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The March 21st Issue of the Islander

Early bird visitors flocking to Acadia National Park this spring may be in for a surprise when they find that the Park Loop Road, Cadillac Mountain Road and Hulls Cove Visitor Center are closed until May 19, thanks to the sequester.

Speaking of lockdowns, Mount Desert Island Elementary School prepared for the worst on Tuesday during an after-school safety drill. Only teachers and local law enforcement were involved, so students were free to head home and enjoy the last day of winter, which fittingly brought a fresh blanket of snow and school delays.

Make way for the Jesup Memorial Library, which hopes for a zoning change that will allow expansion and renovation of Bar Harbor bookworms’ favorite haunt. Meanwhile, a new art studio has come to town, adding a splash of color to the (mostly) unwelcome winter wonderland.

Despite the snow, the lucky owners of elver fishing licenses likely have a spring in their step this week, as the season starts on Friday. The heat is on as all 408 of them will scramble to net the slippery critters until the season closes on May 31.

Quarry operators are in a quandary as Mount Desert votes to restrict the rules on quarrying, and Tremont residents wonder will they or won’t they when it comes to well water treatment options.

Find out if the MDI High jazz band hit all the high notes, why area businesses are advertising no ifs, ands or buts, whether the Harbor House Shootout was a slam dunk, and more in this week’s issue.

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