• Voter guide available

    Voter guide available

    BAR HARBOR — The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund’s Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the 2017 election is now available online. This year’s guide covers the four statewide referendum questions to be decided by voters on Nov. 7. The guide is written in easy-to-understand language. It is nonpartisan; it does not promote any

  • Animal ordinance language finalized

    BAR HARBOR — On Oct. 17, the Bar Harbor Town Council voted to approve language that restricts the sale of dogs and cats from “mills” and prohibits the display of “wild and exotic” animals in Bar Harbor. The language only allows the sale of dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from “an

  • Quarry bid ruled valid

    Quarry bid ruled valid

    MOUNT DESERT — By a vote of 3-2, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals decided last Thursday that the Planning Board erred in deciding that Harold MacQuinn Inc. was not eligible to apply for a license to operate its granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry. But the three board members who voted in

  • Housing a priority for towns

    Housing a priority for towns

    MOUNT DESERT — Elected officials from Acadia-area towns have identified the need for more affordable, year-round housing as one of the issues they want the League of Towns board to address in the coming year. “The list of folks who need our assistance is ever growing,” Alison Beane, executive director of Island Housing Trust (IHT),

  • Pot, cruise ship ordinances debated

    Pot, cruise ship ordinances debated

    TREMONT — The adage “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” didn’t hold up at a public hearing Monday on a proposed ban on commercial marijuana sales in the town. That was in contrast to a Sept. 18 public hearing where both sides of the issue were hotly debated. The public hearings were held in advance of

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day

    BAR HARBOR — On Tuesday, the Bar Harbor Town Council passed a resolution to name the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” That’s the day the federal holiday of Columbus Day has traditionally been observed. Two weeks ago, the Town Council heard testimony from a small group in favor of the change. Supporters decried

  • Feldman to critique gerrymandering

    Feldman to critique gerrymandering

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic math and physics Professor David Feldman will explore computational approaches for drawing more equitable political districts at College of the Atlantic’s next Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 4:10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Gerrymandering, the drawing

  • Indivisibles to speak to Dems

    Indivisibles to speak to Dems

    ELLSWORTH — Leaders and activists with Indivisible will be the featured guests at the October meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee in the theater room of the Moore Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. “Indivisible members have vigorously opposed numerous Trump initiatives since the 2016 election. Notably, they fought against repeal

  • Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has announced she will not be joining the 2018 gubernatorial race, stating that she is best able to serve Maine’s people in Congress. Collins made the announcement Friday morning while speaking at a Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Rockport. During her remarks, Collins discussed the

  • Bennett elected Trenton selectman, marijuana moratorium approved

    Bennett elected Trenton selectman, marijuana moratorium approved

    TRENTON — When Selectman Dick Vander Zanden stepped down in August, selectmen here decided they couldn’t wait until the next town meeting in May to fill the vacancy on the five-member board. At a special town meeting Tuesday, residents elected John Bennett to the board, Chair Fred Ehrlenbach said Wednesday. Voters also approved a 180-day