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]
  • 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

  • Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Friends of Islesford lobsterman Cory Alley — and perhaps some people who don’t even know him — have contributed more than $26,000 to help him and his family following the sinking of his lobster boat, Under Pressure, on its mooring last Thursday morning, Oct. 24. Alley said a video taken by a

  • Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Updated Oct. 31 CRANBERRY ISLES — Friends of Islesford lobsterman Cory Alley — and perhaps some people who don’t even know him — have contributed more than $26,000 to help him and his family following the sinking of his lobster boat, Under Pressure, on its mooring last Thursday morning, Oct. 24. Alley said a video

  • Here’s why the Goose Cove Road is closed

    Here’s why the Goose Cove Road is closed

    TRENTON — Goose Cove Road is closed to through traffic Monday, Aug. 20, for clean-up and repair work on the shoulders and drainage ditches. The road is expected to be open to all traffic Tuesday. Town Clerk Carol Walsh said the work was originally planned for one day last week, without the road being closed.

  • 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