• Longer contracts inked

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR—As a final nod to several town employees, outgoing Town Manager Don Lagrange guaranteed their positions for three years, instead of one. Harbormaster Adam Thurston and Police Chief Alan Brown were among those appointed for longer terms than have been historically granted. Marilyn Lowell’s contract was also approved. She serves as town clerk, assistant

  • Interim assessor appointed

    BAR HARBOR — Deanne Cray, who has served as the deputy assessor in Bar Harbor since March 2016, was appointed interim assessor on Tuesday. Former assessor Justin VanDongen, who worked at the town for more than five years, recently was appointed Town Manager in Southwest Harbor. His last day was June 13. Cray is a

  • Marijuana debates resume

    Marijuana debates resume

    BAR HARBOR — By taking no action to “opt in” under a new state law, the Town Council prohibited marijuana cultivation, retail stores, marijuana product manufacturing operations and testing facilities here on Tuesday. This action followed the general consensus of councilors that the town should wait for a state framework. The plan is to move

  • Friedmann new council chair

    Friedmann new council chair

    BAR HARBOR — Following his re-election to the Town Council last week, Gary Friedmann was elected chair at a special organizational meeting on June 13. Councilor Matt Hochman was elected vice-chair, the position Friedmann held previously. Joe Minutolo is new to the council, having received more votes than Peter St. Germain in last week’s election.

  • Democrats to meet

    Democrats to meet

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Democratic Committee is set to meet in the theater room of the Moore Center in Ellsworth on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. The committee leadership had not yet decided on the agenda ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Upcoming meetings will feature Harvard Professor Theda Skocpol in July and Professor Marvin

  • Seats on town boards vacant

    TREMONT — Multiple seats on town boards and committees were filled during the selectmen’s meeting on June 4, but some remain vacant. Carey Donovan was reappointed by selectmen to a three-year term on the Acadia Disposal District. Appeals Board members Marcia Madeira and Reva Weisenberg were both reappointed for three-year terms. Sandy Andrews was appointed

  • Playground supported

    Playground supported

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters on Tuesday approved the use of $180,000 from the town’s undesignated fund balance for a new playground by a vote of 422-108. Whether funding for the playground, located behind Harbor House, would be the responsibility of residents through the town budget or the school budget was the subject of debate for

  • MDI voters in line with state

    MDI voters in line with state

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Voters here largely agreed with voters statewide on Tuesday, confirming primary frontrunners and voting in favor of implementing ranked-choice voting sooner rather than later. About 34 percent of the registered voters in the four Mount Desert Island towns, Swans Island, Trenton, the Cranberry Isles and Frenchboro took to the polls in

  • Students seek plastic bag bans

    Students seek plastic bag bans

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Eighth-grader Caroline Musson, 14, challenged the Tremont Board of Selectmen Monday to pause a minute the next time they are at the grocery store to count how many plastic bags go out the door. “Is this really what we want tourists to see when they visit our island?” asked Ella Izenour, also

  • Unconventional lodging business draws complaints

    Unconventional lodging business draws complaints

    TREMONT — Regulating the length of stay at local Airbnb rentals is not under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen, Chairman Kevin Buck told a disgruntled neighbor on Monday night. An issue that was brought before the town’s Planning Board a year ago came before selectmen after Code Enforcement Officer John Larson and Town