Articles by: Becky Pritchard

Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
  • Grant to fund second phase of Acadia Gateway Center

    Grant to fund second phase of Acadia Gateway Center

    TRENTON — The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has received $9 million in federal funding to complete Phase 2 of the Acadia Gateway Center off Route 3. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2012. This included the construction of a bus maintenance garage, a Park-and-Ride lot and a propane fueling station for the

  • Federal money to go toward airport repairs

    TRENTON — Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport will receive $854,548 to improve airport infrastructure, according to a statement issued by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins last week. Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport was one of eight airports in Maine to receive a total of $3.5 million awarded through the

  • Trenton Marketplace sold, reopening under new name

    Trenton Marketplace sold, reopening under new name

    TRENTON—A popular stop along the Bar Harbor Road (Route 3), the Trenton Marketplace and IGA, sold on Monday. Former owner Kimberly Murphy made the decision to sell after a 32-year history with the business. In an interview, Murphy said she started working at the supermarket in 1988, four years after it opened. She was promoted

  • New farmhouse-style home has all the comforts

    Tucked away on a 7-acre wooded lot, this modern farmhouse-style home is a nature-lover’s paradise. The property was put up for sale last fall by owners Carolyn and Dave Hollenbeck. The couple had the house built in 2002. “Unless you drive up the driveway, you don’t know this is here,” said Carolyn. “It’s very private.

  • Sweet art for your sweetheart

    Sweet art for your sweetheart

    BAR HARBOR — Nothing says “I love you” like an original handmade work of art or a plate of cookies … or a combination of the two. Jennifer Jones, a self-taught cookie decorator, is offering a cookie decorating class on Saturday, Feb. 8 that will result in enough artfully decorated cookies to share with those

  • 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