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  • $1.2M in gifts from Cough family trust announced

    $1.2M in gifts from Cough family trust announced

    BAR HARBOR — The Cough family is donating more than $1.2 million to the Jesup Memorial Library, the Mount Desert Island YMCA, the YWCA, and the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, they announced at an Aug. 29 event hosted by Bar Harbor Trust Services. Twenty years ago, prior to their deaths, Bernard “Sonny” and Sylvia Cough

  • Many rental cars look alike

    Many rental cars look alike

    MOUNT DESERT — Similar-looking rental cars caused a mixup in Northeast Harbor over the weekend. A man called police Aug. 30 to report that his rental car was missing from where he had parked it. He had left the keys inside, police said, and a woman who had the same type of rental car had

  • Goose Cove restriction lifted

    Goose Cove restriction lifted

    TREMONT — Goose Cove has reopened to clamming following an Aug. 10 decision from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This area of the Tremont shoreline was closed in March 2016 based on data from the end of 2015. The restriction was lifted because water quality tests met the approved standards. Nothing was identified in

  • One suspect in death of dog free on bail

    One suspect in death of dog free on bail

    ELLSWORTH — While two men charged in the kidnapping of a dog that was later found dead appeared in court Wednesday, only one is free on bail. Both men have been charged with one count each of aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal mischief, burglary, theft and unauthorized use of property. Nathan Burke, 37, of

  • New owner Brower visits Islander office

    New owner Brower visits Islander office

    ELLSWORTH — Reade Brower of Rockland, the new owner of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, visited both newspapers Tuesday, introduced himself to staff and talked shop over lunch. Brower was accompanied by Lisa DeSisto, CEO of Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning

  • Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson teachers were in for a surprise when they returned to school on Aug. 29. The day before students were set to return, teachers were greeted at the school entrance by appreciative crowds of parents and students holding signs and cheering them on. The welcome party was planned over the summer

  • ‘Yes’ votes on Main Street project might have no effect

    ‘Yes’ votes on Main Street project might have no effect

    MOUNT DESERT — Regardless of how residents vote on two warrant articles at the special town meeting Monday, Sept. 10, it is likely that Northeast Harbor’s Main Street redevelopment project will go ahead essentially as planned and as approved by voters at the May 8 regular town meeting. That is because the Board of Selectmen

  • Opinions divided on CAT ferry return

    Opinions divided on CAT ferry return

    BAR HARBOR – The town’s role in Maine’s economy and international relations were among the points of contention Wednesday in a public comment session about a proposal to return the Maine – Nova Scotia ferry to Bar Harbor beginning next year. The town council scheduled the public comment session to help with their consideration of

  • Fisherman’s Co-op celebrates 40 years

    Fisherman’s Co-op celebrates 40 years

    CRANBERRY ISLES — In 1978, Bruce Fernald and Dave Thomas went to consult with an attorney about starting a fishermen’s cooperative and left the attorney’s office with a contract. “We had a purchase and sale agreement and away we went,” said Thomas. They were purchasing an existing lobster buying business, one that had been operated

  • Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    TREMONT — A proposed zoning ordinance banning cruise ship activity is expected to go before voters at the end of October. A 180-day moratorium on new cruise ship activities was approved by voters last November and expired in February. Selectmen, as is their right from the vote, extended that 180-day moratorium through this season. The