Monday, April 16, 2018

Acadia Chamber Just now · Welcome to Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!
We are located on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine.
We are just around the corner from Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country! Bar Harbor and Acadia are on Mount Desert Island, in an area that is referred to by many as Down East Maine.
We offer our services in helping you buy or sell real estate in the area in and around Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Hancock, Blue Hill, and Sullivan Maine. We also offer full service help with Bar Harbor Vacation Rentals for those who want to visit Bar Harbor & Acadia.
At Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate we pride ourselves in customer service, integrity and a passion for helping our clients. Whether you are buying or selling Bar Harbor area real estate, Ellsworth area real estate, Hancock area real estate, Blue Hill area real estate, Sullivan area real estate or anywhere else in the region you can rely on us to service your needs.
Although located in Bar Harbor Maine, we provide service throughout the areas near Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Blue Hill, and the Downeast region.

Friday, April 13, 2018

League of Towns to Host Community Forum Focused on Ticks, Tick-borne Illness

The League of Towns, in partnership with Healthy Acadia, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Downeast District Public Health Council, will host a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to gather public input to guide efforts to reduce the health impact of ticks and tick-borne disease on local residents. The forum, scheduled from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Mount Desert Island School, will feature a panel discussion with experts in tick ecology, tick population control, and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness, including representatives from the Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, primary care providers, and others.

Topics for discussion will include: tick identification and the tick life cycle; tick-borne diseases that may be transmitted to people, pets and livestock; methods and techniques to reduce tick exposure and prevent tick bites; resources and support for early diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses; and more. Public input will help to guide actions to protect residents from tick bites and tick-borne illness in our communities, our municipalities, and across Maine.

Residents of Ellsworth, Lamoine, MDI and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.  For more information, contact Durlin Lunt, Chairman, League of Towns, at 276-5531.

The League of Towns is a collaborative unit of government serving Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Ellsworth, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton, and Acadia National Park. 

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Let's Go! for Child Care Providers: Tri-county Collaboration Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Healthy Acadia’s Let's Go! Downeast initiative, serving Washington and Hancock counties, is partnering with Let's Go! Wabanaki, serving the Native American population, and Let's Go! Aroostook County to offer a robust, tri-county 2018 workshop series for child care providers. 

Child care professionals, who are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training each year to maintain certification, have found training opportunities east of Bangor to be few and far between, and often only accessible online. This Let’s Go collaboration will support child care providers throughout eastern Maine by offering a host of in-person and highly interactive learning opportunities with an emphasis on healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity. We are working closely with Aroostook County Action ProgramWabanaki Public Health and Maine Roads to Quality to offer a number of workshops and trainings throughout the year. 
Workshops are open to all child care providers and will include: “Active Play!” facilitated by program founder Dr. Diane Craft, returning to Downeast Maine for a second year; a 10-hour “Cooking Matters” class series designed specifically for child care facilities through Maine SNAP-Ed and the Good Shephard Food Bank; Gardening with Kids; “WinterKids;” and IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Toolkit training; as well as informational trainings around opioids and tobacco. Additional classes focused on mindfulness, essential oils and more are still in the works. The 2018 schedule here will be updated as new opportunities are added.

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented in partnership with MaineHealth. Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 incorporates evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Let’s Go! offers targeted curriculum and guidance for schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn and play.  For more information, visit

For more information about Let’s Go Downeast in Washington County, contact Georgie Kendall at 255-3741 or Georgie@healthyacadia.orgIn Hancock County, contact Katie Freedman (for childcare centers) at or Julie Daigle (for school settings) at, or call 667-7171.

Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 programming is funded in part by Maine Prevention Services, Maine Center of Disease Control & Prevention Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

One World…One Breath: World Tai Chi and Qiqong Day Events Set for April 28

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day has been celebrated on the last Saturday in April for nearly twenty years. On April 28, 2018, people in hundreds of communities across six continents will come together to perform tai chi and qigong at 10:00am EST, creating a circle of health and healing around the world. Healthy Acadia is pleased to announce there will be free community gatherings in Ellsworth and Blue Hill this year to mark the occasion.

These gatherings will introduce participants to tai chi and qigong, ancient Chinese health practices that integrate postures with breathing and mindfulness. The facilitators at each location are members Healthy Acadia’s Tai Chi for Health Program and certified Tai Chi for Health Institute instructors. Participants will perform slow, gentle, exercises that are appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities. While tai chi and qigong appeal to many people simply because it feels good, the many health benefits include reducing stress while improving strength, flexibility, balance and energy.

