Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome to new Chamber member Maine Coast Engineering!

Welcome to new member Maine Coast Engineering!
Pete has most recently retired from twenty years of active duty service with the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Commander. He’s been stationed in multiple areas across the country. Pete has just finished his current position as Commanding Officer of Civil Engineering Unit Cleveland, responsible for $1B of facilities in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States. Along the way, Pete has picked up his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (#1 graduate school in the country for Civil Engineering specialty), as well as his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. His undergraduate education was from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut where he earned a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering. Pete has more than twenty years of experience with structural and geotechnical design, as well as construction management. Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Maine and California.
While at the Coast Guard Academy, Pete and his sailing partner won the freshman dinghy Nationals and participated fall and spring on the Coast Guard dinghy racing team. Pete’s family has owned a cottage in Southwest Harbor since 1979 and he’s spent every summer since the age of two enjoying the land and water around Mount Desert Island. Pete had equivalent to his first mate license for vessels less than eight hundred tons while serving on board the USCGC RELIANCE out of Kittery, Maine. His hobbies include boating, skiing and mountain biking. He’s a native of Fort Collins, Colorado and is married to the former Rebecca Sliwa. They have two children, Mia and Wyatt, who attend Pemetic Elementary School.

Becky is a mechanical engineer with experience in machine design and project management. Becky spent the first part of her career as a design engineer for a biomedical engineering firm and then a national telecommunications company. While working for AT&T, she began to focus on technical project management and continued with technical project management in the Research and Development department at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington. She has spent the last several years raising their two children and volunteering for local organizations. Becky is currently working on achieving her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Please help us welcome them to the Chamber! And learn more about their services at: http://www.mainecoastengineering.com/

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Village Green Arts Association & The Salty Dog Gallery Welcome the Swans Island Artists

For over a year this show has been planned!
Phil and I are very pleased with the quality, and diversity 
 of  artworks by Swans Island Painters and  Craftsmen.
Their work will be shown in The Salty Dog Gallery from June 28th through July, 2016.
A reception to meet the artists will be held 
July 3rd at 2:30 PM.
Music will be played by Swans Island guitar musicians the Walker Brothers.
Delicious hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For those who are curious, Swans Island is one of the 15 off shore Islands that still is inhabited all year. The island is accessible by ferry taking 40 minutes from Bass Harbor, Mt. Desert Island to Swans Island.

Make Southwest Harbor, Maine your vacation destination this summer !!.
To see future events offered in Southwest Harbor this summer, please see our website,  www.villagegreenarts.org
and facebook, villagegreenarts
Joan Steel
The Village Green Arts Association

Friday, June 24, 2016

Healthy Acadia Welcomes New Board Member

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is excited to welcome Dean McGuire as the newest member to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Dean join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “A dynamic community leader, Dean brings his unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.”

As owner of McGuire Seasonal Services and Downeast Limousine Service in Washington County, Dean brings to the Board over two decades of experience in successful small business management, along with a wealth of marketing expertise. He is deeply involved in efforts to enhance quality of life in his community, and he is currently serving as chair of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and President of the Washington Academy Alumni Association.  Dean is also an active member of theWashington Academy Board of Trustees and Downeast Fairgrounds Association Board.

Dean has been a steadfast Healthy Acadia volunteer in Washington County and is very enthusiastic about serving on the Board. “I am excited to join the Healthy Acadia Board in their efforts to bring awareness and fight against many local health related challenges that we face here in Washington County. Healthy Acadia has a strong reputation in Hancock County and now has a great team here in Washington County that is working hard for the citizens in the area.”

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 serving Hancock and Washington counties.  Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.

In Washington County:
(207) 255-3741
In Hancock County:

On the web:

Sign up for Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cx5w

We empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Healthy Acadia is a Healthy Maine Partnership.

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Maine Seacoast Mission To Offer Centennial Tours

 In celebration of Acadia National Park’s centennial, the Maine Seacoast Mission will offer tours of its “rusticator” mansion in downtown Bar Harbor during July and August. Tours will also feature historical items from the Mission’s 111 years of serving the islands and coastal communities of downeast Maine.
The 35-room mansion, once known as “La Rochelle,” was built in 1902 for George Bowdoin, a partner of J.P. Morgan, and his small family and 21 servants. Located at 127 West Street and overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, the house was the first brick summer cottage to be built in Bar Harbor. The specially cut granite and marble used in the construction was imported from Italy.
The house, along with an endowment for its upkeep, was donated to the Maine Seacoast Mission in 1972 by Tristram and Ruth Colket, who purchased the mansion in the 1940s. The building now serves as the Mission’s administrative headquarters and is known as the “Colket Center” in honor of its donors.
Tours will be given at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 5 through August 30. Volunteer docents will guide visitors through the three floors of the building, including the servant quarters on the third floor and the impressive double stairway that leads from the entrance hall to the second floor. There is no charge for the tours, though donations will be appreciated.
For more information, call 288.5097 or email info@seacoastmission.org. The Maine Seacoast Mission has brought healthcare, educational programs, pastoral support, crisis services, and scholarships to the people of eastern Maine’s islands and coastal towns since 1905.
Photo caption: The Maine Seacoast Mission’s headquarters on West Street in Bar Harbor
Photo credit: George Soules

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Welcome to New Chamber Member The Wave Radio!

Please tune in to 93.7 or 94.1 and help us welcome our newest chamber members, The Wave Radio!  

Serving the communities of Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Bangor and all of Downeast Maine, 93.7 & 94.1 the Wave is your "At Work" radio station. We only play Refreshing and Relaxing Music, with just the right mix of your favorite songs from yesterday and today. Never too hard, or too soft, always just the music you want with local and national news to keep you up to date.

For more information, go to: http://waveradiomaine.com/ or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/937thewave/timeline 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ellen Pope to Serve as Maine Seacoast Mission Development Director

The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced that Ellen Pope will be the Mission's new director of development. A resident of Southwest Harbor, Ms. Pope most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer for the Maine Community Foundation.

"I am very pleased that Ellen Pope will be bringing her experience and talents as a nonprofit executive to the Maine Seacoast Mission,” says Mission president Scott Planting. “With her strong background in donor development, planned giving, management and communications, she is the right person to move the Mission forward and build support for our vital programs well into the future.”

Ellen Pope says, "I feel so fortunate to be selected to work for an organization with as compelling a purpose as the Maine Seacoast Mission—supporting and encouraging island and coastal communities with health, education, social and spiritual services and programs for more than 100 years.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

Welcome to New Chamber Member Islandscaping, Inc.!

Please join us in welcoming Islandscaping, Inc. as a new Chamber Member!

      "We are a full service landscape and garden center located in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In business since 1982. Islandscaping Garden Center features more than 4,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, native plants, grasses, herbs, roses, fruits, vegetables, topiary, hardy shrubs, vines, groundcovers and trees. We also carry a selection of pottery, statuary, and garden supplies.

     "In addition to our garden center, we also have full service garden and landscape crews. Our team of experienced designers are ready to work with you to ensure a beautiful property season to season, year after year. 

     "Check out our online plant catalogs (located on the home page), and if you're shopping for something specific, please be sure to call us to confirm availability."

For more information: http://www.islandscaping.com/home.html