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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Healthy Acadia's Downeast Teen Leadership Camp Set for Week of July 24-28


Healthy Acadia is now accepting applications for Downeast Teen Leadership Camp to be held July 24-28, 2017 at the University of Maine at Machias. Now in its 17th year, Downeast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is five-day, overnight summer camp experience for youth entering grades 7, 8 or 9 that challenges and empowers teens by providing them with the tools and support needed to develop strong leadership skills, emotional resilience, and make positive decisions about their lives.  The skills teens gain through DETLC help them to make a meaningful impact in their communities and beyond.

DETLC is founded on the belief that adolescents can make positive decisions regarding their lives if they have accurate information, positive self-esteem, and a clear understanding of their individual passions, motivations and goals.  The program emphasizes development of strong coping skills - decision-making, goal setting, self-confidence, assertiveness, etc. - that will help prevent teen involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Program staff, which include Healthy Acadia substance use prevention specialists and youth volunteers who are also graduates of DETLC, serve as positive role models and provide a strong support network of peers and adult allies.  DETLC creates a safe and fun environment for teens to be themselves, connect with peers and supportive adults, and form long-lasting friendships.

Throughout the week, students will participate in mini-workshops, team-building activities, and interactive group sessions that increase awareness of substance use issues, promote self-esteem and encourage ownership through individual involvement in project selection, planning, and implementation.  Nationally recognized motivational speakers Ed Gerety (www.edgerety.com) and Harriet Turk (www.harrietturk.com) will further emphasize the power and consequence of personal choice.  The week will also include a mix of recreational activities – swimming, crafts, games, and a dance, pizza party and bonfire – to help create a fun and memorable experience for campers.  DETLC motivates teens to use their knowledge and skills to be positive role models and to become involved with school/community activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal drug use by adolescents. 

For information about DETLC, contact Terri Woodruff at 255-3741 or email twoodruff@healthyacadia.org. Find DETLC applications and program information at www.healthyacadia.org.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wendell Gilley Museum Offers Introductory Carving Lessons


June–September

Lessons for beginners ages 11 to 110 are available from 11am–12:30pm and from 1:30–3pm every Tuesday through Friday. Hatch or hone your bird carving skills with your choice of a cardinal, chickadee, goldfinch, loon or puffin as your subject. Gilley Museum carving kits include all the materials, except knives, needed to get started carving at the Museum and to complete the project on your own after your lesson. Carving knives will be provided during lessons or you may bring your own.

Class fee, including kit, instruction, and museum admission: 
$20 Museum members / $25 non-member

Return lessons (using kit started in first lesson): $15 each