Friday, February 9, 2018

“Taking Action on Pain” Free Workshop Series Begins February 21st in Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor. Healthy Acadia and MDI Hospital & Health Centers are thrilled to offer a “Taking Action on Pain” series, which will begin on February 21, 2018. “Taking Action on Pain” is Healthy Acadia’s name for the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program developed through Stanford University. This evidenced-based, chronic pain self-management program is comprised of six, 2.5-hour workshops that will be held in the Community Health Center, 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, beginning February 21 and continuing through March 28, 2018.

“Taking Action on Pain” is a free, interactive program that is open to anyone who suffers from chronic pain. Evidence demonstrates that it is the highly participative process in which the program is conducted that makes it so effective. Facilitated by two Stanford University-trained leaders, the workshops will explore tools and methods to help chronic pain sufferers manage their pain, including:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Pacing activities and rest
  • Decision-making
  • Evaluating new treatments
“Taking Action on Pain” offers a supportive environment for participants provide each other with mutual support and share their successes. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, satisfying lives.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Pain and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body. A light snack will be provided.  There is no fee for this workshop series, however, pre-registration is required.  Contact Laura Driscoll at 460-7451 or to register, or for more information about “Taking Action on Pain.”

Healthy Acadia’s “Taking Action on Pain” program is supported by Grant Number D04RH28404 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Machias Savings Bank Helps to Build Community Health Services

Healthy Acadia’s vision is that Hancock and Washington counties are home to diverse, vibrant communities where healthful resources are available and people work together for the common good. 
 “Our goals align with Machias Savings Bank’s community giving priorities around health and wellness as well as some economic priorities,” shared Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia’s Development Coordinator. “We know that community members supported by a system of community health resources are less burdened by health care costs, which means that they are more able to join and strengthen the workforce and help their communities move up the economic ladder.” 

Work in the eight communities to benefit from Machias Savings Bank’s donation to Healthy Acadia will build on community health needs in each area. Program focuses include substance prevention and treatment access, Tai Chi, cancer patient navigation, youth engagement, access to physical activity, early childhood development, diabetes prevention, and healthy food access.

Machias Savings Bank’s generosity will make a big difference in our communities. According to the American Public Health Association, every dollar spent on prevention saves $5.60 in health spending. Machias Savings Bank’s donation will be used primarily for prevention services, including examples such as those shared above. This support will to create a significant reduction in costly and burdensome health challenges, and it will help all people thrive and achieve their potential. 

To learn more about Machias Savings Bank’s work in the community, visit To learn more about Healthy Acadia, visit

For more information or to volunteer or donate, contact Shoshona at 667-7171 or

Friday, January 26, 2018

National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Acadia Teacher Fellow participants learn about eelgrass monitoring. 

The National Park Service (NPS) is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Teachers will be selected to work on Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic Point. In addition, the NPS will select one teacher to work at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais.

Acadia National Park invites full-time, K-12 public classroom school teachers to apply online by March 1 at

For more information on the Acadia Teacher Fellowship program (Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Point), please call 207-288-1312. For Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais, Maine call 207-454-3871.

The Acadia Teacher Fellowship program strives to connect teachers and students to national parks. Priority is given to classroom teachers from public schools with students who are underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, or have limited access to parks. Priority is also given to teachers from Maine schools who do not requiring housing. “Many classroom teachers dream about living in and learning about our national parks,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Acadia Teacher Fellowships are helping make those dreams come true.”

For six weeks during the summer, teacher fellows will engage in a variety of activities that will vary depending on location. Teachers may interact with park visitors on public programs, along carriage roads and on hiking trails. They may attend ranger-led interpretive programs, be given place-based training, participate in citizen science activities, interact with park professionals, and much more. Teacher fellows will be asked to create a lesson plan related to Acadia’s resources to take back to their classroom and share with other educators. In addition, they will learn about turning their schoolyards into outdoor learning environments.

Newly acquired, first-hand knowledge of our national parks will enrich the teacher’s classroom curriculum throughout the school year and, in particular, during National Park Week in April during which teacher fellows can introduce a larger student audience to the important mission of the National Park Service.

Acadia Teacher Fellows will receive weekly stipends, teaching materials from Eastern National, the park’s bookstore partner, and shared park housing as available. Additional benefits include a free class field trip to Acadia or a national park site near their school, plus assistance with designing an outdoor classroom at their home school.

