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  • CDC: Positive tests reported in person’s ‘state of permanent residence’

    CDC: Positive tests reported in person’s ‘state of permanent residence’

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital reported a first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Friday, March 20.  The sample was collected at one if the hospital’s two remote testing sites, according to a news release. The patient never entered the hospital.  The testing sites are drive-up facilities; patients can be tested without having to leave their vehicles. One is near the

  • MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    BAR HARBOR — All schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will remain closed until April 27 to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, Superintendent Marc Gousse announced Monday.  He said a top priority now is putting in place systems for remote learning for students at all grade levels.  “We are setting up teacher face pages on school

  • Statewide travel guidelines needed, Bar Harbor officials say

    Statewide travel guidelines needed, Bar Harbor officials say

    BAR HARBOR — Last week, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees in an effort to promote healthy outdoor recreation as people adjust to the changes that have come with the spread of the new coronavirus. And gateway communities including Bar Harbor are weighing in. The town

  • Skipper preview

    Skipper preview

    STONINGTON — At a meeting last month, staff of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program and participating teachers at coastal high schools decided the program will have a focus on “Design your Future Fisheries” for the 2020-2021 school year.  “Whereas the general approach has been to have broad topics in recent years, the consensus was to

  • DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    CUTLER — Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  The Latin phrase translates literally to “Who will guard the guards themselves?” or colloquially “Who watches the watchmen?”  That is the question raised by an application for a three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources. The applicant? The Department of Marine

  • Options for school meal replacements March 21-27

    Options for school meal replacements March 21-27

    BAR HARBOR — Local schools and community groups have been hard at work on how to replace school meal programs while schools are closed. Barb Neilly, principal of Conners Emerson School, compiled the following list of available options for the coming week. Food Pantries The Backpack Program is making deliveries on Thursdays and is open

  • JAX mouse models critical to COVID-19 response

    JAX mouse models critical to COVID-19 response

    BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory is Bar Harbor’s largest employer. It’s also on the front lines of global research to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  “Researchers across the United States and around the world depend on The Jackson Laboratory to enable their biomedical research work, including finding treatments for the coronavirus (COVID-19),” Katy Longley, the lab’s

  • Preparing for a pandemic

    Preparing for a pandemic

    By Arthur J. Blank  President/CEO, MDI Hospital    The new coronavirus outbreak and its associated respiratory disease (COVID-19) continue to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation nationally and internationally. Our team at Mount Desert Island Hospital and Health Centers has been monitoring the situation since January and is following the recommendations of the Centers for

  • Max size rule for striped bass

    Max size rule for striped bass

    AUGUSTA — A new rule adopted by the Maine Department of Marine Resources adds a maximum size limit for striped bass.  Currently, it is unlawful for any person to take or possess striped bass which are less than 28 inches in total length.  This rule modifies the existing regulatory requirement by adding a maximum size limit,