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]
  • 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

  • Huge fee hikes eyed for Acadia

    Huge fee hikes eyed for Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park entrance fees here would nearly triple during the five busiest months of the year – June through October – under proposed rate hikes announced Tuesday by the National Park Service (NPS). The price of entrance passes that are good for up to seven days would go from $25 to $70

  • Gousse: Ticket gift did not violate code

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS), may have violated the school system’s code of conduct regarding purchasing and contracting by accepting two tickets from Cross Insurance to the New England Patriots football game Sept. 24. He has since asked Cross to bill him for the tickets,

  • Acadia preps for possibility of a government shutdown

    Acadia preps for possibility of a government shutdown

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Acadia officials are preparing to close the park if a “continuing resolution” to keep the federal government funded and avoid a partial shutdown isn’t passed by Congress and signed by the President by midnight Friday. Park spokesman John Kelly said Monday that if a shutdown occurs, “The park will be closed;

  • Marine tech course draws student, industry interest

    Marine tech course draws student, industry interest

    BAR HARBOR — “I really want a maritime career; I’ve been thinking about it since the eighth grade,” Will Renault, a junior at Mount Desert Island High School, said of his reason for signing up for the school’s new marine service technology course. Bri Sumner, also a junior, said she has family members who work