Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Join us at the Wendell Gilley Museum for our Annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show!

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GRATITUDEWe are truly grateful for the support and participation of all our members and visitors - not only this year but ever since the Museum's doors first opened in 1981. You are what makes the Gilley possible.GIVINGYear-end charitable giving is a tradition in many households. Any donation you can make now to the Gilley's "nest egg" will be carefully tended and "hatched" into future exhibits and programs - assuring more gatherings and gratitude for many years to come. We ask that you keep the Gilley in your thoughts during this season of giving, and consider CLICKING HERE to give today.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


The Gilley warmly welcomes you to our annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show.


Flock around our Finnish Fireplace, refreshments in hand, to admire freshly fledged Tufted Titmice and other new works by members.


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PO Box 254
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harbor House Happenings December 2014

Giving Tuesday
December 2, 2014
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a  day dedicated to giving back.
 On Tuesday, December 2, 2014,   
Thank you for your continued support.
December Vacation Camp!

Our December vacation camp will run from December 29-January 2 for kids from kindergarten to 5th grade. Cost is $35 per day. 

For more information click here for the Camp flyer.

Youth Center & After School Program

Our annual winter holiday costume party will be held after school on December 12th from 
12:30 until 5:00. While costumes with a winter holiday theme are not required to attend, each year we have had some wonderfully creative outfits and prizes will be awarded in several  categories. The party will also include special games, activities, and loads of treats. This is a time for everyone who has attended our after school programming to get together and have a good time before the Community holiday celebration.

Children's Center

The Children's Center provides Early Care and Education for children ages 18 months until kindergarten.  Our "graduates" always receive rave reviews from the local Kindergarten teachers because they are so prepared for public school.  Our pre-K classroom is headed by Pam Reed.  Pam has over 25 years in the Early Care and Education field and does a wonderful job instilling a love of learning, along with teaching some of the social skills that are needed to successfully transition to "The Big School".  If you would like to learn more about our programs, please call to arrange a visit (244-9824).  Come see what The Children's Center has to offer your family

Harbor House Happenings
December 2014
 Friday December 12th & 13th

Friday December 12th

3:00-7:00 pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.

5:30 pm Southwest Harbor's finest fire truck brings Santa to town to light the Village Christmas Tree.
5:45-6:45 pm Hayrides around town
5:45-7pm Photos with Santa by Mary Ellen Martel at Harbor House. Refreshments and cookies will be offered by the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church.
7:00 pm Acadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School.* 
Saturday December 13th
9am-2pm Craft Fair. Local crafters will be selling beautiful gifts for the Holiday season in the Old Yellow Schoolhouse.
3:00 pmAcadia Community Theater production of "A Downeast Christmas Carol" at the Pemetic School.*
4:30pm Contra Dance after the show at Pemetic.
*From December 5-13th bring your ticket stub to Sips in Southwest Harbor and receive 1/2 off your second entrĂ©e 
Youth Sports
K-5th  Basketball INFORMATION

Sign up at Harbor House Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm or during  the first practice. FEE FOR SEASON: $40.00
Practice Schedule for December

12/6  9:00-9:45am
12/10- 3:30-4:30pm

3-5 grade  
12/1- 5:30-6:30pm
12/4- 5:30-6:30pm
12/8- 6-7pm
12/15- 5-6pm
12/18- 5:30-6:30pm
1-2 grade 
12/2- 5:30-6:30pm
12/8- 5-6pm 

Saturday games start December 13th
Game schedule & locations will be handed out
at the first practice.

We will start our NEW Pre-K program for kids ages 4-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) on Saturday December 20th from 8-8:45am.           Look for more information coming soon about this fun program!

For a registration form click here
Health & Fitness
December Special: Buy a 3 month membership and get a fourth month for free! What a great Christmas gift to give someone or yourself. Let Harbor House Fitness help you stay on track during the holidays and stick to your resolutions!
As a Health and Fitness member, you can attend Cardio Sculpt and Active Older Adult classes for FREE! Members also receive a discount on Indoor Cycling classes.
Keep yourself stress free during the holiday season with one of our great Yoga classes. We have lots to choose from with great offerings from MaryKate Murray, Phoebe Barnes, Machelle Lahaye and Meghan Witham. Treat yourself to some YOU time and check our brochure for class times and descriptions.
Happy Holidays from Harbor House Health and Fitness! 
Call 244-9555 or 244-3713 for rates.

