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 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, 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

"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

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  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 ( and Harriet Turk ( 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 Find DETLC applications and program information at

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wendell Gilley Museum Offers Introductory Carving Lessons


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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Welcome to new Chamber member, Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery!

Welcome to new Chamber member, Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery!

We are excited to welcome new owner Michael Boland and the Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery. An institution for many years, it is wonderful to see the restaurant coming back to life. Planned opening day is June 1st.

Boland says that they intend to keep the restaurant largely the same as it has been since the Liefs began operating the restaurant in 1993. The menu will be decided soon, but Boland expects to keep many of the same items, along with a few new dishes.

“We plan to provide good jobs to local residents and purchase as much as possible from local or Maine-based vendors, which will help us achieve our goal of serving our customers great food and beverages in a unique setting,”

Emily Damon, from 151 Main Street and Watermark, has agreed to take the helm in the kitchen and will be the Executive Chef. Along with her will be several key returning kitchen folks, along with new Sous Chef Ian Merchant.

"You'll find the same moss covered shingles, spider webs and rustic charm, but we have made some significant if low key changes to the interior. Bigger bar, higher floor, enclosed porch room, updated restrooms, a few more seats, etc. etc. - come out and see for yourself!"


On May 16, 2017, Leonard R. Cashman was elected to serve as a Director of both Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and its parent company, Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB).

Mr. Cashman is an owner and partner of C.O. Properties, a real estate holding company based in New Hampshire. For about 25 years, Mr. Cashman worked in the whole sale food industry throughout New England, rising to the position of Vice President and General Manager at P&C Foods, Inc.  Mr. Cashman has also owned a car wash in Lebanon, New Hampshire; been involved in the marketing of specialized group medical insurance products; and in the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of Landmark Bank in Lebanon, NH.  In 1997, Landmark Bank was purchased by Lake Sunapee Bank Group and Mr. Cashman joined the Board of Directors.  During his 20 years as a Director of Lake Sunapee Bank Group, Mr. Cashman was an active committee member, serving on the loan committee, executive committee and chair of the compensation committee.

A life-long resident of New England, Mr. Cashman and his family moved to Hanover, NH in 1975.  He is an avid sportsman and over the years coached school baseball teams, served as president of the Hanover Hockey Association, and for two years ran the Norris Cotton Cancer Center golf tournament for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

"Mr. Cashman's extensive experience as a successful business owner and former bank director at two other institutions, as well as being a long-term resident of New Hampshire, makes him a valuable member to the Bar Harbor Bankshares Board of Directors in guiding the future direction of the bank," said Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 125 years. Bar Harbor provides full service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to

Monday, May 15, 2017

SWH Library Presents: Barbara Strubell - Artist's Reception

I wanted to invite you all to my upcoming reception! Please share with friends and I hope to see you on June 10th! -Barbara

Painting is not just another creative outlet for Bass Harbor artist Barbara Strubell.

Overcoming a difficult childhood and battles with addiction, her art has kept her centered, disciplined, and sober.

Now, Strubell wants to show Mount Desert Island just what she can do with a brush, pallet knife and canvas.

An exhibition of her work opens at Southwest Harbor Public Library starting Thursday, June 1.

"I really want people to see the world that I have created," she said.

Strubell, 63, has lived in Maine for 40 years, drawn to the state's natural beauty.

"I can remember living in a city and wishing I could see trees outside my window," said Strubell.

The artist had a difficult childhood in which she lived in eight foster homes before being adopted at the age of 12. It was art that provided a positive, creative outlet in those tumultuous, formative years.

Strubell was drawn to artists who paint with immediacy, color, and vibrancy. "As a troubled youngster, I was drawn right to Van Gogh," Strubell said. "I don't cry as a rule, but when I saw his self-portrait, tears came to my eyes."

Years later, Strubell recalled how coming to Mount Desert Island helped her overcome some very difficult, personal challenges.

"One of the reasons I paint landscapes is because, for me, part of the healing process was getting outside," said Strubell, who has been sober for 20 years. "The mountains, the woods, and the ocean are just wonderful for me. I'm a very visual person, and inspiration in nature is everywhere."

In short, painting gives her peace.

Strubell loves the tactile aspect of her painting. "I'm very a deliberate painter. And I can mix the colors to do whatever I want them to do. It's a very pleasing experience overall."

Strubell said she loves the feel of working with oils, as well as the vibrant colors they produce. Each painting conveys a different mood, whether it's the tranquility of her big sky painting, "Sunset Over Bass Harbor," or the feminine quality of a piece of driftwood discovered on a beach in "Driftwood."

