Friday, August 17, 2018

Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1928 Ford Huckster to be Featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage”



On a foggy day at the beginning of August, Jay Leno flew into Bar Harbor for a shoot of his show Jay Leno’s Garage at Martha Stewart’s summer home, Skylands, in Seal Harbor. Skylands was originally built by Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Car Company. Martha Stewart invited the Seal Cove Auto Museum to be a part of the show, which will focus on Edsel Ford and his role in the development of the Model A, and his summer retreat in Maine. Jay Leno wanted to drive the museum's 1928 Ford Model A Huckster - donated by Binky MacQuinn in honor of her husband, Ronald MacQuinn - in the shoot, which also featured Martha’s 1957 Edsel wagon.

Director Raney Bench and volunteer mechanic Harry Saunders brought the Huckster to Seal Harbor, and spent the day at Skylands with Stewart and Leno, providing Leno with the interesting details about the Huckster that he discussed in the filming of the show. This episode of Jay Leno's Garage will air in the spring of 2019!

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.






Friday, August 3, 2018

Newly Launched Maine RecoveryCorps Recruiting Service Members


Community organizations in six northern Maine counties are actively recruiting RecoveryCorps members to support the newly launched Maine RecoveryCorps. Maine RecoveryCorps, funded by an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded to Healthy Acadia, will focus on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services and to improve recovery success among individuals facing substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders.

Healthy Acadia and organizations across Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties will host 30 full- and part-time RecoveryCorps members serving one-year terms of service, beginning in mid-September, 2018. RecoveryCorps members will engage in Recovery Coaching, an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for people seeking recovery, helping them remove barriers and navigate systems to meet their treatment, wellness and recovery support goals. RecoveryCorps coaches have typically experienced substance use disorder and recovery either directly themselves or through someone close to them. 

“The RecoveryCorps Program represents a significant expansion of recovery coaching services across a broad region,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the need to expand services to support individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders, and that they saw the value that AmeriCorps members can bring in the form of recovery coaching. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

Full-time RecoveryCorps members will receive a living allowance of $13,732, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans, health insurance, mileage, training, and more. Part-time RecoveryCorps members (6-8 hours of service per week) will receive a stipend of $1,000, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,252.91, mileage, training, and more. Individuals 55 years old or older at time of their AmeriCorps service may transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position, visit www.healthyacadia.orgor contact Healthy Acadia’s Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 / sandie@healthyacadia.org.  Applications will  be reviewed immediately and will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. Service terms begin on September 24, 2018 or October 14, 2018.

If an organization is interested in hosting or sponsoring an AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps service member, please contact Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bark Ranger Program offered in Acadia National Park



A new program at Acadia National Park is for people who love visiting the park with their dogs. The Bark Ranger Program encourages dogs and their people to complete at least one activity geared toward teaching and practicing the etiquette needed when dogs visit wild places like Acadia. After completing one or more activities, a free wallet-sized certificate will be signed by a park ranger, to honor the commitments between people, their dogs, and Acadia National Park.
In addition to the certificates, the Bark Ranger Program has other offerings including a free evening ranger program offered at the Seawall Campground and the Schoodic Woods Campground, dates and times are listed on the Acadia National Park “Things to Do” website at http://go.nps.gov/Acadia2Do. And, if you would like your dog to have a Bark Ranger collar tag or bandana, these items are available for sale through the Eastern National Bookstore located at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and other locations.
To learn more about the program visit http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPets or contact Kelly Pontbriand, 207-288-8805 or kelly_pontbriand@nps.gov.
For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS), Twitter (twitter.com/AcadiaNPS), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/acadianps).
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About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice), Twitter (www.twitter.com/natlparkservice), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice).


Friday, July 20, 2018

Healthy Acadia Receives National AmeriCorps Grant


Healthy Acadia has received an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch the Maine RecoveryCorps Program. The Program will focus on expanding Recovery Coaching to strengthen recovery support services in our communities and to improve recovery success among individuals facing opioid use disorders.  

