Monday, June 18, 2018

25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Results


The 25th Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor on June 12, 2018. The proceeds from this year’s tournament benefit the Island Housing Trust in Bar Harbor. The tournament was supported generously by many local businesses and individuals through sponsorships, donations and participation.  The tournament winners (and their scores) are as follows:

Gross
1st
Chris Coston, Dick Cough, Karl Warner, Robin Macleod 61 
2nd
Shane Carter, Jon Nicholson, Jeff Chamberlain, Matt McEachern 61

Net
1st
Scott Richardson, Mark Politte, Brian Berard, Kelly Lapointe 50.85 
2nd
Tom Estes, Chris Cambridge, Jack Gibbons, Jeff Wooster 52.2

Mixed
1st
Chris White, Michelle White, Tracy Hallett, Garric Worcester 55.45
2nd
Jessica Dow, Emily Lewis, Amy Cameron, Allison Parnell 59.4

Closest to the Pin

#4 – Russell Legare 4’ 2” 
#6 – Mark Hanscome 31’ 5” 
#9 – Dick Cough 11’ 2” 
#15 – Bobby Archer 8’ 1”

Longest Drive #18
Men's – Tim Miller
Lady’s – Samantha Smith

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust would like to especially thank the tournament sponsors: The Bar Harbor Club; ABM Mechanical, Union Office Interiors, Lynam Real Estate Agency, Lynam Insurance, WB Mason, Consumer Title, CDM Communications, The Snowman Group, Allen Agency, Gross Minsky & Mogul, P.A., Cumberland Title, Maine Camp Outfitters, E.L. Shea, and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; hole-in-one sponsors Darling’s Auto Mall and Stanley Scooters; Cadillac Mountain Sports and Pat’s Pizza for donating prizes; 31 tee sponsors, and 26 auction item donors.  This annual charity event is a tribute to longtime member and Chairman of the Board of Bar Harbor Bankshares, David R. Harding.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Photo caption: First place (gross) winners of the 25th Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament with a score of 61 (left to right): Dick Cough, Chris Coston, Robin Macleod, and Karl Warner. This annual charity tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12, 2018 is hosted by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with proceeds contributed to a local not for profit organization. This year’s beneficiary was the Island Housing Trust in Bar Harbor.


Cathy Planchart, VP
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Marketing Department
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
135 High Street | P.O. Box 1089
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: 207-667-7100 x14655
Toll-free:  1-888-853-7100 x14655
Fax: 207-412-6420
E-mail: cplanchart@barharbor.bank

New exhibit by Barbara Strubell


Barbara Strubell has an exhibit of paintings for the month of June at MDI Hospital cafeteria. Please check them out!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Graceful Aging: Free Movement Classes for Seniors: New Summer Schedule


Five types of classes are offered through the Graceful Aging program, an initiative of Healthy Acadia. Classes, led by certified instructor Susan Sassaman, meet weekly in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, are free (donations are accepted) and open to all. The program includes Chair Yoga, Tai Chi for Health, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga Dance for Seniors, Fitness for Parkinson’s and Introduction to Meditation. 

Chair Yoga takes place entirely seated, so there is no need to worry about balance or strength issues. Tai Chi for Health improves balance and helps prevent falls. Yoga for Cancer, a specialized yoga methodology, is tailored to address the physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Yoga Dance, set to music, is gentle seated yoga and easy dancing across the room as a group. Fitness for Parkinson’s, a well-rounded workout, benefits any senior. Introduction to Meditation explores different mindfulness practices.

All classes are evidence-based and provide therapeutic health benefits. They stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety, and boost overall well-being. 

For more information, including times and locations, contact Susan Sassaman (288-8103; susan@healthyacadia.org), or visit barharboryogadance.com/

Healthy Acadia, working in Hancock and Washington Counties, is dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Seal Cove Auto Museum Wins Two National Awards


The Seal Cove Auto Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit from American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for their Auto Wars: Then & Now exhibit. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 73rd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 2016-2017 exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now commemorated the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, as well as the 100th anniversary of a pivotal decision that allowed cars on Mount Desert Island, forever changing its economic, geographic, and cultural landscape.

