• Interrupting the cycle

    Substance use and abuse are both on the rise in Maine. And so is the generational trauma associated with drug use. An estimated 8 million U.S. children, the majority under age 5, lived in households with at least one parent with a substance use disorder from 2009 to 2014, according to a report by the

  • Is there a tourism tipping point?

    The secret is long out about Acadia National Park. With more than 100 years of history behind it, the park draws roughly 3.5 million people each year to its peaks, carriage roads and shoreline stretches. The sweeping vistas from nearly every mile of the Park Loop Road are a sight to behold. It is no

  • No child left hungry

    Public education is meant to be the great equalizer, but children know early and acutely what sets them apart from their peers. That includes economic disparities. They look askance at their scuffed thrift-store sneakers next to a classmate’s shiny Nikes. There might be no one at home after school to help with homework. The stomachs

  • Wild weather a harbinger of things to come

    Never mind the heavy downpours of late, much of Maine was still in a drought last week. That was despite a June 9 storm that spewed over 5 inches of rain in parts of Hancock and Washington counties, pummeling Acadia’s carriage roads and destroying a Birch Harbor bridge. The estimated cost of repairs for that

  • Reunion of the resilient

    It rained, it poured and then there were the bolts of lightning, but the show went on under the tent at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s 65th annual meeting and awards night June 30. What a joy it was to gather alongside other community members after a year so difficult it was best not

  • Land of the free

    This July Fourth we will wake up and do pretty much whatever we want. There are parameters of course. Thousands of laws on the books will hopefully reign in any criminal impulses. Job and familial obligations, financial constraints and societal norms hem us in further. Children long for the freedoms of adulthood while adults know

  • Déjà vu in Gouldsboro

    The people have spoken (again) at Town Meeting and Gouldsboro will keep its police force. That force is a party of one officer at the moment, but the town is seeking a new police chief. May that person be the experienced professional and small-town diplomat needed to steady the tumultuous course of the department’s recent

  • Getting back to it

    The emergency is nearly over. That is, the state of civil emergency in Maine due to the pandemic. Governor Mills announced earlier this month the decision to end the declaration June 30. That will be 472 days since the Governor first declared an emergency in March 2020. The proclamation allowed the administration to respond to

  • The next big thing

    More than a few first-time visitors to Bar Harbor have nearly swerved off the road after glimpsing Frenchman Bay out the driver’s side window. A vast expanse of silver blue sea interrupted by the emerald-green mounds of the Porcupine Islands, it is a postcard come to life. Add a tall-masted schooner to the scene, and

  • For love of the library

    In some ways, the Ellsworth Public Library is a victim of its own success. Its services are so in-demand that people come from out of town to visit. That has created what for many is a startling statistic: 62 percent of cardholders are not Ellsworth residents. Yet, it is Ellsworth taxpayers who overwhelmingly foot the

  • The future is yours

    Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle-Stonington high school graduates have turned their tassels and stepped off into the next phase of their young lives. More Hancock County graduations will follow through the weekend. By 2020 standards, this year’s ceremonies are a leap closer to normalcy. By next June, hopefully the all-clear will have sounded and

  • Preserving public access

    Word spread quickly when barricades appeared blocking access to the public parking lot for Carrying Place Beach on Newbury Neck in Surry. Soon it was discovered that the lot, used for decades, was not so public after all. It was on private property that had gone on the market. The owners, who apparently did not

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