A group representing the Acadia National Park Centennial Committee and Friends of Acadia watches from Otter Cliffs as the first day of 2016 dawns over the park. A year’s worth of celebratory events begins later this month as more than 250 Centennial Partner organizations and groups help mark the park’s 100th anniversary. See related community forum on page 11.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STORY LITCHFIELD
Karen Craig of Southwest Harbor, left, with Officer Timothy Bland of the Bar Harbor Police Department at the Maine Sea Coast Mission’s Senior Coffee Hour on Tuesday. Bland, Officer Brad O’Neil, Lt. David Kerns and Fire Chief Matt Bartlett held a wide-ranging discussion with a group of seniors about community issues.
PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES
Christina Hobbs cradles her newborn son, Ashton Lucas Anderson, born on Jan. 2, at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, while father Sam Anderson and big brother Axle, 3, look on. Ashton was the first baby to be born on MDI in 2016. Gifts from local businesses, individuals, and organizations throughout the community were given to the family.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HOSPITAL
Mariah Hamor, left, a junior forward on the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team battles for control of the ball with the Ellsworth Eagle’s Sammy Mason at the home game on Tuesday. Hamor had four points and two turnovers in the Trojan’s 41-34 victory. MDI now stands at 7-1 on the season.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT
More than a dozen people splashed into the ocean at Back Beach in Tremont on New Year’s Day in an event sponsored by the Tremont Fire Department. Participants could not run in, as the tide was out and there were numerous barnacle-encrusted rocks just below the surface. The water temperature was 44 degrees. Organizers had a roaring bonfire and refreshments on shore to help warm swimmers up.
PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN
Photographer Andrew Veilleux of Bar Harbor was among several groups of intrepid hikers that used headlamps to climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in time to see the first sunrise of 2016 from that peak. It is possible they were the first people in the country to see the sun that day.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW VEILLEUX
Students from the Conners Emerson School take the stage during a visit to the Criterion Theatre to see their work on the big screen. Maria Simpson’s seventh-grade class presented student-created short documentary films with topics ranging from war service dogs to soccer stars, from the Arab Spring to the inner life of pet rabbits. “I hope we have many more chances to interact with the local schools in future,” said Criterion Director Heather Martin.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CRITERION THEATRE
Folks towel off after plunging into the frigid Atlantic Ocean water at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park on New Year’s Day. Although not a formal event, it has become a tradition for area residents and a few visitors to race down the beach into the waves each Jan. 1.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FRED BENSON
Photos from the Jan. 7 issue of the Mount Desert Islander.