Friday, September 14, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon



Gary Allen, Race Director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, receives a sponsorship check from Lisa Parsons and Steve Gurin of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for the 17th annual event scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2018.  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 Gary Allen, Race Director and Founder.  This important and appreciated sponsorship helps provide a transportation network for marathon weekend, a free kids run, and the ability to host a true world-class sporting event on Mount Desert Island, which impacts positively all island communities.”  For more information, go to: www.runmdi.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.

Cruise of MDI’S Great Harbor to make History come alive







Andrew Simon, co-founder of the Barn Arts Collective.
A collaboration between MDI Historical Society and the Barn Arts Collective aboard the Sea Princess Sails form Northeast Harbor on Thursday October 11
 Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the 
Mount Desert Island Historical Society.
As the Sea Princess cruises through Somes Sound and the Great Harbor of Mount Desert Island, Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the MDI Historical Society, will team with Andrew Simon, theater-maker and co-founder of the Barn Arts Collective, to bring to life events and people from MDI’s past. The cruise will provide insight into what has for millennia drawn humans and other creatures to this unique island.
On the cruise Simon will portray figures from history such as Henry Spelman and Jasty McGowan. Spelman was a member of the Champlain Society, the group of 1880s-era college students who studied the natural history of the island. McGowan, a quarry worker, is a character created by Simon for the Historical Society’s Vintage Classroom program, which recreates an 1894 schoolhouse in an immersive performance for local students.
Said Garrity, “Mount Desert Island is best seen from the water and enhanced by an appreciation of the historical scenes that have gone before. We hope to provide our audience with an enriching and exciting experience.” Simon added, “History and Theater are both about telling stories. Storytelling is the way that we understand who we are and how we’ve gotten here. Barn Arts is fortunate to have a dynamic partnership with the Historical Society that explores this concept and we’re excited about this new collaboration.”
The 2-hour cruise will leave Northeast Harbor at 1:15 pm on October 11th. From Northeast Harbor the boat will pass by East Bunker Ledge, Sutton and Cranberry Islands, then venture up Somes Sound with the beauty of the autumn season serving as the backdrop for this informative and creative performance. Tickets are $35.
The event is part of Southwest Harbor Week, ten days of tastings, talks, tours, concerts, cruises, and demonstrations hosted by the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Each day focuses on a different theme that highlights one or more cultural resources on Mount Desert Island. Find a calendar for Southwest Harbor Week and online ticket sales on the Chamber website, AcadiaChamber.com.
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The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of MDI and supporting self-guided audio tours.
For more information about the Great Harbor Cruise and other Southwest Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Southwest Harbor Week Celebrates the Quietside of Acadia


This autumn, through a week of walks, cruises, concerts, talks and demonstrations, Southwest Harbor will feature the history and riches of Acadia’s Quietside. The week begins with Acadia’s 23nd Oktoberfest during Columbus Day weekend and ends on Sunday October 14th at the finish line for the 17th running of the MDI Marathon. Each day during the intervening week will highlight one of the area’s cultural resources.
Organized by AcadiaChamber, the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce, SW Harbor Week aims to raise awareness of the institutions and businesses outside the tourist hub of Bar Harbor. Alan Feuer, President of AcadiaChamber, says
Many people don’t realize that Acadia National Park covers nearly half of Mount Desert Island, and that many of the island’s attractions lie near Northeast and Southwest Harbors, often called the “Quietside of Acadia”. SW Harbor Week will shine a light on areas away from the tourist hub of Bar Harbor.
Some of the events planned are listed below.
Friday
Wine tasting at Smuggler’s Den Campground hosted by Sawyers Specialties.
Saturday
Acadia’s Invitational Oktoberfest at Smuggler’s Den featuring music by Banned From Eden and Jones’n the Eclectic Dance Band. Craft fair on the Pemetic Green hosted by the Island Arts Association.
Sunday
Atlantic Brewing Company’s 15th Annual Belt Sander Races & Buffet BBQ.
Monday
Talks and demonstrations of granite quarrying at the Maine Granite Industry Museum. Guided tours of a local quarry led by Steve Haynes, founder of the museum. Geology walks by geologists Duane and Ruth Braun, authors of Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Geology-related art classes at ArtWaves MDI.
Tuesday
A workshop on nature journaling using watercolors at the Wendell Gilley Museum. Director’s tour of the Gilley exhibit Earth, Sea, Sky featuring large-scale paintings by artist Barbara Ernst Prey. Guided birding tour into the field with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Wednesday
Tour of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse led by Coast Guardsmen. Sunset cruise past Bass Harbor Light with Eli Strauss of Island Cruises. Lighthouse themed art workshops by ArtWaves MDI.
Thursday
History brought to life while cruising on Somes Sound with MDI Historical Society Director Tim Garrity and actors from The Barn Arts Collective. Wabanaki History and Art hosted by the Abbe Museum. Birding cruise on the Elizabeth T with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Friday
Open house at the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station with a tour of the fleet. Tour of a Hinckley Company shop with Hinckley vice president Philip Bennett. Lobstering from a 19th Century sloop led by Sail Acadia founder Karl Brunner.
Saturday
Curator’s tour Art, Advertising and the Automobile at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Hood ornament carving workshop at the Auto Museum in conjunction with the Wendell Gilley Museum. Exhibition of and rides in early Fords.
Sunday
Running of the MDI Marathon, voted America’s “most scenic”. Finish Line Festival in Southwest Harbor featuring music, food and the arrival of the marathoners. (Passenger ferry service will run between Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.)