This year, AASLH conferred forty-four national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum has additionally won Best in Class in the Antique Automobiles category at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, held June 2, 2018, in Greenwich, CT. The museum's winning entry was a 1904 Knox Tudor Surrey, manufactured in Springfield, MA. It was originally custom built for the President of the Knox Automobile Company himself, E. H. Cutler.

The Greenwich Concours is recognized as one of the premier concours in the country and the largest in the Northeast. This year's Concours was a celebration of Briggs Swift Cunningham, American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. The Concours featured a special display of virtually every Cunningham production car and team race car ever built.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests, by telling the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open May 1 – Oct 31, and open in the winter by appointment. For more information please contact the museum at 207- 244-9242 or info@sealcoveautomuseum.org.

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PHOTO: 1904 Knox, owned by the Seal Cove Auto Museum, blue ribbon winner at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance.
Credit: Christina Rodriguez

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Erich Reed will join the Southwest Harbor Public Library as its new Director



The Library’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Erich Reed will begin work as our new Director on June 18. Reed has been the Librarian at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill for twelve years. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director at the Blue Hill Public Library. He holds a Masters in Library Science from Dalhousie University and a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University. He moved to Mount Desert Island with his family several years ago.  
Reed says, “In the past few years since my family moved to MDI, I've loved getting to know the Southwest Harbor Public Library as a vibrant community hub. I look forward to engaging with the community and staff to continue the Library's role as a cultural center and a public resource for life-long learning.”
 Please come to the Library to meet Erich and welcome him to the community!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Welcome new Chamber member Island Housing Trust


Welcome to new Chamber member, Island Housing Trust!

Island Housing Trust, formerly known as the Mount Desert Community Trust, was founded in 1989 as the Mount Desert Development Trust, based in the Town of Mount Desert.  As the Mount Desert Community Trust, the organization completed one workforce housing project through a 99-year lease on a town-owned piece of land off Route 198 in Mount Desert in 1994 and then was inactive for a number of years.  In 2003, following the second MDI Tomorrow initiative, the Mount Desert Community Trust’s Board of Directors was reconstituted and the organization’s mission expanded to include all four towns on MDI.  In 2005, the organization’s name was changed to Island Housing Trust to reflect that expanded mission.

Through January 2018, Island Housing Trust had completed 36 homeownership projects for 111 adults and children on Mount Desert Island since 2008.  Among these are 9 new, energy-efficient houses at IHT's Ripples Hill workforce housing development in Somesville, 15 Homeownership Assistance Program (HOAP) projects in which IHT provided bridge grants to enable qualified applicants to purchase year-round houses on MDI, four houses in the Sabah Woods workforce housing development in the Thomas Bay area of Bar Harbor, a donated 2.4 parcel of land in Somesville that became the site of a single-family residence, and a partnership project with Maine Coast Heritage Trust that enabled a couple qualified by IHT to purchase a three-bedroom home on Route 3 in Bar Harbor as their year-round home.  Including among the 36 homeownership projects completed by IHT over the past eight-plus years are six successful re-sales of residential properties that carried IHT’s affordability covenants and thus were resold at below market-rate to qualified working families and individuals.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Beneficiary for Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit Island Housing Trust.  The golf tournament will be played on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.  For more information, call Nataleigh Flint at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 667-0660 x11022.

Island Housing Trust (IHT) promotes viable, year-round island communities by advancing permanent workforce housing on Mount Desert Island.  They support efforts by public and private individuals and organizations to create housing that is affordable to the year-round working population of MDI.  IHT promotes and seeks to establish partnerships that result in the creation of both rental and home ownership opportunities, enabling the year-round workforce to live in MDI's four communities.  IHT envisions a future where MDI has a significant percentage of affordable year-round housing available to the workforce and works to ensure that it remains affordable into the future. The dwelling units are protected by covenants, enforced in perpetuity. For more information, you can go to:www.islandhousingtrust.org

