Articles by: Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor. ebrechlin@mdislander.com
  • Acadia advisory board suspended

    Acadia advisory board suspended

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has ordered the Citizen’s Advisory Commission here to cease meeting until further notice. Members of the commission, which represents the towns surrounding Acadia, were notified of the suspension in a May 9 email from park Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Our upcoming meeting scheduled for June 5

  • MDI philanthropist, Rockefeller patriarch dies at 101

    MDI philanthropist, Rockefeller patriarch dies at 101

    NEW YORK CITY — Billionaire philanthropist and patriarch of the Rockefeller family David Rockefeller Sr. passed away Monday morning. He was 101 years old. Rockefeller, the last remaining child of John D. Rockefeller Jr., who helped fund the purchase and development of the public lands on Mount Desert Island that would become today’s Acadia National

  • Police, fire escort aids Pearl Harbor veteran

    Police, fire escort aids Pearl Harbor veteran

    TRENTON — A Machias man who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 left from the airport here Saturday, Dec. 3, to return to Hawaii for the 75th Anniversary of the event that propelled the United States into World War II. Robert Coles, 92, of Machias and his traveling companion, Dennis Boyd, also

  • Guide reveals secrets of Baxter State Park

    Guide reveals secrets of Baxter State Park

    MILLINOCKET – Baxter State Park, north of Millinocket, is a place of secrets. To unlock them requires you to get up close and personal with the landscape. You need to hike its trails and canoe its waters. Looming above it all is the veritable rooftop of Maine: the majestic slopes of the state’s highest peak,

  • Statewide text alert sent to all cellphones

    Statewide text alert sent to all cellphones

    AUGUSTA — State Police, working with Augusta Police, have issued an Amber Alert for a three year old missing Augusta girl, who is in the company of a Augusta woman. On Tuesday afternoon police activated a state-wide text alert system to send information about the search to every cell phone in Maine. The missing girl

  • MDI posts preseason win over Ellsworth/Sumner

    MDI posts preseason win over Ellsworth/Sumner

    BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles lost their preseason football game against the Mount Desert Island Trojans on Friday night. To a casual observer, the final score of 46-8 might seem extraordinarily lopsided. But in the end, such matchups are all about trying new things, seeing what works — and what doesn’t. And that’s seldom

  • Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100

    Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100 video

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – The beat of ancient drums and a chorus of nearly 100 people singing “America the Beautiful” helped celebrate the centennial of the park in a “Gift of Acadia” event at Jordan Pond House here on Saturday, Aug. 27. With a bald eagle soaring overhead, kayakers paddling in the distance and hikers

  • Avid sailor shares his love of the sea, Maine

    Avid sailor shares his love of the sea, Maine

    BAR HARBOR — At a time when many youngsters are content to learn how to ride a bicycle, David Rockefeller Jr. was spending his summers learning to sail on the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island. It is a pastime that would instill in him an incredible affinity for the sea and become one of his

  • Acadia issues black bear advisory

    Acadia issues black bear advisory

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Managers here issued a notice to visitors Tuesday that a black bear has been spotted in the vicinity of the Blackwoods Campground in Otter Creek. While black bears are seldom a threat to humans, rangers are urging visitors to take sensible precautions. Bears, like moose, are seldom seen on Mount Desert