Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Acadia National Park is America’s Favorite Place

Acadia National Park has been named “America’s Favorite Place” by ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month, and the five finalists were Acadia National Park, Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores, and Lake Tahoe.

GMA made the announcement on July 24th, during a live broadcast in Acadia National Park along the shore of Jordan Pond. GMA host, Robin Roberts, said, “The competition was fierce. Each of GMA’s favorite places finalists received tons and tons of votes, but, in the end, one stood out from the rest: Acadia National Park, the crown jewel of Maine.” More than 60 people were on hand to cheer on the park as their favorite place in America.

Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele said, “We are proud and excited for Acadia National Park to have been named America’s Favorite Place. This designation recognizes the park’s extraordinary scenic beauty and opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling. We owe a big thanks to our many partners for helping us protect the park’s resources and maintain visitor facilities.”

From its rocky coast to granite mountaintops, Acadia’s landscape offers spectacular scenery for visitors and a home for a great variety of plants and animals. The park’s 50,000 acres protect mountains, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and dozens of islands along Maine’s central coast. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the centerpiece of the park and the highest point on the east coast of the United States. Visitors to Acadia have endless opportunities to enjoy historic hiking trails, carriage roads, and scenic drives.

GMA’s segment on the announcement of Acadia as “America’s Favorite Place” can be viewed on the ABC website at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/acadia-national-park-crowned-americas-favorite-place-24692117.

For photos of Acadia National Park, please visit the park’s web page at http://www.nps.gov/acad/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm.

For more information on Acadia National Park, please call 207-288-3338 or visit the park’s web page at http://www.nps.gov/acad.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Seal Cove Auto Museum: Our Rusticator Picnic is LESS than TWO weeks away!

Our Rusticator Picnic is LESS than TWO weeks away!

If you haven't called the museum yet for your tickets, now is the time, space is limited and tickets are disappearing faster and faster as the event approaches.

Here's a sneak peak at the preparations: getting mannequins ready for the special exhibit of period fashion, and Eldon Hanning signing the ash baskets he crafted just for this event, which will be part of the gift baskets given to guests to take home.


Thank you to our lead sponsor:
Mr. William Ruger

And to additional donors:

Mr. & Ms. Chris & Kathleen Koch
Mr. & Ms. Tommy & Sherri Alley

And to our corporate sponsors:
     

                 


            

Friday, July 11, 2014

Jill Freundlich named 2014 Citizen of the Year

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jill Freundlich is the 2014 recipient of our annual Citizen of the Year Award, which will be presented again this year at the Quietside Flamingo Festival's Polo and Yacht Club Cocktail Party to be held on Sunday, July 13th from 5-7:30pm.
We usually think of year-round people when choosing our Citizen of the Year, but even as a “summer resident”, Jill goes above and beyond what many year-round residents do any given year in helping around the community. Jill volunteers for the Southwest Harbor Public Library, where she helps with the summer reading program, helps with preparations for Summer Story Camp, does seasonal decorations, helps with events and the annual Quietside Parade, and processes new books as well as re-shelving books.

For the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce, she works at the visitor information desk, assisting visitors from all over the US and the world with area lodging, dining and activity information. She also helps with special projects, and is one of our loyal cadre of Oktoberfest volunteers.

Jill has been one of the most consistent volunteers at the Transfer Station's Swap Shop donation center. Her positive energy there has made a big impression on everyone. And she volunteers many hours at the Common Good Soup Kitchen, doing whatever is needed any given day.

When you see Jill, please thank her for her years of service and join us on July 13th at the Causeway Club for the Polo and Yacht Club Cocktail Party to help us publicly honor her contributions.


For more information on joining the party at the Causeway Club on the 13th, contact Harbor House at: 244-3713 or Diana@harborhousemdi.org.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Join us for the pinkest Festival ever!

Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party & 
Golf Scramble
Sunday, July 13th
Join the Feathered Friends Golf Scramble at 3 pm. The cost is 
$50 per person which includes a ticket for 
the Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party. After the scramble come listen to The Larks at the Annual Polo & Yacht Club Party from            5-7:30 pm  where this year's Southwest Harbor/Tremont Citizen of the Year, Jill Freundlich will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person and we strongly recommend reserving yours ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased at Harbor House on Main Street.
Quietside Flamingo Festival 
July 11th-14th
 
 

Join us for the pinkest Festival ever!
 
If you would like be part of the parade contact Harbor House at 207-244-3713.
 
Parade, Craft Fair, Carnival, Fireworks in the Harbor, Golf Scramble, Cocktail Party, Steel Drum Band Concert! For a complete weekend schedule click here 
Flamingo 4-Miler & Fun Run
Sunday, July 14th
Registration starts at 7am and the race starts at8:00am.
$20.00 per person. Pre registration available by clicking the form below.
Click here for a registration form for the Flamingo 4-Miler.
Click here for an registration for the Fun Run.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Flamingo Festival Schedule - REVISED!!

