Monday, October 16, 2017

Bar Harbor Bankshares Employees Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

On October 2, 2017 the employees of Bar Harbor Bankshares in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire dressed “Casual for a Cause” to support hurricane relief efforts.  Employees were invited to dress casual that day by making a contribution of $5.00.  The Bank matched the funds donated by employees.  A total gift of $5,578 is being sent to the American Red Cross to support those impacted by the recent hurricanes. 

“While we are a true community bank and appreciate the people and places we call home, we also recognize the current needs of our neighbors and friends in communities across the globe affected by the recent hurricanes.  Families and businesses in the southern parts of the US and Caribbean are in great need of resources and tools to rebuild,” said Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares.  “I am pleased to have provided this opportunity for our employees to express their care and concern.  Together we are able to make difference for those facing difficulty.”

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.


(left to right) Jack Frost and Sarah Catanese of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a ‘Casual for a Cause’ donation check to Gordon Stitham, American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine Board Chair.  These funds for hurricane relief were donated by employees and matched by the Bank.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Healthy Acadia Welcomes New Board Members

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is thrilled to welcome Patrick Lyons and Bob Fitzsimmons as new members to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Bob and Patrick join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “They are dynamic community leaders, and each brings his own unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.”

A Washington County native, Bob Fitzsimmons has worked in law enforcement for many years; serving as a warden, a police officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, and a sergeant with the Calais Police Department.  In 2013, Bob returned to his hometown of Baileyville to serve as the Chief of Baileyville Police Department.

Bob consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve as a positive role model and make a real and lasting connection with the children and families in his community. He makes frequent visits to area schools, including Woodland Elementary, Woodland Junior/Senior High School, and Princeton and Alexander Elementary Schools, and is involved with nearly every school function.  He is a regular classroom visitor, frequently stopping in to talk and connect with older students or to sit and read with the younger ones.

Bob was instrumental in the planning of community forums that have taken place across the county in response to the opioid epidemic.  He is committed to efforts to prevent substance misuse in his community and beyond, and to helping those affected by addiction to find their path to recovery.

As an Associate with Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Patrick Lyons focuses on environmental and land use law and permitting, in addition to municipal law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Patrick served as a Term Law Clerk for the Honorable John A. Woodcock, Jr., U.S. District Court, District of Maine. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was the President of the Environmental Law Society, an Articles Editor for the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and was awarded the Faculty Significant Achievement Award and the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award in Environmental Law.
Patrick is no stranger to the Downeast region, is very enthusiastic about serving on the Board. “My grandfather is from Washington County, so moving Downeast felt like coming home and I wanted to find a way to become a part of this community. That is why I was immediately drawn to Healthy Acadia’s vision and mission of helping build diverse, vibrant communities in Hancock and Washington County. We all need to help those that need help and provide support and opportunity for everyone in our community. That is what Healthy Acadia works towards every day, and that is why I am honored to serve on the Board with an amazing group of people working for an amazing organization.”

Patrick resides in Ellsworth with wife, Kourtney Collum, a professor at the College of the Atlantic and the Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems. They enjoy spending time in the Maine outdoors with their dog, Ophelia.
Healthy Acadia is 501(c)(3) charitable organization 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. Learn more at

Friday, September 29, 2017

Islesford Dock Restaurant Fundraiser To Challenge Cancer A Success

Healthy Acadia thanks the Islesford Dock Restaurant for partnering on a September fundraising event as part of Healthy Acadia's Hungry for Health 2017 campaign challenging cancer Downeast. The event featured delicious food and great local music, with bands FrogPipe and A-Frame playing to a full room. Between generous gifts from the Islesford Dock Restaurant and community members the evening brought in  $1,317.00 to support cancer prevention and treatment access across Hancock and Washington counties.

"Healthy Acadia offers a wide variety of cancer and other chronic disease prevention services," said Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia Development Coordinator. "In partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, we also offer services to cancer patients and caregivers to help navigate the healthcare and social service systems and access appropriate diagnostic, treatment, recovery, support, and financial services. We greatly appreciate Islesford Dock Restaurant and the community's support for these critical health needs.”

This collaboration with Islesford Dock Restaurant was part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to Challenge Cancer Downeast. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year. The funds raised will support Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services.

To learn more about Islesford Dock Restaurant, which is open throughout October, please visit their website at

To learn about additional Hungry for Health 2017 events, visit and go to “What’s new!” or to get involved, please contact Shoshona at or by calling 667-7171.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bar Harbor Bankshares Hires Joseph G. Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Joseph G. Schmitt has joined Bar Harbor Bankshares as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer.  His office is located at the corporate headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Mr. Schmitt will lead the marketing strategy for the Bank, deploying it across the entire Northern New England market area of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“Joe is an innovative executive who brings a terrific perspective to his work,” said Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “His talent for aligning products, process, people and technology will enrich the customer experience.”

