Monday, July 22, 2013


Bar Harbor, Maine - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is hosting an open house for Joe Murphy on the occasion of his retirement from the Bank, after 11 years of service.  Please join us on August 1st, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 82 Main Street, Bar Harbor to thank Joe for his remarkable leadership, congratulate him on his retirement, and wish him well as he begins a new chapter of his life.  

Refreshments will be served. 

News from the Salty Dog Gallery

Jul 21 2013
This past week has been a scorcher

Its been near 90's every day for a week, and were told this is cool compared to the temperatures in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. But for those of us who came to Maine to be cool, global warming is definitely happening in the Northeast corridor. Our problem is we don't have air conditioners..So much for the heat. The weather forecast is for much lower temperatures next week.

Our town is settling down now that our pink feathered friends have flown to find a cool place. However, Mount Desert Island is hopping with more events than we can attend and still get some sleep.
Phil's watercolor class at the Wooden Boat School this August still has two seats left.  If you are interested, its not too late to call.
He's now teaching 4 classes at The Salty Dog Gallery this month. Classes are 9/12 each Tuesday,  ending July 30th.

Our new exhibit in the gallery begins July 21st showing three artists from Mount Desert Island..They are Ed Elvidge, Mark Fink, and Gail Ribas. 
Ed really pushes the envelope in retouching his photographs so they look like oil paintings. Mark makes etchings, and  encaustic paintings on wood panel, and Gail is showing her beautiful transparent watercolors.. We still feature sculptors Jim Green and Greg Ondo. We have an additional whimsical piece by Sydney Roberts Rockefeller. 
Below are resumes, photos, and images of their work.
Their paintings will be on display from Sunday, July 21st through Saturday, August 3rd.. A reception to meet the artists will be Tuesday,July 23rd at 5:00 PM.  
                    If nearby, please come see their work !!!!


fink, 2013

ribas, 2013



Workshops        Workshops

wbs 2013

For more information about Phil's art activities 


          You will see some new information and  new images being offered for purchase.

When you see a painting you would like to have please call me, Joan, at772-465-8322,  or 772-489-1156., summer and winter. Gallery phone number is 207-244-5918  

New Workshops:
Phil will again be teaching at Wooden Boat in Brooklin, ME. this August  Check out their website or call 207-359-4651 for more information about classes and schedules.
 Phil is teaching one morning a week at The Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor this July. Classes are 9 to 12,  
concluding July 30th. 
Call or e-mail me for more information.  772-489-1156 or 207-244-5918
Phil and author/playwright Eva Murray have just completed a new book and play titled " On the Edge"
The plan is to air it on public television next spring and to do a live performance in The Neighborhood House,  
Northeast Harbor,  August 31st.

Golfing Poem;

Giva Fraisher and Phil completed a poetry book which is now published and will soon be available for purchase.. It is about golf. Giva wrote the poem, and Phil did cartoon illustrations. 

For Salty Dog information, please contact me by e-mail or phone.

Thanks for taking your time to read about our world of art.  We value your patronage and input..


Joan Steel


Southwest Harbor, Maine – Each week, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust directors and employees, in exchange for being able to dress casually on Fridays, voluntarily contribute to a charitable fund that disburses gifts monthly to local non-profit organizations.  This employee-driven donation program is calledCommunity Commitment.  The Bank matches the employee donations, doubling the amount given to the chosen non-profit organization.  Each month employees at a different bank location get to choose the recipient of these contributions. 

For the month of June, employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s Southwest Harbor branch chose MDI Search and Rescue to receive theCommunity Commitment funds.

“This gift from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust makes a huge difference for us,” said Davin O’Connell, President of MDI Search and Rescue.  “We run the organization on donations, so every dollar we receive goes a long way.  This fall we will host a wilderness rope rescue training seminar in Bar Harbor, taught by nationally-recognized instructors.  This gift will enable seven of our volunteers to attend.  We really appreciate this community support, especially from people we know; the Bank’s staff in Southwest Harbor.” 
Formed in 1982, MDI Search and Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit service organization that provides search and rescue assistance on Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities. MDI SAR team members respond to callouts by Acadia National Park, the Maine Warden Service, and local police and fire departments.  Team capabilities include ground searches for missing persons, emergency wilderness medicine, and technical rope rescue. They assist with 20-25 missions annually.  Their 30+/- member volunteers put in roughly 10 times as much time training as they do performing searches or rescues. MDI SAR’s annual budget pays for member training and rescue equipment like ropes, carabineers, webbing, rescue litter, etc.  If you are interested in making a donation to MDI Search and Rescue, checks can be sent to: MDI Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 493, Bar Harbor, ME  04609.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a community bank with more than $1.3 billion in assets.  Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services and products for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB) and was named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Maine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to

Left to right: Davin O’Connell and Steven Hudson of MDI Search & Rescue receive a Community Commitment donation check from Ginny MacLeod and Colleen Maynard of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s Southwest Harbor branch.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Welcome to New Member!

