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    September 21, 2019

    Maine DOT releases final ferry rate changes

    Officials with Maine State Ferry Service this week released the final ruling on new rates after a more than 18-month process stemming from heavy islander opposition to a previous proposal. The new rates, which go into effect Oct. 1, are largely the same as a proposal released in July. Commuters taking the ferry to one of the six islands served by the ferry service — Frenchboro, Islesboro, Matinicus, North Haven, …

  • Published
    September 20, 2019

    Point Lookout owners hoping lease will keep doors open

    The owners of Point Lookout in Northport have reversed course and are keeping the venue open — if a lessee can be found. It was announced in June that Point Lookout would close at the end of year. However, David and Tami Hirshfeld — principles of Deep Creek Grazing Association Inc., the owners of Point Lookout — said Sept. 20 that after months of hand-wringing, worry and considering options, they are offering a …

  • Published
    August 26, 2019

    Heavy timbers delay steeple removal

    The long-awaited removal of the spire of Union Meeting House was delayed Friday, Aug. 23, after Belmont Boatworks owner Dan Miller and crew discovered it was heavier than expected. Miller said there are six beams supporting the tower, all of which are made of oak. That, combined with a very large center column of chestnut, probably would have exceeded his crane’s 3,000-pound capacity, he said. Rather than begin …

  • Published
    August 5, 2019

    Ferry Advisory Board annual report highlights progress, problems

    Ticket rates, the annual budget and parking issues are among the concerns of members of Maine State Ferry Service Advisory Board as outlined in its annual report submitted last week. Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note, who assumed office earlier this year, was sent the report July 31. Maine DOT oversees the ferry service, which provides transportation to Islesboro, Matinicus, North …

  • Published
    July 29, 2019

    Outrunning Alzheimer's

    Fred Kilfoil is “painfully familiar” with Alzheimer’s disease. He said there is a strong history of the disease in his family and when he heard about research being done at Jackson Laboratory to reverse it, he felt compelled to help. To that end, Kilfoil began a fundraising run — Outrunning Alzheirmer’s — from Fort Kent to Kittery on Route 1 at the beginning of June. As of Monday, he’d reached Bucksport, about …

  • Published
    July 17, 2019

    Maine DOT dumps flat-rate ferry tickets, offers new fare proposal

    After more than a year of elevated ferry rates that drew the ire of island residents, Maine Department of Transportation on July 10 released a revised structure designed to reverse the drop-off in ridership and revenue. The latest proposal does away with the flat rates across all islands served by Maine State Ferry Service, which include Islesboro, Frenchboro, Matinicus, Swans Island, North Haven and Vinalhaven. M…

  • Published
    June 5, 2019

    Point Lookout to close

    By the end of 2019, Point Lookout will be closed. A representative of the resort owners told Bangor Daily News this week that continuing to operate the business isn’t viable for a number of reasons, including its sprawling layout and impending large capital investments such as replacing roofs and boilers. Point Lookout was recently purchased by Deep Creek Grazing Association Inc., of which the principals are …

  • Published
    April 16, 2019

    Islesboro residents air ferry rate concerns to new commissioner

    Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note opened an April 13 public meeting about ferry rates with an apology to Islesboro residents: “The (rate-setting) process did not meet the high standards of Maine DOT … And for that, I’m sorry. In my view that’s not the way to go about it. I know the rates have been very disruptive to this island community.” Van Note acknowledged that in the time since …

  • Published
    April 4, 2019

    Preview of new ferry rates shows 17% additional hike

    In a courtesy notification to island officials, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note outlined anticipated ferry rate changes to be officially published in early April. The changes reflect increases 15 percent to 20 percent above the current flat-rate fees that went into effect in May 2018 over the objections of many islanders. Most vocal were Islesboro officials, who objected to a more …

  • Published
    March 27, 2019

    Point Lookout sold

    According to Waldo County Registry of Deeds, Point Lookout in Northport has been sold to Deep Creek Grazing Association Inc., a Montana corporation with an office in Camden. The deed transfer was signed March 18 in Massachusetts. Olympia Hotel Management announced March 21 it will assume management of Point Lookout. Deep Creek Grazing principals are David and Tami Hirschfeld, the Montana couple who planned to buy …

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