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  • Club funds wheelchairs for Panama

    Club funds wheelchairs for Panama

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club is teaming up with the Ellsworth Rotary Club on an international project to provide wheelchairs for people in Panama. As well as purchasing wheelchairs with proceeds from local fundraising, the clubs have been approved for a grant for this Rotary District. Members from each of the

  • Roadside vending rules eyed

    Roadside vending rules eyed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Roadside vending here is getting out of hand and probably needs to be regulated, town officials said. The area of concern is the turnout on Route 102 at the head of the harbor near Manset Corner. The turnout is part of the state highway right-of-way. This summer, different people were there selling

  • Warrant panel up to strength

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Since the Islander reported two months ago that the town’s warrant committee would be unable to function for the second year in a row unless at least five more people volunteered to serve, eight residents have stepped forward. The board of selectmen Tuesday night appointed Eric Davis, Ryan Donahue and Anne Napier.

  • Island Police: Thefts from cars on upswing

    Island Police: Thefts from cars on upswing

    BAR HARBOR — Police received a report Nov. 5 of a purse being taken from an unlocked car parked at Grant Park. Police are investigating an uptick in reports of items such as wallets being taken from vehicles this fall. Sgt. David Kerns reminds all drivers of the following advice: “Please lock your vehicles, and

  • Roads on MDI extremely slippery Friday

    Roads on MDI extremely slippery Friday

    BAR HARBOR — Police have been responding to numerous traffic accidents this morning as up to five inches of snow continues to fall on the Down East Maine area. Several cars were reported to have slid off the Eagle Lake Road near Acadia National Park Headquarters on McFarland Hill. Other vehicles were unable to make

  • Births at MDI Hospital

    Births at MDI Hospital

    BAR HARBOR — The following births were recorded at Mount Desert Island Hospital from June through September.   June A son, Damien Xavier Hibbard, was born June 3 to Thomas Hibbard and Teshah Closson of Gouldsboro. A son, Lucas Tony Thibeault, was born June 4 to Ariel Gilley and Jack Thibeault Jr. of Ellsworth. A

  • School gets low outage priority

    BAR HARBOR — Plans by Emera Maine to restore electricity in the event of widespread power outages do not place Mount Desert Island High School (MDIHS) as a higher priority than any other customer, a company representative said this week. Speaking with the Islander in the wake of a three-day power outage at the high

  • MDI towns are among Maine’s most affluent

    MOUNT DESERT — The total assessed value of privately owned property in Mount Desert continues to hover around $2 billion, making it second only to Ogunquit as the richest municipality per capita in Maine. Mount Desert added nearly $10.5 million in property value based on sales during the most recent reporting period, July 2012 through

  • Disaster preparedness is a personal responsibility

    Disaster preparedness is a personal responsibility

    ELLSWORTH — In the wake of last week’s early snowstorm and extended power outage, many Mount Desert Islanders may be taking stock of how well they are prepared for when a natural disaster hits. And that’s a good thing, said Hancock County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Sankey, because preparedness is a crucial part of

  • YWCA honors 2014 women of the year

    YWCA honors 2014 women of the year

    BAR HARBOR — Two area women were honored for their contributions to the community and their achievements in work and life at the YWCA’s annual Woman of the Year award ceremony Oct. 25 at Kebo Valley Golf Club. Ruth Eveland, the director of the Jesup Memorial Library and former town council chairman, is the 2014