“IHT is so pleased to have been chosen as the beneficiary of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust's annual Harding Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser. The honor is a special measure of community support for our mission. We look forward to using the proceeds to provide another housing opportunity for a year-round working individual or family on MDI,” said Alison Beane, Executive Director at Island Housing Trust.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites the community to help raise funds for Island Housing Trust by participating in the tournament as a sponsor, golfer, or donor.  Those who have already made a commitment to this year’s tourney include hole-in-one sponsors Stanley Scooters and Darling’s Auto Mall.  For more information about how you can participate in the event, go to www.bhbt.com or contact Nataleigh Flint at 667-0660 x11022.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  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 about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.bhbt.com or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Photo cutline: (left to right) Mark Politte, Owner of Stanley Scooters, Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Alison Beane, Executive Director of Island Housing Trust, Debbie Mitchell-Dow of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and Tom Wheeler, Sales Manager at Darling’s Auto Mall gather at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament is being played at Kebo on June 5, 2018 to benefit the Island Housing Trust.  There will be two hole-in-one contests where the prizes are a new Vespa Scooter from Stanley Scooters and a 2018 Buick Encore from Darling’s!  For more information and to register call 667-7100.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Quietside Shop


Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Quietside Shop!
Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber member, Acadia Quietside Shop. Their planned opening day is May 4 - stop by and say hi!
Todd Graham is excited about opening a new store here in Southwest Harbor.
Form their website at http://acadiashops.com/ :
"Acadia Shops are a group of shops located in Bar Harbor and, (Coming Soon), Southwest Harbor, Maine.
"We are locally owned and operated, and have been for over 84 years. You could say we started at the top- the top of Cadillac Mountain, that is! Our first gift shop opened at the summit of Cadillac in 1933, and we’ve been steadily growing since then. Today, you can find our stores sprinkled throughout downtown Bar Harbor.
"Our goal is to be a go-to for visitors and local residents alike, by providing quality products from throughout the area. As a local business, we’ve benefited from the generosity and support of the community, and that’s why many of our products come from Maine vendors. When you shop at one of our stores, you are supporting the local economy.
"Whether you’re here for a weekend or the whole year, you’ll find homemade ice cream to new hiking boots and everything in-between…… at Acadia Shops!
"Thanks for visiting and we hope you become one of our many friends!"

Monday, April 16, 2018

Welcome to Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!
ABOUT ACADIA CORNERSTONE REAL ESTATE
We are located on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine.
We are just around the corner from Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country! Bar Harbor and Acadia are on Mount Desert Island, in an area that is referred to by many as Down East Maine.
We offer our services in helping you buy or sell real estate in the area in and around Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Hancock, Blue Hill, and Sullivan Maine. We also offer full service help with Bar Harbor Vacation Rentals for those who want to visit Bar Harbor & Acadia.
At Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate we pride ourselves in customer service, integrity and a passion for helping our clients. Whether you are buying or selling Bar Harbor area real estate, Ellsworth area real estate, Hancock area real estate, Blue Hill area real estate, Sullivan area real estate or anywhere else in the region you can rely on us to service your needs.
Although located in Bar Harbor Maine, we provide service throughout the areas near Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Blue Hill, and the Downeast region.

Friday, April 13, 2018

League of Towns to Host Community Forum Focused on Ticks, Tick-borne Illness


The League of Towns, in partnership with Healthy Acadia, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Downeast District Public Health Council, will host a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to gather public input to guide efforts to reduce the health impact of ticks and tick-borne disease on local residents. The forum, scheduled from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Mount Desert Island School, will feature a panel discussion with experts in tick ecology, tick population control, and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness, including representatives from the Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, primary care providers, and others.

Topics for discussion will include: tick identification and the tick life cycle; tick-borne diseases that may be transmitted to people, pets and livestock; methods and techniques to reduce tick exposure and prevent tick bites; resources and support for early diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses; and more. Public input will help to guide actions to protect residents from tick bites and tick-borne illness in our communities, our municipalities, and across Maine.

Residents of Ellsworth, Lamoine, MDI and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.  For more information, contact Durlin Lunt, Chairman, League of Towns, at 276-5531.

