• Hook property vote Tuesday

    Hook property vote Tuesday

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters here are to weigh-in Tuesday on the purchase of land next to the Manset Town Dock that many see as critical to the future of the town’s waterfront. Voters at a special town meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the fire station are being asked if they wish to

  • Court orders additional treatment for sex offender

    Court orders additional treatment for sex offender

    ELLSWORTH — A judge last week denied a motion to revoke the probation of a Southwest Harbor man convicted of possessing child pornography but did approve stricter conditions regarding his sex offender treatment program. Wayne Buchanan, 63, was in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court Friday for a hearing to revoke his probation and to amend

  • Candy donations sought

    Candy donations sought

    BAR HARBOR — A box has been placed in Hannaford in which people can make donations of candy to residents of Ledgelawn Avenue, where many families go trick-or-treating on Halloween. The residents of Ledgelawn Avenue are grateful to the community for these donations. Ledgelawn Avenue residents who would like a donation delivered to them on

  • Animal ordinance language finalized

    BAR HARBOR — On Oct. 17, the Bar Harbor Town Council voted to approve language that restricts the sale of dogs and cats from “mills” and prohibits the display of “wild and exotic” animals in Bar Harbor. The language only allows the sale of dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from “an

  • Quarry bid ruled valid

    Quarry bid ruled valid

    MOUNT DESERT — By a vote of 3-2, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals decided last Thursday that the Planning Board erred in deciding that Harold MacQuinn Inc. was not eligible to apply for a license to operate its granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry. But the three board members who voted in

  • Housing a priority for towns

    Housing a priority for towns

    MOUNT DESERT — Elected officials from Acadia-area towns have identified the need for more affordable, year-round housing as one of the issues they want the League of Towns board to address in the coming year. “The list of folks who need our assistance is ever growing,” Alison Beane, executive director of Island Housing Trust (IHT),

  • Gousse contrite over tickets gift: School board expresses confidence

    Gousse contrite over tickets gift: School board expresses confidence

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, has publicly apologized for what he called his “error in judgment” in accepting tickets to a New England Patriots football game from Cross Insurance. He expressed regret Sunday night in separate emails to the school board and to the school system’s

  • Pot, cruise ship ordinances debated

    Pot, cruise ship ordinances debated

    TREMONT — The adage “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” didn’t hold up at a public hearing Monday on a proposed ban on commercial marijuana sales in the town. That was in contrast to a Sept. 18 public hearing where both sides of the issue were hotly debated. The public hearings were held in advance of

  • Park pass art sought

    Park pass art sought

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Artists and photographers are invited to submit digital images of park scenes for possible use on Acadia’s 2018 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. “Having a new image on the annual pass each year will continue the long