This grant will support 30 AmeriCorps members who will serve throughout Northeastern Maine, including Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties. RecoveryCorps members will help tackle the critical challenges of a devastating opioid epidemic, which results in high morbidity and mortality throughout the region. Many individuals are struggling with opioid use disorders and significant gaps exist in services, including lack of access to support services for people throughout the recovery process. This grant will support Recovery Coaching, which is an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for the people seeking recovery, helping them remove barriers and navigate systems to meet their treatment, wellness and recovery support goals. RecoveryCorps coaches have typically experienced substance use disorder and recovery either directly themselves or through someone close to them. 

“The RecoveryCorps Program represents a significant expansion of recovery coaching services across a broad region,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the need to expand services to support individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders, and that they saw the value that AmeriCorps members can bring in the form of recovery coaching. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

"AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  We congratulate Healthy Acadia for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.” 

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $121,595 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2018 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and opioid misuse issues and recovery. In total 367 AmeriCorps positions are funded to serve communities in all of Maine’s 16 counties, representing an increase in both positions and federal funding over the previous year.

RecoveryCorps AmeriCorps members will serve at organizations throughout the six-county region of Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington. For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position in any of these counties, or if your organization is interested in hosting an AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps service member, please contact Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary


Greg Dalton, Curtis Simard, Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a check for $5,500 to Clara Baker and Alison Beane of Island Housing Trust representing the proceeds from the Bank’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12.  This year’s tournament benefitted the Island Housing Trust. 

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

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 $3.5 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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust supports Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp


Jack Frost and Chelsea Sawyer from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a donation check to Katie Freedman of Healthy Acadia. These funds will provide scholarships for students in Washington County to attend the DownEast Teen Leadership Camp this summer, helping to make DETLC accessible to all youth. 

DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is an annual 5-day residential summer camp program serving primarily Washington County teens entering grades 7 to 9.  Hosted by Healthy Acadia and held at the University of Maine at Machias, the camp challenges and empowers teens to make healthy choices and positively impact their lives and those in their communities. DETLC provides youth with social, communication and leadership skills to promote resiliency and to deter misuse of substances, including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. DETLC is deeply impactful for the youth who participate, in terms of their opportunity to have a positive summer experience, the knowledge and tools they gain to make healthy choices, as well as the leadership skills they develop during camp and build on throughout the following years through an ongoing school-based programming. 

Since 2000, DETLC has motivated and inspired over 425 adolescents from rural Washington County and beyond to live substance free and serve as positive role models and inspiring civic leaders in their schools and communities ultimately increasing their personal well-being and workforce preparedness as they age into adulthood.DETLC has typically attracted more than 25 teens each year and recent enrollment has nearly doubled, with 49 teens attending in 2017. The DETLC model assures that all interested youth are welcome to attend camp, regardless of their ability to pay.  For more information, contact Healthy Acadia at 207-255-3741.

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 $3.5 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.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to new member At Home MDI!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, At Home MDI.

At Home MDI is a member-based, volunteer supported program designed to provide residents of the Mount Desert Island community with essential services, empowering them to continue to live independently in their homes and connected to their communities as they age.

They are dedicated to:
  • Supporting our community elders to remain in their homes as long as they are able.
  • Engaging with existing community organizations, businesses, and services to support this goal.
  • Encouraging the growth of local services to fill the demands of the at home population
  • Respecting the independence of our elders by offering services and support necessary to stay at home.
At Home is celebrating its first year of providing services on Mount Desert Island. At Home MDI welcomes new members and volunteers. For more information, call the main office (207)374-5852.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Welcome to new Chamber member Downeast Sailing Adventures!


Welcome to new Chamber Member Downeast Sailing Adventures!

"Experience the Real Maine on Acadia’s Quiet Side as we sail among the Cranberry Islands and Somes Sound. Enjoy the breath taking vistas of Acadia National Park. Sit back and relax as we sail past the lighthouses, lobstermen, and magnificent summer “cottages” that make this world-class cruising area unique. Hosted on a traditional Maine-built wooden sloop, the Friendship Sloop SURPRISE carries a maximum of only 6 passengers.


"The Friendship Sloop SURPRISE is the only Carbon Neutral tour boat in Acadia National Park. We removed the diesel engine and replaced it with a 24 hp. Elco Electric Motor making us completely silent. No noise or fumes to spoil the experience."
The Surprise sails out of the Manset Town Dock - be sure to stop by and say hello!

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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