Events will take place at various venues on Mount Desert Island. Please Visit AcadiaChamber.com for the latest calendar or contact the Chamber office for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents of Mount Desert Island. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of the island and supporting self-guided audio tours.
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For more information about SW Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships

Congratulations to Esme Freeman, Lillyann Limeburner, Hailey McCabe, Willow Newman, Jakob Rogers, and MacKenzie Snowdon, recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education Scholarship.  These six 2018 high school graduates attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum, and were awarded the scholarship based upon their academic success and determination to further advance their education and vocational skills.  Please join us in congratulating these young people as they prepare for their future careers. 

Esme Freeman, resides in Searsport, Maine, is a graduate of Searsport High School and attended Waldo County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at the University of Maine at Farmington pursuing a degree in Visual Arts.

Lillyann Limeburner, resides in Deer Isle, Maine, is a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Hailey McCabe, resides in Ellsworth, Maine, is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

Willow Newman, resides in Cooper, Maine, is a graduate of Woodland High School and attended St. Croix Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Jakob Rogers, resides in Machias, Maine, is a graduate of Machias Memorial High School and attended Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology. He is enrolled at Washington County Community College in the Domestic & Residential Electrician program.

MacKenzie Snowdon, resides in Georgetown, Maine, is a graduate of Morse High School and attended Bath Regional Career & Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Southern Maine Community College pursuing a degree in Automotive Technology.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awarded 15 Career & Technical Education scholarships of $1500 each to 2018 high school graduates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Application criteria included attending a technical career program (in designated geographies) as part of their high school curriculum, describing their career aspirations and college choice in a personal statement, as well as sharing their leadership and community service experiences.

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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Cathy Planchart, VP
Product & Segment Marketing Manager
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

At left, Lillyann Limeburner, a 2018 graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School, receives a Career & Technical Education scholarship from employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (left to right) Rebecca Emerson and Katie Wiberg.  Lillyann is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.


At left, Jakob Rogers, a 2018 graduate of Machias Memorial High School, is congratulated by Susan Albee, AVP, Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Machias (right) for receiving a Career & Technical Education scholarship from the Bank.  Jakob is enrolled at Washington County Community College in the Domestic & Residential Electrician program.


At right, Hailey McCabe, a 2018 graduate of Ellsworth High School, receives a Career & Technical Education scholarship from employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (left to right) Chelsea Sawyer and Jack Frost.  Hailey is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.



Friday, August 17, 2018

Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1928 Ford Huckster to be Featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage”



On a foggy day at the beginning of August, Jay Leno flew into Bar Harbor for a shoot of his show Jay Leno’s Garage at Martha Stewart’s summer home, Skylands, in Seal Harbor. Skylands was originally built by Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Car Company. Martha Stewart invited the Seal Cove Auto Museum to be a part of the show, which will focus on Edsel Ford and his role in the development of the Model A, and his summer retreat in Maine. Jay Leno wanted to drive the museum's 1928 Ford Model A Huckster - donated by Binky MacQuinn in honor of her husband, Ronald MacQuinn - in the shoot, which also featured Martha’s 1957 Edsel wagon.

Director Raney Bench and volunteer mechanic Harry Saunders brought the Huckster to Seal Harbor, and spent the day at Skylands with Stewart and Leno, providing Leno with the interesting details about the Huckster that he discussed in the filming of the show. This episode of Jay Leno's Garage will air in the spring of 2019!

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.






Friday, August 3, 2018

Newly Launched Maine RecoveryCorps Recruiting Service Members


Community organizations in six northern Maine counties are actively recruiting RecoveryCorps members to support the newly launched Maine RecoveryCorps. Maine RecoveryCorps, funded by an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded to Healthy Acadia, will focus on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services and to improve recovery success among individuals facing substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders.

Healthy Acadia and organizations across Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties will host 30 full- and part-time RecoveryCorps members serving one-year terms of service, beginning in mid-September, 2018. RecoveryCorps members will engage in Recovery Coaching, an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for 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.”

Full-time RecoveryCorps members will receive a living allowance of $13,732, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans, health insurance, mileage, training, and more. Part-time RecoveryCorps members (6-8 hours of service per week) will receive a stipend of $1,000, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,252.91, mileage, training, and more. Individuals 55 years old or older at time of their AmeriCorps service may transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position, visit www.healthyacadia.orgor contact Healthy Acadia’s Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 / sandie@healthyacadia.org.  Applications will  be reviewed immediately and will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. Service terms begin on September 24, 2018 or October 14, 2018.

If an organization is interested in hosting or sponsoring 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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bark Ranger Program offered in Acadia National Park



A new program at Acadia National Park is for people who love visiting the park with their dogs. The Bark Ranger Program encourages dogs and their people to complete at least one activity geared toward teaching and practicing the etiquette needed when dogs visit wild places like Acadia. After completing one or more activities, a free wallet-sized certificate will be signed by a park ranger, to honor the commitments between people, their dogs, and Acadia National Park.
In addition to the certificates, the Bark Ranger Program has other offerings including a free evening ranger program offered at the Seawall Campground and the Schoodic Woods Campground, dates and times are listed on the Acadia National Park “Things to Do” website at http://go.nps.gov/Acadia2Do. And, if you would like your dog to have a Bark Ranger collar tag or bandana, these items are available for sale through the Eastern National Bookstore located at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and other locations.
To learn more about the program visit http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPets or contact Kelly Pontbriand, 207-288-8805 or kelly_pontbriand@nps.gov.
For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS), Twitter (twitter.com/AcadiaNPS), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/acadianps).
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