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The May 2nd Issue of the Islander

Area schools are now feeling the sting of Gov. LePage’s newly mandated grading system, meant to track school progress and indicate where change is needed. Ridiculous, flawed and offensive are some of the words used to describe the program.

Sometimes dreams do come true, as they did for a courageous 8-year-old girl in Southwest Harbor recently. Those wanting to access Cadillac Mountain Road before sequester-mandated May 17 may have their wish granted, too.

It’s that time of year again, when flowers are in bloom, seasonal stores and restaurants begin to reopen their doors and, yes, cruise ships start dropping anchor in the bay. Learn when the first metal leviathan will arrive and just how much cruise ship companies are paying Bar Harbor for the privilege.

Think your week went to hell in a handbasket? A Tremont man had a string of run-ins with law enforcement this week that may make him the new poster child for how not maintain a low profile. Discover the sequence of events that led to his eventual arrest – twice.

Meanwhile slanted sidewalks in Mount Desert are here to stay, but not without some repercussions.

Find out what to expect at Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Mount Desert’s upcoming town meetings, from a fiery fluoride debate to selectmen election. Also, a handcrafted boat set sail recently, tennis, softball and baseball teams are in full swing and the show must go on at MDI High School. All this, money-saving advertisements and more in this week’s Mount Desert Islander.

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