Articles by: Becky Pritchard

Becky Pritchard covers the town of Bar Harbor, where she lives with her family and intrepid news-dog Joe-Joe. She worked six seasons as a park ranger in Acadia, and still enjoys spending her spare time there.
  • MDI Hospital CEO announces retirement

    MDI Hospital CEO announces retirement

    BAR HARBOR — After 20 years at the helm of Mount Desert Island Hospital, President and CEO Art Blank has announced he will be retiring at the end of the year. “Serving as your CEO for the past 20 years has been a great honor and privilege. I’m proud to have been part of a

  • Full speed ahead for marine tech program

    Full speed ahead for marine tech program

    BAR HARBOR — When Ivan Andros of Lamoine found an old fiberglass boat on the side of the road marked “Free,” he knew just what to do with it. Andros picked the boat up and brought it in to school, where he and other students patched the cracks with fiberglass. The students are now working

  • Who can afford to live on MDI?

    Who can afford to live on MDI?

    BAR HARBOR — House prices have more than doubled on Mount Desert Island since the year 2000, according to a study commissioned by the Island Housing Trust and released in November 2018. In Bar Harbor, home values went from $143,100 in 2000 to $320,300 in 2016, a 124 percent increase. One of the factors driving

  • Bar Harbor restaurant worker charged with selling cocaine

    Bar Harbor restaurant worker charged with selling cocaine

    BAR HARBOR — A restaurant employee was arrested July 11 after reportedly selling cocaine at the establishment, according to Bar Harbor Police Lt. David Kerns. Jonathan Parkinson, 23, of Bar Harbor, was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in cocaine. Parkinson is alleged to have sold cocaine to Maine Drug Enforcement agents on several

  • Storm-tossed whale search draws a blank

    BAR HARBOR — A daylong search for a floating whale carcass near Mount Desert Rock came up empty last week despite the efforts of College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale, Bar Harbor Whale Watch, the Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard. Crews spent a stormy day at sea last Monday hunting for the whale

  • Making our roads safer

    Making our roads safer

    BAR HARBOR—When a driver appears to be impaired but tests zero on a standard breathalyzer test, Officer Judson Cake takes over. Breathalyzers only measure alcohol levels. Cake looks for signs of other types of impairment. He is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) for the Bar Harbor Police Department, and his work is in high demand.