The Bar Harbor Story is an alternative news and features site that focuses on the people, places, and events of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island. Sometimes we even venture to the rest of Hancock County, Maine.

Bar Harbor Story is currently a mostly self-supported publication. That just means that we take a financial loss every time we write an article. You’ll notice we post almost daily and sometimes twice a day.

So, why do we do that? Why don’t we charge subscribers?

We don’t charge because we want every person in the community who wants it to be able to have free access to their local news. That’s because we think information and knowledge is important to taking care of a community and to helping each other. And, apparently, we have a bit of a martyr complex when it comes to making money.

To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber and receive unbelievably comprehensive coverage of town meetings, heart-warming features, and probing news stories and some really lovely photos.

It’s just us here, Carrie Jones and Shaun Farrar, and we’re doing this to make sure local people have free access to information, and we are far from perfect and far from everywhere, but if you have a story idea or event you’d like us to cover, let us know!

And if you’re worried about credentials, Carrie has reported for the Bar Harbor Times and Ellsworth American and edited the Ellsworth Weekly, winning numerous Maine Press Awards for reporting (features, spot news, arts, sports, columns) and photography. She’s also been published in many national magazines and on the fiction side is a writing coach, NYT and internationally bestselling novelist, and fiction editor. Shaun has been in law enforcement in Bar Harbor, is currently on the warrant committee, and has worked in the caretaking and restaurant businesses. Plus, he makes a really good Nashville hot chicken.

So, come hang out! And let me know if there’s something you’d like us to cover! And thanks for being here with us and caring about our community, too.


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Our big goal is to make sure that people who can’t afford to pay for local news still have access to local news. If you want to support that (and you can), please become a paid subscriber. This takes a lot of our time where we really should be doing something that pays so that we can support our own family. :) But no pressure!

And if you have an opinion piece or letter you’d like to submit? A story you’d like to pitch? Please let me know. We’re currently in the process of figuring out how to expand to those things. We’d really like all voices to be heard.

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If you’ve seen an error, let us know at We’ll look at the potential mistake, verify that mistake has happened. Then, if there is an error, we’ll try to fix it quickly and obviously. We’ll fix the factual error and make note of it in the bottom of the article. We won’t make a note of it if it’s something grammatical (a hypen for a semicolon or a simple misspelling). We will, however, if it’s the misspelling of a name.

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Carrie Jones is an internationally & NYT best selling writer, podcaster, writing coach, artist, and former award-winning newspaper editor and photographer. My linktree:
Shaun Farrar came to Bar Harbor to wait tables at his aunt and uncle's restaurant. He never left.