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  • Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    SORRENTO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present the week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September

  • PTSA grants

    PTSA grants

    BAR HARBOR — The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Conners Emerson school recently announced more than $2,100 in grants to complete projects to enhance learning at the school. Teachers Heather Dority, Abbie Plaskov, Carol Rosinski, Siobhan Ryan, Rachel Singh, Meryl Sweeney, Amanda Dyer, Amber Pickers Debbie Mountford will receive grants for specific projects. Mae

  • Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For many devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    CRANBERRY ISLES — This school year, Ashley Bryan School students are doing some of their history and math in a boatbuilding shop. The independent nonprofit Islesford Boatworks has been leading summer boatbuilding programs for more than a decade. Last fall, Tony Archino, former executive director of Boatworks, led the first school-year program. The students began

  • Mission hires new program director

    Mission hires new program director

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission has hired Christina Griffith as program director for new education initiatives, a position in which she will develop new college preparation and scholarship programs for students in Hancock and Washington counties. She previously worked with a program in New Mexico to design a college preparation curriculum and support

  • Cyclists help pay for road study

    Cyclists help pay for road study

    MOUNT DESERT — Local cycling enthusiasts have so far raised more than $16,000 toward the town’s $45,000 share of the cost to study the feasibility of making safety improvements to the 2.9 miles of Peabody Drive (Route 3) between Asticou Azalea Garden and Seal Harbor Beach. The board of selectmen voted Monday night to hire

  • Preliminary school budget up slightly for Tremont

    Preliminary school budget up slightly for Tremont

    TREMONT — More attention to the school’s library, including an inventory upgrade, is one of the larger increases in the proposed fiscal year 2020 school budget. Teacher salaries are set to increase 6.81 percent district wide this year due to negotiated contracts approved in the fall. The district will not have clear numbers on health