Collaborative Diabetes Education Program Offers Cooking Classes

Collaborative Diabetes Education Program Offers Cooking Classes



DEER ISLE—Many partners have joined together to provide nutrition education to individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes who live in the greater Blue Hill Peninsula region. The effort marks the collaboration of Healthy Acadia’s Nutrition Education Initiative, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, MDI Hospital, The Coastal Care Team, and Healthy Peninsula. 

The diabetes education program began on May 20 with a 6-week diabetes prevention and management themed Cooking Matters for Adults series in Deer Isle. Series participants spent this time learning new skills to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. In the fall, the partners will offer similar classes in Blue Hill and Bucksport. 

“Interest in working together to deliver nutrition education, chronic disease management and prevention education arose as a result of a focus group organized by Healthy Peninsula, the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, and MDI Hospital’s Coastal Care Team,” said Shoshona Smith of Healthy Acadia.  

One focus group participant shared, “Our providers tell us what not to eat, but not what we should be eating!” The Cooking Matters series works to address this need through hands-on education.

“We are thrilled to collectively bring together resources to support greater health and well being in our communities, expanding the community of the patient-centered medical home. Our first class of Cooking Matters participants graduated June 24th!” said Smith.

For more information, contact Shoshona at shoshona@healthyacadia.org or 667-7171.    

MDI Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP

MDI Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP

BAR HARBOR – MDI Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) through the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system at its two locations, Eden Farmers’ Market in Bar Harbor and the Northeast Harbor Farmers’ Market.

Starting July 6 at Eden Farmers’ Market (in Bar Harbor), anyone who receives SNAP benefits can use their EBT card to purchase fresh food at the market, which takes place on Sundays from 9am to 12pm, now through October, at the corner of Park and Main Streets in the YMCA parking lot.

To make this happen, the MDI Farmers’ Market qualified for free equipment through MarketLink, a USDA grant program that funds EBT machines so that farmers’ markets across the country can accept SNAP benefits. Healthy Acadia has been working collaboratively with the market, providing staff time and funding to implement the project, thanks to a Community Transformation Grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“The Farmers’ Market is an exciting part of our community, benefiting local businesses and families,” said Brett Ciccotelli, from Sweet Pea Farm, who has been helping lead the project and will be running the EBT machine that serves the entire market. “We are thrilled that now we can accept SNAP benefits, ensuring that even more people can enjoy the wonderful offerings of the market.” 

There are over 400 families on MDI receiving SNAP benefits that can now shop at the farmers’ market using SNAP. Individuals with EBT cards can use their SNAP benefits to purchase food as well as any seeds or plants that grow food. In addition, certain vendors also accept WIC vouchers. The EBT machine also enables the market to accept credit and debit cards.

“Healthy Acadia is pleased to be working with the MDI Farmers’ Market and to be able to help increase access to the market to more people in the community,” said Bronwyn Clement, who spearheaded this initiative for Healthy Acadia. “By accepting SNAP, the market makes it easier for people to support their health with fresh, local, nutritious food.” 

MDI Farmers’ Market will also be accepting SNAP in Northeast Harbor on Harbor Drive (on the green), on Thursdays 9am – 12pm through August.

For more information about SNAP at farmers’ markets throughout Hancock and Washington Counties, contact Katie Freedman at 667-7171 orKatie@healthyacadia.org

For more information about the MDI Farmers’ Market, visit their website <mdifarmersmarkets.com> or Facebook page. Better yet, stop by to check out the fresh vegetables, yogurts and cheeses, herbs, breads, fresh seafood, crafts, and more!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quietside Flamingo Festival 2014 July 11th-14th

Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party & 
Golf Scramble
Sunday, July 13th
Join the Feathered Friends Golf Scramble at 3 pm. The cost is 
$50 per person which includes a ticket for 
the Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party. After the scramble come listen to The Larks at the Annual Polo & Yacht Club Party from            5-7:30 pm  where this year's Southwest Harbor/Tremont Citizen of the Year, Jill Freundlich will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person and we strongly recommend reserving yours ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased at Harbor House on Main Street.
Quietside Flamingo Festival 2014 
  July 11th-14th
 
 

Join us for the pinkest Festival ever! If you would like be part of the parade contact Harbor House at 207-244-3713.
 
Parade, Craft Fair, Carnival, Cocktail Party, Golf Scramble, Steel Drum Band Concert! For a complete weekend schedule click here 


Flamingo 4-Miler & Fun Run
Sunday, July 14th
Registration starts at 7am and the race starts at8:00am.
$20.00 per person. Pre registration available by clicking the form below.
Click here for a registration form for the Flamingo 4-Miler.
Click here for an registration for the Fun Run.