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The April 18th Issue of the Islander

Whether change is good or bad will likely always be up for debate, but one thing is for certain, it’s inevitable.

The winds of change are being felt in Bar Harbor, as the school board decides whether to extend the interim superintendent’s contract or not.

Read the eyewitness account of MDI residents who were on the scene during the tragic blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The talk of the town in Southwest Harbor last week was whether the Main Street reconstruction project would take over the town. Residents worry a disrupted Main Street will spell fewer customers for businesses, according to those in charge of the upcoming overhaul.

Bar Harbor’s pier will be getting a facelift soon, too.

Owners of planes at the Trenton airport might not be so calm, as an unclear change in excise tax rules leaves their situation up in the air. Meanwhile, lobstermen on Swans Island may have more work on their hands if a bill to increase the maximum number of traps in that area passes.

Also wondering how to adjust their budgets accordingly are Jackson Lab, MDI Biolab and area low-income housing units, as they begin to face the cold, hard truth of sequester-mandated budget cuts.

On the brighter side, signs of spring march on as newborn wildlife begin to emerge in backyards and nearby fields. The best policy here is look, don’t touch, a warden warns.

In other nature-minded news, College of the Atlantic will be the site of an all-out Earth Day Celebration this weekend, with family-friendly fun Mother Earth will surely approve of.

Find out what happened to trees illegally cut in Acadia, how tennis, track and sailing teams are doing, money-saving advertisements and more in this week’s Mount Desert Islander.

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