Mr. Schmitt has 20 years’ experience in bank marketing, having worked with companies all sizes from local community banks to multinationals.  Most recently Joe was Director of Product Marketing for Consumer and Business Banking at Santander Bank, N.A. where he worked for 10 years in various marketing roles (formerly Sovereign Bank).  Earlier in his career he worked for Brookline Bank, Rockland Trust, and Eastern Bank.  Mr. Schmitt earned his bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and an MBA in Marketing from Suffolk University in Boston.

In the community Joe has volunteered with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Junior Achievement.  He also served on the board of Brookline Arts Community Center.  A competitive mountain biker, Joe and his wife, Debra will be relocating to Bar Harbor from the Boston area.  

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  Member FDIC.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Healthy Acadia's “You’ve Got a Friend Fund” Seeks Applicants and Donors

Qualifying examples may include:

  • Successful completion of the majority of college degree requirements, in need of tuition funds to graduate;
  • Need for a single rent, mortgage or loan payment to retain housing or transportation at risk due to temporary employment discontinuity;
  • Need for car repairs in order to maintain reliable transportation to and from work;
  • Local micro-farmers and gardeners wishing to share an overabundance of seasonal produce needing support to transport and distribute the food to individuals and families in need.

To be considered for a YGAFF grant award, applicants must provide the following:

1)    A clear objective that has been embarked upon, partially achieved and/or a specific misfortune or setback that threatens to disrupt normal quality of life;
2)    A demonstrated need for $1,000 or less to enable completion of this objective or to overcome the setback; and
3)    A willingness to remain in contact with YGAFF to provide feedback regarding the efficacy of the grant.

YGAFF is coordinated by a Steering Committee under the non-profit home of Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition dedicated to building vibrant communities throughout Hancock and Washington counties: Download a grant application at:

The You’ve Got a Friend Fund was conceived and has been initially funded by Elin and David Poneman of Goldsboro. “We hope that these small grants can make a lasting difference, enabling individuals to overcome a barrier or address a critical need for themselves and their families.  We are pleased and honored to partner with Healthy Acadia in this effort.” said the Ponemans.

“For the many individuals in our region who are working to achieve greater self-sufficiency and independence, a YGAFF grant can be the boost needed for those inspirations to take flight,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. “This is a critical initiative, and we at Healthy Acadia are honored to be a part of it.”

To learn more about the You’ve Got a Friend Fund, contact Nina Zeldin at Healthy Acadia at 667-7171 or  Donations to the Fund are welcome. Please make checks out to Healthy Acadia, YGAFF and mail or deliver to Healthy Acadia, 140 State Street, Suite 1, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome to new Chamber Member Charlotte Rhoades Park!

Please join us in welcoming Charlotte Rhoades Park to our Chamber community.
"Charlotte Rhoades, a resident of Southwest Harbor, owned this property in the1950’s. In 1978 the property was given to the town in her memory with the request that it be used as a quiet park for children and their parents.
"The Butterfly Garden at the Charlotte Rhoades Park was established in 1998 to promote conservation education and gardening instruction in the community. Volunteers work throughout the season with school children and adults to learn more about butterfly habitat and observation. Suggestive of butterfly wings, the garden beds were designed by Bar Harbor landscape architect Bruce John Riddell and includes perennials, annuals, and shrubs that are butterfly host plants."
Please take time to visit our treasured pocket garden while you are in the area. You can learn more about the Garden, and it's programs and activities, at their website:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Senator King Recognizes Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for 130th Anniversary

 In a small ceremony held in Bar Harbor on the afternoon of August 30, United States Senator Angus King presented Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with a Congressional Record commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Bank.  Curtis Simard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President and CEO, was there to accept the recognition along with other Officers of the company.

Here are some quotes from the document transcript:

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has not only achieved a strong reputation for providing quality service, but it has also cultivated employees who are dedicated to bettering their communities.” 

“Since its founding in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has fostered the personal and professional growth of its employees while serving its customers with the highest level of care and concern.”

“I look forward to following Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s continued growth and service, and I applaud the bank for its dedication to its employees, customers, and local communities.”

Earlier this year Bar Harbor Bank & Trust completed their acquisition of Lake Sunapee Bank, doubling the size of the company.  This leading Northern New England community bank is headquartered in Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, in Hancock County, Maine.  Since the merger the Bank continues to post strong growth and earnings.  Now in its 130th year, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is an employer of choice for local residents and has also attracted talent from out of state.  With an already great reputation, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s recent acquisition shows their commitment to remaining independent, competitive and profitable, while maintaining their community bank feel and culture. 

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.

Senator Angus King (second from right) presented Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with a Congressional Record commemorating the 130thanniversary of the Bank.  Bank Officers left to right include Lisa Parsons, SVP, Regional Market Manager; Curtis Simard, President & CEO; and Josephine Iannelli, EVP/CFO & Treasurer (far right).

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