Please join family, friends, and neighbors to help create a circle of personal and global health and healing on April 28 at a location near you.  

Times and Locations:

9:30 – 11:30 Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, Ellsworth
10:00 – 10:30 Mainescape Garden Center, 48 South Street, Blue Hill  

Can’t make it to either of the events? You can help create the worldwide circle simply by pausing wherever you are at 10 o’clock in the morning and bring all your attention to your breathing. For more information contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171 or

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Healthy Acadia will offer Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training

Maine’s busy tourist season is just around the corner and many stores, restaurants, and taverns will be bringing on new staff. Healthy Acadia is offering Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings to provide anyone employing individuals who sell or serve alcoholic beverages with the knowledge they need to prevent violations of liquor laws.
This course emphasizes increasing employees’ knowledge about liquor laws, the importance of preventing underage sales, and sales to visibly intoxicated individuals, as well as building skills the skills necessary to handle refusing service when necessary. Employees will receive training on best practices to identify minors, false identification, and signs of visible intoxication. Training employees through this 4-hour course may lead to lower insurance rates for businesses and will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales.
Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings will be offered at three locations in Hancock County this April: on April 19, 2018 in Bar Harbor at the Machias Savings Bank Community Room (96 Cottage Street); on April 20 at the Blue Hill Library’s Howard Room located (5 Parker Point Road); and on April 25 at the Ellsworth Public Library’s Community Room located at 20 State Street.
Responsible Beverage Seller trainings (for employees of retail stores and other businesses that sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises) will begin at 8:30am.Responsible Beverage Server trainings (for employees of restaurants, taverns, hotels or other businesses that serve alcohol on-premises) will start at 12:30pm.
The cost for training is $25 per person; participants will receive a certificate valid for 5 years. The latest ID Checking Guides will also be available for purchase at $20 per copy.
For more information, to sign up for training, or to schedule a training for 6 or more employees at your business, please contact Tara Young at 667-7171

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust contributes to MDI HS Robotics team for World Competition

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust made a $2,500 contribution to the Mount Desert Island High School Robotics Team to help defray the cost for the team to participate in the World Competition, April 24-28 in Kentucky. 

“It was truly outstanding that the MDI High School Robotics Team led the way at the Maine State Competition.  Their success is a testament to the quality education programming provided by our local high school.  The students, teachers, and administrators are to be congratulated for their dedication to academic excellence,” said Jack Frost, VP of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “The skills the students are mastering will be a great advantage as they set their sights and aspirations on post-secondary education and professional careers.”

The high school World VEX Robotics Competition brings together top robotics teams in the VEX I Q challenge, VEX Robotics competition, and VEU U under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and participate with the best teams from around the world.  Best wishes to the MDI High School team proudly representing the State of Maine at this event.

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Photo cutline: At left, Lisa Parsons, SVP/Regional Market Manager of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, presents a contribution to Tucker Atwood, Coach of the MDI High School Robotics Team, and team members (left to right, standing) Christopher Allen, Robert Denegre, Branden Dagenais, Lucas Ingebritson, Tyler Bechtold and (kneeling) Maev Rogers, Taki Ishimura and Gloria Kelley.  Not shown: Coach, Megan McOsker and member Massimo Daul.  These funds will help defray the cost for the team to participate in the World Competition, April 24-28 in Kentucky.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Free Yoga Classes Offered

Chair Yoga for Every Body, Yoga Dance for Seniors, and Yoga for Cancer are being offered on MDI through the Graceful Aging program, a new initiative of Healthy Acadia launched earlier this year. The classes, taught by certified yoga teacher Susan Sassaman, meet weekly in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and are free to all (donations are accepted).

Chair Yoga takes place entirely seated, so there is no need to worry about balance or strength issues. Classes incorporate gentle stretching, breath work, strengthening, and relaxation.

Yoga Dance for Seniors features a combination of gentle, seated yoga and easy dancing across the room as a group. Movements flow naturally to accompanying musical selections for a great workout that’s just plain fun.

Yoga for Cancer, a specialized yoga methodology, is tailored to address the physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Classes include a full range of strengthening and restorative yoga postures and relaxation.

All classes are evidence-based, providing the health benefits of yoga:  they stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety, and help to boost overall well-being.

The Graceful Aging program also includes Tai Chi for Health, Fitness for Parkinson’s, and meditation classes. For more information, including class times and locations, contact Susan Sassaman (288-8103;, or visit

Healthy Acadia, working in Hancock and Washington Counties, is dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. For more information visit

Contact: Susan Sassaman, Graceful Aging Program Coordinator, Healthy Acadia 288-8103 /