Friday, September 8, 2017

Healthy Acadia's “You’ve Got a Friend Fund” Seeks Applicants and Donors



Qualifying examples may include:

  • Successful completion of the majority of college degree requirements, in need of tuition funds to graduate;
  • Need for a single rent, mortgage or loan payment to retain housing or transportation at risk due to temporary employment discontinuity;
  • Need for car repairs in order to maintain reliable transportation to and from work;
  • Local micro-farmers and gardeners wishing to share an overabundance of seasonal produce needing support to transport and distribute the food to individuals and families in need.

To be considered for a YGAFF grant award, applicants must provide the following:

1)    A clear objective that has been embarked upon, partially achieved and/or a specific misfortune or setback that threatens to disrupt normal quality of life;
2)    A demonstrated need for $1,000 or less to enable completion of this objective or to overcome the setback; and
3)    A willingness to remain in contact with YGAFF to provide feedback regarding the efficacy of the grant.

YGAFF is coordinated by a Steering Committee under the non-profit home of Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition dedicated to building vibrant communities throughout Hancock and Washington counties: www.healthyacadia.org. Download a grant application at: https://healthyacadia.org/documents/Draft_YGAF_grant_application.pdf.

The You’ve Got a Friend Fund was conceived and has been initially funded by Elin and David Poneman of Goldsboro. “We hope that these small grants can make a lasting difference, enabling individuals to overcome a barrier or address a critical need for themselves and their families.  We are pleased and honored to partner with Healthy Acadia in this effort.” said the Ponemans.


“For the many individuals in our region who are working to achieve greater self-sufficiency and independence, a YGAFF grant can be the boost needed for those inspirations to take flight,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. “This is a critical initiative, and we at Healthy Acadia are honored to be a part of it.”

To learn more about the You’ve Got a Friend Fund, contact Nina Zeldin at Healthy Acadia at 667-7171 or nina@healthyacadia.org.  Donations to the Fund are welcome. Please make checks out to Healthy Acadia, YGAFF and mail or deliver to Healthy Acadia, 140 State Street, Suite 1, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome to new Chamber Member Charlotte Rhoades Park!


Please join us in welcoming Charlotte Rhoades Park to our Chamber community.
"Charlotte Rhoades, a resident of Southwest Harbor, owned this property in the1950’s. In 1978 the property was given to the town in her memory with the request that it be used as a quiet park for children and their parents.
"The Butterfly Garden at the Charlotte Rhoades Park was established in 1998 to promote conservation education and gardening instruction in the community. Volunteers work throughout the season with school children and adults to learn more about butterfly habitat and observation. Suggestive of butterfly wings, the garden beds were designed by Bar Harbor landscape architect Bruce John Riddell and includes perennials, annuals, and shrubs that are butterfly host plants."
Please take time to visit our treasured pocket garden while you are in the area. You can learn more about the Garden, and it's programs and activities, at their website: http://www.rhoadesbutterflygarden.org/index.html

Monday, August 28, 2017

Senator King Recognizes Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for 130th Anniversary


 In a small ceremony held in Bar Harbor on the afternoon of August 30, United States Senator Angus King presented Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with a Congressional Record commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Bank.  Curtis Simard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President and CEO, was there to accept the recognition along with other Officers of the company.

Here are some quotes from the document transcript:

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has not only achieved a strong reputation for providing quality service, but it has also cultivated employees who are dedicated to bettering their communities.” 

“Since its founding in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has fostered the personal and professional growth of its employees while serving its customers with the highest level of care and concern.”

“I look forward to following Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s continued growth and service, and I applaud the bank for its dedication to its employees, customers, and local communities.”

Earlier this year Bar Harbor Bank & Trust completed their acquisition of Lake Sunapee Bank, doubling the size of the company.  This leading Northern New England community bank is headquartered in Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, in Hancock County, Maine.  Since the merger the Bank continues to post strong growth and earnings.  Now in its 130th year, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is an employer of choice for local residents and has also attracted talent from out of state.  With an already great reputation, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s recent acquisition shows their commitment to remaining independent, competitive and profitable, while maintaining their community bank feel and culture. 

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 www.bhbt.com.  Member FDIC.


Senator Angus King (second from right) presented Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with a Congressional Record commemorating the 130thanniversary of the Bank.  Bank Officers left to right include Lisa Parsons, SVP, Regional Market Manager; Curtis Simard, President & CEO; and Josephine Iannelli, EVP/CFO & Treasurer (far right).

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Extravaganza Promises Fun Family Activities


Join Healthy Acadia on Saturday, August 5, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, for a Summer Extravaganza in Knowlton Park, Ellsworth. This free, family-friendly event will offer fun for all ages with activities such as yoga, kickboxing, and Tai Chi, food demos and taste tests, seed planting, sweet treats, art activities, and more. All are welcome and invited to attend – make it a full-day outing by attending Ellsworth Rotary's Annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast in the morning and checking out local artisans with the Island Arts Association who will be selling their creations throughout the day. 

