Articles by: Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and the Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
  • Southwest Harbor Rendezvous set for Saturday

    Southwest Harbor Rendezvous set for Saturday

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Friendship sloops from along the New England coast will converge on Southwest Harbor for the 26th annual Southwest Harbor Rendezvous on Saturday. The gathering features a “friendly” race that starts between Clark Point and Greening Island and can be easily viewed from the shore. The gettogether is a precursor to the 58th

  • Man arrested on murder charge

    Man arrested on murder charge

    BAR HARBOR – A Bar Harbor man was arrested Monday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Mikaela Conley of Bar Harbor. Detectives from the State Police Major Crimes Unit arrested Jalique Keene, 21, on a murder charge, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Keene was taken into custody at the Bar Harbor

  • Manslaughter charge reduced; Garcia is free

    Manslaughter charge reduced; Garcia is free

    ELLSWORTH — A Bangor man initially charged with manslaughter in the 2015 death of a North Carolina man in Bar Harbor was sentenced to time served after a plea hearing Tuesday. He went free that day. A nine-month, one-day sentence — the length of Garcia’s incarceration awaiting trial — was handed down by Hancock County

  • Trenton apartment complex planned

    Trenton apartment complex planned

    TRENTON — A new apartment complex is under construction across the street from Wild Acadia Fun Park just off Route 3. Gateway Estates LLC, a partnership between Tim Gott and Steve Fernald, owns the development. The site plan was approved by the Trenton Planning Board last year. The first phase of the Gateway Estates development

  • Tourism booming, but plagued by worker shortage

    Tourism booming, but plagued by worker shortage

    On a sunny summer afternoon, cruise ships converged in Frenchman Bay, vacationers enjoyed ice cream cones and watched the boat traffic from the Bar Harbor waterfront while columns of cars streamed down West Street and into Acadia National Park. The bustling July scene illustrates Acadia National Park’s continued climb in annual visitation, jumping from 3.3

  • Fire guts Salisbury Cove home

    Fire guts Salisbury Cove home

    BAR HARBOR — No one was home when a fire broke out in a house near the Salisbury Cove post office Tuesday morning. The building was gutted, and not much is salvageable. The Bar Harbor Fire Department was notified at 9:23 a.m., Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. There was “heavy fire” blowing out of the

  • Tree farm puts down roots

    Tree farm puts down roots

    TRENTON —Northern Maine farmers who expanded their farm to the Acadia region opened for business this month, selling Christmas trees and other holiday décor. The Mitchell Family Christmas Tree Farm was established in St. Agatha in 2011 on a 168-acre farm by Brett, Regina, John and Elean Mitchell. The trees being sold at 450 Bar

  • Bar Harbor Council agrees to purchase ferry terminal property

    Bar Harbor Council agrees to purchase ferry terminal property

    BAR HARBOR — The town will exercise an option agreement to purchase the abandoned ferry terminal property on Eden Street from the Maine Department of Transportation for $3.5 million, following a unanimous Town Council vote Nov. 21. Residents attending the meeting greeted the decision with applause. A bond issue for the $3.5 million will go