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  • Ferry terminal purchase complete

    Ferry terminal purchase complete

    BAR HARBOR — The town of Bar Harbor now owns the Eden Street ferry terminal property, Town Manager Cornell Knight announced to town councilors Tuesday. The town’s purchase of the property from the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) was finally formally executed last Thursday, Jan. 31. The purchase of the terminal makes it possible for

  • Ames feted at celebration

    Ames feted at celebration

    STONINGTON  Sixteen years ago, Ted Ames, his wife, Robin Alden, Ted Hoskins and a handful of other members of a group called the Stonington Fisheries Alliance banded together to establish the Penobscot East Resource Center with an eye toward encouraging Maine fishermen to become active in the management of their fisheries. Last week, a dozen

  • Dog reunited with family after 12 days

    Dog reunited with family after 12 days

    BAR HARBOR — Barry Gutradt arrived home Saturday to find a pug sitting on the doorstep of his Knox Road home. “It had no collar and I had never seen it before,” Gutradt, who also goes by Walter Churchill, wrote in an email to the Islander. “I called the Bar Harbor Police Department to see

  • Deer herd on MDI was culled in 1960s

    Deer herd on MDI was culled in 1960s

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Lately the most frequent “predators” of deer on Mount Desert Island have been motorized vehicles. But for several years in the 1960s, before coyotes migrated to the island, Acadia National Park rangers used rifles and live traps to fill the role of natural predators and cull the herd. Twenty years earlier,

  • Partnership gives cancer navigation program a boost

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center have announced a new partnership with the Christine B. Foundation to strengthen the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program. The Christine B. Foundation has joined the leadership committee as well as invested $10,000 in this program serving the Washington County cancer community. In 2008, at

  • Hancock County Jail log Jan. 28-31

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Jan. 28 and 31: Jamin S. Keene, 24, Bar Harbor, probation revocation. Ariel N. Evers, 27, Tremont, four counts failure to appear. Adam W. Grasso, 48, Surry, three days for violating conditions of release and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of

  • New therapies on horizon for chronic kidney disease

    New therapies on horizon for chronic kidney disease

    BAR HARBOR — Hermann Haller, president of the MDI Biological Laboratory, will discuss diabetes and kidney disease at a public lecture Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at the institution’s Old Bar Harbor Road campus. “The increased prevalence of diabetes is causing an epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that is creating a huge burden

  • Lewis to head MDNA

    Lewis to head MDNA

    MOUNT DESERT — Heather Lewis has been named the Executive Director of Mount Desert Nursing Association (MDNA). Heather has been with MDNA for over three years in the capacity of Operations Manager and was instrumental in the agency gaining Medicare-certification and accreditation from CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) in December 2017. Lewis came to MDNA

  • Gatti joins COA faculty, teaching computer science

    Gatti joins COA faculty, teaching computer science

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic has appointed Daniel Gatti to a new faculty position in computer sciences. Gatti’s research is focused on using mathematical and statistical methods to answer pressing questions about the world. He comes to COA after decades of professional work as a programmer and bioinformatics analyst, including at the nearby

  • Program offers aquaculture coaching

    Program offers aquaculture coaching

    SWAN’S ISLAND — When long-time fisherman Jason Joyce decided to start Swan’s Island Oyster Farm two years ago, he knew there was risk involved, but there has been help along the way. With the guidance of a new Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program offered by the Rockland-based Island Insitute, Joyce and his cousin, Josh Joyce,