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As Acadia visitation rises, maintenance backlog looms

Laurie Schreiber |

U.S. Sen. Angus King and Acadia National Park officials led a media tour Thursday to call attention to the backlog of maintenance projects at the park, which hosts 3.5 million visitors a year.

Maine jewelry entrepreneur awarded national grant ahead of Ellsworth move

Renee Cordes |

Emily Shaffer, a Franklin-based jewelry designer who’s headed to Ellsworth to open a downtown studio, has won a prestigious national grant for her three-year-old startup.

Acadia may partner on development of affordable housing for park employees

Acadia National Park will explore whether to enter into a public-private partnership for the purpose of developing affordable housing for seasonal park employees, with only enough seasonal housing to...

Maine coastal hospitals rely on visiting doctors to meet seasonal demands

Laurie Schreiber |

Patient volume in the emergency department at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor spikes 400% in the summer and strains capacity, thanks to an influx of 3 million visitors and the...

Jackson Lab will share $500K grant to study potential skin treatment

Staff |

Bar Harbor-based Jackson Laboratory and a Connecticut biotech firm have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to explore how one form of bacteria may help prevent skin...

Century-old Bar Harbor drug store to close

Staff |

The century-old, family-own West End Drug Co., at 105 Main St. in Bar Harbor, will close due to the retirement of owners Mike and Stacey Gilfillan.

Three Maine boatbuilders team up on high-end sloop

Laurie Schreiber |

A new yacht under construction on the Maine coast will combine the skills of three different boatbuilding operations. Brooklin Boat Yard, Hinckley Co. and Front Street Shipyard are producing the...

Bar Harbor residents divided on CAT return

Bar Harbor residents voiced divergent opinions this week during a hearing on whether the town should accept a proposal from Prince Edward Island company Bay Ferries Ltd. to restore ferry service from...

Tight housing market drives rapid rise in Ellsworth's home prices

Prices of single-family homes have risen faster in Ellsworth than the rest of Hancock County, due to a tight housing market.

Abbe Museum receives $169K grant to ‘decolonize’ its practices

Staff |

The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has received a $169,070 Museums for America grant to continue “decolonizing” its practices in documenting and interpreting Native American history and...

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