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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 27, 2014:

* Continue roadway, excavation and subbase gravel placement * Continue to test force main * Continue to install storm drain across pipes * Continue to install granite curb * Continue to fine grade sidewalks for pavement

To see the work plan, go to:

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

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:

Jesup supports novel writers

Historical Society to host open house

Police beat: Pot bust at high school

The deer dilemma

Fair taxes
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection

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

Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014

Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place

Acadia National Park Advisory Commission Meeting June 2014
SWH Library Presents: Halloween Book Give-Away

SWH Library Presents: "Palm of the Hand" Memoir Writing Workshop

Fee Free Day at Acadia National Park!

SWH Library Presents: Poetry Reading "Love and the Turning Year"

SWH Library Presents: Lasting Friendships: A Century of Friendship Sloops
Acadia National Park: Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees

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

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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