The League of Towns is a collaborative unit of government serving Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Ellsworth, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton, and Acadia National Park. 

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Let's Go! for Child Care Providers: Tri-county Collaboration Offer Professional Development Opportunities


Healthy Acadia’s Let's Go! Downeast initiative, serving Washington and Hancock counties, is partnering with Let's Go! Wabanaki, serving the Native American population, and Let's Go! Aroostook County to offer a robust, tri-county 2018 workshop series for child care providers. 

Child care professionals, who are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training each year to maintain certification, have found training opportunities east of Bangor to be few and far between, and often only accessible online. This Let’s Go collaboration will support child care providers throughout eastern Maine by offering a host of in-person and highly interactive learning opportunities with an emphasis on healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity. We are working closely with Aroostook County Action ProgramWabanaki Public Health and Maine Roads to Quality to offer a number of workshops and trainings throughout the year. 
  
Workshops are open to all child care providers and will include: “Active Play!” facilitated by program founder Dr. Diane Craft, returning to Downeast Maine for a second year; a 10-hour “Cooking Matters” class series designed specifically for child care facilities through Maine SNAP-Ed and the Good Shephard Food Bank; Gardening with Kids; “WinterKids;” and IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Toolkit training; as well as informational trainings around opioids and tobacco. Additional classes focused on mindfulness, essential oils and more are still in the works. The 2018 schedule here will be updated as new opportunities are added.

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented in partnership with MaineHealth. Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 incorporates evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Let’s Go! offers targeted curriculum and guidance for schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn and play.  For more information, visit www.letsgo.org

For more information about Let’s Go Downeast in Washington County, contact Georgie Kendall at 255-3741 or Georgie@healthyacadia.orgIn Hancock County, contact Katie Freedman (for childcare centers) at Katie@healthyacadia.org or Julie Daigle (for school settings) at Julie@healthyacadia.org, or call 667-7171.

Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 programming is funded in part by Maine Prevention Services, Maine Center of Disease Control & Prevention Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

One World…One Breath: World Tai Chi and Qiqong Day Events Set for April 28


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day has been celebrated on the last Saturday in April for nearly twenty years. On April 28, 2018, people in hundreds of communities across six continents will come together to perform tai chi and qigong at 10:00am EST, creating a circle of health and healing around the world. Healthy Acadia is pleased to announce there will be free community gatherings in Ellsworth and Blue Hill this year to mark the occasion.

These gatherings will introduce participants to tai chi and qigong, ancient Chinese health practices that integrate postures with breathing and mindfulness. The facilitators at each location are members Healthy Acadia’s Tai Chi for Health Program and certified Tai Chi for Health Institute instructors. Participants will perform slow, gentle, exercises that are appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities. While tai chi and qigong appeal to many people simply because it feels good, the many health benefits include reducing stress while improving strength, flexibility, balance and energy.

Please join family, friends, and neighbors to help create a circle of personal and global health and healing on April 28 at a location near you.  

Times and Locations:

9:30 – 11:30 Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, Ellsworth
10:00 – 10:30 Mainescape Garden Center, 48 South Street, Blue Hill  

Can’t make it to either of the events? You can help create the worldwide circle simply by pausing wherever you are at 10 o’clock in the morning and bring all your attention to your breathing. For more information contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171 or nina@healthyacadia.org.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Healthy Acadia will offer Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training


