Some weeks it seems Mount Desert Island is tested by fire. Other weeks it’s ice.
A tale of one man’s trip through the ice on Long Pond while driving in his car late at night is enough to give anyone gooseflesh. Wild, windy and warm weather also conspired to rid Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park of ice tents last week, blowing several down the lake and sinking others where they sat.
Those same winds tore a fishing boat off its mooring in Bass Harbor and sent it onto the rocks to its doom. Elsewhere in Tremont there apparently was enough ice for the annual ice fishing derby to go off without a hitch. The number of participants and amount of money raised set new records.
Not all was gloom this week. More than a thousand employees and guests of the Jackson Lab got down and boogied at a massive party in the former Lowe’s building in Ellsworth on Saturday night. The Islander has photographic proof that Disco is, in fact, not dead.
Over at the Abbe Museum a new exhibit opens taking viewers on a canoe trip through history. A pair of Bar Harbor filmmakers are helping record history with their new movie “Blue Potato,” about teens growing up in Aroostook County.
Hopefully those teens are better behaved than a pair that allegedly stole a wallet from a house in Bar Harbor while the owner was there. Their spree, which police say included stealing mail, came to an abrupt end in Ellsworth.
And, finally, students at Mount Desert Elementary School are using yoga to learn how to study better. Just remember, relax and ... breathe.
All that, plus letters, classifieds, money-saving ads, and more in this week’s Mount Desert Islander.