Friday, July 20, 2018

Healthy Acadia Receives National AmeriCorps Grant


Healthy Acadia has received an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch the Maine RecoveryCorps Program. The Program will focus on expanding Recovery Coaching to strengthen recovery support services in our communities and to improve recovery success among individuals facing opioid use disorders.  

This grant will support 30 AmeriCorps members who will serve throughout Northeastern Maine, including Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties. RecoveryCorps members will help tackle the critical challenges of a devastating opioid epidemic, which results in high morbidity and mortality throughout the region. Many individuals are struggling with opioid use disorders and significant gaps exist in services, including lack of access to support services for people throughout the recovery process. This grant will support Recovery Coaching, which is an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for the people seeking recovery, helping them remove barriers and navigate systems to meet their treatment, wellness and recovery support goals. RecoveryCorps coaches have typically experienced substance use disorder and recovery either directly themselves or through someone close to them. 

“The RecoveryCorps Program represents a significant expansion of recovery coaching services across a broad region,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the need to expand services to support individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders, and that they saw the value that AmeriCorps members can bring in the form of recovery coaching. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

"AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  We congratulate Healthy Acadia for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.” 

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $121,595 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2018 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and opioid misuse issues and recovery. In total 367 AmeriCorps positions are funded to serve communities in all of Maine’s 16 counties, representing an increase in both positions and federal funding over the previous year.

RecoveryCorps AmeriCorps members will serve at organizations throughout the six-county region of Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington. For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position in any of these counties, or if your organization is interested in hosting an AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps service member, please contact Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary


Greg Dalton, Curtis Simard, Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a check for $5,500 to Clara Baker and Alison Beane of Island Housing Trust representing the proceeds from the Bank’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12.  This year’s tournament benefitted the Island Housing Trust. 

Island Housing Trust (IHT) promotes viable, year-round island communities by advancing permanent workforce housing on Mount Desert Island.  They support efforts by public and private individuals and organizations to create housing that is affordable to the year-round working population of MDI.  IHT promotes and seeks to establish partnerships that result in the creation of both rental and home ownership opportunities, enabling the year-round workforce to live in MDI's four communities.  IHT envisions a future where MDI has a significant percentage of affordable year-round housing available to the workforce and works to ensure that it remains affordable into the future. The dwelling units are protected by covenants, enforced in perpetuity. For more information, you can go to: www.islandhousingtrust.org

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust supports Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp


Jack Frost and Chelsea Sawyer from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a donation check to Katie Freedman of Healthy Acadia. These funds will provide scholarships for students in Washington County to attend the DownEast Teen Leadership Camp this summer, helping to make DETLC accessible to all youth. 

DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is an annual 5-day residential summer camp program serving primarily Washington County teens entering grades 7 to 9.  Hosted by Healthy Acadia and held at the University of Maine at Machias, the camp challenges and empowers teens to make healthy choices and positively impact their lives and those in their communities. DETLC provides youth with social, communication and leadership skills to promote resiliency and to deter misuse of substances, including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. DETLC is deeply impactful for the youth who participate, in terms of their opportunity to have a positive summer experience, the knowledge and tools they gain to make healthy choices, as well as the leadership skills they develop during camp and build on throughout the following years through an ongoing school-based programming. 

Since 2000, DETLC has motivated and inspired over 425 adolescents from rural Washington County and beyond to live substance free and serve as positive role models and inspiring civic leaders in their schools and communities ultimately increasing their personal well-being and workforce preparedness as they age into adulthood.DETLC has typically attracted more than 25 teens each year and recent enrollment has nearly doubled, with 49 teens attending in 2017. The DETLC model assures that all interested youth are welcome to attend camp, regardless of their ability to pay.  For more information, contact Healthy Acadia at 207-255-3741.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to new member At Home MDI!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, At Home MDI.

At Home MDI is a member-based, volunteer supported program designed to provide residents of the Mount Desert Island community with essential services, empowering them to continue to live independently in their homes and connected to their communities as they age.

