Monday, December 14, 2015

“Hit the Trails - Get Moving Outdoors this Winter with the Healthy Trails Challenge”

Displaying DCC logo.jpgHealthy Acadia and Downeast Coastal Conservancy invite you to discover the health benefits of outdoor recreation this winter.  The Hancock/Washington County Healthy Trails Challenge, which begins January 1, is a fun and free opportunity to get fit, get outdoors, and connect with nature while exploring the trails and parks in Hancock and Washington counties. Hit the trails this winter and do something great for your body and mind!

Healthy Acadia is proud to partner with Downeast Coastal Conservancy to offer the Healthy Trails Challenge to engage more youth and their families with the outdoors, and to promote tobacco free, substance free, and fun healthy physical activities. The Healthy Trails Challenge is a self-guided program designed for all fitness levels that encourages you to hike, bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe at least five trails between January 1 and April 1, 2016.  Discover the unique diversity of landscapes in right here in Downeast Maine and challenge yourself with new and interesting hikes.

The first sixty (60) registrants will receive a free Healthy Trails Challenge gift packet. Every Challenge participant who submits a completed trail log will be recognized on Healthy Acadia’s Facebook page and receive one (1) entry in a raffle drawing for a prize. Complete the entire Healthy Trails Challenge by completing five (5) or more Healthy Trails to be entered in the drawing for our grand prize. The more places you visit, the more chances you have to win! 

Additional prize opportunities include the Healthy Trails Challenge Photo Contest - entrants who submit photos of their adventures will be randomly selected to win a prize, and the Healthy Trails Pursuit. "Explorers" eager for an additional challenge may choose either the Washington or Hancock County Pursuit and select any of the 30 different activities listed. Complete one of three different levels to be entered in the grand prize drawing.

For more information, contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or For links to the Healthy Trails Challenge online registration packet, trail logs, and other Challenge materials, visit Healthy Acadia’s website at or find us on FaceBook. For information about trails and natural areas managed by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, visit The Healthy Trails Challenge is supported by Partnerships to Improve Community Health through EMHS, Healthy Maine Partnerships, and local community members and businesses.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kevin Schneider Selected as Superintendent at Acadia National Park and St. Croix Island International Historic Site

Kevin Schneider has been selected to serve as superintendent of Acadia National Park and St. Croix Island International Historic Site.  As superintendent, Schneider will oversee the parks' day-to-day operations and manage numerous park projects, programs, and community partnerships. Schneider replaces Sheridan Steele who retired in late October, 2015. Schneider is currently the deputy superintendent of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  He will begin his new duties in late January.

“Kevin’s outstanding work in his previous assignments, coupled with his ability to work in partnership with others made him the clear choice for superintendent,” shared Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. “His commitment and passion to the National Park Service and its staff, volunteers and partners, shows that he understands success for a park as special as Acadia is truly a team effort. I look forward to working with Kevin and the Acadia team as they tackle the many challenges and opportunities ahead.”

As deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park, Schneider managed 330,000 acres of park lands, including the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and the iconic Teton Range, whose jagged peaks and distinctive geology make it a classic vista of the American West.

 "I am honored to be coming to Acadia National Park, and look forward to working with the park's phenomenal staff, partners, and communities. This is an incredible time to be part of Acadia as we celebrate not only the park's centennial in 2016, but also the National Park Service's 100th anniversary."

Schneider began his career with the NPS in 1996 on a trail crew at Rocky Mountain National Park. Other NPS assignments include media and public affairs work with the NPS Office of Communications in Washington, D.C., and communications outreach and strategic planning at Yellowstone National Park, where he primarily worked on winter use plans. He served as management assistant at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in 2005, and was selected as superintendent at White Sands National Monument in May 2008. Schneider returned to Yellowstone in late 2010 for several months on a detail assignment as acting chief of natural and cultural resources, before accepting the deputy superintendent position at Grand Teton National Park in 2011.

