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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is closed for the winter. We will be monitoring phone messages and email on a daily basis. Available by appointment.

SWH Main Street Road Work Scheduled for week of October 20, 2014:

•Continue roadway excavation and subbase gravel placement •Continue installing granite curb •Grade subbasebelow sidewalks behind granite curbs •Install 30" 0 SICPE cross-pipe outlets across Main Street near Fire Department road

To see the work plan, go to:

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

Status of the paving project from Somesville to Fernald Point Road:

They will be switching to daytime construction effective September 2 from the night time activities they have recently been doing. The reason is the cooler temperatures at night not conducive to laying the "skinny" mix of asphalt. They plan 2500 foot lane closures and will work "full bore". At this time, they do not plan to work Saturdays.

Bridge work in Acadia National Park

The National Park Service will be performing maintenance and significant repairs to several motor road bridges in Acadia National Park, beginning in September 2014. For more information, go to:

Connors Emerson looking for volunteer readers

Cheerleading tryouts set

Early bird sale, bed races set

It’s a small world…

Deer statistics remain elusive
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection

Invasive Insect Contributing to Red Pine Die-off on Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park Plans Prescribed Burn September 2014

Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014

Secretary Jewell to Visit Acadia National Park to Highlight Science and Youth Partnerships
Volunteers needed For the Annual Cleanup at the SWH Library

SWH Library Presents: "The History of Photography on MDI"

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: SPOOKY CAR DAYS

SWH Library Presents: Halloween Book Give-Away

SWH Library Presents: "Palm of the Hand" Memoir Writing Workshop
Conference Will Plant Seeds for Farm to School

MDI Hospital Welcomes Dr. Nathan Donaldson & Dr. Kaustubh Shrivastava

Camp Beech Cliff Fall Sessions Programs

Harbor House Happenings October 2014

Acadia Night Sky Festival Offers a Shuttle to the Stars

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular port for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation.

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