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;, or visit

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

Contact: Susan Sassaman, Graceful Aging Program Coordinator, Healthy Acadia 288-8103 / 

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
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

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

“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  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 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