In addition to his federal employment, Schneider has worked as a Student Conservation Association volunteer in North Cascades National Park.

Schneider graduated cum laude from Colorado State University at Fort Collins with a bachelor of science in natural resources recreation and tourism and earned a master of public administration degree from Montana State University at Bozeman. In recognition of his NPS service and accomplishments, Schneider earned an honor award in 2005 for outstanding service from the Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general. He also received the Interior Department’s Superior Service Award in 2004.

Schneider will be moving to Acadia with his wife Cate, who grew up in Bangor and graduated from the University of Maine, and their two young children, Sydney and Connor. As avid outdoor enthusiasts, they look forward to hiking, skiing, paddling, and running in the park and Maine's great outdoors.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Healthy Acadia Offers Free Medline Plus Tutorial Sessions

Healthy Acadia is pleased to offer free, interactive workshops and tutorial sessions for navigating Medline Plus, an online resource that provides reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, MedLine Plus provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a user-friendly format suitable for patients, families, caregivers, and learners of all ages. The extensive virtual library delivers unbiased, scientifically-validated health information, in both English and Spanish, on thousands of relevant health topics, prescriptions, supplements, and more. It also contains many fun educational games and activities for children. 

Healthy Acadia staff are available to provide interactive workshops and tutorials for service providers and community members throughout Hancock and Washington counties. Participants will navigate through the Medline Plus portal to explore the wide variety of health resources available, search health topics, explore health videos and interactive tutorials, optionally sign up to receive periodic online and/or print health updates, and check out other interactive tools. Workshop sessions may be individually tailored to meet the needs and interests of those attending.

For more information, or to schedule a free, Medline Plus workshop or tutorial session for your staff, clients or group in Washington County, contact Tracey Gamache or 255-3741.  In Hancock County, contact Nina Zeldin at or 667-7171.

Your Pet's Next Best Friend Veterinary Clinic Rabies Clinic

Your Pet's Next Best Friend Veterinary Clinic in Town Hill, Home of the Class IV Laser (healing without drugs, as seen on Animal Planet ) is hosting $15 Rabies Vaccinations every Wednesday, from 5:30pm to 6:00pm, until Christmas. Exam fee waived - All vaccines available. Please bring previous vaccine paperwork. Animals with fleas additional $20 charge. Unable to vaccinate pregnant or sick animals. Walk-in, First-Come, First-Serve (line closes at 6 sharp!) Info: 207-244-9300

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Island Arts Association's 41st Holiday Craft Fair “Winter in Acadia”

Join us at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center on Eden Street in Bar Harbor on Friday December 4th from 9am - 5pm & Saturday December 5th from 9am - 3pm.

      This year, Island Arts Association is partnering with FOA to honor Acadia's 100th Anniversary. Our 44 crafters will have opportunity to decorate their booths in Honor of Acadia and will be awarded prizes for best decorations. Our theme for this fair is “Winter in Acadia.”

Among the many items you will find at this amazing fair, are woolen hats and felted hats, beautiful bags, small handmade creatures, wooden toys, jewelry both silver and gold, seaglass treasures, hand crafted wooden boxes, hand made beads and birds, delightful childrens' items, amazing cards and papers and awesome stained glass creche, log with handmade quilts and hand sewn items for everyone

GREAT food both days, provided by YWCA MDI!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Letter from Ellen Sevigny at Yoga in Your Park

Hi, my name is Ellen Sevigny, I am the founder and program director of Yoga in Your Park. We are raising $50,000 for our outdoor yoga program that faciliates connection to self, other, and nature.Will you contribute? We have assembled an amazing team. but we just can't do it alone. Please go to make your donation. 

Turning around the way that we relate with our environment MUST be a collective effort. We simply cannot do this alone. Your investment goes to 

In the long term, your donation will support...

