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Century-old Bar Harbor drug store to close

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Century-old Bar Harbor drug store to close

The century-old, family-own West End Drug Co., at 105 Main St. in Bar Harbor, will close due to the retirement of owners Mike and Stacey Gilfillan. The Bangor Daily News reported the Gilfillans have sold the pharmacy side of the store to the Hannaford supermarket chain. The rest of the store, which includes a lunch counter and soda fountain, will close once its inventory is sold. Mike Gilfillan’s grandfather and a partner started the pharmacy in 1918. West End Drug says on its website that it opened in “a simpler, slower paced time when the drugstore was where you could go for ice...

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Bar Harbor Bank and Trust sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Bar Harbor Bank and Trust sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon

BAR HARBOR — Gary Allen, race director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, received a sponsorship check from Lisa Parsons and Steve Gurin of Bar Harbor Bank Trust for the 17th annual event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14. The race starts in Bar Harbor and finishes in Southwest Harbor, passing all four of Bar Harbor Bank Trust’s branches on Mount Desert Island. This year 2,000 race participants are expected, which will bring many to Mount Desert Island as the summer season wanes. “We are proud to call Bar Harbor Bank Trust a founding sponsor of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, said...

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Students take part in Bangor Symphony Orchestra event in Bar Harbor

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Students take part in Bangor Symphony Orchestra event in Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR, Maine (WABI) – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Acadia Brass Ensemble held a free performance at the 1932 Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor. Organizers say this event brought students from six different schools to see the performance and hear from musicians. Criterion Executive Director Amy Roeder says it’s a way to engage younger people in the history of the theater and the music. “There’s so much energy in there. I know some of the kids are just as excited to be out of school, but some were sitting there as if they were watching the most...

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Bittersweet farewell as one longtime Bar Harbor family business prepares to close

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Bittersweet farewell as one longtime Bar Harbor family business prepares to close

BAR HARBOR, Maine (WABI) – Have a seat at their soda fountain counter and you can bet within just a few minutes you’ll feel right at home at West End Drug. But, it’s really because this has been the way customers at the pharmacy and soda fountain have been treated for the last 100 years, making closing difficult to say the least for Michael and Stacey Gilfillan. “It’s a lot of relationships I’ve developed, and I’m going to sorely miss all these people,” said Michael. Michael’s family has owned West End Drug for the last...

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Cruise Ship Bound for Bermuda Gets Rerouted to Maine, Canada Due to Hurricane Florence

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Cruise Ship Bound for Bermuda Gets Rerouted to Maine, Canada Due to Hurricane Florence

Instead of a beach vacation to Bermuda, 2,000 cruise ship passengers got to tour Canada and Maine this week thanks to Hurricane Florence. The Norwegian Dawn departed from Boston last Friday, and has made stops in Halifax and Sydney Nova Scotia, St. John New Brunswick, and Bar Harbor, Maine. “It’s not like we expected,” said Russell Magowen, a cruise ship passenger from Mendon, Massachusetts, who was wearing a hat that said “Bermuda” as he toured downtown Bar Harbor Thursday. “That’s where we were supposed to be.” His travel companion, Vicki...

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Closing of century-old Bar Harbor pharmacy might not end its soda fountain

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Local News | Comments Off on Closing of century-old Bar Harbor pharmacy might not end its soda fountain

Bill Trotter | BDN By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff • September 13, 2018 1:00 am BAR HARBOR, Maine — The year was 1971. Nixon was president, Disney World had just opened, Apollo 14 had visited the moon and 13-year-old Mike Gilfillan was working the soda fountain at West End Drug Co. His family had already owned the pharmacy for 53 years, and the work had its perks. Gilfillan’s friends flocked to the lunch counter for homemade vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and butter pecan ice cream that he would whip into...

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