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]
  • Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam needs $1.5 million refit

    Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam needs $1.5 million refit

    MOUNT DESERT — Rust is starting to eat away at the inside of the steel hull of the Sunbeam, the Maine Seacoast Mission vessel that delivers health care and other services to island communities. The furnace and two generators need to be replaced and the crew’s rather Spartan living quarters need sprucing up. To address

  • Steele calls charges ‘total bunk’

    Steele calls charges ‘total bunk’

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Sheridan Steele, former superintendent of Acadia, has described as “total bunk” allegations by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of the Interior that he violated federal law in his relationship with the Schoodic Institute prior to retiring as superintendent in 2015. The OIG last Thursday released a

  • River closed to clamming likely to reopen soon

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed a section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine to shellfish harvesting late last month after what the deparatment said was “the identification of a pollution point source.” Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said on Tuesday that the

  • MDI High graduates 117

    MDI High graduates 117

    BAR HARBOR— Parents, grandparents and siblings crowded into the Mount Desert Island High School gym Sunday afternoon to applaud as 117 members of the Class of 2018 received their diplomas. It was the school’s 50th commencement ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker was Max Mason, a member of the MDI High Class of 2013 who earned

  • Acadia plan calls for Ocean Drive, Cadillac reservations

    Acadia plan calls for Ocean Drive, Cadillac reservations

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — During the park’s peak visitor season, reservations would be required to drive on the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road and the Cadillac Mountain summit road and to park in the North lot at Jordan Pond House, according to the park’s long-range transportation plan released Thursday by the National

  • Fares, reservation fees going up on ferries

    SWAN’S ISLAND — The announcement last week by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of a new fare structure for the Maine State Ferry Service as of May 26 did not mention a change that will negatively affect more than a few residents here and on Frenchboro. The price of reserving a space for a

  • JAX’s Ellsworth facility to open, spinoffs surface

    JAX’s Ellsworth facility to open, spinoffs surface

    The two biomedical institutions based in Bar Harbor, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and MDI Biological Laboratory, are poised to make an even greater impact in the arena of global health research and on the economy of Hancock County and Maine. JAX, one of the leading providers of research mice for scientists around the world, plans

  • MDI Bio Lab spawning business ventures

    MDI Bio Lab spawning business ventures

    A discovery made five years ago by scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) is causing quite a lot of excitement. It’s a molecule with the scintillating name of MSI-1436 that has been shown to stimulate the repair and regeneration of heart muscle in mice after a heart attack. Following that breakthrough, MDIBL President Kevin Strange

  • Funding woes afflict data-gathering buoys

    ORONO — The University of Maine’s network of data-gathering buoys in the Gulf of Maine isn’t what it used to be, according to the man in charge. Neal Pettigrew, professor of oceanography, heads the Physical Oceanography Group in the School of Marine Sciences, which designed and built the buoys and deployed them in 2001. At