With her art, Strubell conveys a range of emotions, from bliss to joy. "The last painting I did was 'A Wonderful Walk.' What I wanted to evoke is the complexity of what we have in nature. A walk in the woods is an invitation to see beauty everywhere," says Strubell.

“Some of my paintings have a strong feminine aspect. While others show a certain attitude. Even a fallen tree has exceptional beauty because of its innate strength."

Strubell continues with her full-time, year-round business, Artful Designs Hair Care and Art in Southwest Harbor. Her salon is festooned with her work. And while her work as a stylist helps pay the bills, it's also a creative outlet.

"Hair is sculpture," she said. "Its color, its line, its composition. There's also the social aspect of it. I'm basically a hermit, so being a hairdresser allow me to interact with a summer tourist or someone I have been styling for twenty years. I’m grateful that I have work that I love and that I love to work. I hope that old and new friends alike will join me at the library this June for a celebration of life and art. Because, to me, they are inseparable.”

Visit, and for more information and to see examples of her art.

Like her on and follow @bcstrubell on Twitter. Strubell's exhibition runs from the 1st of June through July 7th .

An opening reception will be held on June 10 from 1pm to 3pm. Food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. All are welcome. For more information on the exhibit, please contact Southwest Harbor Public Library at (207) 244-7065.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Opening Reception

Join Us!

The Woodlawn Museum & Seal Cove Auto Museum
invite you to celebrate the opening of a new season.

Opening Reception
Seal Cove Auto Museum
1414 Tremont Rd, Seal Cove
Tuesday, May 9, 5pm - 7pm

Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and some social time with your fellow businesses in the tourism industry before the season gets too crazy!

This is your chance to see the spectacular Brass Era antique auto collection and Auto Wars exhibit for free, learn about the Auto Museum and Woodlawn Museum, and hear about what each museum has planned for the upcoming season. In addition, you will find out more about the partnership between these two history museums.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP to
You may call (207) 244-9242 for more information.


Join us for a Community Forum!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Solarize MDI 2017: A Window of Opportunity

April 3, 2017

Contact: Joe Blotnick, Project Coordinator, A Climate to Thrive

Email: Phone: (207) 266-5590

Communities are empowered when they set visionary goals and rally to achieve them. With this in mind, A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) announces the launch of Solarize MDI, a solar initiative for  everyone who lives or works on Mount Desert Island. Beginning April 15th, residents and businesses in the towns of Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Tremont, and Southwest Harbor will be able to participate in a group purchasing program to reduce installation costs for grid-tied solar electric installations.

Solarize MDI aims to increase adoption of small-scale solar electricity at homes and businesses through a competitive-tiered pricing structure. Savings for all participants increase as more home and business owners sign installation contracts before July 15, 2017; in effect, the more participants, the bigger the available discount, with potential average household installation savings of $1,500 in addition to a 30% federal tax credit. Solar projects will be designed and installed by ReVision Energy of Liberty, Maine beginning this spring.

“Every year MDI spends more than $60 million on energy costs, most of which is exported to out-of-state fossil fuel producers,” says Gary Friedmann, Chair of A Climate to Thrive. “With the cost of solar panels dropping 40% last year, there’s never been a better time to go photovoltaic - to save real money on monthly bills and take MDI another step toward energy independence.”

In addition to net-energy billing, which allows for an equal exchange of kilowatt-hour credit accrual with Emera Maine, solar means long-term locked-in energy savings with an average return on investment of seven to ten percent. Additional benefits apply to third party investors for systems installed on municipal or non-profit properties. Businesses also may qualify for USDA Rural Energy  America Program grants for projects up to $80,000.

We invite local media to join ACTT and ReVision Energy representatives, and others for a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 14 at the Bar Harbor Community Farm (115 Gilbert Farm Road), to hear more regarding Solarize MDI and ACTT’s goal of achieving energy independence for the island by 2030.

Upcoming events for Solarize MDI include Friday morning coffee hours, solar open houses, and in-depth presentations.

For more information regarding this program and a full listing of events or to sign up for a free on-site evaluation, please visit or call (207) 589-4171.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Healthy Acadia Offers Free “Tai Chi for Health” Series

What: Free class series to improve heart and lung function, strength, flexibility and balance and reduce stress

Where:  The Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, Maine 

Dates and Time:  Thursdays from 10:45 – 11:45amApril 13 through June 4, 2017

Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia and Friends in Action are pleased to offer a free “Tai Chi for Health” class series beginning April 13, 2017. The classes will meet on Thursdays from 10:45 am to 11:45 am at the Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, in Ellsworth. While classes are free, a $5 donation is suggested.

