Articles by: Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
  • Man arrested on gun charges at Schoodic

    Man arrested on gun charges at Schoodic

    According to court documents, a search of Novikov’s rented pickup turned up a Ruger .22-long-rifle-caliber handgun, a Taurus 9mm handgun, a KelTec 9mm pistol-caliber carbine, numerous rounds of ammunition, hard body armor plates in a carrier and an open container of Seagram’s Escapes malt beverage.

  • Law adopts gender-neutral language for municipal officials

    MOUNT DESERT — The town charter, first adopted in 1996 and last amended in 2010, provides for an elected “board of selectmen” with the “powers necessary to carry out the administration of Town affairs.” In June, the governor signed into law a bill changing references to “boards of selectmen” in state statutes to the gender-neutral

  • Park visitor records still crashing down

    Park visitor records still crashing down

    Halfway through 2018, the total estimated number of Acadia visitors was 868,968. This year, the six-month total was 1,164,946, an increase of 34 percent. In 2020, the half-year total was just 414,627.

  • Gold Star Families, veterans get free park access

    Gold Star Families, veterans get free park access

    BAR HARBOR — America’s military veterans and Gold Star Families, those who have lost a loved one in combat, will have free lifetime entry to Acadia and all of the country’s national parks, thanks to an order signed recently by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  His order, which went into effect Veterans Day, was

  • Gateway to address ‘too many cars’

    Gateway to address ‘too many cars’

    TRENTON — Now that the money that is available to build the Acadia Gateway Center here has caught up with the ever-increasing cost, construction is expected to start next year and to be completed in 2023. The Gateway Center is to be a visitor information center and Island Explorer bus terminal, with a parking lot

  • Park visitation surged in July

    Park visitation surged in July

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park typically attracts more visitors in July than in June, but not almost two and a half times as many, as was the case this year. Visitation was way down throughout the first half of the year, primarily because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials estimated that 201,166 people visited Acadia

  • Acadia campgrounds won’t open this year

    Acadia campgrounds won’t open this year

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — All four of Acadia’s campgrounds will remain closed this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, park officials announced last Thursday. “Despite our efforts to open the campgrounds, we have not been able to hire the necessary staff to maintain them according to federal and state CDC guidelines,” Public Affairs

  • Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed Monday, July 13, as Ashley Frederick Bryan Day in honor of the renowned Islesford artist, author and illustrator on the occasion of his 97th birthday. The proclamation declares that Bryan has “enriched the lives of island residents, visitors and schoolchildren in Maine and around the world” with over

  • Acadia recreation options remain limited as long weekend approaches

    Acadia recreation options remain limited as long weekend approaches

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Memorial Day weekend is typically a prime time for people to get out and enjoy the park. But because of restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, recreational options remain limited heading into the three-day weekend. Walking or bike riding on the Park Loop Road is permitted, but

  • Island Explorer season on hold

    Island Explorer season on hold

    BAR HARBOR — The 2020 season of the fare-free Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia National Park and surrounding communities, is being postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The season typically begins Memorial Day weekend on the Schoodic Peninsula and June 23 on Mount Desert Island, and it runs through the second Monday in October.  Paul Murphy, executive director of Downeast Transportation, which operates