One of the employees at the Bar Harbor Post Office participates in the annual 4th of July parade dressed like the legendary Elvis. He may be “Nothin’ but a hound dog,” but it’s the customers of Mount Desert Island’s village post offices that are singing “Return to Sender,” this week. Many have turned out to protest at meetings announcing that hours of operation in many village post offices are being cut to help the postal service’s cash hemorrhage.
One place where cash flow is not a problem is the Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, which is expanding into an adjoining retail space. With so many areas of the economy in flux, apparently investors have flocked to keep the local institution’s coffers filled.
When it comes to cash, taxpayers in Southwest Harbor should have a little more in their pockets next year with news that the town’s budget is actually coming in below last year.
And, finally, getting the corrupting influence of large, third-party donations out of politics is the aim of protestors from Bar Harbor who traveled to Augusta this week to urge legislators support a constitutional amendment to that effect.
Voters in Tremont have the chance next week to weigh in on a plan to purchase the Closson property to give the town more elbow room near the pier in Bernard. They will also be asked to approve a zoning change that will allow the creation of accessory dwellings, often known as mother-in-law apartments.
Many eyes were turned to Washington D.C. this week and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. MDI resident Gary Allen made it to the U.S. Capitol Monday night after running the entire 700 miles from the top of Cadillac Mountain to D.C. The summit of Acadia’s highest peak was also front and center during the inauguration as a photo of the president and his family checking out the view during their vacation here in 2010 made the cover of the administration’s climate change report released on Monday.
As the great Elvis once sang, “It’s now or never.”
All that and detailed stories on the MDI High boys and girls basketball teams’ winning ways, money saving ads, maritime news, and what’s going on in the world of arts and entertainment, in this week’s Mount Desert Islander.