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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is open Daily 9AM to 5PM. We are located at 329 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, in the Harbor House. 7-day Park Passes are available!

SWH Main Street Road Work Scheduled for Week of September 15, 2014:

· Complete 12” DI water main tie-in between Herrick Road and Circle K · Flush, test and chlorinate new water main · Start installation of water service to houses · Continue to install storm drain system from North to South (Circle K to Herrick Road) · Start installation of 4” 0 PVC sewer services

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:

Appointee process is questioned

'Cadillac Joe' is indicted in stock swindle

Deepening fire pond to cost $100K-plus

Restaurant owner revives ailing man

First responders honored on 9-11
Invasive Insect Contributing to Red Pine Die-off on Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park Plans Prescribed Burn September 2014

Acadia National Park Plans Prescribed Burn

Meeting of Acadia National Park Advisory Commission September 2014

Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
Fall Half Marathon & 5K

Touch A Truck!

Fall Yoga & Hiking Retreat on Mount Desert Island

Acadia Night Sky Festival

SWH Library & Acadia Night Sky Festival Present: Tyler Nordgren, "Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in National Parks"
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Maine at Work

Christina Perkins and Bobbi-Jo Thornton Join Healthy Acadia's Board of Directors

News from the Salty Dog!

Harbor House Happenings - September 2014

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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