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  • Parting with plastic: students lead discussions, film screening events

    Parting with plastic: students lead discussions, film screening events

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School freshmen Caroline Musson, Logan Wilbur, Charlotte Partin, and Ella Izenour are set to present their research about plastic pollution and screen a condensed version of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at four events in October. The students will also speak about a citizen initiative underway in all

  • Something fishy in SW

    Something fishy in SW

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The downtown section of Main Street became slippery and stinky when two barrels of bait fell out of the back of a local fisherman’s truck on Friday around 7 p.m. According to police, a faulty tailgate was the reason the two barrels slid from the vehicle. The bait was quickly picked up

  • Paperwork for ferry terminal to be signed

    Paperwork for ferry terminal to be signed

    BAR HARBOR — The final step in the town’s acquisition of the Eden Street former ferry terminal property is the formal Purchase and Sale Agreement. Last week the town council gave Town Manager Cornell Knight formal authorization to sign the agreement, buying the property from the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT bought the property

  • Shop faces close shave

    Shop faces close shave

    BAR HARBOR — It’s hard to retire when you’re the town’s only barber. Raymond Gray, known as “Razor Ray,” was ready to retire this summer after cutting hair in Bar Harbor for 56 years. He found a barber to take over his shop, and left. That new barber, Jeremy Bither, arrived in July. He liked

  • Rhoades house to be demolished

    Rhoades house to be demolished

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After at least four years of discussion, the house at the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden is finally set to be demolished and replaced by a smaller building. At what is typically the end of the monarch migration from Maine, construction crews are scheduled to begin demolition on the building on

  • Scallop season

    Scallop season

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has released proposed regulations for the 2018-19 scallop fishing season. Under proposed regulations, as in the previous season, there would be a daily possession limit of 15 gallons of scallops. In Zone 2, which includes Mount Desert Island, a 70-day season for draggers would last from Dec.

  • Hancock County Jail log Sept. 4-10

    Hancock County Jail log Sept. 4-10

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Sept. 4 and 10: Josef F. Messer II, 36, Hancock, back for court. Dennis Sagaria, 66, Hancock, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Nathan A. Burke, 37, Hancock, aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal mischief, burglary, theft and unauthorized use of property. Justin

  • Coastal cleanup seeks volunteers

    Coastal cleanup seeks volunteers

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Coastal Program is looking for volunteers for Maine’s Coastweek Coastal Cleanup, which begins Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 22. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event. With dozens of cleanup locations needing volunteers, anyone interested in keeping Maine’s coastal shoreline and waterways clean has ample opportunity

  • Labor Day series, Hayward Cup wind down summer races

    Labor Day series, Hayward Cup wind down summer races

    MOUNT DESERT — Labor Day brings the last full weekend of racing at the Northeast Harbor Fleet for the summer. Two races Saturday, with an on-the-water picnic in between, and one Sunday made up a three-race Labor Day Series. Fleet Manager Fran Charles said a southwest breeze of 12-15 knots and abundant sunshine made for

  • Fire destroys Hall Quarry rental house

    Fire destroys Hall Quarry rental house

    MOUNT DESERT — Fire destroyed a house in the village of Hall Quarry early Tuesday morning. The two vacationing couples who were renting the house escaped without injury, according to Fire Chief Mike Bender. “But they lost everything they had with them,” he said. “They just got out with their keys and cell phones, and