Politics

  • Playground project supported

    Playground project supported

    Sarah Hinckley shinckley@mdislander.com SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Following months of contentious debate, selectmen here joined forces with the school board and recommended town funding for restoring the downtown playground. The proposal will be on the ballot at the June 12 election. Residents are being asked to approve spending $180,000, as a loan from the town’s undesignated

  • Ranked-choice to be explained

    Ranked-choice to be explained

    BAR HARBOR — Ann Luther of the Downeast League of Women Voters will help participants understand ranked-choice voting at the YWCA on Tuesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. The primaries in June will use this system. Contact the YWCA at 288-5008.

  • Residents sound off on zoning, terminal

    Residents sound off on zoning, terminal

    BAR HARBOR — Voters at open town meeting have the advantage of listening to debate on warrant articles up for a vote there. Because there’s no opportunity for debate on the questions going on the written ballot, the Town Council holds hearings on those questions at the last council meeting before town meeting. Of the

  • Street improvements set

    By Sarah Hinckley shinckley@mdislander.com SOUTHWEST HARBOR — While residents were finishing voting for town leaders last Tuesday at the fire station, the sitting selectmen met down the street at their regular meeting time. Plans for an infrastructure improvement project scheduled to begin mid-September were presented by Annaleis Hafford of Olvers Engineering. Once the plans have

  • Marina options are taking shape

    Marina options are taking shape

    BAR HARBOR — Residents got their first chance to weigh in on options for a public marine facility at the former international ferry terminal at a meeting Monday with the consultants who recently completed draft business plans for the facility. Preserving a sense of town identity was a top concern for many, as the plan

  • Champlain Institute: International Affairs

    Champlain Institute: International Affairs

    BAR HARBOR — Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Maine’s U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and a host of international political experts will highlight the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs, which runs this summer from Saturday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 3. Rice and Mitchell will be joined by former acting Solicitor

  • School bond postponed again

    School bond postponed again

    BAR HARBOR — The proposed bond for a renovation project at Conners Emerson School likely will not land on the November ballot, following a school board discussion Monday. Principal Barb Neilly told the board it wouldn’t be possible to complete a thoughtful proposal by July 17, the deadline for an item to be put on

  • Indivisible meeting set

    BAR HARBOR — Indivisible MDI will hold its monthly meeting at the MDI YWCA, 36 Mount Desert St., on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes updates on recent activities and planning for upcoming events, including the Fourth of July parade. The group is nonpartisan. All are welcome. Email Indivisible MDI at indivisiblemdibh@gmail.com

  • Buck, Mansolilli elected

    Buck, Mansolilli elected

    TREMONT — Except for a brief musical interlude produced by a cell phone belonging to moderator Frank Gray, all 45 warrant articles at the town meeting here Tuesday passed with little discussion or contest. Residents approved $1.87 million for municipal expenditures and $3.04 million for Tremont’s school budget for the fiscal year starting July 1,

  • Dems to hold candidate forums

    Dems to hold candidate forums

    ELLSWORTH — Two Democratic candidate forums will be presented by the Hancock County Democratic Committee in the Moore Center theater room. The candidates will answer a series of questions prepared by members of the committee. The Democratic candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Craig Olson, Jared Golden and Lucas St. Clair, will meet on Saturday,