Category Archives: Island life

Snowpack may delay spring openings in Acadia

Acadia National Park photo. Heavy snowfall in most of Maine this winter, especially along the coast, may result in delayed openings this spring at Acadia National Park, according to park officials. The park is open year-round, but most facilities and roads are closed in late fall and reopen in April. People can drive along the Ocean Drive section of […]

Video: snowbound motorists in Eastport

Here’s a video of what Deep Cove Rd. in Eastport looked like yesterday afternoon, after the snow stopped falling from the sky but while the winds were still howling. This section of road is at the southeastern end of the municipal airport, where the wind was roaring down the runway before it blew over the road. It took me more […]

The Good Life or La Dolce Vita?

BDN photo by Gabor Degre Having spent a substantial part of my life in Hancock County, I think I know it fairly well. But I was surprised recently to see this blog post from real estate website Movoto, which declared that a zip code in Hancock County has the third-highest per capita income in the […]

Three exceptional lives on one small island

As I indicated in a story I wrote recently about Ashley Bryan, I have pretty close personal ties to Islesford, Maine, a community on Little Cranberry Island, which is about a mile and a half off the southeastern shore of Mount Desert Island. Islesford is a year-round community that sees its population swell significantly in the summer, […]

New mansion taking shape in Bar Harbor

Where La Selva once stood, a new mansion is on the rise. La Selva was an 8,600 square-foot grand cottage built in 1890 along a section of shore in Bar Harbor once known as ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ It had a colorful history, having seasonally housed an Astor and later functioned as a French-language immersion school, but it fell on hard […]

Banner year for Acadia falcons

Peregrine falcon chicks near the Precipice Trail in 2008 (ANP photo) I have an update for an article I wrote last week about peregrine falcon chicks fledging this year in Acadia National Park. When I wrote the story, I had emailed park staff and, after some back and forth, got the information I sought. Seven […]

Power outage planned in Bar Harbor

The power is going to go out again early Wednesday, but this time it is a planned outage by Emera Maine. The electrical distribution company indicated in a release issued Tuesday that the outage will enable Emera crews to repair a transmission line that was damaged by a tree limb when Tropical Storm Arthur blew […]