• Mother’s Day sale in SW Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library is holding its annual Mother’s Day Sale. This year the sale will run from Saturday, May 2, through Saturday, May 9. The sale benefits the Children’s Program by funding musicians, storytellers, artists, authors and other children’s performers. The sale will take place in the library’s circulation area.

  • The rise of “green” modular homes

    The rise of “green” modular homes

    Lynne Birlem could have afforded just about any house she wanted when she decided to return home to Southwest Harbor. Retired as head of school libraries in Wellesley, Mass., Birlem sold two homes in Massachusetts then bought a more-than-one-acre lot on Freeman Ridge Road in Southwest Harbor. Instead of a stick-built home, Birlem, 75, settled

  • A tale of two cars

    Dear Car Talk: I am retiring to Mexico this year. I need to buy a new car there. Since I’ve always driven a small, compact car here in the United States, I’d like to try something different, with more power, comfort, speed and that “je ne sais quoi.” My new-car options are either a red

  • Looking backward: 10 years ago in the auto industry

    Looking backward: 10 years ago in the auto industry

    Hope always springs eternal and nowhere is that sentiment more prevalent than in the auto industry. The hopes of many marketers and auto executives hinge on how successful each year’s new models are. In the spring, with a new outlook for everyone, anxious hands are wringing in boardrooms (boredrooms?) around the globe. Let’s take a

  • Now We’re Cookin: Banana Muffins

    Now We’re Cookin: Banana Muffins

    Minnesota conjures up images of crystalline lakes, boreal forests and vast corn and wheat fields. The North Star State also is known for its Scandinavian heritage reflected in the streusels, lefse, lutefisk, kringles and other specialties dished up in homes and at the Chatterbox Café on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” So it’s only



    BLUE HILL — Ellacappella want to say thank you in the form of song to its many supporters before the group heads in coming weeks to the “Spring Sing 2015” in Boulder, Colo. So at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, the a cappella group will give a free, 30-minute concert at the Blue Hill Town

  • Gouldsboro selectmen award sand contract

    GOULDSBORO — Selectmen on April 23 voted to award the town’s sand contract to John Goodwin of Southwest Harbor. Goodwin was the low bidder at $7.44 per yard, followed by Brandon Tracey at $8 per yard and contractor Kevin Barbee at $8.25 per yard. The vote came two weeks after a first round of sealed

  • Fisheries management council approves habitat measures

    ELLSWORTH — The New England Fishery Management Council largely completed its task this week to take final action on a plan to revise it fishery habitat protection rules currently in place in federal waters from Maine to Connecticut. On April 22-23, the council voted to revise a number of its essential fish habitat (EFH) designations