Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island


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. …
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.
A small crowd gathers Monday morning next to a more than 200-foot-long storage building at the town's public works facility off Crooked Road.

Group building community solar farm in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 01, 2016, at 7:41 p.m.
The project was celebrated Monday as the first of its kind to be permitted on a publicly owned property.

Rare creatures spotted in Maine

on July 30, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Two reports of rare sightings of different creatures in Maine caught my eye in my social media feeds Friday morning. One, from Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington, shows a picture of a lobster. Maine, where fishermen harvested 121 million pounds of lobster last year, is no stranger to the crustacean, but this …

Why I love the most remote corner of Acadia National Park

on July 29, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
The first time I set foot in Acadia National Park, in the early 1970s, I was little more than a toddler and the park was not yet 60 years old. Since then, over the past four decades, I’ve done more things in the park than I can count. When I was young, …
A lobster boat decorated with lights glides under the Beals Island Bridge in this 2009 photo. With the help of $10.5 million in federal funding, construction of a new bridge to replace the existing 1,000-foot span, which was built in 1958, is expected to begin in April 2017.

Feds to contribute $10.5M to replace Beals Island bridge

By Bill Trotter on July 27, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
The federal government will contribute more than $10 million to replace the bridge that connects this Washington County island community to Jonesport, according to federal officials.
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Ellsworth man arrested after banging on woman’s air conditioner

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2016, at 3 p.m.
An Ellsworth man is being held in jail after he allegedly stalked a woman and tried to hide from police.
People chat in Gary and Sharon Cresswell’s newly opened Airline Brewing Co., a British-style pub decorated with more that 30 original Vanity Fair illustrations from the late 1800s, on July 15 in Ellsworth.

Amherst brewers open Old World pub in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
“Our focus is on hand-pulled, traditional ales,” Gary Cresswell said. “The only way you can do this is in your own facility. It’s a lot of work.”

‘Forever’ installation coming to an end on Lubec island

on July 20, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Contrary to the word it displays, an art installation that was erected a few weeks ago on Dudley Island off Lubec is not going to last much longer. In fact, the word “FOREVER” — depicted in plywood letters eight feet tall mounted several feet off the ground on scaffolding — is being …

East Machias bridge reopens

By Bill Trotter on July 19, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
A temporary bridge on Route 191 that was closed Monday afternoon has been reopened to traffic.
Sylvia Polchies holds an American Eagle feather and a folded American flag that she received on behalf of her late father, Henry Sockbeson, during a ceremony to honor six members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who fought in World War I on Sunday in Indian Township.

Nearly 100 years later, Passamaquoddy Army veterans honored for service

By Bill Trotter on July 18, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Ninety-nine years after six young men volunteered to fight the Imperial German Army in World War I, their families on Sunday received the official recognition that the soldiers never did.
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab: $15 wage is critical for job retention, recruitment

By Bill Trotter on July 18, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
“It they’re paying more than anyone else is, they’re going to get the pick of the litter,” a UMaine professor said.
Hokulea, seen in this 2015 photo, is a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe. The vessel, which started its voyage from Hawaii, is scheduled to arrive on Mount Desert Island.

Traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe on trip from Hawaii will visit MDI

By Bill Trotter on July 14, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
The 62-foot-long vessel is on a journey expected to cover 60,000 nautical miles while visiting 100 ports and 27 countries.

Bar Harbor’s “Indigenous Diva” gets national media exposure

on July 14, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Lyzz Bien is not the first drag queen Bar Harbor has ever known. She might, however, be the first from the Mount Desert Island town to grace the cover of Native Peoples magazine or to be profiled by a national mainstream news organization. Lyzz is the alter ego of Bar Harbor …

Harrington man charged in heroin overdose death

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
A Harrington man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of a man to whom he allegedly sold drugs, according to local police.
The state fire marshal’'s office said two people have been charged for burning a boat in Machiasport in June.

Two charged in Machiasport fire that destroyed boat

By Bill Trotter on July 12, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Two people have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a boat owned by a local aquaculture firm.

‘We have not seen the peak yet': Acadia visits up 20 percent in 2016

on July 12, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — As the only national park in Maine celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, park officials are busy trying to manage the predicted boost in visitation. John Kelly, the park’s spokesman, said Monday that visitation to Acadia so far in 2016 seems to be about one-fifth …

At $9.7 million, Camden house now most expensive on Maine market

on July 11, 2016, at 8:30 p.m.
With the auction last month of a mansion on the nearby island of Islesboro, a Camden home with an ocean view from the eastern slope of Mount Battie is now the most expensive residential property being offered for sale in Maine, according to the Wall Street Journal. The property, owned by …

How Sieur De Monts became the modern Acadia National Park: a timeline

on July 10, 2016, at 8:49 a.m.
When Sieur De Monts National Monument was founded on Mount Desert Island 100 years ago, its creators sought to protect the island’s stunning natural resources from development and to preserve them for public access. Now, with the rise of state’s tourism industry over the past several decades, the economic impact …
A boat leaves the dock in Bucksport, July 6, 2016.

Being a good swimmer isn’t enough to avoid Maine water tragedies

By Beth Brogan and Bill Trotter on July 09, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Summer is always a busy time for Mainers, but 2016 unfortunately is turning out to be no less so for people trained in water rescues.