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  • Water plant is back online

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The water treatment plant again is fully operational and customers of the public water system no longer are being asked to reduce consumption. Steve Kenney, manager of the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District, said repairs at the plant had been completed and that the plant was operating normally at about 1:30

  • MDI named among top islands in US

    MDI named among top islands in US

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island has been named among the top 10 islands in the United States, according to travel review website TripAdvisor. MDI ranked in fifth place, just behind Maui, Key West, Oahu, and the big island of Hawaii. It is the only non-tropical island in the top five. Behind MDI were Hilton

  • Pay as you throw

    Pay as you throw

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council is set to decide at their April 19 meeting whether to institute a “pay-as-you-throw” (PAYT) system for residential and commercial garbage on a six-month trial basis beginning in November. The decision will be made following a public comment period at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Under the

  • Islander cited for excellence

    BOSTON — The Mount Desert Islander won awards for writing, photography, video, design and advertising excellence at the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) annual convention here on Saturday. The staff of the Mount Desert Island-based weekly won a total of 20 awards, including six first places. NENPA has more than 450 newspapers in

  • Cano earns nomination

    Cano earns nomination

    BANGOR — Singer-songwriter, Stesha Cano, whose mother lives in Bar Harbor, has been nominated as the New England Music Awards’ Female Performer of the Year. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Blue Ocean Music Hall and Event Center in Salisbury Beach, Mass., on April 9. Cano has been performing in central

  • Great Harbor great mourned

    Great Harbor great mourned

    NAPLES, Fla. — Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor Fleet member Frederic “Freddy” Towers died Jan. 20 at his home in Florida. A summer resident of Southwest Harbor, Towers was instrumental in bringing the International One Design World Class Championship to Northeast Harbor in 1984. He owned and sailed Humlen. Many of the current IOD skippers

  • County commissioners hold off on final budget vote

    County commissioners hold off on final budget vote

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners spent Friday morning poring over proposed FY 2016 budget numbers but decided to wait before voting on a final budget. The board will discuss and possibly vote Jan. 22 on a FY 2016 budget. “If we don’t sign the budget what are they going to do, send the budget

  • FOA head testifies in Congress

    FOA head testifies in Congress

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of Acadia (FOA) President David MacDonald traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to present testimony before Congress during a legislative hearing on a draft “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The proposed legislation would provide additional park funding through mechanisms, including an extension of the Centennial Challenge Grants that have helped support

  • Jesup to unveil plans for expanded facility

    Jesup to unveil plans for expanded facility

    BAR HARBOR — Get a glimpse of the Jesup Memorial Library’s future with Scott Simons Architects on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jesup. The Jesup has hired Scott Simons Architects to support planning work for renovation and expansion of the library. Simons and his team are now working on the design development

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