Maine’s busy tourist season is just around the corner and many stores, restaurants, and taverns will be bringing on new staff. Healthy Acadia is offering Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings to provide anyone employing individuals who sell or serve alcoholic beverages with the knowledge they need to prevent violations of liquor laws.
This course emphasizes increasing employees’ knowledge about liquor laws, the importance of preventing underage sales, and sales to visibly intoxicated individuals, as well as building skills the skills necessary to handle refusing service when necessary. Employees will receive training on best practices to identify minors, false identification, and signs of visible intoxication. Training employees through this 4-hour course may lead to lower insurance rates for businesses and will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales.
Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings will be offered at three locations in Hancock County this April: on April 19, 2018 in Bar Harbor at the Machias Savings Bank Community Room (96 Cottage Street); on April 20 at the Blue Hill Library’s Howard Room located (5 Parker Point Road); and on April 25 at the Ellsworth Public Library’s Community Room located at 20 State Street.
Responsible Beverage Seller trainings (for employees of retail stores and other businesses that sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises) will begin at 8:30am.Responsible Beverage Server trainings (for employees of restaurants, taverns, hotels or other businesses that serve alcohol on-premises) will start at 12:30pm.
The cost for training is $25 per person; participants will receive a certificate valid for 5 years. The latest ID Checking Guides will also be available for purchase at $20 per copy.
For more information, to sign up for training, or to schedule a training for 6 or more employees at your business, please contact Tara Young at 667-7171 ortara@healthyacadia.org.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust contributes to MDI HS Robotics team for World Competition



Bar Harbor Bank & Trust made a $2,500 contribution to the Mount Desert Island High School Robotics Team to help defray the cost for the team to participate in the World Competition, April 24-28 in Kentucky. 

“It was truly outstanding that the MDI High School Robotics Team led the way at the Maine State Competition.  Their success is a testament to the quality education programming provided by our local high school.  The students, teachers, and administrators are to be congratulated for their dedication to academic excellence,” said Jack Frost, VP of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “The skills the students are mastering will be a great advantage as they set their sights and aspirations on post-secondary education and professional careers.”

The high school World VEX Robotics Competition brings together top robotics teams in the VEX I Q challenge, VEX Robotics competition, and VEU U under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and participate with the best teams from around the world.  Best wishes to the MDI High School team proudly representing the State of Maine at this event.

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 www.bhbt.com.  Member FDIC.


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Photo cutline: At left, Lisa Parsons, SVP/Regional Market Manager of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, presents a contribution to Tucker Atwood, Coach of the MDI High School Robotics Team, and team members (left to right, standing) Christopher Allen, Robert Denegre, Branden Dagenais, Lucas Ingebritson, Tyler Bechtold and (kneeling) Maev Rogers, Taki Ishimura and Gloria Kelley.  Not shown: Coach, Megan McOsker and member Massimo Daul.  These funds will help defray the cost for the team to participate in the World Competition, April 24-28 in Kentucky.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Free Yoga Classes Offered


Chair Yoga for Every Body, Yoga Dance for Seniors, and Yoga for Cancer are being offered on MDI through the Graceful Aging program, a new initiative of Healthy Acadia launched earlier this year. The classes, taught by certified yoga teacher Susan Sassaman, meet weekly in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and are free to all (donations are accepted).

Chair Yoga takes place entirely seated, so there is no need to worry about balance or strength issues. Classes incorporate gentle stretching, breath work, strengthening, and relaxation.

Yoga Dance for Seniors features a combination of gentle, seated yoga and easy dancing across the room as a group. Movements flow naturally to accompanying musical selections for a great workout that’s just plain fun.

Yoga for Cancer, a specialized yoga methodology, is tailored to address the physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Classes include a full range of strengthening and restorative yoga postures and relaxation.

All classes are evidence-based, providing the health benefits of yoga:  they stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety, and help to boost overall well-being.

The Graceful Aging program also includes Tai Chi for Health, Fitness for Parkinson’s, and meditation classes. For more information, including class times and locations, contact Susan Sassaman (288-8103; cloudnine@gwi.net), or visit www.barharboryogadance.com/

Healthy Acadia, working in Hancock and Washington Counties, is dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. For more information visit www.healthyacadia.org.

Contact: Susan Sassaman, Graceful Aging Program Coordinator, Healthy Acadia 288-8103 / cloudnine@gwi.net 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Welcome to New Chamber Member Pro31 Cleaning Solutions, Inc.


Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Pro31 Cleaning Solutions, Inc.  

