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  • Trojans complete in O’Day qualifier

    Trojans complete in O’Day qualifier

    QUINCY, Mass. — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity sailing team placed seventh in the O’Day Qualifier, hosted Sunday by Milton Academy at Marina Bay. MDI fielded five sailors in two teams. Skipper Alec Fisichella led Team A, with Joe Minotulo crewing in races one through six and Jacob Peabody crewing races seven through

  • Seven right whale calves seen this season

    Seven right whale calves seen this season

    PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — There were no known births in the 2017-2018 calving season for the North Atlantic right whale, so each new calf spotted with its mother so far in 2019 has been greeted with extra enthusiasm. On Thursday, April 11 the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) right whale aerial survey team spotted two right

  • Kelley meeting room decorations debated

    Kelley meeting room decorations debated

    TREMONT — Last week, selectmen discussed placing a saying on the wall behind the Select Board’s table in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room. The proposed saying reads, “A society grows greater when old folks plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit.” It means, resident Marjory Buck told the selectmen, that “what

  • Groundbreaking planned at COA

    Groundbreaking planned at COA

    BAR HARBOR — A groundbreaking ceremony for College of the Atlantic’s new 29,000-square-foot Center for Human Ecology is planned for Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in the Gates Community Center. The $13 million facility will comprise science laboratories, flexible lecture halls, faculty offices, art and design studios, and a teaching greenhouse within a bright,

  • Harbor plan debated

    Harbor plan debated

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A new 47-page harbor management plan will be added to the town’s Comprehensive Plan, if voters at town meeting next month approve. The document may help the town with related grant applications, according to Harbormaster Adam Thurston. The Board of Selectmen initially asked for the plan in 2016, hoping it would help

  • Job fair planned

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual job fair at the Bar Harbor Municipal Building on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Workers looking for opportunities in Bar Harbor will have the chance to meet face to face with hiring managers at this event. As many as two

  • Trenton town, school candidates

    TRENTON — Rachel Nobel, a member of the town’s Board of Appeals, is the only candidate for the one seat on the Board of Selectmen that is up for election May 20. Susan Starr, who has held the seat since 2010, is not seeking a fourth three-year term. The Trenton School Committee seats currently held

  • Route 3 work starts up again

    Route 3 work starts up again

    BAR HARBOR — Weather permitting, work will resume this week on the Route 3 reconstruction project, according to Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) spokesman Paul Merrill. The $18 million project to rebuild a 4.8-mile section of the road began in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed by June 15. Work yet

  • Businesses spring up

    Businesses spring up

    BAR HARBOR — There may still be snow on the ground, but new businesses are sprouting this spring in Bar Harbor. Two spots downtown — a local cuisine restaurant called Salt & Steel and home-made take-out lunch place called Take A Hike — are opening next week. They will be joining a take-out pizza shop,