1) Competitive wages for our staff
2) Necessary and deserved park fees
3) Teacher training
4) Development of updated iterations of operating structures
5) A new ap and web site updates that will allow for the seed of this idea to spread across the country with grace and ease.  We are using the technology we have to REALLY connect :D
6) Development of our eco-friendly educational product boutique. 
7) Getting the word out. We join local chambers, and do advertising in various ways. We are ready for the world to know what we have been up to.

Yoga in Your Park students discover their deeper values in seemingly innocuous outdoor yoga classes - usually while on vacation -  with teachers trained to guide them through noticing the impact of choices that only they can resolve. They are shown how small choices can help them match their values to actions that they take in everyday life. No fear, no guilt, no shame. Just direction towards a simple, loving, aware, choice. Can you feel the power of what would happen if we all made these small choices together at the same time?

Here’s why it’s of vital importance for humans to spend time doing yoga outside right now: 

We all know climate change may be one of the greatest emerging threats to humanity at this time.  Due to our technologically savvy culture, we are more connected than ever, and we are suffering from even more feelings of isolation and depression than ever. Yoga in Your Park uses our love of technology (our YogaInYourPark app and website) to bring people together where they turn off their cell phones, and spend an hour long class in non-judgmental meditative awareness. Through connection to self, other, the beautiful natural environment, a deep love is remembered. 

I started teaching yoga on top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in 2009, where I gratefully enjoyed running, hiking, and swimming since my earliest active days. Yet it was the outdoor yoga that changed my life. Yoga is naturally transformative reminding you to connect: Through breath, the feeling of the sensations, wind buffering your body and challenging your balance,  the taste of salty air, the forgiveness of the sand on hips, the smell of morning dew, the sun settling on your face. 

I began to notice where in my life I had a choice to do something different - do something more aligned with my love for myself, others, and the earth. Right now you have a choice too! 

Will you support Yoga in Your Park: The program that makes a difference by reducing environmental impact AND helps people experience the enormous benefits of spending time doing yoga in nature? You know how you feel when you take a few deep breaths, looking at a beautiful vista. What would society be like if more people, more often, felt that sense of inspiration, calm, and peace? 

Here is what you will receive as a token of our gratitude for your contribution: 

$25 Shout out on our gratitude list

$50 A free Yoga in Your Park 1 class pass

$100 10 Class Pass (access to yoga in your park classes! Although you might not have one in your area now, our new ap is going to change that. We plan to be in any city where a yoga teacher wants to teach upon release of this ap)

$500 10 Class pass + Your Yoga Tank
$1,250  20 class pass + Your Yoga Tank 
$3,000 - Rocky Mountain OR Acadia Yoga Pants
$5,000 Rocky Mountain Pants OR Acadia Pants and a 10 class pass
$10,000 Rocky Mountain AND Acadia yoga pants AND a 20 class pass

So call it yoga and stretch! I am fully committed to healing the human relationship with the planet. Are you? Imagine the world we can create together….

We at Children, Families, and Communities, the 501c3 non-profit that Yoga in Your Park calls home, are SO grateful for your vote of confidence. 

Thank you for your time and consideration, 
In grace, 

Ellen Sevigny
Program Director 

Another way to get involved is to teach for us! Go to for more information

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Why should trees in the fall have all the fun? This month, we're talking about COLOR.

I just got back from the Carabito Northeast Educational Conference in Portland Maine where 24 educators taught 24 classes to attendees from 14 states.

One of my favorite classes was long hair color trends. A lot of these techniques are ones I am familiar with but being reimagined in new ways. If your hair could use a little pick me up, check out some of these color trends, which can be done dramatically or in a more subtle way.

Your partner in hair care,
Barbara Strubell

Hair Color Trends 2015-2016

Baby Lights. These "delicate highlights" resemble the subtle highlights you see in young children. The process is remarkably similar to that of regular highlights, but involves only very small sections of hair getting painted at a time and fewer spaces between foils. If you're heading to the chair for this look, make sure you clear your afternoon because it's a long process!
Photo from Madellina Talks
Sombre. While the ombre look is fading out (pun intended), variations of the style are making appearances in 2015. Sombre is short for "soft ombre," and you can guess what it's all about. The colors used in a sombre look are softer (or lighter), making the transition between colors much more subtle and natural looking. 