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Christmas Bird Count, from Michael Good at Downeast Nature Tours

Hello everyone,
November is here already and time to start thinking about this years Christmas Bird Count.  I am being pro-active again this year because I will be leading another Cuban Bird Survey   from December 1-14.  You will not hear from me until I get back on Sunday December 14 so it would be good for me to have an understanding about who will be here and the area you’ll cover.  
This years CBC is on Saturday December 20.   I would like to ask everyone to join in our efforts again this year. Those of you who have participated for many years know your locations and I trust that everyone will be participating again. 
For those of you that have not been involved, the MDI CBC  could really use your help. If you could contact me I will assign  you a location to bird. As of today,  I do not know who would like to cover Sand beach to Otter Cove and Blackwoods.  Bass Harbor folks should contact me as well. 
I am also hoping that the Seal Cove group has enough people and if not,  I will find someone to help. Perhaps Rich McDonald can help you with this substantial section of MDI.
I am reaching out to everyone so that we can maximize the talent we have.   It would be helpful if you contacted me, especially if you will not be participating.  
Thank you very much and I can’t wait for this years CBC.
Michael Good
Compiler MDI
479-4256 or 288-0172

Harbor House Happenings for November 2014

Harbor House Happenings 
November 2014
We have a few "No school"
 days coming up.
 Veterans day Nov. 11th, and    Nov. 24th-26th
Cost is $25-$35 a day depending on if your child is enrolled in the program

If you need care for your child call to see if there is space. We will be playing games, doing art projects, and taking field trips 

For more information on the After School Program call us at

Children's Center  
We currently have spaces available in each of our classrooms. Whether you are looking for loving and enriching care for a toddler, preschooler or pre-kindergartner, stop by, call or email to learn more about our program. We are open from6:30am to 5:30pm 51 weeks of the year, including school vacations, many holidays and even snow days. Let us show you why Harbor House Children's Center has been the childcare choice of families on the west side of MDI for nearly 30 years

To learn more or for a registration packet contact
 Mary Ellen ~ 244-9824

 Mount Desert Island 
Community Campfire Coalition was started in 2008 by three island non-profits, Maine Sea Coast Mission, Harbor House and the Neighborhood House. 

The coalition's mission is to provide heating assistance to families in need on Mount Desert, Swan's and Cranberry Islands. 

Applications are available in town offices, libraries and at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, Harbor House in Southwest Harbor and the Maine Sea Coast
Mission in Bar Harbor.

The new Health and Fitness session began this Monday, November 3rd and runs throughDecember 28th
We have some exciting new classes for the late fall session.  
Zumba Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, LIFT(Low.Impact.Functional.Training) with Kristy Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 am, and Chi Gong Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00am. Jackie's Spin Fusion is starting back up Tuesdays and Thursday at 9:00am. We have something for everyone!  Please check out our website,, for the full schedule.

Freeport Shopping Trip for Active Older Adults on Monday
November 24th .We will be leaving from the Main Street building at7:30am and returning at approximately 5:30pm. Cost is $15 per person to cover the cost of gas.
Call Lisa at 244-9555 to reserve your spot. Come join the fun! 

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Apparently it is not too early to think about snow days here at the Underground. There is a simple rule of thumb to help you know whether or not we will be open: if school is cancelled then the Underground will be closed as well. However, if school is let out early because of a weather event we will open up early to help give parents a little extra time to arrange pick-ups and home care for their children. In this situation we will try to close as soon as we can so that everyone, including Harbor House staff, can get home safely before the weather gets any worse.

There are a few days coming up which we know for sure the Underground will be open. We will be open from 8:30 to 5:30, on Veteran's Day November 11th. We will also be open all day onNovember 24 & 25th.  There is no charge for these days or advance registration required. Children are free to come for the whole day or any part of it - we will be here with activities to keep them busy and engaged!

