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  • Hulls Cove rental project heads to public hearing

    Hulls Cove rental project heads to public hearing

    BAR HARBOR — A two-unit rental project proposed in Hulls Cove will need to submit additional documentation to the town’s Planning Board before a public hearing can take place next month.  Taylor Massey, owner and manager of BaseCamp Guesthouses LLC, intends to develop a new, sustainable lodging location on land totaling slightly over half an acre in the business zoning district.   Massey, also manager of the coworking and event space, The Public Works, in

  • Town garage option still up in the air

    Town garage option still up in the air

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials can’t seem to move forward with a plan for a new town garage.  During their Zoom meeting Tuesday night, when Town Manager Justin VanDongen asked members of the Board of Selectmen to authorize him to make an offer on a garage located on Mountain View Road, no one offered a motion to do so.  

  • In-person learning to continue for now

    In-person learning to continue for now

    BAR HARBOR — “Our school district intends to continue with in-person instruction to the maximum extent possible,” Superintendent Marc Gousse said in a letter to parents on Wednesday. “However, any outbreak [of COVID-19] or information from the Maine CDC may necessitate a shift to full remote learning at any time. Given the recent uptick in

  • COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    BAR HARBOR — On a recent sunny morning in late October, before fall winds swept the rest of the leaves from the trees, several students at College of the Atlantic gathered on the lawn of the college for an unusual task: the necropsy of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) that was brought ashore in Deer Isle. Metal

  • NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    ELLSWORTH — Grant funds continue to flow into the Maine commercial lobster fishery on the heels of $2 million research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative announced in September. NOAA is also behind these awards directed at monitoring the fishery:  A grant of$250,000 to further test and develop vessel monitoring systems for lobster vessels. According

  • Council looks to place cap on cruise ship visits 

    Council looks to place cap on cruise ship visits 

    BAR HARBOR— “How do we deal with cruise ships in 2021, and how do we deal with cruise ships overall and into the future?” asked councilor Jill Goldthwait, as a discussion was launched at the Bar Harbor Town Council on Nov. 17.  According to town officials, there are 153 ships slated to visit during 2021, although many councilors agreed that the season

  • Town working on marijuana business license process 

    Town working on marijuana business license process 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Those looking to establish a marijuana business here need to have a complete application submitted before Jan. 26.   That is the first date members of the Board of Selectmen will review any applications for businesses focused on selling, manufacturing, cultivating and/or testing medical or adult use marijuana.   Voters of the town approved marijuana businesses at the polls on Nov.

  • Strout remembered as an MDI ‘treasure’

    Strout remembered as an MDI ‘treasure’

    BAR HARBOR — “Replacing his knowledge is going to be impossible,” Earl Brechlin, president of the Bar Harbor Historical Society board, said of Raymond Strout, who died Nov. 6 at the age of 79. Strout owned Ahlblad’s Frame Shop in Bar Harbor, but his passion was collecting maps, letters and photos that documented the history

  • Area burglaries lead to camper trespasser’s arrest

    Area burglaries lead to camper trespasser’s arrest

    Tremont A deputy spoke with a woman on Nov. 10 around 7:45 a.m. regarding a scam. According to the woman, she had already spoken with her bank and wanted the incident documented. Following an investigation, which included collecting evidence, into recent burglaries in the area, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for

  • Town-wide revaluation gets go-ahead

    Town-wide revaluation gets go-ahead

    MOUNT DESERT — Over the past six months, as people from parts of the country with high rates of COVID-19 infection looked for safer places to live, houses on Mount Desert Island have been selling like hotcakes – but at filet mignon prices. Not only have some houses been selling for substantially more than their