They are dedicated to:
  • Supporting our community elders to remain in their homes as long as they are able.
  • Engaging with existing community organizations, businesses, and services to support this goal.
  • Encouraging the growth of local services to fill the demands of the at home population
  • Respecting the independence of our elders by offering services and support necessary to stay at home.
At Home is celebrating its first year of providing services on Mount Desert Island. At Home MDI welcomes new members and volunteers. For more information, call the main office (207)374-5852.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Welcome to new Chamber member Downeast Sailing Adventures!


Welcome to new Chamber Member Downeast Sailing Adventures!

"Experience the Real Maine on Acadia’s Quiet Side as we sail among the Cranberry Islands and Somes Sound. Enjoy the breath taking vistas of Acadia National Park. Sit back and relax as we sail past the lighthouses, lobstermen, and magnificent summer “cottages” that make this world-class cruising area unique. Hosted on a traditional Maine-built wooden sloop, the Friendship Sloop SURPRISE carries a maximum of only 6 passengers.


"The Friendship Sloop SURPRISE is the only Carbon Neutral tour boat in Acadia National Park. We removed the diesel engine and replaced it with a 24 hp. Elco Electric Motor making us completely silent. No noise or fumes to spoil the experience."
The Surprise sails out of the Manset Town Dock - be sure to stop by and say hello!

Monday, June 18, 2018

25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Results


The 25th Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor on June 12, 2018. The proceeds from this year’s tournament benefit the Island Housing Trust in Bar Harbor. The tournament was supported generously by many local businesses and individuals through sponsorships, donations and participation.  The tournament winners (and their scores) are as follows:

Gross
1st
Chris Coston, Dick Cough, Karl Warner, Robin Macleod 61 
2nd
Shane Carter, Jon Nicholson, Jeff Chamberlain, Matt McEachern 61

Net
1st
Scott Richardson, Mark Politte, Brian Berard, Kelly Lapointe 50.85 
2nd
Tom Estes, Chris Cambridge, Jack Gibbons, Jeff Wooster 52.2

Mixed
1st
Chris White, Michelle White, Tracy Hallett, Garric Worcester 55.45
2nd
Jessica Dow, Emily Lewis, Amy Cameron, Allison Parnell 59.4

Closest to the Pin

#4 – Russell Legare 4’ 2” 
#6 – Mark Hanscome 31’ 5” 
#9 – Dick Cough 11’ 2” 
#15 – Bobby Archer 8’ 1”

Longest Drive #18
Men's – Tim Miller
Lady’s – Samantha Smith

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust would like to especially thank the tournament sponsors: The Bar Harbor Club; ABM Mechanical, Union Office Interiors, Lynam Real Estate Agency, Lynam Insurance, WB Mason, Consumer Title, CDM Communications, The Snowman Group, Allen Agency, Gross Minsky & Mogul, P.A., Cumberland Title, Maine Camp Outfitters, E.L. Shea, and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; hole-in-one sponsors Darling’s Auto Mall and Stanley Scooters; Cadillac Mountain Sports and Pat’s Pizza for donating prizes; 31 tee sponsors, and 26 auction item donors.  This annual charity event is a tribute to longtime member and Chairman of the Board of Bar Harbor Bankshares, David R. Harding.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Photo caption: First place (gross) winners of the 25th Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament with a score of 61 (left to right): Dick Cough, Chris Coston, Robin Macleod, and Karl Warner. This annual charity tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12, 2018 is hosted by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with proceeds contributed to a local not for profit organization. This year’s beneficiary was the Island Housing Trust in Bar Harbor.


Cathy Planchart, VP
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Marketing Department
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
135 High Street | P.O. Box 1089
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: 207-667-7100 x14655
Toll-free:  1-888-853-7100 x14655
Fax: 207-412-6420
E-mail: cplanchart@barharbor.bank

New exhibit by Barbara Strubell


Barbara Strubell has an exhibit of paintings for the month of June at MDI Hospital cafeteria. Please check them out!