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  • Residents want crosswalk back; DOT says it’s unsafe

    MOUNT DESERT — The safest place to cross the street is at a crosswalk, right? Not necessarily. State law says drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. But if drivers can’t see someone crossing until it’s almost too late to stop, then the crosswalk can give pedestrians a false sense of safety. That’s why

  • New law aims to protect internet access

    New law aims to protect internet access

    ELLSWORTH — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth and Trenton) aimed at protecting internet users was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills last week. “Internet service providers should not be the gatekeepers of the internet and its potential to connect people and provide critical information,” Grohoski said in a statement. In 2017, the

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Southwest Harbor Fleet June Luders Series On Sunday, June 22, the sun was trying hard to dry out all the sogginess but as the atmosphere heated up, the thunderstorms started to blossom. A rather large event passed just to the east a little before scheduled start time and whisked away most of the northwest breeze

  • Hancock County Jail Log June 24-27

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between June 24 and 27: Mark S. Siegert, 48, Greenfield, Mass., two counts failure to appear. Katelynn A. Wallace, 21, Ellsworth, warrant arrest. Alexandra Ricciardelli, 28, Keyport, N.J., operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, operating after suspension. Raymond F. Robledo,

  • Students celebrate solar win

    Students celebrate solar win

    AUGUSTA — Wednesday, June 26, Governor Janet Mills signed into law three major renewable energy reform bills. The bill signing took place in Pittsfield at the largest solar array in the state, consisting of 40,300 panels generating 9.9 megawatts at peak performance. Among the bills signed, LD 1711 includes a 75 percent solar credit for

  • Store changes name, not mission

    Store changes name, not mission

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — There are two things different about the store at 10 Clark Point Road this season and they both have to do with the man who ran it for nearly a decade. First is the name, Fred’s, highlighted on blue signs that hang above the door and in each display window. The second

  • A spectacular 4th! On Mount Desert Island

    A spectacular 4th! On Mount Desert Island

    Plenty of food, fun and festivities will be the order of the day on Thursday as the Mount Desert Island area celebrates 243 years of American independence. From a nationally-recognized parade to music concerts and more, there is something for everyone during this year’s Fourth of July celebrations. Fireworks shows are scheduled for both Bar

  • Islander Students

    Murray named to dean’s list CANTON, N.Y. — Rye Murray of Southwest Harbor has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University’s Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2019 semester. Murray is a member of the Class of 2020 and is majoring in environmental studies-philosophy. He attended Mount Desert Island High School. To

  • Town waives parking fees for July Fourth holiday

    Town waives parking fees for July Fourth holiday

    BAR HARBOR — Parking will be free on the Fourth of July, the Town Council decided in a special meeting Monday night in a 6-1 vote. This is the first summer that paid and permit parking is in effect in the downtown area. The emergency council meeting came after a notice was posted on the

  • Eye health is talk topic

    Eye health is talk topic

    BAR HARBOR — Specialists from the Maine Division for the Blind and the Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network will lead a discussion about eye health and vision rehabilitation Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at the YWCA MDI. The talk is part of Age By Design, a series of programs co-sponsored by the