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Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 15 years, Bill Trotter keeps track of how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coast shape the lives, lifestyles and livelihoods of coastal Maine residents and visitors. A resident of Ellsworth, Bill covers Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Hancock County, fisheries, marine-related topics and more for the BDN. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.

Former MDI woman gets Brooke Astor’s millions

Former Mount Desert Island resident Charlene Marshall wheels her husband Anthony Marshall into New York Criminal Court on June 21, 2013. Anthony Marshall, who died in December 2014, left $14 million in his will to his wife – and none to his sons – after he had legally inherited the money from his mother, Brooke Astor, […]

Bar Harbor ousted in Outside online poll

BDN pic by Brian Feulner Bar Harbor (shown above) apparently is not the Best Town Ever – based on the results of a national online poll being conducted by Outside magazine. The Mount Desert Island town made the Final Four of the contest, which started in early May with 64 towns and cities divided evenly among four regional […]

Is Bar Harbor ‘America’s Best Town Ever?’ Duh.

TripAdvisor has ranked it on one of its Top Ten lists. Good Morning America picked it as “America’s Favorite Place.” And now it has made the Sweet Sixteen round of Outside magazine’s “America’s Best Town Ever” online poll. Technically, it was Acadia National Park that was named “America’s Favorite Place” last year by the ABC […]

Restoring the identity of a murder victim

Who wants to be remembered by his or her driver’s license photo, as a solitary face with a blank background? Far worse than that, who wants to be widely remembered as a murder victim whose identity was stolen and whose death went undetected for a year? No one, obviously. But this largely has been the fate […]