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  • High school numbers up

    BAR HARBOR — As of Monday, 557 students were enrolled at Mount Desert Island High School, the most since 2008. The enrollment figure last fall was 543. Thirty-seven percent of this year’s students live in Bar Harbor. About 25 percent live off of Mount Desert Island, which means their towns pay tuition for them to

  • Warrant committee opposes charter redo

    Bar Harbor — The Warrant Committee is recommending against a plan to work on major changes to the town’s charter. In March, town officials began working to establish a charter commission for the first time in ten years. The commission can only be formed with approval from the voters and the question is set for

  • Voters OK street sweeper purchase

    Voters OK street sweeper purchase

    MOUNT DESERT — The town’s purchase of a new street sweeper was narrowly approved by voters at the special town meeting Monday night. The vote of 68-61 authorized the town to borrow up to $225,000 for the sweeper, which will replace the one that was totaled when a large chunk of ledge fell on it

  • “Hot box” lobsters touted

    “Hot box” lobsters touted

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A lobster named Roscoe was the first to experience a technique lobster pound owner Charlotte Gill is hoping will be more humane way of executing lobsters. In an experiment to test the affect of cannabis on lobsters, Roscoe the lobster was placed for a few minutes in a covered box with about

  • JPH workers stage walkout

    JPH workers stage walkout

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A walkout by a group of Jordan Pond House restaurant employees during the afternoon shift last Friday ended with three managers out of a job and eight lower-level employees back at work. The walkout was primarily over a reduction in overtime hours for the employees from eastern European countries who are

  • Beane leaving Housing Trust

    Beane leaving Housing Trust

    BAR HARBOR — Alison Beane, executive director of Island Housing Trust (IHT) for the past two years, is resigning effective Sept. 21. She said in a statement released by the IHT board that she is leaving “to pursue other career interests in order to have more time with my family.” “This was not an easy

  • Luchini to speak  at Indivisible MDI

    Luchini to speak at Indivisible MDI

      BAR HARBOR — Indivisible MDI will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:30 PM at the YWCA on Mount Desert Street, in Bar Harbor. Special guest Louie Luchini, candidate for Maine Senate District 7, will introduce himself and entertain questions. Esther Pew, organizer for the Maine People’s Alliance, will also be

  • Park eyes private partner for seasonal worker housing

    Park eyes private partner for seasonal worker housing

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials are looking into partnering with a private developer to create workforce housing for some of the park’s seasonal employees, Superintendent Kevin Schneider told the Acadia Advisory Commission on Monday. Acadia has 33 seasonal housing units in 15 different locations with a total of about 80 beds. That is enough

  • Pharmacy to close

    Pharmacy to close

    BAR HARBOR — Mike Gilfillan, owner of West End Drug, announced Wednesday that he plans to retire and join his pharmacy business with Hannaford Supermarkets. West End’s patient records will be confidentially transferred to Hannaford after West End Drug closes its prescription drug business at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, according to an announcement

  • Sky fest draws crowds

    Sky fest draws crowds

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Folks turned out to party with the stars at Seawall on Friday and on Cadillac Mountain on Saturday were rewarded with beautiful, clear nights. The star parties are the centerpiece of the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. About 750 people turned out in the dark Friday at Seawall to view constellations, planets