The Acadia Teacher Fellowship program at Acadia National Park is generously funded by Friends of Acadia. Additional funding from Dawnland, LLC has allowed the NPS to expand the program to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

For more information, please visit or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (

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YWCA Presents: Ladies Who Launch

Ladies who Launch

Want to start a business in the new year?
Want to get your current business more successful in 2018?

This networking group is geared at women on MDI who run or want to run businesses.
This small group format will allow networking opportunities, support of members, and learning opportunities.
The group will also be creating a women business expo in May as a group project.
Make this commitment to yourself, your business, and our community to be a woman who launches!

Ladies Who Launch will meet the third Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm at the YWCA.
Women at all stages of business are invited to participate and come to the meetings with ideas of what they could accomplish with the support of others.
Light snacks will be served at each meeting.

Free, invite your friends & colleagues

For More Info please contact: Jackie Davidson at YWCA MDI

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Make "Community Commitment" Donation

 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees voluntarily contribute money from each paycheck into a charitable fund.  Monthly these funds are pooled, matched by the Bank, and donated to a local non-profit organization.  This employee-driven donation program is called Community Commitment.  Each month employees at a different Bank location get to choose a recipient for these contributions, supporting the good work done by so many in our local communities. 

For the month of October, employees at the Southwest Harbor branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust chose the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund as the beneficiary.

“The town playground, located between Pemetic Elementary School and the Harbor House Community Center, is showing its age and a group of community members has come together to raise money to replace the structure,” said Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer.  “We hope to have the new playground ready for the 2018-19 school year. The total project cost is $295,000 and to date we have raised just under $30,000.  This gift from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees is much appreciated.”  The playground will enhance the well-being of local children and is designed to offer inclusive play and recreation areas for children of all abilities to enjoy.  To make a tax deductible contribution to this project, make a check to The Playground Renovation Fund, and mail it to Pemetic Elementary School, P.O. Box 255, Southwest Harbor, ME  04679.  For more information visit the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund Facebook page. 

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with more than $3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its customers for 130 years. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides a full range of financial services through its 49 branch locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. 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 call 1-888-853-7100 or go to  Member FDIC.

(Standing, left to right) Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees, Jack Frost and Ginny MacLeod, present a Community Commitment donation check for the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund to Rhonda Fortin, Pemetic Elementary School Principal, and Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer.  Pemetic Elementary school children, looking forward to a new playground, gather in the foreground. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Application open for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program hosted at Acadia National Park

The National Park Service invites accomplished professional artists, writers, and others to apply to the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program. The application is hosted through an online portal accessible through . Monday January 15, 2018 is the last day to apply to the 2018 program.
If selected, artists have a two-week residency in the park for an immersive experience. Artists lead one outreach presentation for the public and donate one work of art within one year. Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. Applications are reviewed by appointed juries including park staff, community members, past program participants, and subject matter experts. A public announcement of final selections is expected in March.
We want people to experience Acadia through the perspectives of artists,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Early national parks owe a part of their establishment to the talents of artists and we want to continue this type of celebration.”
An online application process is open to all, but is highly selective based upon prior professional achievement and broader program goals to foster innovation, diversity, and relevance with new audiences. A $25 non-refundable application fee benefits program operational costs, such as artist housing, and the public display of art maintained in the program collection. Categories include Visual Artists, Writers, and At-Large Participants working in such forms as music composition, performing arts, indigenous arts, and emerging technologies.
Across the country artists work in more than 40 different units of the National Park Service through Artist-in-Residence programs- learn more about these other programs at this website .

L.S. Robinson Co. of Southwest Harbor is pleased to announce that Lucas Dunbar has earned an Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Dunbar joined the business insurance team at L.S. Robinson Co. in 2016. He is a native of Southwest Harbor and a graduate of Mt. Desert Island High School. His great uncle Lawrence Robinson founded L.S. Robinson Co. in 1932.

Designations such as AAI demonstrate an insurance broker's tested knowledge in their field. Allen Insurance and Financial supports all its employees in their efforts to continue their education.

The AAI program requires nine separate exams; the course outlines risk analysis techniques and tools, while providing an in-depth understanding of commercial insurance products and services.

L.S. Robinson Co. is a division of Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden.
Online: In addition to Southwest Harbor, the company has offices
in Rockland, Camden, Belfast, Waterville and Portland and provides insurance
and financial planning services to people in Maine and around the world. Online: Or call 800-439- 4311.