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The September 11 Issue of the Islander

When adversity strikes, some people see only the downside. But this week’s guest columnist suggests that sometimes it takes a tragedy to draw attention to the good in people and our community. Read Carrie Jones’ account of the day of the fire at the Portside Grill and what she took away from the experience.

A bill to do away with a “reverter clause” in the deed for land transferred in 1950 from Acadia National Park for construction of a school in Tremont has passed the House and now moves to the Senate. It’s just a bill. Yes, it’s only a bill. And it’s sitting there on Capitol Hill.

And another one’s gone – or going – that is. Southwest Harbor Police Chief Dave Chapais submitted his letter of resignation recently. Reporter Dick Broom explains why Chief Chapais is leaving and how the board of selectmen responded.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce has announced its business of the year, environmental leader, rising star and sustaining member of the year awards. Which area businesses were honored? Reporter Robert Levin has the answer.

Want to read a whale of a tale of the tail of a whale? A blue whale, a sperm whale and a pod of bottlenose dolphins were spotted the same week by passengers and crew aboard Bar Harbor Whale Watch outings. Just how rare are these sightings? Find out from reporter Liz Graves.

Good reef, Charlie Brown. A team of researchers has discovered stunning gardens of coral not far offshore Mount Desert Island. If you don’t believe it, check out the picture and story front and center.

What’s the difference between the hooded crow and the carrion crow? Read about local naturalists Natalie Springuel and Rich MacDonald and their ongoing gig aboard Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” cruises to find out. The punch line will have you raven.

There’s all that plus the fall cruise ship schedule, a letter about a good deed done, speakers and book signings, other arts and entertainment, fall sports, money-saving ads, real estate listings and more in the Mount Desert Islander this week.

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