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]
  • 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

  • DOT eyes higher ferry fares

    TREMONT — The price of walking onto the Maine State Ferry Service’s Captain Henry Lee and riding between Bass Harbor and Swan’s Island or Frenchboro would go up March 28 under a “rate adjustment” proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation, which operates the ferry service. A hearing on the proposal is set for Tuesday,

  • Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    ISLESFORD — Lobsterman Mark Fernald of Islesford and Bar Harbor was checking a line of traps about six miles north of Mount Desert Rock last Wednesday, Jan. 10, when he noticed that the Eastern Maine Shelf Buoy, about 500 feet away, didn’t look right. He went closer and saw that the buoy was sitting low

  • Book extols using all the senses night and day

    Book extols using all the senses night and day

    BAR HARBOR — As a graphic designer and illustrator, Karen O. Zimmermann communicates visually, focusing on one’s sense of sight to inform, delight or motivate. But in a new book, she also celebrates the senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell and offers activities that can help sharpen them. It’s called “Nightwalk: Using All Your

  • Students call rowing to school “awesome”

    Students call rowing to school “awesome”

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Most kids don’t need a strong back and strong arms to make it to school in the mornings. But most kids don’t row a skiff across a mile and a half of ocean to get there. That is what five kids — ages 5 to 13 — who live on Islesford and