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]
  • Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    TRENTON — Some residents and town officials here think the town is spending more on education than it needs to, and they are looking for ways to reduce the cost, including, perhaps, withdrawing from the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, or AOS 91. (In Maine Department of Education parlance, AOS stands for alternative organization

  • Driver charged with manslaughter in Acadia crash

    Driver charged with manslaughter in Acadia crash

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The driver of the car in which three people died when it crashed on the Park Loop Road early Saturday morning has been charged with manslaughter. Praneeth Manubolu, 28, of Edgewater, N.J., was driving his 2019 Dodge Charger when it spun around in the road near the Gorge Path trailhead and

  • Mullen is new Bar Harbor pilot boat captain

    Mullen is new Bar Harbor pilot boat captain

    BAR HARBOR — The cruise ship slows to seven or eight knots but doesn’t stop for its rendezvous with the boat that has come to pick up the harbor pilot who guided the big ship out of Frenchman Bay on its departure from Bar Harbor. As the bow of the ship cuts through the water,

  • One killed in Route 102 crash

    One killed in Route 102 crash

    MOUNT DESERT — A Bar Harbor man was killed in a head-on collision on Route 102 at Echo Lake at around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday. Edward “Ted” Wells, 72, died at the scene after his 2006 Honda Insight was struck by a 2016 Toyota Prius driven by Susan Edson, 70, of Bernard. Edson, who sustained what

  • DOT proposes ferry fare hikes

    DOT proposes ferry fare hikes

    AUGUSTA — The cost of riding the ferry between Bass Harbor and Swan’s Island or Frenchboro would go up under a new rate schedule proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation. The current round-trip fare for an adult walk-on passenger is $11. Under the proposed rate schedule, that price would increase to $12.50 for trips

  • Sheriff eyes drug tests for deputies

    Sheriff eyes drug tests for deputies

    LAMOINE — In the wake of the fentanyl-overdose death of a Lewiston police officer in February, a number of law enforcement agencies in Maine, including the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, are looking at possibly instituting drug testing for officers and job applicants. “If it comes to the point, God forbid, that one of our deputies

  • School faces budget crisis

    School faces budget crisis

    TRENTON — If voters at the May 21 town meeting approve the $3.97 million budget for Trenton Elementary School for next year that the school committee adopted Tuesday, property owners will pay 15.13 percent more in taxes. That increase amounts to $147.70 for every $100,000 of property valuation. And the budget does not include $50,000

  • Island oyster farm plan draws support

    Island oyster farm plan draws support

    CRANBERRY ISLES — About 20 people turned out late last month for a public “scoping session” on oyster grower Lauren Gray’s plan to consolidate and expand her aquaculture lease areas and to extend the term of the lease. She and her husband, Josh, who live on Islesford, currently hold limited purpose aquaculture licenses from the

  • Schoodic Ferry won’t be back

    Schoodic Ferry won’t be back

    BAR HARBOR — The Schoodic Ferry, the May-to-October passenger service between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, is ceasing operation. Kaitlyn Mullen, who started the ferry service in 2016, cited “funding issues” as a major reason for shutting it down. “You can only go so far with so much money,” she said. As for another factor

  • Islands wary of ferry fare plan

    Islands wary of ferry fare plan

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing that the Maine State Ferry Service be allowed to impose a surcharge on “any and all” fares if it experiences “increases in the operating costs … and/or decreases in ridership.” That is a provision of a proposed rule on rates for ferry service between the