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  • School facilities head wins lottery

    School facilities head wins lottery

    BAR HARBOR — Peter Alley is feeling fine, but “a little overwhelmed” after winning $500,000 in the Maine State Lottery last month. The Bar Harbor resident received a check for $355,000 after taxes were withheld, according to Maine State Lottery spokeswoman Angie Helton. The winning ticket, from the $20 instant scratch game “$500,000 Payout” was

  • Maine GOP vice chairman to address Hancock County committee

    ELLSWORTH — Nick Isgro, vice chairman of the Maine GOP, will join the next meeting of the Hancock County Republicans, set for July 11 at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall. “Not only will be he bringing news of the state,” organizers said, “but also his own endeavors.” The meeting is free and open to

  • Minott receives garden club award

    Minott receives garden club award

    MOUNT DESERT — Betsy Minott, a teacher at the Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, received the Garden Club of America’s (GCA) Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for environmental education, given “to recognize an individual who, through working with children under 16 years of age in horticulture and the environment, has inspired their appreciation of

  • Adult education grads celebrate achievements

    Adult education grads celebrate achievements

    BAR HARBOR — At a recent graduation ceremony held by the Mount Desert Island Adult and Community Education program, nine students received a high school completion diploma. School Superintendent Marc Gousse spoke at the ceremony about his connection with adult education, which started with his father’s experience of earning a high school diploma through adult

  • Friends of Acadia membership drive to feature Facebook Live broadcasts

    Friends of Acadia membership drive to feature Facebook Live broadcasts

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — In celebration of Acadia National Park’s birthday, Friends of Acadia (FOA) is partnering with park officials, local historians, area conservation experts and volunteers to do a series of live, half-hour Facebook Live broadcasts for five days, July 8-12. On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation formally accepting the

  • Strawberry festival Tuesday

    Strawberry festival Tuesday

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s 44th annual Strawberry Festival, featuring fresh strawberry shortcake, is set for next Tuesday, July 9, from 1-3 p.m. at the Somesville fire station. Proceeds benefit the historical society and the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

  • Betsy Sweet to speak

    Betsy Sweet to speak

    BAR HARBOR — The monthly meeting of Indivisible MDI will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA on Mount Desert Street. Betsy Sweet, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, will speak. This is the first in planned a series of appearances and town halls with 2020 candidates. “I have spent

  • SPCA announces Wine & Whiskers benefit party

    SPCA announces Wine & Whiskers benefit party

    TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County will hold its sixth annual Wine & Whiskers fundraiser Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. The cost is $125 per person, $62.50 of which is tax deductible. Reservations are required. Under a tent on the Asticou Inn lawn overlooking the harbor,

  • Designer Showhouse preview set

    Designer Showhouse preview set

    BAR HARBOR — The Swan Hospitality Group and Maine Homes by Down East present a preview party for the Bar Harbor Designer Showhouse at La Rochelle. The party is set for Friday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m. Guests will have the first look at first-floor formal rooms and garden at La Rochelle as re-imagined by