• Ferry company fleshes out plan

    BAR HARBOR — The town council is set to decide in a few weeks whether to accept Bay Ferries’ proposal for a five-year lease of a portion of the Eden Street property the town is purchasing from the state. The company holds a 10-year contract with the Province of Nova Scotia to provide ferry service

  • Fish shack squatter ordered out; Aid Society to secure building

    Fish shack squatter ordered out; Aid Society to secure building

    MOUNT DESERT — Someone has been living illegally in the small fish shack on Otter Cove, according to Code Enforcement Officer Kim Keene. She has ordered the Otter Creek Aid Society, which owns the building, to have it vacated immediately. “I have determined that the existing structure is in violation [of the Uniform Plumbing Code]

  • Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    BROOKLIN — With September well under way, captains in Maine’s schooner fleet must start thinking about the long winter ahead with no passengers to entertain and some time to enjoy the woodstove. Before they can turn their attention to the endless list of chores that comes with maintaining big, old wooden sailboats, the skippers have

  • MMA sweeps inaugural race

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy recently sent two Monomoy rescue rowboat teams to SUNY Maritime Academy in Throggs Neck, N.Y., to compete in the inaugural George C. Previll Memorial Inter-Academy Monomoy Challenge. Winning both parts of the challenge, MMA collected $4,000 in scholarship money: a $2,500 first place prize for the Monomoy race and a

  • Scallop season

    Scallop season

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has released proposed regulations for the 2018-19 scallop fishing season. Under proposed regulations, as in the previous season, there would be a daily possession limit of 15 gallons of scallops. In Zone 2, which includes Mount Desert Island, a 70-day season for draggers would last from Dec.

  • Coastal cleanup seeks volunteers

    Coastal cleanup seeks volunteers

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Coastal Program is looking for volunteers for Maine’s Coastweek Coastal Cleanup, which begins Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 22. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event. With dozens of cleanup locations needing volunteers, anyone interested in keeping Maine’s coastal shoreline and waterways clean has ample opportunity

  • Labor Day series, Hayward Cup wind down summer races

    Labor Day series, Hayward Cup wind down summer races

    MOUNT DESERT — Labor Day brings the last full weekend of racing at the Northeast Harbor Fleet for the summer. Two races Saturday, with an on-the-water picnic in between, and one Sunday made up a three-race Labor Day Series. Fleet Manager Fran Charles said a southwest breeze of 12-15 knots and abundant sunshine made for

  • Record ocean temps

    Record ocean temps

    PORTLAND — Over the last 30 years, the Gulf of Maine warmed at a rate of 0.06 degrees Celsius per year (0.11 degrees Farenheit per year), more than three times the global average, according to a report from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). This year has been especially warm. The gulf experienced its

  • Pumpkin boats

    Pumpkin boats

    SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum presents a model pumpkin boat competition Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. Participants will craft a model boat out of any member of the gourd family. There is a $5 entry fee for each model. All entries must arrive at Penobscot Marine Museum prior to judging at 1