This class series will use the Tai Chi for Health Institute’s diabetes curriculum. The class is appropriate not just for people who have pre-diabetes or diabetes, but for anyone who wants an opportunity to learn how to improve their heart and lung functions as well as their strength and balance. The course teaches exercises that promote movement control through the integration of mind and body. In addition, practicing tai chi increases confidence while reducing stress, further promoting health and wellbeing.

To enroll in this class series, or for more information about other “Tai Chi for Health” programs, contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171, or

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome to New Chamber Member, The Southwest Harbor Public Library

Southwest Harbor Public Library

Please join us in welcoming the Southwest Harbor Public Library 
to the Chamber family!

Most of you are aware of our wonderful treasure, the Southwest Harbor Public Library.  Fulfilling so many needs in our community, from a good book to curl up with on a cold winter night, to resources for genealogical research, local history research, fabulous lectures, talks, programs for all ages, to involvement in the community through collaborations with are authors, artists and other, the Library has come to be a cornerstone in our town.

Here is just a preview of their fascinating history, more of which can be found at: :

"The Southwest Harbor Public Library was built in 1895, although its history goes back to 1884, the year Mrs. Annie Sawyer Downs gathered some discarded books from the summer hotels and placed them on a shelf in a corner of Dr. R. J. Lemont’s drug store, which was located on Clark Point Road.

"By 1886, the book collection had grown substantially and was moved to a former coffin shop that sat across the street from what is now Harbor House. This ex-coffin shop/ library building was later moved to site of the "Lawton Block," currently Sawyers Market on Main Street."
Main Street looking where Sawyer’s Market is now

If you have not yet visited the Southwest Harbor Public Library or it's very useful web site, be sure to drop by soon and welcome the to our Chamber family.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hungry for Health 2016 Raises Over $6,100 For Substance Prevention

Healthy Acadia would like to thank our incredible partners and community members for their support of Hungry for Health 2016.  The campaign raised more than $6,122.20* to support substance misuse prevention, education, and treatment programming across Hancock and Washington counties.

Healthy Acadia thanks the following generous community-minded restaurants for their support and leadership in Hungry for Health 2016: Choco-Latte, Flexit CafĂ© & Bakery, Freshies, Havana, Islesford Dock Restaurant, Marlintinis Bar and Grill, McKays Public House, Morning Glory Bakery, Riverside Takeout, Rose Eden Lobsters, Serendib, Siam Orchid, Burning Tree Restaurant, Pickled Wrinkle, and 44 Degrees North Restaurant. 

Between August 2016 and January 2017, these restaurants held fundraisers, contributed cash donations, or donated gift cards to increase substance awareness efforts on #GivingTuesday, the annual national day of giving. Each partnership has brought new awareness and resources to help turn the tide on the opioid epidemic throughout our communities.

Healthy Acadia is planning the launch of Hungry for Health 2017, an effort to challenge cancer Downeast. Stay tuned to learn about events starting in April and occurring throughout the year to come. To host an event, volunteer, or otherwise get involved, please contact Shoshona at or by calling 667-7171.

*This tally is short donations from one event for which calculations are still in progress.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with MDI Hospital, will offer a free, six-week "Taking Action for Health" workshop series at the Community Health Center in the Straus Center, 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor.  Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:30pm beginning February 15 and continuing through March 22, 2017. “Taking Action for Health” is Healthy Acadia’s Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, an evidence-based program to help those living with a chronic disease discover new tools for managing their chronic condition and maintain an active and fulfilling life.

“Taking Action for Health” is a free, interactive series that is open to anyone living with a chronic health condition, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, migraines, asthma, eating disorders, depression and more. Caregivers are also welcome.  Participants will learn appropriate use of medications; how to evaluate new treatment options; appropriate exercise for maintaining/improving strength, flexibility and endurance; nutrition information; how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals; techniques to manage frustration, pain, fatigue and isolation; and decision making processes. Visit to learn more about "Taking Action for Health." 

The process in which “Taking Action for Health” is facilitated makes it effective, even for those living with multiple chronic conditions. Classes are highly interactive - participants share their progress and successes and provide mutual support and encouragement. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Workshop participants will each receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for Mind and Body.”

“Taking Action for Health” will be facilitated by Laura Clapp and Ben Billings, Health Coaches with MDI Hospital's Integrated Care Team. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kathy Mulligan at 207-801-5034 or to register or for more information about “Taking Action for Health.”

 “Taking Action for Health” is supported by Grant Number D04RH28404 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.