Welcome to new member Walker's Mediterranean Restaurant! 

They serve Fresh Delicious Cuisine and Tapas from all over the Mediterranean Region. Cocktails, Bottled or Draft Beer and Wine.

Be sure to check out their facebok page at

Stop in today for a meal or to hear some live music!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Southwest Harbor's Friendship Sloop Race

Bar Harbor to Bangor Transportation Service Information

One of the many questions we get here in the Chamber office is "How can I get to Bangor to catch my plane?"  This morning I came across this transportation service and thought I should share it with all of our members who also are faced with that question from time to time! --Cynthia

 provides our customers with superior customer service & professional door-to-door transportation between Bar Harbor and Bangor, Maine at an affordable price.

Schedule, Rates, & Reservations


Ground transportation alternatives between Bangor and Bar Harbor are limited.
Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC is located in Bar Harbor and makes at least 4 round-trip runs to Bangor on a daily basis between
June and October. Unfortunately, due to our location, we are not usually able to provide a departure from Bangor any earlier
than 11:30 am but please call us at 207.479.5911 to be sure.
Our daily departure schedule is dependent on the number of passengers and their travel needs. You can reserve one-way or round-trip tickets through our online reservation system and specify your desired departure/arrival times. If we are unable to meet your needs, we will contact you within two business days to discuss alternatives.
DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL We strive to stay on schedule; however, occasionally there are delays caused by circumstances beyond our control. If your flight is running behind and you miss your scheduled shuttle, we will make our best effort to arrange for you to be transported on the next closest departure. Listed below is the approximate travel time for each destination we service. Please note that these are estimates and not guaranteed.
Bangor to/from Bar Harbor – 1.5 hours
Bangor to/from Ellsworth – 45 minutes
Bar Harbor to/from Ellsworth – 45 minutes
Bar Harbor to/from Trenton – 20 minutes
PICK-UP and DROP-OFF LOCATIONS are flexible, but the most common are the Bangor International AirportGreyhound orConcord Coach Lines (formerly Concord Trailways) bus terminals, Hollywood SlotsThe Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, Mike’s Groceries on Water Street in Ellsworth, and most hotels/motels located within Bar Harbor (see ourpartners page for a list of lodging options).
RATES  Full-priced one-way rates are shown below.
Bangor to/from Bar Harbor$40
Bangor to/from Ellsworth$30
Bar Harbor to/from Ellsworth$30
Bar Harbor to/from Trenton$25
Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC offers discounted rates for round-trip tickets and Group Rates for 3 or more on the same reservation. In addition, children 10 years and under travel at a 50% discount off a one-way adult ticket. Note that youth tickets are not eligible for additional discounts.
Corporate discounts are also available for organizations using our service regularly. Please call for pricing.
Pricing subject to change without notice.

Policies & Info


Your satisfaction is our priority! If for any reason you are unhappy with the services received from Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC, please contact us at your earliest convenience via email at or by calling 207.479.5911.


Pricing is subject to change without notice.
You may reschedule your reservation at any time by emailing us at or calling 207.479.5911.


Reservations may be made online 24 hours a day or during normal business hours (8:00am-6:00pm) by calling 207.479.5911. Credit card information must be provided at the time your reservation is made in order to secure your seat(s). Please be sure to review our cancellation policy prior to booking your reservation.
Information required during the reservation process includes but is not limited to:
  • Contact information including name, address, home phone,
    cell phone, and email address
  • Emergency contact information
  • Airline, flight number, arrival time (arriving and departing flight
    information is needed if making round-trip reservations)
  • Bus station arrival time
  • Hotel name


Each passenger is allowed to travel with one piece of baggage up to 50lbs plus their carry-on items at no charge. A baggage fee of $5 will be assessed for each item beyond the allowance. If you did not pay for the additional or overweight bags during the reservation process, your credit card will be charged on the date of travel.


You may travel with your bicycle at your own risk for an additional fee of $5 per bicycle. Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC is not liable for any damage your bicycle may incur during transport to your destination or during the loading and/or unloading process.


For a fee of $10, you may travel with your pet as long as the pet is in a travel-ready kennel. Take note that the passenger is fully responsible for loading and unloading the pet. Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC is not liable for any injury the pet may incur during transport to your destination.


