Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships

Congratulations to Seth Welch, Kaylee Bosse, Charlotte Brugman, Carly Pinkham, Alexander Haire, and Lydia Gatcomb recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education Scholarship.  These six 2019 high school graduates attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum, and were awarded the scholarship based upon their academic success and determination to further advance their education and vocational skills.  Please join us in congratulating these young people as they prepare for their future careers. 

Seth Welch, resides in Brooksville, Maine, is a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  He is enrolled at Eastern Maine Community College pursuing a degree in Digital Graphic Design.

Kaylee Bosse, resides in Harrington, Maine, is a graduate of Narraguagus High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Bates College pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical Science.

Charlotte Brugman, resides in Southwest Harbor, Maine, is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Video Production.

Carly Pinkham, resides in Steuben, Maine, is a graduate of Sumner High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Secondary Education – Life Sciences

Alexander Haire, resides in Columbia, Maine, is a graduate of Narraguagus High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center. He is enrolled at Universal Technical Institute pursing a degree in Automotive/Diesel.

Lydia Gatcomb, resides in Hancock, Maine, is a graduate of Sumner High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awarded 15 Career & Technical Education scholarships of $1500 each to 2019 high school graduates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Application criteria included attending a technical career program (in designated geographies) as part of their high school curriculum, describing their career aspirations and college choice in a personal statement, as well as sharing their leadership and community service experiences.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 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, or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.


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Left to right: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees Sonya Mitchell and Jacklyn Sinclair congratulate the six recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education scholarship: (front row) Seth Welch, Kaylee Bosse, Charlotte Brugman, Carly Pinkham (back row) Alexander Haire, and Lydia Gatcomb.  These 2019 high school graduates have plans to further advance their education and vocational skills. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

News from Atlantic Brewing Company

Atlantic Brewing Company of Bar Harbor is pleased to announce the promotion of Alexander Maffucci to corporate president. Mr. Maffucci has been with Atlantic Brewing for nearly a decade, currently as Director of Operations since 2017. Mr. Maffucci holds a degree in policy economics from the University of New Hampshire and worked at Adams State University prior to coming to Atlantic Brewing in a managerial position.

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About Atlantic Brewing Company:
The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1990 inside the Lompoc Cafe in one barrel batches. As demand grew we moved to Town Hill and began brewing on a 15 barrel system. Producing local favorites like Real Ale and Coal Porter, Atlantic has been a staple in downeast for over 20 years. Now with two locations in Bar Harbor, we strive to produce quality craft beers using Maine grown ingredients.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Southwest Harbor Congregational Church

Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Southwest Harbor Congregational Church. 

The Church's Mission says that "We are a congregation that endeavors to "Love God" meaning loving the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; "Love Each Other" meaning loving each other as much as we love ourselves; and "Love the World" meaning loving the lost enough to share the Gospel in order to make disciples of all people."

Worship Service                 10:30 AM Sunday
Adult Sunday School           9:00 AM Sunday
Children's Sunday School   9:00 AM Sunday

The SWH Congregational Church has a long and interesting history. You can learn more about the church by visiting their web site at: Or stop by a service and meet the congregation.

Julie Pelletier, RN Nominated for Caregiver of the Year

Mount Desert Island Hospital Nurse Julie Pelletier, RN has been nominated for Maine Hospital Association’s Caregiver of the Year Award. As a Cancer Patient Navigator and Palliative Care Nurse, Julie cares for patients and their families dealing with cancer diagnoses and serious illness, providing hope, support and optimism during what can be an extremely difficult time. Her patients find that Julie’s strength and sunny disposition—often reflected in her wardrobe with a well-placed pop of color or pleasing print—instantly sets them at ease.
Julie was inspired to become a nurse after she experienced complications during her pregnancy with her daughter. She was put on bed rest and spent significant time in the hospital. “It really opened my eyes,” she says. “I was just so blown away by the labor and delivery nurses—even when you don’t know what you need, they know what you need.”
Today, she is a dedicated nurse with 14 years’ experience in advanced critical care and life support, intensive care, post-anesthesia care, pediatric care, infusion therapy, long-term care, skilled nursing care, palliative care and cancer patient navigation.
While patients tell her they find comfort in her strength, it is theirs that impresses her. “It takes a lot of courage to let me in and I’m so grateful for that opportunity,” she says. “It is extremely rewarding and humbling to be a part of my patients’ lives.”
Julie is a consummate team player who is always willing to go above and beyond or stay late to help a patient or a fellow staff member, say her colleagues. She was also instrumental in launching MDI Hospital’s Cancer Patient Navigator program in 2018, made possible by a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation. The program, led by Julie and fellow navigator Heather Sinclair, LSW, provides an extra tier of support for those dealing with cancer diagnoses by addressing their physical, social and emotional needs. “Julie is caring, attentive and compassionate; she respects each individual’s right to choose how they want their medical care. She is innovative, which is often needed in our rural area which can present unique challenges. Her compassion is evident in every encounter she has with patients,” says Heather. “She works with providers within our hospital system and beyond to make sure that the circle of care is complete and that nothing is left unaddressed.”
Julie’s commitment to patient care is unparalleled, says Vanessa Little, DO, palliative care physician. “One day there was a patient dying in the hospital, comfort measures were in place and he knew he was dying. His family was unable to come and Julie sat with him, grabbed his favorite book off of his hospital tray and began reading aloud to him.”
Listening to her patients and advocating for them is something that comes naturally to Julie says Megan Tibbetts, Integrated Care Team Assistant. “Julie takes as much time as needed to fully listen to her patients and their families express their physical, emotional, and practical needs. She asks clarifying, thoughtful questions of her patients to better understand what is most important to them, and what barriers they may be facing.”
The winner of the 2019 Caregiver of the Year Award is set to be announced Wednesday, June 19 at the Maine Hospital Association’s 2019 Summer Forum Conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Makes $5K Gift to MDI Hospital Obstetrics Unit's New Infant Security System

