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Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint

Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint

State health officials have temporarily closed a day care center in the Bucksport Park Apartments, citing health and safety risks…

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Community rallying to help boy with rare disorder

Community rallying to help boy with rare disorder

Sometimes good things come to those who stand tall and ask for help, as the Connor family did recently.

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Club members share passion for plants

Club members share passion for plants

Just as gardeners might have various plots of flowers and vegetables and shrubs planted over their properties, the Ellsworth Garden…

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"Good Morning America" visits Acadia

"Good Morning America" visits Acadia

About 60 people turned out at the Jordan Pond boat launch in Acadia National Park on Thursday morning for a…

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Motorcyclist injured in Route 1 crash

Motorcyclist injured in Route 1 crash

A motorcyclist heading north on Route 1 was injured Wednesday evening after colliding with a southbound Dodge Durango.

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Writer's MDI home recognized by France

Writer's MDI home recognized by France

The unpretentious white house at 35 South Shore Road in Northeast Harbor has something in common with the homes of…

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  • Friends of Acadia highlight success
    Friends of Acadia highlight success

    BAR HARBOR — At the group's annual meeting last week, Friends of Acadia (FOA) board chairman Ed Samek noted the group’s flexibility and its committed donors, both of which allowed Acadia National Park to weather not only the effect of the budget sequestration and shutdown, but also a $339,000 cut in its operations budget. With FOA’s help, the park moved forward with projects to protect natural resources, youth engagement, controlling invasive species and maintaining the historic carriage roads and trails. “We have an opportunity to be benefactors and provide for generations to come,” said Samek.

  • Teen driver facing charges for fleeing deputy

    BLUE HILL — Charges are pending against a 17-year-old driver who allegedly failed to stop for a deputy and later crashed his car in Blue Hill.

  • Signs to capture 'spirit' of Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — A $240,000 project to create a unified, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing network of way-finding signs across downtown is entering its final stages, following unanimous design approval by town councilors July 8.

  • Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint
    Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint

    BUCKSPORT — State health officials have temporarily closed a day care center in the Bucksport Park Apartments, citing health and safety risks for the children enrolled there.

  • Community rallying to help boy with rare disorder
    Community rallying to help boy with rare disorder

    SULLIVAN — Sometimes good things come to those who stand tall and ask for help, as the Connor family did recently.

  • Building Bowdoin's new mast
    Building Bowdoin's new mast

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy waterfront building is usually pretty quiet in July, but right now the building’s big main shop is buzzing.

  • Young Environmental Leaders tackle marine mysteries
    Young Environmental Leaders tackle marine mysteries

    BAR HARBOR — Thunder and lightning and lots of mud made it a week to remember for the Young Environmental Leaders, a Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory program to connect kids and teens to environmental issues. They dove right into a pressing problem in upper Frenchman Bay: many mudflats have been overrun by invasive green crabs, and the eelgrass which provides habitat for many native species has died off in some places. The team transplanted 2,220 eelgrass plants and conducted surveys of green crab numbers.

  • Boat race takeover eyed

    TREMONT — The organizer of the Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races has asked the town to sponsor the event.

  • Search for a new EHS principal set to begin

    ELLSWORTH — The task of finding a new principal for Ellsworth High School (EHS) is expected to begin in earnest next week when a search committee meets to decide what characteristics are most important for the school’s next leader to have.

  • "Good Morning America" visits Acadia

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — About 60 people turned out at the Jordan Pond boat launch in Acadia National Park on Thursday morning for a live segment of the ABC television network's "Good Morning America."

  • MDI power plans aired
    MDI power plans aired

    BAR HARBOR — Citizens upset about a planned new power substation, business owners frustrated about a slate of recent electrical outages, and representatives of Emera Maine met on Thursday, July 17, to discuss the utility's plans for upgrades.

  • Motorcyclist injured in Route 1 crash
    Motorcyclist injured in Route 1 crash

    HANCOCK -- A motorcyclist heading north on Route 1 was injured Wednesday evening after colliding with a southbound Dodge Durango.

