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  • Tower test conducted

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A visibility study requested by the Federal Communications Commission and Acadia National Park took place at the proposed site for a planned new 195-foot cell tower on Buttermilk Brook Road Tuesday. From 8 a.m. to noon a 4-foot-6-inch diameter red balloon filled with helium was flown at the proposed site and height

  • Grant funds addiction studies

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Jackson Laboratory recently received $255,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support research on substance use disorder. The funding has been awarded through DHHS’ National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The important work being done at The Jackson Laboratory is making great strides to conquer a disease

  • Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    Voters OK $350K fire truck; selectmen’s salaries debated

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at town meeting here last Saturday authorized the town to borrow up to $350,000 for a new fire truck for Great Cranberry Island. The vote was 41-10. One of the deciding factors, according to Town Clerk Denise McCormick, was the town’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) fire rating, which insurance companies use

  • Ambulance needs a new home

    Ambulance needs a new home

    TREMONT — Southwest Harbor-Tremont Nursing Service, the nonprofit that provides ambulance service for both towns, is looking for a home for its second ambulance. The vehicle, known as R2, is currently housed at the Bass Harbor Fire Station. “They moved in temporarily 18 years ago,” said Tremont Fire Chief Keith Higgins. “We’ve really been making

  • Sonogee closure effects being felt

    BAR HARBOR — Even though Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center has projected a closing date of April 26, “they will remain open until everyone has placement,” according to Brenda Gallant of the Ombudsman Program, an advocacy group for residents of long-term care facilities. “This is a hardship for everybody concerned,” Gallant said. “When [residents] are

  • Fisheries conference set

    MACHIAS — A conference on ecosystem-based fisheries management is set for June 17-18 at the University of Maine at Machias. The conference is being planned by the newly formed Eastern Maine Coastal Current Collaborative. The steering committee includes state and federal regulators and representatives from nonprofits, businesses, tribes and Acadia National Park. “Discussions will bring

  • Seat on school board vacant

    TREMONT — Several unexcused absences led to a unanimous vote by Tremont’s now four-member school board at its March 14 meeting to proceed with a vacant seat until it can be filled. Tremont Consolidated School Board member Scott Grierson was voted off due to what the other members of the board agreed was too many

  • Island Police Log: Habitual offender nabbed

    Island Police Log: Habitual offender nabbed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Glenburn man was arrested Saturday evening on charges of operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior, possession of Schedule Z drugs and an outstanding warrant. A sheriff’s deputy recognized Christopher Thomas, 35, who he knew had a suspended license and pulled him over on Main Street in Southwest Harbor. A

  • Math teams shine at states

    Math teams shine at states

    FAIRFIELD — Students from Mount Desert Island schools made a strong showing at the State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Kennebec Valley Community College earlier this month. Mount Desert Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Conners Emerson School sent participants to the March 9 event. Representing Mount Desert Elementary were seventh graders Jay Haney, Roger Strauss and