• To the Editor: Silent Susan 

    To the Editor:  How can Sen. Susan Collins, as a leader in Congress, respond so vaguely as to her intentions on issues that affect every Maine citizen and every American citizen?  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promptly announced that no Republicans would support The Freedom to Vote Act, a compromise bill released Sept. 14 by Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin

  • Maine politicians respond to violence at U.S. Capitol

    Maine politicians respond to violence at U.S. Capitol

    Bipartisan group of senators, including Collins and King, condemn violence at U.S. Capitol WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Jan. 6, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and

  • Studio open house Aug. 10-14 

    Studio open house Aug. 10-14 

    NORTHEAST HARBOR – As afternoon descends on Mount Desert Island, Jack Ledbetter loads up his backpack and consults a list he’s been updating since 1985. Where will he go today? Location chosen, he shoulders the pack and heads out – he needs to be ready and waiting when the light is just right. Five minutes can make

  • Shark safety

    Shark safety

    HARPSWELL — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) continues to urge caution for people recreating in and around coastal waters following last week’s fatal shark attack, the first recorded in the state’s history.  “Two unconfirmed shark sightings (July 30) plus one confirmed sighting of a great white shark (July 31) near Harpswell reaffirm our message that people need to use

  • Reading makes a difference 

    Reading makes a difference 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR—The Southwest Harbor Public Library’s summer reading program is starting this year, and it is for all ages. Kids and adults can participate in the program, which is sponsored by First National Bank to benefit the Westside Food Pantry.  “We want to stay connected to you through books and reading while also staying safe by reducing direct contact during the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote children’s librarian

  • Shifting migration 

    Shifting migration 

    WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Researchers using passive acoustic recordings of whale calls to track their movements have found that four of the six baleen whale species found in the western North Atlantic Ocean — humpback, sei, fin and blue whales — have changed their distribution patterns in the past decade. The recordings were made over

  • 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

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