  • Writer's MDI home recognized by France
    Writer's MDI home recognized by France

    MOUNT DESERT — The unpretentious white house at 35 South Shore Road in Northeast Harbor has something in common with the homes of Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Claude Monet, Marie Curie and Albert Schweitzer.

  • Route 3 rebuild now set for '16

    BAR HARBOR — A $14 million rebuild of state Route 3 from west of Hulls Cove to downtown is now set for the summer of 2016, the same year as the 100th birthday of Acadia National Park and the national park system as a whole.

  • Quarry debate hits stone wall

    MOUNT DESERT — It ought to be easy for the planning board to decide whether the application filed by Harold MacQuinn Inc. for a quarrying license is complete – if they ever get to that point.

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Sports

  • Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years
    Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years

    BAR HARBOR — Every spring, dozens of kids step up to the plate as members of Acadian Little League (ALL) baseball and softball teams. This year, when ALL board president Tony McKim filed the paperwork with the national Little League organization, he got a nice surprise.

  • 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Claremont Hotel will hold its 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic on Aug. 3-9. Singles and doubles match competition will be held on the hotel’s two bent grass croquet courts overlooking Somes Sound.

  • Summer hoops players give it their all
    Summer hoops players give it their all

    AUGUSTA — Two teams of Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball players took on competitors from all over the state last weekend in a summer tournament.

  • Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11
    Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11

    ELLSWORTH — Logan Stanley pitched a no-hitter as Bucksport rolled over Ellsworth to win the Little League District 1 baseball championship for ages 10-11 on Saturday in Ellsworth.

  • Ellsworth girls in running for state 9-10 softball title

    AUBURN — Ellsworth’s District 1 champions remained in contention for the state Little League softball title for ages 9-10 after splitting two games over the weekend.

  • Ellsworth wins state Junior League title
    Ellsworth wins state Junior League title

    BANGOR — The Ellsworth Junior League all-stars saved their best for last, posting a pair of wins on Sunday at Mansfield Stadium and capturing the state Junior League baseball championship.

  • Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney
    Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney

    AUBURN — Ellsworth All-stars for ages 9-10 won their first two games of the state Little League baseball tournament before falling to Scarborough on Sunday.

  • Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament
    Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament

    BIDDEFORD — The Coastal All-stars of the Blue Hill area saw their summer season come to an end on Sunday with an 8-5 loss to Auburn Suburban in the state Little League baseball tournament for ages 11-12.

  • Acadians headed for tourney
    Acadians headed for tourney

    ELLSWORTH — The Trenton Acadians defeated Motor City of Bangor 15-5 Monday in the final game of the regular American Legion Zone 1 baseball season.

  • Ellsworth downs Calais 19-4 for Junior League district title
    Ellsworth downs Calais 19-4 for Junior League district title

    BANGOR — The Ellsworth Junior League All-stars broke open what had been a close game with 15 runs in the fourth inning to claim the District 1 championship with a 19-4 win over Calais at Husson University on Thursday.

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Arts

  • Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery
    Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery

    MOUNT DESERT — Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, now in its second year, has expanded to a second building. Currently on view in its original space on Neighborhood Road are sculptures by Katie Bell and drawings by Emily Brown. The show lasts through July 30.

  • "A Life in Books" author to perform

    BLUE HILL — Warren Lehrer’s new book is his first novel, and it will likely be a first of sorts for his readers, too.

  • Club members share passion for plants
    Club members share passion for plants

    ELLSWORTH — Just as gardeners might have various plots of flowers and vegetables and shrubs planted over their properties, the Ellsworth Garden Club has created pockets of beauty all over the city.

  • Art galleries blossom in NEH

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor is booming with art. Three galleries have begun hosting a weekly artwalk and will continue to hold open receptions every other Thursday from 5-7 p.m. These functions welcome the public to admire fine art, meet local and national artists, and eat, drink and socialize.

