• At Home hosts first regatta

    At Home hosts first regatta

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Charlie Wray of Mount Desert and a group of Cranberry Isles teens were among the winners of a rowing regatta held Saturday in Southwest Harbor. The event was a fundraiser for At Home, a program of Downeast Community Partners designed to provide older residents with essential services and empower them to live

  • Intertidal zone status debated by lawmakers

    Intertidal zone status debated by lawmakers

    ELLSWORTH — Who owns Maine’s tidal flats, who can use them and how? Two of Maine’s legislative committees have struggled with those questions over the past few months and a bit of clarity has begun to emerge. On May 10, the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry killed LD 1316, a bill offered by Rep.

  • Lobster boat races are here again

    Lobster boat races are here again

    TREMONT — Nearly $15,000 worth of prizes will be given away at the Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races this Sunday, June 23, with bait topping the list again. More than 100 buckets of pigs’ hide bait has been donated for the event. The town’s ninth annual races will begin right around 10 a.m., according to

  • Knot your ordinary day

    Knot your ordinary day

    SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum presents Knot Your Ordinary Weekend June 22 and 23. From noon to 4 p.m. both days, the museum will feature demonstrations, vendors, and special hands-on activities to teach about knots and their uses in maritime Maine. Visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

  • Whale watch naturalists host beach cleanup day

    Whale watch naturalists host beach cleanup day

    BAR HARBOR — In celebration of World Oceans Day June 8, and in response to the impact of plastic pollution on marine life, the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. hosted a beach cleanup at Hadley Point and Hulls Cove. In two hours, participants collected 142 pieces of litter, including 25 plastic bottles, 15 metal cans,

  • Fishermen offer whale rule feedback

    Fishermen offer whale rule feedback

    DEER ISLE — For Maine lobstermen, the summer of 2019 is likely to be a challenging one. Fuel prices are high. Cuts in herring fishing quotas — with further cuts likely — mean that bait is likely to be extremely scarce, and whatever’s available extremely expensive as the season develops. And that’s the good news.

  • Holland America’s Zaandam makes first visit to Bar Harbor

    Holland America’s Zaandam makes first visit to Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Chamber of Commerce representative Martha Searchfield presented Captain Ane Smit with a wooden plaque from Bar Harbor to mark the Zaandam’s inaugural visit to Bar Harbor. Smit also received two Maine lobsters and locally made soda. The ship’s actual first visit was earlier this season, but the ceremony was held during the

  • Conference set

    STONINGTON — Big science is coming to Downeast Maine next week. On Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18, the Eastern Maine Coastal Current Collaborative (EM3C) will host a State of the Science Conference at the University of Maine at Machias. The conference will discuss ecosystem-based fisheries management in eastern Maine and will bring together

  • Lobster boat races begin

    Lobster boat races begin

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine lobster boat racing season gets underway this weekend, but however the season goes, it just won’t be the same. Racing begins Saturday, June 15, in Boothbay Harbor and moves up to Penobscot Bay on Sunday, June 16, but two of the most iconic figures in Maine lobster boat racing — Galen

  • Coast Guard saves swamped boat

    Coast Guard saves swamped boat

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Early Saturday morning, the Coast Guard received notification that a 34-foot recreational boat with one person on board was rapidly taking on water near Crow Island in Penobscot Bay off the western shore of Deer Isle and was in danger of sinking. The Coast Guard Command Center in South Portland called for