five committee members submitted documents in their responses to the FOAA request. Councilors said the court