  • BH Music festival reaches crescendo
    BH Music festival reaches crescendo

    BAR HARBOR — The final week of the 2014 Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature two string orchestra concerts conducted by Francis Fortier. Guest soloist oboist Gerard Reuter and violinists Francis Fortier and Jeffrey Ellenberger will perform music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Barber, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Marcello and Benjamin Britten.

  • Acadia Rep finds the funny
    Acadia Rep finds the funny

    The Acadia Repertory Theater has gone from the proverbial sublime to the utterly ridiculous with their second play of the season, Molière’s “School for Wives.”

  • Spa strives to show beauty is more than skin deep
    Spa strives to show beauty is more than skin deep

    Hayley Merchant stood nude except for a strategically placed patch for several hours last Thursday as artist Monte Knowles meticulously covered nearly every inch of her body with paint.

  • Library offers free scanning services

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library will provide free scanning, scanning advice and techniques to help you save and share your family history on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • "Carousel" is wicked good ride

    Psst! Hey you over there. Yeah, you.

  • Author to speak at GSA Tuesday

    BLUE HILL — Author Warren Lehrer will read from his first novel, “A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley” as part of the George Stevens Academy’s Summer Speaker Series, now in its 26th year, Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in the Esther Wood Lecture Room.

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Obituaries

  • Elizabeth Hulbert Marler
    Elizabeth Hulbert Marler

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Elizabeth Hulbert Marler passed away after a long and courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease on June 18, 2014, with family by her side. Elizabeth was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1925, to the late Richard and Elizabeth McKey.

  • Elwood Herbert Banfill

    BERNARD Elwood Herbert Banfill, 103, of Bernard died peacefully among family on June 26, 2014, in Morristown, N.J. Born in Marlborough, Mass., on Dec. 9, 1910, Elwood was the only child of Herbert and Bessie (Cutting) Banfill of Southborough.

  • LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin
    LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin

    Waltham — LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin, 88, died July 17, 2014, of heart failure at an Ellsworth hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Waltham, the daughter of Arthur and Elvellyn (Kemp) Hardison.

  • Flora M. Gray

    NOBLEBORO and EAST BOOTHBAYA celebration of life for Flora M. Gray of Nobleboro and East Boothbay, who passed away May 27, 2014, will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. A private graveside service will be held for the family at the Dunbar Cemetery in Nobleboro.

  • Maynard Eugene Astbury
    Maynard Eugene Astbury

    BLUE HILL — Maynard Eugene Astbury, 89, died peacefully July 17, 2014, at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Blue Hill, the son of Richard L. and Maude (Blaisdell) Astbury.

  • Richard Cushing Gibson
    Richard Cushing Gibson

    SURRYRichard Cushing Gibson, 94, died July 16, 2014, following a stroke. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on the last day of December 1919, to Ethel Howe Gibson and Alec Cushing Gibson.

  • Victor Dyer

    BROOKSVILLEA celebration of life for Victor Dyer will be held Saturday, July 26, from 2 p.m. until dark at 108 Varnumville Road, Brooksville.

  • Dorothy "Jean" Young Smith
    Dorothy

    BUCKSPORTA celebration of Dorothy “Jean” Young Smith’s long life in Castine, Enfield, Lincoln and Bucksport will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Edward K. Arey Community Building, 1160 River Road, Bucksport.

  • Steen Loughridge Meryweather
    Steen Loughridge Meryweather

    HULLS COVEThe celebration of the life of Steen Loughridge Meryweather, who died April 5, 2014, in Nokomis, Fla., will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Hulls Cove at Church of Our Father Episcopal Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Canon Douglas Peterson officiating. A reception follows in the parish hall.

  • Harry A. Tracey
    Harry A. Tracey

    SEAL COVE — Harry A. Tracey, 84, of Seal Cove died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Jonesport, the son of Lawrence and Lucy (Fish) Tracey.

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