Politics

  • Main Street gets nod, no pot vote, Dudman, Chaplin elected

    Main Street gets nod, no pot vote, Dudman, Chaplin elected

    MOUNT DESERT — Martha Dudman was re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen in voting here Monday. She outpolled Stephanie Reece 181-123. School Committee member Heather Jones, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to a three-year term. Three people who did not file for election but ran as write-in candidates for an open

  • Eaton retires from Board of Selectmen

    Eaton retires from Board of Selectmen

    TREMONT — Chris Eaton attended his final meeting as a member of the Board of Selectmen here on April 30. Eaton was the longest-serving member of the board at the time of his retirement, having served four consecutive terms since 2006. “For many years, Chris has worked tirelessly on behalf of this community,” said Chris’s

  • Open seats

    TREMONT — As of July 1, there will be open seats on several boards and committees here, including the Acadia Disposal District, Acadia National Park Advisory Commission, Board of Appeals, Harbor Committee, Library Trustees, Planning Board, Recreation Board, Shellfish Management Task Force, Solar Task Force and Tremont Housing Authority. Residents interested in serving on these

  • Minutolo running for council

    BAR HARBOR — Joe Minutolo, owner of the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, will compete against incumbent town councilors for one of two available seats on the council. In June, voters will elect two councilors from three candidates: Minutolo and incumbent Town Councilors Peter St. Germain and Gary Friedmann. Minutolo served on the ferry terminal property

  • Post office parking lot purchase on hold

    Post office parking lot purchase on hold

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Board of Selectmen here rejected an offer by Ken Korona, the owner of the post office parking lot, to spend up to $2,500 for soil testing as a step toward a purchase deal. “This isn’t a formal offer to sell the property, it’s trying to get past what could be showstopper

  • Pot moratorium vote won’t matter

    Pot moratorium vote won’t matter

    MOUNT DESERT — If you’re going to the May 8 town meeting, there’s something you should know: It doesn’t really matter how you vote on the proposed marijuana moratorium. The outcome of the vote will have no practical effect on whether or when there are stores in Mount Desert selling recreational marijuana. That’s because even

  • Cell tower OK’d

    Cell tower OK’d

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Planning Board Chair Mike Magnani doubts anybody knew what a cell tower was when the town’s land use ordinance was written. But “here we are now,” he said at the board’s April 26 hearing on a proposed new tower. “As my grandfather used to say, that’s where the donkey fell. Now, we

  • Former playground fundraisers rally behind June town vote

    Former playground fundraisers rally behind June town vote

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dianne Helprin can still recall how in the summer, picking up the trash from the playground was a guessing game. “Is it our responsibility or the town’s?” the former Pemetic Elementary School principal would wonder. That same question has resonated in more recent discussions about the playground, but neither the school nor

  • Tax increase might be lower than expected

    Tax increase might be lower than expected

    TREMONT — Voters at the town meeting Tuesday, May 8, will consider a budget that would mean a 6 percent increase in property taxes if approved. The taxes on a $250,000 home would go up by $133 a year. The meeting will take place at the town office’s Harvey Kelley Meeting Room starting at 6:30