• Service agencies must wait for town funds 

    Service agencies must wait for town funds 

    MOUNT DESERT — The town can’t pay outside agencies for services they provide to area residents until enough tax money comes in. Tax money can’t come in until the tax bills go out. Tax bills can’t go out until the budget is passed at Town Meeting. And that meeting won’t be held for at least another month. (See story on page 1.)  This year’s proposed municipal budget includes $316,887 for outside organizations and service agencies.   “They

  • Mask rule tabled 

    Mask rule tabled 

    BAR HARBOR — Town officials will wait and see what Governor Janet Mills’ expected new executive order about face coverings says, and how effective local education campaigns are, before drafting an additional town ordinance requiring them.  The town recently received a grant to purchase thousands of masks that will be available in mailbox-like kiosks around town and also distributed to businesses so employees have them

  • Maritime history in Maine, Russia 

    Maritime history in Maine, Russia 

    SEARSPORT — In early March, Penobscot Marine Museum was approached by The Archangel Committee of Greater Portland to participate in the Matitsa International Forum for Wooden Historical Shipbuilding taking place this July in Arkhangelsk, Russia.  Arkhangelsk is a sister city to the Greater Portland Region, a relationship that began with the building of Liberty Ships at South Portland during World War II

  • The Farm subdivision approved

    BAR HARBOR — A 13-lot residential subdivision in Salisbury Cove proposed by Joe Cough was approved by the Planning Board following a public hearing at its June 3 meeting.  The application has been in the works since late last year. Issues discussed in the review of the project included the speed limit and traffic on Ledgewood Road,

  • Sidewalk dining, retail approved 

    Sidewalk dining, retail approved 

    MOUNT DERSERT — Restaurant and store owners on Main Street in Northeast Harbor may now apply for a free permit to serve customers or display their wares on the sidewalk in front of their building.  The Board of Selectmen made that decision Monday. They had voted the previous week to allow The Colonel’s restaurant to have tables and chairs on the sidewalk, but there was

  • Now streaming

    Now streaming

    For those who did not attend the June 7 Mount Desert Island High School’s graduation ceremony—or for those who want to see it again—visit the MDIHS Trojan TV Productions YouTube channel to view a recording of the entire hour and 42 minute event.  

  • Town to forgo payment 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR—Selectmen agreed to forgo an annual payment it usually receives from the Water and Sewer District with the stipulation that money be used for a Supplemental Environmental Project.  When the district was fined more than $50,000 in 2016 by the Department of Environmental Protection, they agreed to an SEP in place of the fine as

  • Editorial: We must be different in a post-pandemic world 

    Just as America seemed to have emerged from a decade-long economic downturn, with new businesses opening at a record pace and consumer confidence high, it seems that we’re right back there again.   A life-changing event for sure, COVID-19 has left business owners scrambling to figure out a new way to serve their clients and has

  • Parking lots closed for paving

    Parking lots closed for paving

    MOUNT DESERT — The parking lots at several Land & Garden Preserve properties will each be closed for a day or two May 26-June 2 while they are being paved. The Hunters Beach and Day Mountain lots will be closed May 26-27. The Little Long Pond main entrance parking area and upper lot will be

  • Renew parking permits by May 30

    BAR HARBOR — Parking meters are being installed for the season and paid and permit parking begins June 1.  Parking permits allow residents, employees and others to park in permit areas. Permits do not give the holder free parking in meter and kiosk areas.  The town has contracted with IPS Group to manage the permit process,