Woman from MDI falls to her death in NYC

This weekend, word has spread on Mount Desert Island and beyond about the death in New York City of Hannah Shaw. According to media reports from NYC, the MDI native died early Friday morning when she fell while trying to climb in through an exterior window into her boyfriend’s fourth-floor apartment in Brooklyn. She was 29 […]

Mr. Boston Comes A-Calling

If liquor distilling companies were ships, then it could be said that this past week the SS Sazerac fired a shot glass of coffee brandy across the bow of the M.S. Walker. Bold move for such an upstart. New Orleans-based Sazerac, maker of Mr. Boston Coffee Flavored Brandy, has decided to set up shop in M.S. Walker’s […]

Allen’s and BuzzFeed Balderdash

A few weeks ago, the “news” website BuzzFeed did something it has a reputation for doing. It created an arbitrary list of highly subjective “facts” about something popular in American culture – namely, booze – and slapped it up on the Internet, hoping it would attract a lot of eyeballs (which I am quite sure […]

Hancock County and national security

This post has been corrected to clarify the distinction between the positions of National Security Advisor and director of the National Security Agency. If President Obama’s latest nominee to run the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command gets approved by the Senate, he will be one of a handful of high-level national security officials […]

Prosecutor Hopes to Replace His Boss

This post has been updated since originally being posted to reflect that a Democrat also has announced his candidacy for District Attorney of Hancock and Washington counties. It looks like Hancock and Washington counties are going to have a new district attorney next year. Paul Cavanaugh, first assistant district attorney, released an announcement Friday (Jan. […]

MDI Mansion Demolished

Sayonara, La Selva. The 8,700 square-foot mansion, which had stood in Bar Harbor overlooking Frenchman Bay since the late 19th century, is no more. I’m not sure precisely when it was demolished, but noticed the other day while driving by the two-acre property on Route 3 that the home, once owned by a member of […]

The ‘Gay Panic’ Defense in Vassalboro

Seeing the recent headlines about the killing of Thomas Namer in Vassalboro, I’ve been reminded of another homicide on MDI that I wrote about 12 years ago. In both cases, the men accused in the killings said that their violent outbursts were precipitated by unwelcome sexual advances from the men they killed. This is what […]