"For Healthy Acadia, the Summer Extravaganza represents a great way to celebrate our communities with fun, healthy activities that bring people together. As a community health non-profit organization, we love connecting with the community through a wide array of programming and across both Hancock and Washington counties. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at the Summer Extravaganza and celebrating some lucky raffle winners!"

Healthy Acadia’s Summer Raffle drawing will be held at 3:00pm as part of the Summer Extravaganza, with tickets available up until that time. Raffle winners are in for some incredible experiences, as all raffle items are things to do in Hancock County. Items include: a fishing expedition, spa day, yurt stay, afternoon on Long Pond with a picnic and boating opportunities, tickets to the water park, cooking class, whale watching tickets, bed and breakfast stay, glass blowing class, and round-trip airfare between Bar Harbor and Boston.

Thanks to business donors Honeycomb Botanical Hair Haven, Acadia Yurts, Wild Acadia Fun Park, Chow Maine, Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., The Inn at Southwest, Atlantic Art Glass, and Cape Air for making this raffle possible. Tickets are t $5 each or 5 for $20. Visit www.healthyacadia.org for additional prize details or to purchase tickets online through FarmDrop.

Healthy Acadia’s Summer Extravaganza is generously sponsored by Wallace Events, Mortons Moo Ice Cream, Cleary Law Office, Pemetic Purveyors with RE/MAX Hills and Harbor Realty, and Wyman’s of Maine. While this event is free to attend, donations in any amount will be gladly accepted to support community health programs and services.

Healthy Acadia is a purely grant- and donations funded community health organization working to empower people and organizations to build healthy communities. Their initiatives include preventing substance misuse, increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity, preventing and managing chronic disease, supporting businesses to create healthier workplaces, tackling hunger, improving school health, creating healthier environments, supporting healthy aging, and moreTo learn more about Healthy Acadia, visit www.HealthyAcadia.org, call 667-7171, or visit us on Facebook.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Welcome to new Chamber member ArtWaves!


Welcome to new Chamber member ArtWaves!

"At ArtWaves, we connect the community with art. A simple concept with boundless opportunity. Art for everyone and in multiple forms. Children, high schoolers, summer visitors, seasonal workers, year-round professionals. Working and emerging artists. Drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, dancing.

"Stop by. Take a class. Attend a workshop. Become a member. We need your support to sustain a rich, vibrant and enlivened arts culture on Mt. Desert Island.

"We offer a wide array of classes and workshops for the beginner, intermediate, advanced and curious artists in our community.

  • Drop-in for Figure Drawing
  • Spend an evening Sipping and Printing (21+)
  • Try your hand at Sculpting or painting – Plein Air, oil, watercolor, charcoal
  • Take a class or attend a workshop in monoprinting, fiber arts, stained glass
  • Bring your little ones to Art for Those Under Three
  • Send your older kids to get an art studio experience with artists working in a variety of media
  • Come for a swing or salsa lesson
  • Art is for everyone and that includes you!


"Check us out at ArtWavesmdi.org.

"Our campus is located in Town Hill. We have four studios including a dance studio and beautiful grounds. Parking lot is available between the dentist office and ArtWaves."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Letter to the Community from Elsie Flemings, Executive Director, Healthy Acadia


Dear Community Members,

As many of you may be aware, the biennial state budget that was passed last week included a cut of $5 million per year to the Fund for a Healthy Maine's allocation for prevention services aimed at improving public health.

We will know more in the coming weeks about how exactly this cut will impact the various components of the Fund, including local tobacco prevention efforts, obesity prevention programs, and vital youth engagement work (all of which are coordinated by Healthy Acadia for Hancock and Washington counties). We will work closely with our partners across the state to do our best to mitigate these cuts and preserve critically needed local public health and prevention efforts. 

While the cuts will certainly impact Healthy Acadia, we will continue to serve the residents of Washington and Hancock counties with dedication and determination, and we will work harder than ever to secure additional resources to meet the health needs of all community members across our region.

We greatly appreciate our many incredible partnerships with individuals and organizations throughout Washington and Hancock counties, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the months and years ahead to support the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Elsie Flemings
Executive Director
Healthy Acadia

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary


 Left, Dan Johnson, Executive Director of the Acadia Family Center, accepts a check for $10,007 from Cathy Planchart of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, representing the proceeds from the Bank's 24th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 6.  This year's tournament benefited the Acadia Family Center.  "This donation will underwrite a year's worth of treatment for two people, possibly changing their lives forever, for the better," said Dan.

The Acadia Family Center provides prevention, education, and outpatient treatment services for people affected by substance use disorders and related mental health disorders on Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.  They offer a continuum of treatment services which include but are not limited to opioid dependency, PTSD, trauma, chronic pain as well as counseling for those affected by another's addiction. Acadia Family Center also provides prevention education in local schools. They serve adults, adolescents, and families impacted by substance use disorders (alcohol and opioid addiction) and mental health disorders in a supportive and caring environment with a harm reduction treatment philosophy.  For more information, go to www.acadiafamilycenter.org.

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 www.bhbt.com.  Member FDIC.