Monday, March 31, 2014

Location Based Marketing: Directing Digital Datastreams To Your Door Step

Pinpointing your location & business information.

Location Based Marketing: Directing Digital Datastreams To Your Door Step

Thursday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm at the Southwest Harbor Fire Station
250 Main St., Southwest Harbor
Sponsored by the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce
and Smart DataMap Services

Today's consumers use Smart Devices to research and locate businesses. Both business location and business information allow consumers to make smart purchasing decisions. This presentation will review the ways today's businesses enter the datastream to show up on Smart Devices.

  • DataMapping Basics: Who, What, When, & Where
  • DataBot works 24x7x365, for you or against you?
  • Your Business Location. Are your transactions Brick & Mortar or Amazon?
  • Your Business Data Record, 140 items businesses may share
  • Maps, maps, maps. Who controls your business location?
  • What makes a device Smart?
  • What makes data Dumb? Crowd-sourcing vs. Validated Data 
  • Cross-Over Applications. How your competitor can highlight your business.
Following the initial one hour presentation, a volunteer from the audience will be chosen to examine how his or her business shows up on today's Smart Devices.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Presented by Chamber member Jim LeClair, owner of Smart DataMap Services.
For more information Visit Smart DataMap Services:

To register in advance call 207-619-3380 or email Patti LeClair at Smart DataMap Services

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hospice Volunteer and Professional Trainings

Ellsworth:  Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County will be offering two training series beginning April 8 and 9 for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers and for professionals who wish to develop skills for supporting those who are grieving.  

Hospice Volunteer training will be held Wednesdays for nine weeks from April 9 to June 4, from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.  The extensive training includes education on topics related to end-of-life issues, skills-development for supporting patients and families, and personal exercises to enhance volunteer service.  Cost for the training is $50. 

Bereavement Training for Professionals begins April 8, and will run for six consecutive Tuesdays through May 13 from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.  The course is designed to support professionals such as nurses, social workers, therapists, clergy members, who want to enhance their ability to serve those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Cost for the course is $150.  

Pre-registration by April 1 and a pre-course interview are required for both training programs.  Some partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

For more information, visit the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County website at:, or call the HVHC office at 667-2531.

Grief Support Groups Starting Soon at Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County

Ellsworth:  Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County's spring support group series will begin in early April.  All groups are offered free of charge, and require pre-registration with an individual consultation. 

Support group offerings are as follows:  
Widows & Widowers, Thursdays, April 10 – June 5 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch.  (The class will not meet on May 15.)

Parents Who Have Lost a Teen or Adult Child, Wednesdays, April 23 – May 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 

Adults Who Have Lost a Parent or Sibling, Fridays, April 18 - May 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Survivors of  Loved Ones Who Have Completed Suicide, Thursdays, May 1 - June 5, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County website at, or call the HVHC office at 667-2531.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Healthy Acadia Welcomes Elsie Flemings as the new Executive Director

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Healthy Acadia is pleased to announce that Elsie Flemings will serve as their new Executive Director.

Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition working in Maine’s Hancock and Washington Counties. The organization is entering its fourteenth year of operation with a proven track record of creating significant, lasting improvements to the health of communities it serves. Staff work with over one hundred partners and hundreds of volunteers to build vibrant communities, to support our vulnerable community members, and to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all people. As Executive Director, Elsie will be responsible for growing and sustaining the organization by empowering community participation, good governance, staff leadership, resource development and sound fiscal management.

“We are excited to welcome Elsie as the new Executive Director,” stated Ben Billings, Healthy Acadia Board Chair.  “She personifies both the mission and vision of Healthy Acadia and has a dynamic and innovative aptitude for leadership that comes naturally. With her leadership we look to the future with confidence and excitement for what we will achieve across our service areas of Hancock and Washington Counties.”

