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  • New restaurants opening; new owners for historic inn

    New restaurants opening; new owners for historic inn

    BAR HARBOR — Two new restaurants and a fine arts and gifts shop are opening this month, and a historic downtown inn has new owners. Local artist Kelly Mitchell, who has sold her seaglass candles online and in other local shops for many years, is now opening a shop of her own at 47 Rodick

  • Trenton Bridge paint job

    Trenton Bridge paint job

    TRENTON — The Maine Department of Transportation has hired a company to paint the Trenton Bridge, which carries Route 3 over Mount Desert Narrows. The work is to be done over the next three weeks. Two-way traffic will be maintained during the day, with traffic lanes shifted to accommodate the painting. Drivers may encounter one-lane

  • Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    BAR HARBOR — Bay Ferries, the company planning to provide ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, announced Friday the service will not be up and running by June 21, the first day the company had sold tickets for the route, because the terminal facility here will not be ready. “The earliest date

  • Island police log: Driver flees crash scene

    Island police log: Driver flees crash scene

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rangers summoned a motorist who rolled his vehicle then fled the scene near Bubble Pond May 28, according to a park spokeswoman. “Drugs were found in the vehicle,” said Christie Anastasia, the park’s public affairs specialist. Rangers were able to identify and contact the motorist on Wednesday. Saige Deluca, 24, of

  • COA commencement is Saturday

    COA commencement is Saturday

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic’s 46th commencement is set for Saturday, June 8, beginning at 2 p.m. Peace activist and atomic bomb survivor Koko Tanimoto Kondo will give the keynote address. Kondo was eight months old in 1945 when the first atomic bomb was dropped just a half-mile from her house in Hiroshima,

  • Nature cruise to support YWCA MDI

    Nature cruise to support YWCA MDI

    BAR HARBOR — YWCA MDI and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company will sponsor a two hour sunset nature cruise of Frenchman Bay on Thursday, June 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A naturalist will narrate the tour and the ship’s galley will be open for refreshments and socializing. Tickets are $25, and proceeds will benefit the YWCA’s

  • Snack shack to be upgraded

    Snack shack to be upgraded

    BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of baseball and softball games are played at the town athletic fields on Park Street every summer, more than 50 of them coming in one weekend alone, at Acadian Youth Sports’ (AYS) annual Marty Lyons little league tournament. Just as with high school and college sports, the fans and sometimes the

  • Indivisible MDI to meet

    Indivisible MDI to meet

    BAR HARBOR — The monthly meeting of Indivisible MDI will be held Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA MDI. Indivisible’s New England staffer, Judy Stadtman, will speak about plans for the summer and beyond and listen to thoughts from attendees. “This will be a chance to hear and share news on efforts

  • Vacation rental owners ask for B & B permits to stay within rules

    BAR HARBOR — Two families have filed site plans to open bed and breakfast accommodations at their year-round residences to legally rent portions of their property to transient guests. One application has been approved; the other is still in process. The current definition of “vacation rental” in the Land Use Ordinance (LUO) has restricted some