Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island

 
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Manslaughter defendant arrested during drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 30, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
A Harrington man facing a charge of manslaughter in a man’s overdose death is behind bars again following another drug bust.

Man struck, killed walking along road in Indian Township

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 29, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Anthony S. Dana, 27, was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet Impala about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Chief Alexander Nicholas said Monday.
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Members of the Rockefeller family pose for a photo with a new plaque at the Jordan Pond House during a celebration of the 100 years of conservation and community stewardship as part of the year-long Acadia Centennial and the Centennial of the National Park Service Saturday.

Park service celebrates the role of private philanthropy at Acadia centennial

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 28, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
The Rockefellers were crucial to the creation of the park when John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated thousands of acres on MDI to the National Park Service.

Weekend entry fees waived at Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 25, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
In celebration of the centennial of Acadia National Park and the National Park Service, both of which were created in 1916, admission to Acadia is free this weekend.
Marine harvesters dig for clams or worms in the tidal flats between Trenton and Mount Desert Island. People who work in the intertidal zone next to Acadia National Park say park officials recently have been cracking down on their activities after decades of letting them work without hassle.

Worm diggers, other marine harvesters decry Acadia enforcement on tidal flats

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 25, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
As the National Park Service expands its reach on the Schoodic Peninsula, the ripple effects are causing alarm in the intertidal zone around Acadia National Park.
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Canada takes guns from & expels Texans who crossed Maine border

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Two Texas tourists found out the hard way earlier this month that while it may be easy and innocuous to bring your firearms with you on a road trip halfway across the continent to Maine, it gets more complicated if you try to go just a little further north. That’s …
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Former MDI teacher gets 3 years for sexually assaulting girl

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 23, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A former sixth-grade teacher at Tremont Consolidated School has been sentenced to serve more than three years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl who just two years before had been one of his students.
A map of properties on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that Elliotsville Plantation has donated to Acadia National Park.

Roxanne Quimby donates land on MDI to Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
The transfer of the land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, spread out among nine properties on MDI, was completed on Aug. 11.
Chuck Gould rakes blueberries on Aug. 12 at one of the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company fields in Township 19 in Washington County.

Micmacs find fellowship — and good money — on Maine blueberry barrens

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
“It’s the tradition itself, and also the opportunity to live together and work together with family and friends.”
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Bar Harbor ‘origami’ mansion to be auctioned

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Three years ago, it was offered for sale for $5.3 million. Now, it is being auctioned off for a minimum price of $2.9 million. The distinctive Starcrest mansion (the owners’ last name is Starbird) at 30 Strawberry Hill will be sold at auction on Tuesday, August 23. Described as a “starship-looking …

Sailor’s widow sought to have fishing vessel seized before it sank

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Marcia J. Gorham claims the ship was unseaworthy at the time of her husband’s death in 2013.
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Leslie Ross stops to laugh while playing a modern bassoon on Aug. 11 in her bassoon fabrication studio at her home near the shore of Northern Bay in Penobscot.

This Maine woman has made nearly 300 bassoons from scratch

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Leslie Ross makes replicas of historical bassoons of older baroque, renaissance and classical design, using maple, boxwood and fruit woods for her instruments.
New England Steam Corp. begins the process of moving the locomotive Maine Central No. 470 to Hancock, where it hopes to refurbish it and put it back on the tracks, on Monday in Waterville.

What it takes to get a 92-year-old steam locomotive back on the tracks

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1 a.m.
After sitting by the side of College Avenue for decades, an old steam locomotive once again is on the move.

Jackson Lab gets $28.3 million grant for mouse genome project

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 08, 2016, at 5:31 p.m.
The money award will be spread out over five years as the second phase of the international Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping Project.

Man accused of beating puppy among 20 indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 05, 2016, at 8:18 p.m.
William A. Comtois, 23, was indicted on a single Class C felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Lt. David Kerns of the Bar Harbor Police Department talks to a neighbor (at right) while firefighters take stock of the smoldering remains of a cabin on Bayview Drive that was destroyed by a fire Friday morning. Officials have not commented on the suspected cause but have indicated that no one is believed to have been injured.

Fire destroys house on MDI

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 05, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
By late Friday morning a pile of smoldering rubble was all that remained of the cabin that overlooked Eastern Bay.
This is an artistic rendering of a new 6,500-square-foot laboratory and training building at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, construction of which began last week. The $8.7 million building is expected to be completed by mid-March 2017.

MDI Biological Lab starts work on new building

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 05, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The two-story structure will house a 2,476-square-foot laboratory on the first floor and classroom and meeting space on the second floor.
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Speed record boosts Maine yacht firm’s reputation

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 6 a.m.
In the 200 years since its founding in 1816, Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay has evolved repeatedly to add new kinds of vessels to its boatbuilding expertise. With a record set last week, ‘speed’ has moved toward the top of the list of what the family-owned company’s boats are known for. …
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Speed record boosts Maine yacht firm’s reputation

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 6 a.m.
In the 200 years since its founding in 1816, Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay has evolved repeatedly to add new kinds of vessels to its boatbuilding expertise. With a record set last week, ‘speed’ has moved toward the top of the list of what the family-owned company’s boats are known for. …
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People gather for the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the new Jackson Lab facility in Ellsworth. The lab will start the research mice production in the facility by January 2018.

Groundbreaking ceremony marks ‘red-letter’ day for Jackson Lab, Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 02, 2016, at 8:02 p.m.
About 200 people gathered early Tuesday afternoon in a vacant home improvement box store to mark the beginning of a $75 million renovation project.