• Democratic candidates’ forum

    Democratic candidates’ forum

    BAR HARBOR — Five of the seven people competing to become the Democratic candidate for Maine’s next governor answered wide-ranging questions on Wednesday, May 23, in the Mount Desert Island High School auditorium. Jill Goldthwait, a former independent state senator, moderated the forum. It was the second candidates’ forum hosted by Indivisible MDI as part

  • Three-hour parking eliminated

    Three-hour parking eliminated

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials are doing what they can to address parking issues, an hour at a time. At last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, selectmen reviewed and approved updates to the town’s traffic and parking ordinance, one of which was to eliminate three-hour parking spaces and limit them to two-hour spaces. The board

  • Voters to consider terminal purchase, parking meters

    Voters to consider terminal purchase, parking meters

    BAR HARBOR — After months of deliberation, residents here will decide next week if the town will take out a bond to purchase the ferry terminal property on Eden Street. Voters also will decide on a municipal budget that could bring a 6 percent property tax increase, and a bond to implement a parking meter

  • Marijuana in Bar Harbor

    Marijuana in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — The state’s impending recreational marijuana law would allow four types of commercial marijuana establishments to operate in Maine. Town officials in Bar Harbor are using the Polco web polling platform to seek input on whether these marijuana establishments should be allowed in Bar Harbor and where they should be located. Bar Harbor

  • Southwest Harbor town manager appointed

    Southwest Harbor town manager appointed

    Sarah Hinckley shinckley@mdislander.com SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Justin VanDongen is set to begin work as town manager here at the end of June. Selectmen approved his appointment Tuesday. VanDongen, 39, has served as assessor for the town of Bar Harbor for the last five years. He has three daughters enrolled at Connors Emerson. He will begin

  • Committee formed to review town committees

    BAR HARBOR — In line with a goal set for this year, the Town Council has set up a subcommittee to review the effectiveness of standing, nonelected committees following a unanimous vote at its May 15 meeting. The subcommittee will be made up of Councilors Erin Cough and Matt Hochman and Town Manager Cornell Knight.

  • Three vie for two council seats

    Three vie for two council seats

    BAR HARBOR — Three candidates, including two incumbents, will vie for two seats on the Town Council here at town meeting elections on Tuesday, June 12. Three-term councilor Peter St. Germain will seek re-election, as will incumbent Vice Chair Gary Friedmann. The newcomer to the race is local business owner Joe Minutolo. Gary Friedmann Friedmann,

  • 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