Elsie has worked at Healthy Acadia for the past five years, serving as the Community Relations and Development Director for the past three years. She also served as the State Representative for District 35 in Hancock County for two terms. Her previous work includes serving as the Coordinator for the Union River Watershed Coalition of Hancock County as well as working as a Congressional staff member in Washington D.C.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our communities and work for positive change in this role,” stated Elsie Flemings. “I am deeply passionate about this work -  bringing people together to build vibrant communities and to make it easier for all people to lead healthier lives. I look forward to all that we can accomplish together with our many partners in the coming months and years. While we face many health challenges, I am confident that together we can continue to make real lasting differences.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities across Hancock and Washington Counties by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County. Healthy Acadia’s current programs include efforts to increase access to physical activity, promote Farm to School initiatives, improve community food security, provide nutrition education, prevent substance abuse, promote positive youth development, create tobacco-free communities, prevent chronic disease, foster healthy indoor and outdoor environments, promote worksite wellness initiatives, and respond to other emergent community health needs. Contact Elsie or 288-5331.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Acadia National Park: A recent economic study for Acadia

Acadia National Park News Release
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207-288-3338 phone
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Acadia National Park Tourism Creates $200 Million in Local Economic Benefit

Part of $27 billion benefit to U.S. economy that supports 243,000 jobs nationwide

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The latest National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 2.43 million visits to Acadia National Park in 2012 created over $200 million in economic benefit for communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 3,089 jobs in the local area.

“Acadia attracts visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience unparalleled scenery, extraordinary recreational opportunities, and wonderful gateway communities. Acadia is one of America’s most treasured places, and visitors that come to enjoy it generate significant contributions to the state and local economy,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

The information on Acadia National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by the NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science office for calendar year 2012. The report shows a total of $14.7 billion in direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a unit of the national park system. The economic benefit of visitor spending had a $26.75 billion impact on the U.S. economy and supported 243,000 jobs nationwide. In other words, every $1 invested by American taxpayers in the National Park Service returned $10 to the U.S. economy in 2012.

Nationally, the largest distribution of NPS visitor spending occurred in the lodging/camping sector (32 percent) followed by restaurants/bars/groceries (27 percent), local transportation/fuel (19 percent), souvenirs/other retail expenses (10 percent), and amusement/recreation fees (10 percent).

The 2012 analysis marks a major revision to the NPS economic impact analyses with the development of a new visitor spending effects (VSE) model that replaces the former Money Generation Model (MGM2). Many of the hallmarks and processes of the MGM2 model are preserved in the new VSE model, but the new model makes significant strides in improving the accuracy and transparency of the analysis. Because of this change from the MGM2 model to the VSE model, estimates from this year’s analysis are not directly comparable to previous analyses. To download the full report, please visit

For nearly 100 years, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s national parks. Today more than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To learn more about national parks in Maine and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, please visit

Quilt 'n' Fabric March Newsletter

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What a winter, and we still had some snow this morning! Spring come soon, PLEASE.

We have two classes coming up this month-

Sunday, March 9th at 1:00PM-4:00PM 'Zig'' Speight will be teaching a “Jean”eology quilt- Bring scraps of old jeans and tuck them into a remembrance quilt. If you don't have enough of warn out jeans, there will plenty available for you. I will attach a picture to this e-mail. The cost is $20.00. Please let us know (you don't have to pay for the class up front), by Saturday morning at the latest.

Our next quilt class is on March 30th. Zig will teach a class on combining several classic patterns into one square. Therefore I am calling the class 'It's Elemental'. The blocks that the Island Quilters sewed for our Pro Bono quilt is an example of these types of patterns. What a delightful way of learning several blocks and transforming them into something new! I will send out more info as it becomes available, but if you are willing to just take a chance of having some fun, let me know right away.

Lastly, we are having a 'FIRST' at the shop. On March 20th, at 1:00PM, we will be hosting Leslie Tate Mark who grew up on Cranberry Island. She is a designer of fabrics for Clothworks and has a new line called Unity. Please stop by to say 'Hello' and see the patterns that make up this group.

