Ferry fee increase to be revisited

Walter Kumiega III gave us an update on the proposed ferry ticket price increase situation: “Sen. Miramant and I had a great meeting with [Maine DOT] Commissioner David Bernhardt and [Maine DOT Bureau of Maintenance and Operations] Dale Doughty. They committed to developing some new rate proposals and doing a better job communicating with islanders. We talked about multiple ways for MSFS to make up the looming deficit and how much of the fare increase can be ‘exported’ to summer visitors. To be clear, by 2018, MSFS will need a plan to raise $1 million in new revenue to match $1 million in new highway fund money to maintain operations.”

The Acadia Choral Society will present its spring concert, “Rest and Rejoicing,” at St. Saviour’s Parish in Bar Harbor on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. A third performance will take place at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. I am the accompanist and assistant director for this ensemble and am honored to perform Faure’s “Requiem” and Charpentier’s “Te Deum in D” under the direction of guest conductor Douglas A. Beck. Three soloists, organ and a small orchestral ensemble, which includes strings, timpani and trumpet, combine with the choir to make a concert you won’t want to miss.

LaVerne Craig has a heavenly voice and message that has been captured on her CD “Serenity Prayer.” She explains how to receive your own copy of this lovely music: “My album is now available for digital downloading on iTunes and Amazon! People simply need to type ‘LaVerne Craig Serenity Prayer.’ I also have a mailbox address (LaVerne Craig, P.O. Box 234, Clinton, ME 04927) for those who prefer a CD. Facebook is another way to contact me.” This is truly inspirational music from an inspirational lady.

Happy birthday to Abigail J. Dy and Jacques Cesbron.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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