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!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Graceful Aging: Free Movement Classes for Seniors: New Summer Schedule


Five types of classes are offered through the Graceful Aging program, an initiative of Healthy Acadia. Classes, led by certified instructor Susan Sassaman, meet weekly in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, are free (donations are accepted) and open to all. The program includes Chair Yoga, Tai Chi for Health, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga Dance for Seniors, Fitness for Parkinson’s and Introduction to Meditation. 

Chair Yoga takes place entirely seated, so there is no need to worry about balance or strength issues. Tai Chi for Health improves balance and helps prevent falls. Yoga for Cancer, a specialized yoga methodology, is tailored to address the physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Yoga Dance, set to music, is gentle seated yoga and easy dancing across the room as a group. Fitness for Parkinson’s, a well-rounded workout, benefits any senior. Introduction to Meditation explores different mindfulness practices.

All classes are evidence-based and provide therapeutic health benefits. They stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety, and boost overall well-being. 

For more information, including times and locations, contact Susan Sassaman (288-8103; susan@healthyacadia.org), or visit barharboryogadance.com/

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.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Seal Cove Auto Museum Wins Two National Awards


The Seal Cove Auto Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit from American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for their Auto Wars: Then & Now exhibit. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 73rd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 2016-2017 exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now commemorated the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, as well as the 100th anniversary of a pivotal decision that allowed cars on Mount Desert Island, forever changing its economic, geographic, and cultural landscape.

This year, AASLH conferred forty-four national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum has additionally won Best in Class in the Antique Automobiles category at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, held June 2, 2018, in Greenwich, CT. The museum's winning entry was a 1904 Knox Tudor Surrey, manufactured in Springfield, MA. It was originally custom built for the President of the Knox Automobile Company himself, E. H. Cutler.

The Greenwich Concours is recognized as one of the premier concours in the country and the largest in the Northeast. This year's Concours was a celebration of Briggs Swift Cunningham, American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. The Concours featured a special display of virtually every Cunningham production car and team race car ever built.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests, by telling the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open May 1 – Oct 31, and open in the winter by appointment. For more information please contact the museum at 207- 244-9242 or info@sealcoveautomuseum.org.

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PHOTO: 1904 Knox, owned by the Seal Cove Auto Museum, blue ribbon winner at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance.
Credit: Christina Rodriguez

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Erich Reed will join the Southwest Harbor Public Library as its new Director



The Library’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Erich Reed will begin work as our new Director on June 18. Reed has been the Librarian at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill for twelve years. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director at the Blue Hill Public Library. He holds a Masters in Library Science from Dalhousie University and a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University. He moved to Mount Desert Island with his family several years ago.  
Reed says, “In the past few years since my family moved to MDI, I've loved getting to know the Southwest Harbor Public Library as a vibrant community hub. I look forward to engaging with the community and staff to continue the Library's role as a cultural center and a public resource for life-long learning.”
 Please come to the Library to meet Erich and welcome him to the community!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Welcome new Chamber member Island Housing Trust


Welcome to new Chamber member, Island Housing Trust!

Island Housing Trust, formerly known as the Mount Desert Community Trust, was founded in 1989 as the Mount Desert Development Trust, based in the Town of Mount Desert.  As the Mount Desert Community Trust, the organization completed one workforce housing project through a 99-year lease on a town-owned piece of land off Route 198 in Mount Desert in 1994 and then was inactive for a number of years.  In 2003, following the second MDI Tomorrow initiative, the Mount Desert Community Trust’s Board of Directors was reconstituted and the organization’s mission expanded to include all four towns on MDI.  In 2005, the organization’s name was changed to Island Housing Trust to reflect that expanded mission.

Through January 2018, Island Housing Trust had completed 36 homeownership projects for 111 adults and children on Mount Desert Island since 2008.  Among these are 9 new, energy-efficient houses at IHT's Ripples Hill workforce housing development in Somesville, 15 Homeownership Assistance Program (HOAP) projects in which IHT provided bridge grants to enable qualified applicants to purchase year-round houses on MDI, four houses in the Sabah Woods workforce housing development in the Thomas Bay area of Bar Harbor, a donated 2.4 parcel of land in Somesville that became the site of a single-family residence, and a partnership project with Maine Coast Heritage Trust that enabled a couple qualified by IHT to purchase a three-bedroom home on Route 3 in Bar Harbor as their year-round home.  Including among the 36 homeownership projects completed by IHT over the past eight-plus years are six successful re-sales of residential properties that carried IHT’s affordability covenants and thus were resold at below market-rate to qualified working families and individuals.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Beneficiary for Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit Island Housing Trust.  The golf tournament will be played on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.  For more information, call Nataleigh Flint at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 667-0660 x11022.

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

“IHT is so pleased to have been chosen as the beneficiary of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust's annual Harding Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser. The honor is a special measure of community support for our mission. We look forward to using the proceeds to provide another housing opportunity for a year-round working individual or family on MDI,” said Alison Beane, Executive Director at Island Housing Trust.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites the community to help raise funds for Island Housing Trust by participating in the tournament as a sponsor, golfer, or donor.  Those who have already made a commitment to this year’s tourney include hole-in-one sponsors Stanley Scooters and Darling’s Auto Mall.  For more information about how you can participate in the event, go to www.bhbt.com or contact Nataleigh Flint at 667-0660 x11022.
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.  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was named one of the 2017 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.bhbt.com or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Photo cutline: (left to right) Mark Politte, Owner of Stanley Scooters, Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Alison Beane, Executive Director of Island Housing Trust, Debbie Mitchell-Dow of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and Tom Wheeler, Sales Manager at Darling’s Auto Mall gather at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament is being played at Kebo on June 5, 2018 to benefit the Island Housing Trust.  There will be two hole-in-one contests where the prizes are a new Vespa Scooter from Stanley Scooters and a 2018 Buick Encore from Darling’s!  For more information and to register call 667-7100.