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Soccer season ended just before the snows came, and thanks to a great crew of coaches and helpful parents the players showed tremendous growth in their individual skills and team play. Several changes in the way the season was organized received a lot of positive feedback and we are working to carry these changes over into the basketball season as well. Organizing players into consistent teams, having a set schedule of other teams to play, and finding volunteers to officiate games are all steps we plan to add to this year's program.
Although the final details of the basketball season are being worked out as everyone's winter gym schedules take shape, there are some things we know already. Practices for all age levels will begin the first week of December, andSaturday games will begin on December 13th. There will be a seven game schedule of games which runs until February 7th. As soon as we can finalize the practice schedule we will send out more detailed information, but it is not too early to sign up for anyone who already knows their child plans to participate. Early sign ups help us plan ahead and are much appreciated. You can pick up a registration form at Harbor House or download one here.

One change to the basketball program this year will be the absence of a pre-K option. Our youngest players must be kindergarteners. We are in the planning stages of developing a separate, age-appropriate option for pre-K children and apologize for any disappointments caused by this change.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Acadia National Park: Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees

Acadia National Park officials will hold a public meeting to discuss possible fee increases in 2015.

The current park entrance fees have remained unchanged since 2004. In response to a service-wide effort to standardize entrance fees, the National Park Service has updated the standard entrance fee rate schedule. The proposed increases in park entrance fees will allow park managers to invest in the improvements necessary to provide the best possible park experience for its visitors. Additional revenue will also enable the park staff to enhance visitor services in preparation for Acadia’s centennial celebration in 2016.

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the Park.

Entrance Fee Type               Current                Proposed

Annual Pass                             $40                      $50

7-day Vehicle Pass                  $20                      $25

7-day Motorcycle Pass            N/A                     $20

7-day Per Person Pass              $5                       $12

Similar to the park entrance fees, Acadia’s campground fees have not changed in over a decade. With the new Schoodic Woods Campground opening in the summer of 2015, the park completed a comparison of facilities, services, and rate structures to similar private and public campgrounds in the area. Using this same study, the park is proposing to increase the rates at Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds at this same time. Based on the comparable campgrounds in the vicinity of the Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island, the park arrived at the rates in the table below.

Camping Fee Type                         Current                Proposed

Walk-in Tent Site                              $14                       $22

Tent/Small RV Site                           $20                       $30

RV with electric                                 N/A                      $36

RV with water and electric                N/A                      $40

Group                                                 $50                       $60

“We certainly want to keep recreational use of the park affordable but we also have an obligation to keep our prices in line with surrounding campgrounds,” said Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “Eighty percent of the money collected from entrance and camping fees stays right here in Acadia to improve facilities, infrastructure, and visitor services.”

Acadia National Park is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. The NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science office conducted a study in 2012 showing more than 2.43 million park visitors contributed over $200 million in economic benefit for the communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 3,089 jobs in the local area related to tourism.

“We invite the public to share their thoughts and comments at the public meeting or to send their comments to us if they can’t attend,” stated Superintendent Steele. A public meeting will be held on the second floor of the Bar Harbor Town Office at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 12th. 

Comments can also be submitted by email to, or to the address below:

Superintendent Sheridan Steele
ATTN: Fee Change Comments
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Comments submitted by mail or email are welcome at any time; however, to be part of the evaluation for the proposal for the fee change they should be received no later than December 8, 2014. If you have any questions about the proposed changes to the entrance fee structure or campground fees, please contact Sarah Milligan, Acting Fee Business Manager, at (207) 288-8781.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Conference Will Plant Seeds for Farm to School

Conference Will Plant Seeds for Farm to School

The third annual Maine Farm to School Conference will take place at Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School on Saturday November 1st, from 9am to 4pm. The conference is organized by the Maine School Garden Network, the Maine Farm to School Network, FoodCorps Maine, and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, in partnership with Healthy Acadia and Ellsworth Public Schools.

The aim of the conference is to bring educators, school food service staff, and farm to school and garden organizers together to share best practices from around Maine and the country. Workshops will include: Local Purchasing and Processing; School Orchards; Seed Saving; Best Cafeteria Practices; Boat to School; Extending the School Garden Season; Waste Reduction and Cafeteria Composting; and much more. Speakers will include: Chelsea Simpson of the National Farm to School Network; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb; and John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust.

In previous years this hugely successful and popular conference has taken place in Unity and Portland. This year, conference organizers are pleased to bring it to a new region of Maine. “This is an incredible opportunity for teachers, school cooks, parents, students, and school administrators from the Downeast region to hear from state and national level experts on Farm to School, as well as to share their wealth of experience from the region’s growing Farm to School movement” says Katie Freedman, Food, Farm and Nutrition Program Manager at Healthy Acadia.