During the reservation process, you will specify your desired pick-up and drop-off locations. We will contact you either by phone or email prior to your date of travel notifying you of the approximate time of departure from your pick-up location. Please be ready and available at the scheduled location at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time. It is important to note that departure times are estimated and dependent on the number of passengers traveling on that run. Our shuttle is well marked and easy to locate outside of each location noted below.
Bangor locations are:
Bar Harbor locations include most of the hotels/motels in the area, College of the Atlantic, or other locations arranged during the reservation process.
Ellsworth location is Mike’s Groceries on Water Street.
Trenton location is the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.


We will wait as long as possible, but we must stay on schedule to meet the expectations of our customers. We will send an email to you and try to call you before departing. If we cannot wait for you, you will need to contact us once you land and we will do our best to make accommodations for you on the next departure from that location; however, if we are fully booked, you may need to seek alternative transportation or wait until the next available departure.

Contact Us

Bar Harbor Shuttle LLC
PO Box 399
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Telephone: 207.479.5911
Change a reservation:
General questions:
Billing or payment questions:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quietside Flamingo Festival Reminders

Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party & 
Golf Scramble
Sunday, July 14th
Join the Feathered Friends Golf Scramble at 3 pm. The cost is 
$50 per person which includes a ticket for 
the Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party. After the scramble come listen to The Larks at the Annual Polo & Yacht Club Party from             5-7:30 pm  where this year's Southwest Harbor/Tremont Citizen of the Year, Skip Wilson will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person and we strongly recommend reserving yours ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased at Harbor House on Main Street.
Quietside Flamingo Festival 2013 
  July 12th-15th
 Flamingo 2013

Join us for the pinkest Festival ever! Parade, Craft Fair, Carnival, Cocktail Party, Golf Scramble, Steel Drum Band Concert! For a complete weekend schedule go to:

Flamingo 4-Miler & Fun Run
Sunday, July 14th
Registration starts at 7am and the race starts at 8:00am.
$20.00 per person. Pre registration available by clicking the form below.

From The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

Your Governor's Account Executive Helps New or Existing Businesses Expand and Grow

By Brian Whitney, DECD Director of Business Development and Innovation
As Maine's Director of Business Development and Innovation, it is important for me to know that Maine businesses receive the help and resources they need to be successful. Having worked with innumerable businesses across our great state, I am keenly aware that the process of starting or growing a business can sometimes be arduous and frustrating - but it shouldn't be!

In the coming months, Maine's Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) will provide information to Maine's job creators in columns similar to this one about the available assistance and resources available to help them retain and grow employment in their businesses and in our State.  Brian Mulligan, one of five Governor's Account Executives at the DECD whose region includes the counties of Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington, will provide information about available financial resources and assistance. 

As a Governor's Account Executive, Brian works collaboratively across state government to help resolve business-related issues and to listen intently to opportunities that may exist to make meaningful changes to Maine's economic delivery system.

He works one-on-one with businesses in an effort help them navigate the state bureaucracy and to serve as a knowledgeable and professional economic development liaison whose primary responsibility is to help businesses succeed and grow.

Having owned and managed businesses in the private sector from modular home firms to fuel companies, Brian has a wide and varied breadth of experience.  His diverse background and first-hand knowledge helps him appreciate the myriad challenges that business owners face and also enables him to respond to inquiries in a more meaningful and effective manner. Each day, Brian has the opportunity to meet hard-working Maine businesspeople who go through the same trials he experienced as a business owner. Seeing those businesses grow and flourish is a point of personal pride for him and, of course, is the main reason why the Governor's Account Executive team was created.

The Governor's Account Executives, as the title suggests, have a tremendous responsibility and obligation.  They serve as the Governor's eyes and ears in the economic development realm and stand ready to convey information about opportunities, and ongoing business challenges and criticisms to the Governor so that improvements can more easily be made.

The Governor's Account Executive team works in concert with the Mane Department of Labor and CareerCenters, as well as through liaisons in every state agency to help match businesses with the resources and assistance that they require.  They are actively engaging businesses, trade associations, chambers of commerce, regional economic development entities, municipalities and counties to spread the word about the services DECD offers, as well as to glean information vital to policy makers. 

That said, the department also has mechanisms for our team to reactively respond to inquiries from those same constituencies through the Red Tape Hotline and the state's Business Answers program.  The Red Tape Hotline, (207) 624-7486, serves as the focal point for businesses to call to get assistance in licensing, permitting & regulatory issues.

The Business Answers Program at DECD, 1-800-872-3838, is designed to give businesses the help they need to succeed . . . whether it is determining the legal requirements needed to start a business, or finding available state resources to help a business grow, the Business Answers program is the first place any business should call.  If the answer to a question is not readily available, a Governor's Account Executive will find the answer, or put a business in touch with someone who can.