THE GIFT OF SAFETY…Members of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation present Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Obstetrics Department with a check for $5,000 in support of the unit’s new infant security system. The new system uses state-of-the-art technology and soft, comfortable protection bands to ensure the safety and security of newborns.

From left: Ellen DaCorte, RN, Senior Obstetrics Charge Nurse, MDI Hospital; Angela Nelson, Vice President of Merchant Card Sales, Bangor Savings Bank; James Robbins, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking Officer, Bangor Savings Bank; Jennifer Johnson, BSN, RN, CCRN, Inpatient Nursing Director, MDI Hospital; Sheryl Edgecomb, Vice President, Branch Manager, Bangor Savings Bank.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mount Desert Island Hospital Receives Wellness Workdays’ Best Wellness Employer Silver Certification

Mount Desert Island Hospital has received Wellness Workdays’ Best Wellness Employer silver certification for its worksite wellness programDeveloped by Wellness Workdays in collaboration with experts from Harvard Medical School, the initiative recognizes the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being and helps advance the field of worksite wellness by providing data and research about current practices and wellness outcomes.

“We are proud to receive this distinguished certification for our initiatives to improve the health and well-being of our employees,” said Sara O'Connell, Human Resources Director at MDI Hospital. “We are committed to delivering wellness programs that inspire and motivate our employees to live healthier lives.”

The Best Wellness Employer certification recognizes the outstanding achievements of organizations committed to creating best-in-class wellness programs. Experts from Wellness Workdays, Harvard Medical School and many other leading organizations developed the rigorous evaluation standards for the eligibility requirements. Organizations that were awarded certification were featured at Wellness Workdays’ 6th Annual Emerging Trends in Wellness Conference on April 10-11, 2019.

"Wellness programs are an increasingly attractive benefit for employees; a certified wellness program can build a stronger organization and help attract and retain top talent,” said Debra Wein, founder and CEO of Wellness Workdays. “Best Wellness Employer certification demonstrates an organization’s wellness culture and provides an opportunity to highlight corporate wellness program initiatives and their positive impact on employee’s health.”

About MDI Hospital
Mount Desert Island Hospital serves a close-knit island and surrounding communities through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of area health centers—all designed to provide comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors. Since it was established in 1897, the nonprofit hospital has grown into a premier rural healthcare organization with a retirement community and eight regional health centers, including a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. Today, MDI Hospital employs more than 500 people and is the second largest employer on Mount Desert Island.

About Wellness Workdays
Wellness Workdays is a Massachusetts company with offices in New York, Florida and Texas that designs and delivers corporate wellness programs to promote employee health, productivity and a culture of well-being. Wellness Workdays has earned industry recognition and several best practices awards for its clients, which include New Balance, EMD Millipore, Putnam Investments, Cape Cod Healthcare, Brown University, Cabot Corp., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rockland Trust, Bentley University, Cambridge Trust and Harvard Business School. Wellness Workdays is a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). For more information about Wellness Workdays, or follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. Learn more about the Best Wellness Employer certification program at and join the conversation on Twitter #BestWellness2019.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Annual Health Fair Provides Free Screenings and Resources for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to host their annual Health Fair on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Bar Harbor Town Hall. This free event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about many resources for a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness professionals from the MDI Hospital Organization will be on hand to provide health screenings including cholesterol checks, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density, balance tests, body composition diagnostics, and much more. These health screenings will help give you the knowledge and the tools that you need to stay healthy. Emergency Department staff will also provide CPR demonstrations.

Many local wellness vendors will be on hand, complimentary healthy snacks including smoothies will be available during the fair and attendees can enter to win door prizes.

For more information, contact Mary Parham, Community Health Educator, at 801-5034.