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  • Newell to lead Abbe Museum

    Newell to lead Abbe Museum

    BAR HARBOR — Christopher Newell, a museum educator and member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, has been named the next leader of the Abbe Museum. He is the son of Wayne Newell, who has supported the Abbe for many years as a singer and educator. The museum’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that

  • National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    BAR HARBOR — The National Park Service (NPS) is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Teachers will be selected to work on Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic Point. Acadia National Park invites full-time, K-12 public classroom school teachers to apply online by Feb. 21.  The Acadia Teacher Fellowship

  • Registration for fish forum

    Registration for fish forum

    ROCKPORT — The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens on Thursday, March 5, and runs through Sunday at the Samoset Resort. “Early bird” reservations are due Feb. 14. In addition to a huge maritime trade show and dozens of serious seminars, the Forum includes a variety of social activities and a silent auction and dinner that

  • Winter trash collecting

    Winter trash collecting

    MOUNT DESERT — There will be no trash collection on Presidents’ Day, Mon. Feb 17, according to town officials. There are no changes to the rest of the week’s trash collection schedule.  Town officials also remind the public that town policy allows municipal workers to use discretion in collecting refuse on private roads during the winter. Drivers will collect from private

  • Airport manager resigns

    Airport manager resigns

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County–Bar Harbor Airport Manager Brad Madeira has resigned effective Feb. 14, much to the dismay of the Hancock County Commissioners and county staff.  Madeira has led the airport since July 2013.   “I apologize for somewhat of a brief departure,” Madeira told the commissioners at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday. “Due to personal reasons it’s just what I need to

  • Rockport garden center to purchase Trenton location 

    Rockport garden center to purchase Trenton location 

    TRENTON — Hammon Buck, president of Plants Unlimited in Rockport and his wife Dawn, announced the purchase of 5 acres of land on the Bar Harbor road in Trenton.  “Our sales to landscapers on Mount Desert Island and Down East have steadily grown to the point that this lot just makes sense for our company. This will cut

  • Hearing set on solar moratorium

    Hearing set on solar moratorium

    TRENTON — A proposed six-month moratorium on ground-mounted solar panel arrays in Trenton will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the town office.  The town’s Land Use Ordinance does not currently address the installation of solar arrays. So, the Board of Selectmen has proposed a moratorium (also known as a temporary prohibition of

  • Crafts and songs at marine museum

    Crafts and songs at marine museum

    SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum presents a weekend of workshops, guided tours and presentations Feb. 15-16. On Saturday, February 15, the museum will hold a Sailors’ Valentine workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sailors’ Valentines are a form of seashell art that 19th-century sailors would make and bring home to their wives, girlfriends,

  • Open seats to be elected at town meeting

    Open seats to be elected at town meeting

    SWAN’S ISLAND — Residents of this town will meet at the school for the annual town meeting on Monday, March 2.   All elected town officials are nominated and elected from the floor during town meeting.  This year, the following positions are up for election. Gary W. Turner’s seat on the Board of Selectmen will be open. The two seats held by Richard

  • High court ruling revives legal fight involving Mount Desert Island auto museum

    By Eric Russell, Portland Press Herald  AUGUSTA — A Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision has breathed new life into a lengthy battle between an antique auto museum on Mount Desert Island and the trust that owns the collection.  In a 12-page decision, the state’s highest court reversed a lower court ruling that had found the Seal Cove