Patiently awaiting the Golden Years

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were scheduled to attend a family soiree at a historic lodge on Webb Lake, near Mount Blue State Park. Since we had not spent much time in this area before, we arrived early to allow time for some sightseeing.

Big Bar Harbor traffic detour cleared for Thanksgiving traffic

Motorists tired of a detour around one of Mount Desert Island's most ambitious road projects are getting a break for Thanksgiving Day weekend. In recognition of the likely increase in holiday traffic, the Maine Department of Transportation on Tuesday started allowing two-way traffic over a stretch of Route 3 near downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park that has been inbound-only since last summer, said Ted Talbot, the department's spokesman.

School districts consider role, issues of school resource officer

At recent School Union board meetings, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane discussed the funding and role of a law enforcement officer specially trained to address safety issues in schools. Union 76 Superintendent Chris Elkington and Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt had discussed the idea with Kane and the county commissioners after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in March.

How to put together a whale skeleton, and other whale facts

Whales, like humans, are warm-blooded mammals who give birth and nurse their babies, but only the whale can hold its breath for up to an hour underwater. Carrie Graham, from the College of the Atlantic Dorr Museum, shared these whale facts and more with a dozen children at the Blue Hill Public Library November 13 in a program co-sponsored by Explore Outdoors!, a collaboration between Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon and Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.

Oh, it’s happening — Midcoast’s infamous holiday tree

Despite winds gusting up to 50 mph, making the already cold temperatures feel more like 8 degrees, the Lobster Trap Tree is taking shape Nov. 14 in Rockland's Mildred Merrill Park. Members of Rockland Main Street Inc., Rockland Coast Guard, Bolduc Correctional Facility and various community volunteers are hard at work assembling the traditional tree using 154 traps, 125 buoys, 480 feet of garland entwined with 2,500 twinkle lights, and a plethora of zip ties.