As always, we teach children how to knit, crochet and sew. We have two groups; one on Thursday and one on Saturday. If you or you child is interested in learning these crafts, please give me a call to set up a date and time.

Ruth Davis
Quilt 'n' Fabric
11 Seal Cove Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

Monday, March 3, 2014

Marjorie Peronto Joins Healthy Acadia Board of Directors

Marjorie Peronto Joins Healthy Acadia Board of Directors

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington Counties, is pleased to welcome Marjorie Peronto as the newest member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

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Marjorie is a Professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and has been teaching courses in food production and ecological landscaping in Hancock and Washington Counties for 22 years. She is a statewide resource among her colleagues on native and invasive plants of the Northeast. Marjorie oversees the Downeast region’s Master Gardener Volunteers program, training individuals to conduct community outreach projects that promote sustainable gardening and food security.

“We enthusiastically welcome Marjorie to the Healthy Acadia Board of Directors,” stated Ben Billings, Healthy Acadia Board Chair. “Marjorie is an extraordinary leader and teacher in our communities, and we are lucky to have her talent, experience, commitment, and expertise on our Board.”

Through her work, Marjorie partners with Healthy Acadia to facilitate the work of the Hancock County Food Security Network, a group of county food pantries and community meal sites working together to address local food insecurity issues. In collaboration with Healthy Acadia, she has also developed nationally recognized School Gardening courses, which teach school staff how to create a comprehensive plan for a school garden and incorporate the garden into their curriculum.

“I have enjoyed collaborating with Healthy Acadia on community projects that promote food security and school gardens over the past five years,” stated Marjorie Peronto. “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve on the Board.”

Marjorie has a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin. Before her career with UMaine Cooperative Extension, she worked for Save the Children Federation conducting inner city youth gardening programs, and served 3 years in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa.

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities across Hancock and Washington Counties by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County.

Denise Black Joins Healthy Acadia As Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator

Denise Black Joins Healthy Acadia As Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator

HANCOCK COUNTY - Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington Counties, enthusiastically welcomes Denise Black to the staff team as Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator.

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Denise is responsible for coordinating Healthy Acadia's Drug Free Communities Grant, an initiative that empowers community participation to support and engage youth and prevent substance abuse across Hancock County. In this role, Denise will provide project planning, implementation and program evaluation. She will build and sustain community partnerships with various entities, including healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, civic, youth and religious organizations, businesses, schools, parents and individuals. She will work with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster youth leadership and resiliency, while working to prevent and reduce substance abuse.

“We are thrilled to welcome Denise to our team,” stated Maria Donahue, Healthy Acadia’s Community Health Director. “Denise has already hit the ground running in her new role, bringing her extensive experience as well as her passion for addressing substance abuse and building healthier communities to this important work.”

Denise has been a leader in community health efforts for more than fifteen years. She recently served as the Director for the Blue Hill-based Healthy Peninsula program, where she led the development of programming and the implementation of community health improvement priorities and strategic objectives. Denise has also been active in the Healthy Acadia Coalition, serving on the Coalition’s Advisory Council.

“I am excited to serve our Hancock County communities in this role and to bring people together to tackle the serious challenge of substance abuse,” said Denise Black. “I believe this initiative can make a truly powerful difference in our communities because it focuses on community engagement with an emphasis on youth participation, and it uses positive, strength-based approaches. I am greatly looking forward to working with many community members and partners throughout the region on this initiative.”

A Hancock County Drug Free Communities Coalition meeting is scheduled on Monday, March 31st at the Ellsworth City Hall auditorium. For more information or to get involved, please contact Denise at 667-7171 or

Drug Free Communities is a federally funded initiative through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that has been working across the region for the past 13 years. Healthy Acadia serves as the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County, coordinating community health services. The coalition creates lasting improvements to the health of communities across Downeast Acadia by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments.