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  • Lobster and trade deal

    Lobster and trade deal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced last Wednesday that the Phase One Trade Deal signed by the United States and China today includes a provision expected to benefit Maine’s lobster industry. The deal, focused on overall structural reform in China, includes purchase agreements formalizing China’s commitment to buy more American goods and

  • Kupiec to play museum, library

    Kupiec to play museum, library

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Guitarist Brian Kupiec will perform twice next weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m., Kupiec will be joined by Scott Allen and Mark Kanter, who together play as Coddiwomple, for a performance at the Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Beers and Gears event. On Sunday, Jan. 12, Kupiec will play a

  • Training ship

    Training ship

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding for construction and acquisition of a new training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) took a step forward Monday when an appropriations agreement was announced that includes $300 million for the ship. Senator Susan Collins chaired the negotiating committee that brokered the agreement between the House and the Senate for the

  • Librarian selected for statewide program

    Librarian selected for statewide program

    TREMONT — Bass Harbor Memorial Library Director Lisa Taplin has been selected to be one of 20 participants at the Maine State Library’s Academy for Small/Rural Library Directors program. This selective, intensive year-long program provides targeted training that gives participants the skills and support they need to be successful and to help their libraries not

  • Cranberry Co-op soaking in the sun savings

    Cranberry Co-op soaking in the sun savings

    ISLESFORD— Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op is living up to the ‘sustainable’ piece of its slogan a bit more with the recent installation of solar panels on its buildings. Residents from the Cranberry Isles, students from the Outer Islands Teaching & Learning Collaborative and key stakeholders of the project gathered Sept. 18 for a ceremony to

  • Letter to Editor: Independent thinkers

    To the Editor: Every day we hear about major fires in Brazil, Siberia and our West. Melting permafrost, sea ice and glaciers. Dying coral reefs. Record-breaking temperatures. Water shortages. More intense storms. Rising sea levels. Ocean acidification. And every day the overwhelming majority of climate scientists tell us that our climate is changing due to

  • Oyster farm hearing set

    Oyster farm hearing set

    CRANBERRY ISLES — The public will have a chance to weigh in on a planned 5.25-acre oyster farm in The Pool on Great Cranberry Island at a public hearing set for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:45 p.m. at the Longfellow School. Lauren and Joshua Gray already hold a smaller, limited purpose oyster lease in the

  • Letter to the editor: Quarry concerns

    To the Editor: In response to the Viewpoint piece by Jeff Gammelin in last week’s Islander, I applaud Mr. Gammelin for being a good employer. Freshwater Stone has managed to stay in business and provide good jobs and benefits for more than 43 years without cutting stone from the bedrock in Hall Quarry until 2010.

  • Letter to the editor: Whale ‘rules’ story lopsided

    To the Editor: I am writing to you to address concerns I have regarding the recent (Aug. 15) news article “Lobstermen: rules threaten way of life” by Stephen Rappaport. Unfortunately, the reporter seems confused about the intent of the NMFS scoping hearing he was attending and reporting on. The article states, “The rules would require