At DECD we are also recognizing and promoting those business-friendly cities and towns that are following the State of Maine's lead.  Thus far, 20 municipalities have achieved certification as business-friendly and we are proud to say that list is growing as even more municipalities are currently being considered during the latest round.

Undeniably, there are many community officials that value the importance of reducing government red tape and streamlining processes so that job creation may occur. This program recognizes those communities that are leading by example and encouraging collaborations between municipalities and businesses to spur job growth.  Communities deemed business-friendly are presented with a certificate, MDOT road sign and become a key part of Maine's business attraction strategy.

As I indicated, DECD and Brian Mulligan will share information about available state resources and assistance in this space in the coming months.  In the meantime, I encourage Maine business owners and managers in the counties of Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington to reach out to Brian at (207) 624-7457, or via email at, if he can help with any business-related issue. 

To learn more about the Governor's Account Executives online, please visit

Route 102 Construction Schedule

Last night (7.9.13) the Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen listened to a presentation from Olver Associates, the engineers for the Route 102 Road reconstruction project, on the schedule for the project's execution.  The recommendations, which were eventually adopted by the Selectmen, are as follows:

  • project to begin September 2013 commencing at Seal Cove and Main and heading south until winter shut down, likely by mid-November
  • recommence, April 2014 and proceeding until winter shutdown, likely mid-November 2014, beginning at Wesley Ave. and heading north thru the village to cease before July 2014
  • July  to September 2014 between Seal Cove Corner and Herrick Road, construction with one way traffic
  • September to winter shutdown 2014 final work and first paving
  • Spring 2015 final paving
  • Operations from 7am - 7pm, Monday thru Friday; the contractors may extend their work schedule to Saturdays and Sundays if circumstances require
The engineers are projecting the project to last 270 - 290 days.  They said difficult drainage issues throughout the project are a factor in extending the project's schedule.  MDOT will not allow work on the project in winter and the Selectmen, concerned about the project's cost, do not want to extend it any longer than necessary.

The Town Manager has promised to notify the public promptly of events as they develop.

Change of Date

The next regular meeting of the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has been changed from Wednesday, August 7 to the 14th.  As usual we plan to meet at 10am.

Data Mapping Services

As many as 20% of business listings on web based map sites and services are inaccurate, says [Chamber member] Jim LeClair who would like to help you fix this problem.  Jim and his wife, Patti own and operate the Maine Coast Welcome Center in Belfast and Jim has also made himself expert in correcting inaccurate internet information about your business's location, description, telephone number etc.

Have you had a customer complain that directions to your business were incorrect?  Have you found the wrong telephone number listed on a webpage and not known how to fix it?  Jim can help.

Jim, who visited the Chamber board at our regular meeting on Wednesday, July 3, shared his Top 10 Data Mapping Benefits List.  He would like to return in the fall to share his expertise with Quietside businesses.  The Board recommends that you consider his offer.  We propose to invite him back sometime in the fall, either late September or right after Oktoberfest.

For more information on this topic, please visit Jim's webpage here: where you'll find a good article from the Bangor Daily News, Jim's list and other stuff.

David Lloyd (Seawall Motel) who has long used Jim's expertise, attended the Board meeting to support Jim's presentation.  David says you are welcome to contact him with your questions.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Road re-construction for Seal Cove Road

will commence on Monday, July 8, 2013
and continue for approximately 8 weeks until completed.

Residents and property owners on Marshall Brook Road,
Mountain View Drive and Seal Cove Road will be affected.

For more information:
Dave Corrigan @ 266-4848

Friday, July 5, 2013


(left to right): Michael Curless of Acadia Fire accepts a check for $4,682 from Sam McGee of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, representing the planning committee for the Bank’s 20th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 4.  This year’s tournament benefitted Acadia Fire FC, MDI Soccer Club.  The funds will go toward providing scholarships, purchasing equipment such as soccer balls and portable goals, and subsidizing coach education.

Acadia Fire FC is a not-for-profit organization, creating a safe environment for children to develop athletic abilities, improve social skills, increase cognitive flexibility and enhance creativity through learning, practicing and playing soccer. AFFC is focused on the development of the whole child and views soccer as a vehicle for becoming a better person. For more information, go to

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a community bank with more than $1.3 billion in assets.  Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services and products for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB) and was named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Maine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Welcome to The Blue Legume!

Welcome to new member The Blue Legume! Located in Bass Harbor, April Eaton and her wonderful staff bring mouth-watering treats to the table. Of her cooking, she says: "Step into our kitchen and you won't find a microwave, soup from a bag, or pre-sliced , pre-cooked anything. You will find fresh produce, and delicious fare being made with love and good conscience simmering on a stove. Because we think it's better that way. Come see for yourself."

Be sure to stop by and say hello to our new member!