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The January 3rd Issue of the Islander

The week after Christmas is traditionally the slowest news week of the year. Not anymore.

Fire severely damaged a home in Seal Cove and the sounds of helicopters overhead in Bar Harbor on the morning of New Year’s Day signaled the new year will be much like the old. 2012 was one of the busiest on record for rescues in Acadia National Park. 2013 is off to a good start thanks to the three people who decided to climb Cadillac Mountain around 4:15 a.m. wearing little more than sneakers and light-weight jackets. That’s not exactly the recommended couture for post holing through four feet of new-fallen snow when the wind chills are below zero.

And, police and federal agents were in Town Hill recently talking to a man who was polishing his marksmanship by shooting exploding targets containing Tannerite, which apparently is French for “Makes grown men giggle when something blows up.”

Speaking of things that go “boom” in the night. A pair of men allegedly caught night hunting after police reportedly found a still-warm deer carcass in their truck earlier this fall are facing multiple charges.

While some of the elderly and disabled residents of Harbor Hill Estates in Bar Harbor may have been born at night, it wasn’t last night. An attorney representing tenants announced this week that building owner Pamela Gleichman did not follow state law when entering into a purchase and sale agreement with College of the Atlantic, which wants to move the existing residents along to convert the building into housing for as many as 59 students.

All is not gloom and doom however. Love will find a way, as several couples who lined up to get their same-sex marriage licenses from area town clerks on Monday demonstrated. And, nothing’s more affirming of the human spirit than the mettle of those who dash into the cold ocean on New Year’s Day at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. We’ve got the pictures to prove it.

All that, plus informative advertisements, sports coverage, letters and opinions, in this week’s Islander.

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