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  • Record ocean temps

    Record ocean temps

    PORTLAND — Over the last 30 years, the Gulf of Maine warmed at a rate of 0.06 degrees Celsius per year (0.11 degrees Farenheit per year), more than three times the global average, according to a report from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). This year has been especially warm. The gulf experienced its

  • Neighbor wants abandoned property addressed

    TREMONT — A resident asked selectmen if they could do something about a run-down trailer at a Tremont Road property he says has become a hazard. At their Tuesday meeting, selectmen agreed to reach out to the current property owner, who lives out of state, to give notice of a future hearing regarding the property.

  • Pumpkin boats

    Pumpkin boats

    SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum presents a model pumpkin boat competition Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. Participants will craft a model boat out of any member of the gourd family. There is a $5 entry fee for each model. All entries must arrive at Penobscot Marine Museum prior to judging at 1

  • Shamanism workshop set

    Shamanism workshop set

    MOUNT DESERT — Richard Parker will offer a workshop on modern shamanism and shamanic meditation Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Northeast Harbor Library from 9 a.m. to noon. “Shamanism is not a religion but a method to gain insight into oneself and one’s relationship with the natural world and to access support and healing to

  • Clamming in Lunt’s Harbor restricted

    Clamming in Lunt’s Harbor restricted

    FRENCHBORO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources placed a restriction on shellfish harvesting in the area of Lunt’s Harbor Aug. 16 after the state’s Department of Environmental Protection identified a source of pollution. Water tests conducted by the DMR did not show levels high enough to initiate a closure, but that doesn’t matter. “They

  • School requests solar proposals

    School requests solar proposals

    BAR HARBOR — Two solar energy companies, ReVision Energy and Sundog Solar, will be asked to submit proposals for designing and installing a solar energy system to supply all of the electricity for Mount Desert Island High School. On the recommendation of Principal Matt Haney, the school’s trustees voted last week to request the proposals

  • Court action possible over unpermitted rental

    BAR HARBOR — The town is set to pursue court action over a code violation at a Ledgelawn Avenue residence, following a unanimous town council vote Tuesday. Rob and Kate Jordan have been renting a guest room over their barn by the month in the winter, and by the week in the summer, according to

  • Town awarded road study grant

    Town awarded road study grant

    MOUNT DESERT — The town will be paying much less than half of the $100,000 that voters at the May town meeting authorized for a feasibility study plus the planning and design of improvements to Peabody Drive (Route 3) between Asticou Azalea Garden and Seal Harbor beach. The estimated cost of the study and related