Conference registration costs $20, and is now open at A local foods lunch will be provided by Ellsworth Public Schools. For more information contact Ken Morse, Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator, at or 393-0134. 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Harbor House Happenings October 2014

Harbor House Happenings
October 2014
Halloween Party  
Save the date for our annual Community Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

We will need a few volunteers for decorating and helping with games. If you are interested please contact Crystal at  244-3713 or email her at
Lifestyle Change Program

Harbor House has partnered with the MDI Hospital to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program known as the "Lifestyle Change Program". This program consists of 16 weeks of one hour sessions followed by  4-6 months of one hour a month meetings. The goal of this program, with the help of Dieticians, Physical Therapists, Health Coaches and Personal Trainers is to aid participants in adopting a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise that will keep you on the path of wellness and the prevention of Diabetes. 

This program starts onFriday, October 10th and meets weekly 1:00-2:00pmat Harbor House's Main Street building. 
To sign up for this program please contact Heather Lewis at MDI Hospital 
Health & Fitness 


Lisa Tweedie has earned the Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.  She attended a 2 day training at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, Maine. Lisa will be instructing a free class called BE ACTIVE at the 
Harbor House Fitness CenterTuesdays 1:00-1:45Oct. 21Dec. 23.  All levels are welcome as long as you have a medical clearance from a physician prior to starting.  For more information contact Lisa Tweedie, 207-244-9555, or

For a full list of our classes 
check our website
 For more information contact Lisa at 244-9555 or email at
Youth Sports Athletics
Harbor House will be sponsoring travel basketball teams again this year. If you have a child in grades 3 through 6 who is interested in playing on a travel team, please contact Harbor House so we can determine the level of interest in this program. Call us at 244 - 3713.
We are also looking ahead to the beginning of our youth basketball program in December. If you would be interested in coaching one of our youth teams, helping out as team manager, or refereeing some of ourSaturday games, please contact our Sports Director Mark at
Children's Center Children's Center

Happy Fall from the Children's Center!  As always, it is a busy time here at the Center.  Fall is bringing lots of outdoor exploration, observations of the changing season and a variety of science experiments.  Space is currently available in our Busy Bee room (3's & 4's) and in our Dragonfly room (Pre-K), full or partial weeks.  Our Ladybug Room (18-36 months) is currently full but we are accepting names for our waiting list,as we will have some Ladybugs moving into the Busy Bee room in January.  If you would like to learn more about the Children's Center or would like to schedule a visit, call Mary Ellen at 244-9824.
During the month of October, Children's Center families will be selling "Mixed Bag Design" products to raise money for the Center.  The star products from Mixed Bags are reusable shopping bags of various sizes and designs.  These bags are made from recycled materials, they are sturdy and stand up while you are filling them!  You can order through a Children's Center family or staff (you pay no tax or shipping and HHCC earns 50% ) or you can order on line at pay tax & shipping and HHCC earns 40%).  You are welcome to stop by the Center on Herrick Road to check out our display of samples. If you have questions, call 244-9824.
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There has been a significant change to the layout of the Youth Center this year. Mark and Crystal's former office has been converted into a "Quiet Zone" where kids can get away from the bustle and excitement of the game room for more focused activities. It is a place where they can read, work on homework, quietly use their personal electronics, or just collect their thoughts. It has quickly become a popular place and clearly filled an important need for the Underground.

Besides providing a fun and comfortable place to hang out after school,the Underground also offers a variety of enrichment programs over the course of the year. One popular program that will be starting up again this week is Cafe Book. Cafe Book is a collaboration between the Underground and the Southwest Harbor Library that makes it convenient for students to get across the street and benefit from another valuable community resource. A librarian will pick participants up from the Underground on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, then walk them over to the library, where they can enjoy a simple snack while reading, working on homework, listening to an audiobook, and using the computer or any of the many resources our library provides. Participants are walked back to the Underground by 5:00, or parents can pick their children up at the library.

Parents, please remember that while participation in the Underground Youth center is totally free, we do ask that you fill out a new registration form each year. This ensures that our information is accurate and up to date.