• Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    CASTINE — Commencement ceremonies are always a big deal, but Maine Maritime Academy’s 76th annual commencement last Saturday featured an all-star cast. About 193 students marched at commencement, held in MMA’s Alexander Field House, including candidates for Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. As usual, proud parents, grandparents, spouses and

  • Interstate body won’t add more whale rules

    Interstate body won’t add more whale rules

    by Stephen Rappaport and Liz Graves AUGUSTA — Interstate fishery regulators are opting to wait and see how new rules aiming at protecting whales from fishing gear play out before deciding whether to add new ones of their own. On Thursday, May 2, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced that the Atlantic

  • Defending Sea Grant

    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 27 Senators in sending a letter last week urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to continue to fund the National Sea Grant College Program — at a minimum — at its current funding level

  • Destroyer launched

    BATH — The family of President Lyndon B. Johnson, joined by Maine’s congressional delegation, Bath Iron Works workers and hundreds of Mainers, honored the late president’s legacy Saturday at the christening of his namesake stealth destroyer at the shipyard. Named after the 36th president of the United States, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson is

  • Trojans challenge Portland in high-wind team racing

    Trojans challenge Portland in high-wind team racing

    PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team traveled to Portland Saturday morning for the Portland High School team race regatta at SailMaine near the former international ferry terminal. According to MDIHS coach John Macauley, the Trojans did well, considering the conditions. “It wasn’t raining or snowing,” Macauley said in an email early

  • Harbor cleanup set

    Harbor cleanup set

    BAR HARBOR — “Diver Ed” Monat and the League of Underwater Superheroes are planning their annual harbor cleanup for Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the town pier. Volunteers, both SCUBA divers and those who prefer to stay above water, are encouraged to join the effort. Call Monat at 479-3483.

  • Whale team agrees: reduce vertical lines

    Whale team agrees: reduce vertical lines

    ELLSWORTH — Maine lobstermen were expecting that bad news would come out of last week’s meeting of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) and their expectations were met. At the end of a four-day meeting in Providence, R.I., on Friday, the TRT reached a “consensus” recommendation to NOAA Fisheries that the number of

  • Sailing center fundraiser dinner

    Sailing center fundraiser dinner

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center will host its annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Red Sky restaurant. All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the sailing center. Funds will go towards the purchase of new jib sails and rudder systems for the center’s

  • Lobster  union fires co-op CEO

    Lobster union fires co-op CEO

    TRENTON — The Maine Lobster Union, Lobster 207, has fired longtime lobster dealer Warren Pettegrow as chief executive officer of its wholesale lobster co-op. The firing was announced in an April 13 letter from the union’s executive board addressed to union members. The board also called a May 5 membership meeting at the Elks Lodge