• COA president explains pier comments

    COA president explains pier comments

    BAR HARBOR — “It’s on my mind all the time,” College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins said Monday about development options for the former international ferry terminal here. Of his decision to speak up opposing a cruise ship pier in Bar Harbor at a Town Council meeting last week, he said “I just thought

  • Port authority bill progresses

    Port authority bill progresses

    BAR HARBOR — The bill that would give Bar Harbor residents the ability to create a port authority received initial approval in the Senate by a 25-9 vote on Feb. 2. The bill and any amendments must be initially approved in the House before it moves to votes in both chambers for enactment. The bill,

  • Shellfish closure

    ELLSWORTH — When it rains of late, it pours. And when it pours, in addition to flooding roads and cellars, a deluge can wash all sorts of pollutants from the shore into the water and force the Department of Marine Resources to shut down some of the state’s shellfish industry. That’s what happened last week

  • Oyster lease proposal enjoys smooth sailing

    Oyster lease proposal enjoys smooth sailing

    BAR HARBOR — Matt Gerald became an oyster farmer by accident. Five or six years ago, Joe Porada of Acadia Bays Clam and Oyster accidentally spilled baby oysters into the ocean. A few years later, Porada found some of the oysters and noticed that they were growing well. When Gerald heard about it, he decided

  • Campbell named to leadership post

    Campbell named to leadership post

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Ian Campbell will join the management team of the MDI Community Sailing Center as year-round director of operations. Campbell has spent his last 19 summers either sailing or instructing at the sailing center. He has assisted with the spring and fall high school sailing teams for several years. He is a native

  • Stanley on WWII-era fisheries

    Stanley on WWII-era fisheries

    PENOBSCOT — Ralph Stanley of Southwest Harbor is set to give a talk about fishing during WWII at the Penobscot Marine Museum on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. “Ralph Stanley, our beloved historian, boatbuilder, musician, and Board member, will talk about the perils, adventures, and day-to-day work of fishing out of Southwest Harbor during

  • Ferry fare hearing

    Ferry fare hearing

    SWANS ISLAND — The public hearing on proposed Maine State Ferry Service rate adjustments, originally set for Jan. 30 and cancelled because of a snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Swans Island Elementary School. The proposed rate changes would affect passengers on the ferry that serves Bass Harbor, Swans

  • Mount Desert neutral on port authority legislation

    Mount Desert neutral on port authority legislation

    MOUNT DESERT — “This looks like it’s not any of our business,” Board of Selectmen Chairman John Macauley said Monday about a request from a group called “Friends of Frenchman Bay” that the board formally oppose a bill before the Legislature that would allow Bar Harbor to create a port authority. The board later voted

  • Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    BAR HARBOR — The number of minke whales found by stranding networks between Maine and South Carolina in 2017 was more than twice the normal average, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event (UME) for the species. The declaration is in response to information collected from Jan. 2017 to