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]
  • 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

  • Trenton school cost-cutting options unveiled

    TRENTON — Four options for possibly saving taxpayers money on education — from doing nothing different to withdrawing from the Mount Desert Island Regional School System — have been put forward by the town’s School Evaluation Options Committee (SEOC). The committee of Trenton residents was created last summer by the Board of Selectmen to study

  • Acadia pushes opening dates

    Acadia pushes opening dates

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia officials have announced that the park’s visitor centers and campgrounds will open later than usual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center, which usually opens May 1, will remain closed until at least June 1. The Sieur de Monts Visitor Center, which normally opens the

  • Island Explorer looks to expand

    Island Explorer looks to expand

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — When Acadia puts in place a reservation system for private vehicles to enter some of the park’s most popular areas, now set to start in 2021, officials expect — and hope — more people will choose to ride the fare-free Island Explorer buses. The park’s long-range transportation plan, which received final

  • Gridlock caused 105 road closures in Acadia in 2019

    Gridlock caused 105 road closures in Acadia in 2019

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Traffic congestion led to 105 temporary road closures in the park this year, according to numbers compiled by park staff. On 58 separate occasions, there were so many vehicles at the summit of Cadillac Mountain that the road up the mountain had to be closed to upbound traffic for a time.

  • Trenton panel wants local option tax

    Trenton panel wants local option tax

    TRENTON — A local option sales tax on overnight stays at hotels, motels and other lodging places could really help the town keep up with the rising cost of education, members of the town’s School Evaluation Options Committee told state Sen. Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth) last Tuesday. Luchini said a local option tax bill, which narrowly