Melinda Proulx, owner of Pro31, says, "We are excited to announce that we are officially open on 101 Main Street, Southwest Harbor in the Marketside Plaza Laundromat!! We are across the parking lot from the Food Mart. We offer full service laundry drop off and pick up. Drop it off with us on your way to work and stop on your way home and pick it up! Need us to come and get it? Give us a call at 664-9851 and we’ll come get it for a small fee. All you’ll have to do is put it away!!! 
We have offerings such as:
Dry cleaning
Wash/Dry/Fold
Linen & Flatwork Ironing
Commercial Cleaning Services
Residential Cleaning Services
Rental Property Cleaning and Property Management Services
We also sell Amway, Norwex and DoTerra in our showroom. If you aren’t cleaning with just water and Norwex, well, you should be! Pop in and ask us why!!!
Stop by and say hello! Join our wash club where your tenth load is free!
Let us do your dirty work and we’ll make your life easier with Pro31 Cleaning Solutions!
Proudly serving the wonderful people of the greater Ellsworth area, Mount Desert Island and the outer islands!"

Come see their new facilities and meet the team at:
101 Main Street Southwest Harbor, Me
207-664-9851

Bar Harbor Bankshares offers scholarship for high school graduating seniors


Bar Harbor Bankshares is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.  Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Lake Sunapee Bank, and can also be found online at www.bhbt.com.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer these scholarships,” said Jack Frost, VP/Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “We recognize that education is one of the surest ways for each person to have a fulfilling and successful career.  These awards can truly make a difference in helping students and families pay for the cost of a college education.”

This new scholarship is for income eligible applicants who have attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum.  Only those students residing in the following counties are eligible: Maine – Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and Washington; New Hampshire – Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan; Vermont – Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. 

There is the potential for15 awards of $1,500 each.  From qualified applicants, one student will be chosen per technical center in the geographic region outlined above.  The eligible technical centers include: Maine - Bath Regional Career & Tech, Capital Area Technical Center, Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Hancock County Technical Center, Mid-Maine Tech Center,  St. Croix Regional Tech, United Technology Center, and Waldo Tech Center; New Hampshire - Concord Regional Technical Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Manchester School of Technology, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center, Nashua Technology Center North, Nashua Technology Center South, Sugar River Valley RTC Claremont, Sugar River Valley RTC Newport, and Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Center; Vermont - Central Vermont Career Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Randolph Technical Career Center, River Bend Career & Technical Center, and Stafford Technical Center.

Application requirements include a personal statement describing career aspirations and college choice, explanation of leadership and community service, high school transcript, copy of FAFSA, and the completed one-page scholarship application.  This scholarship, offered by Bar Harbor Bankshares, is being administered by the Maine Community Foundation.  For questions, please contact the Foundation at 207-667-9735.

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, and its Lake Sunapee Bank division, 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 www.bhbt.com.  Member FDIC.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Free Pain Management Workshop Series Begins April in Southwest Harbor


Southwest Harbor. Healthy Acadia and MDI Hospital & Health Centers are partnering to offer a free, 6-week comprehensive pain self-management series at the Community Health Center, 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, on Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, beginning April 13 and continuing through May 18, 2018.

“Taking Action on Pain” is a free, interactive program that is open to anyone who suffers from chronic pain. This evidence-based, Chronic Pain Self-Management Program was developed through Stanford University to empower participants to better manage their pain through multiple channels, and can help reduce the need for traditional pain medications which can have negative side effects and/or may be addictive. “Taking Action on Pain” invites chronic pain sufferers to explore a variety of pain self-management tools, including:

  • Techniques to deal with common issues such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • The importance of pacing activities and allowing for rest
  • Active and informed decision-making
  • Evaluating new treatments

“Taking Action on Pain” classes are facilitated by two Stanford University-trained leaders and offer a supportive environment for participants to provide each other with mutual support and share their successes. Evidence demonstrates that it is the highly participative process in which the program is conducted that makes it so effective. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, satisfying lives.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Pain and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body. A light snack will be provided.  There is no fee for this workshop series, however, pre-registration is required.  Contact Laura Driscoll at 460-7451 or laura.driscoll@mdihospital.org to register, or for more information about “Taking Action on Pain.”

Healthy Acadia’s “Taking Action on Pain” program is supported by Grant Number D04RH28404 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For more information about Healthy Acadia, please visit www.healthyacadia.org.