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  • Assistant planner to focus on vacation rentals

    Assistant planner to focus on vacation rentals

    BAR HARBOR — The town has a new assistant planner set to begin work Aug. 19, Planning Director Michele Gagnon said, and he “is definitely going to work on vacation rentals.” Steve Fuller will come to Bar Harbor from the City of Ellsworth’s planning office, where he worked with Gagnon before she became planning director

  • MDI team takes silver at 420 State Championship

    MDI team takes silver at 420 State Championship

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Lillian Myers and Terra Ehrhart represented the Northeast Harbor Fleet and Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center last week at the Maine State 420 Championship in Boothbay, finishing second of 41 boats in the two-day regatta. Also representing MDI, brothers Lucas and Nate Ingebritson finished 13th.

  • Plans unveiled for ‘promenade park’

    Plans unveiled for ‘promenade park’

    MOUNT DESERT — The non-profit Mount Desert Community Development Corporation (CDC) has unveiled detailed plans for a “promenade park” along the top of the cliff above the Town Hall in Northeast Harbor. The long, narrow park would be on the side of the municipal parking lot that overlooks the harbor, and it would include improved

  • Ticks in Acadia linked to ’47 fire

    Ticks in Acadia linked to ’47 fire

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Ticks are much more abundant in parts of Acadia that burned in the October 1947 fire that swept across the eastern half of Mount Desert Island than in the areas that were spared. That is a preliminary finding of research into the prevalence and distribution of ticks in the park. “We’re

  • Hancock County Jail log July 29-Aug.4

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between July 29 and Aug. 4: Carl L. Harvey, 27, Glenburn, one count each assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and terrorizing and two counts theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Nathan S. Torrey, 33, Sedgwick, failure to appear. Michele M. Bellomy, 50, Fairfax, Va.,

  • Financial advisor talks planned giving

    Financial advisor talks planned giving

    BAR HARBOR — Allen Financial advisor and wealth manager Sarah Ruef-Lindquist was the featured speaker at the June monthly meeting of the Mount Desert Island Nonprofit Alliance (MDINA) at the Garland Farm. MDINA members work collaboratively to address operational issues and coordinate event schedules for the many Mount Desert Island nonprofit organizations. Participant groups who

  • Anderson to lead Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

    Anderson to lead Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

    BAR HARBOR — Alf Anderson, who has worked since 2015 as the director of membership sales and marketing for the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, will be the organization’s next executive director, according to an announcement released Tuesday. He will begin work in his new role on Aug. 12. He succeeds Martha Searchfield, who led

  • Sewer rates to rise 1.9%, water rate flat

    Sewer rates to rise 1.9%, water rate flat

    BAR HARBOR — No rate increase is planned for water rates here, but sewer rates are proposed to increase by 1.9 percent. The proposed water and sewer budgets for fiscal year 2020 were introduced at last week’s town council meeting, and will be open for discussion at a public hearing on Aug. 6. Town Finance

  • Langley joins lobster board

    ELLSWORTH — Brian Langley, owner of the Union River Lobster Pot and a former member of the Maine Legislature, has been appointed to fill a vacant public member seat on the board of directors of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. Langley was nominated by the Department of Marine Resources Lobster Advisory Council, a group with