Earl Brechlin

L.L. Bean Gives $1M to Explorer Buses

Earl Brechlin
Janet Wyper, right, of L.L. Bean announces her company will be committing another $1 million to the Island Explorer bus service in Acadia National Park. She made the announcement at a press conference in the park on Thursday afternoon. Joining her were representatives of the many organizations that partner to support the buses including, from left, Marla O’Bryne, president of Friends of Acadia (FOA), Sue Moreau of the Maine Department of Transportation, Paul Murphy, director of the Island Explorer, Len Bobinchock, assist superintendent in Acadia, Micki Sumpter of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, and Lili Pew, chairman of the FOA board.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Maine retail giant L.L. Bean announced Thursday it plans to donate another $1 million to support the Island Explorer shuttle bus system that serves the park and surrounding communities.

In a press event at the park’s visitor center in Hulls Cove, Janet Wyper, manager of community relations for Bean’s the money will be paid out over the next five years. “It’s a natural fit for our company,” she said.

That puts L.L. Bean’s donations to the bus service at $3.2 million since 2002.

The free shuttle buses, which are paid in part with money collected from park entrance fees and donations from area towns and nonprofit groups such as Friends of Acadia, began service for the 2011 season on Thursday.

Marla O’Bryne, president of FOA, said the group was grateful to L.L. Bean for its decade of commitment to the service.

At the press conference, Micki Sumpter, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the recent expansion of Explorer service between hotels in Ellsworth and Acadia.





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Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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