Photo from Modern Salon and @the_hair_doctor

Colormelt: Another 2015 twist on the ombre, this look uses the ombre blending technique with 3 different colors. The transition between each color is "melted," so you can't tell where one ends and one begins. This technique can be used with bold, exciting colors (like the purple shown below) or with something more natural looking, like 3 different shades of blonde. 
Photo from Modern Salon

Ecaille. French for "tortoiseshell," écaille is a soft ombre with golden and caramel hues. This look works well with blondes and brunettes and it grows out well (meaning less maintenance work at your salon in between appointments). This article refers to écaille as "ombre's sophisticated sister," in other words, écaille is to ombre what Kate Middleton is to Pippa.

Photo from Birchbox

Baylage. French for "sweep," this is a style of color application where instead of foils, stylists freehand paint color into different sections of the hair. Since the technique is a bit more whimsical, highlights tend to be a bit broader and less blended compared to other highlights. 

Photo from @kristin_ess

Oil Slick. Looking at the hairstyles mentioned above, it may seem like blondes have more fun- but don't dismay, brunettes! Oil slick requires a dark base hair color, and mixes in colors you would see in an oil spill (teal, turquoise, purple, and even magenta). With this look, you can toy with the different colors and ratios.

Photo from @abbylacey

Aubergine. Inspired by the hues in red wine (and similar to the also popular red, Merlot). Aubergine is a deep, reddish purple color that looks amazing on any of skin tone. 

Photo via @Guy_Tang

Gray. Nope, this isn't a typo. Gray hair is in, whether you're owning your natural gray hair or going full-on silver just for fun. From blue-gray to slate to charcoal, there are plenty of different shades to try! Well, at least 50...

Photo from Stylish Wife

Which of these looks is your favorite?

This Month's Painting

The Dance

Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Healthy Acadia Celebrates Selection as “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program Beneficiary

Healthy Acadia, the Healthy Maine Partnership serving Hancock and Washington counties, has been selected as a beneficiary of the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program featuring their new, bright blue, Karma bag. This exciting program was designed to create revenue streams for deserving local nonprofits like Healthy Acadia. For every blue“Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag purchased at the Bar Harbor Hannaford Supermarket located at 86 Cottage Street, from October 15 to December 31, Healthy Acadia will receive a $1 donation to help support community health initiatives and programming.

“Healthy Acadia is honored to be chosen as a recipient of the ‘Hannaford Helps’ Reusable Bag Program,” stated Elsie Flemings, Executive Director at Healthy Acadia.   “We are excitedto have such a multi-faceted opportunity to increase awareness about our community health initiatives, encourage healthy eating, promote environmental stewardship, and partner with Hannaford, a leader in supporting our communities.”

Healthy Acadia has a goal of raising $750 by December 31, which is equivalent to 750 bags purchased in support of their cause. Healthy Acadia will use the projected funds to support community health programming in the region, helping to build vibrant communities for all.

About Healthy Acadia:  Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health organization that serves as the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock and Washington counties.  With more than 100 partners, Healthy Acadia works to empower people and organizations to build healthy communities by engaging in a broad range of initiatives that address critical, locally defined health priorities. Healthy Acadia relies on both private and public funding sources to bring about lasting change.
Healthy Acadia

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

National Park Service Announces Seasonal and Roadside Maintenance Closures at Acadia National Park

Section of Park Loop Road to Close Early

In addition to the regular seasonal closures at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS) will close a section of Park Loop Road this fall to complete critical roadside maintenance. Park Loop Road will be closed to motor vehicles for the season starting on December 1, with the exception of the two-mile section from the Sand Beach entrance station to Otter Cliff Road (accessible via Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor) and the Jordan Pond area (accessible via Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor).

Starting November 15, the four-mile section of Park Loop Road between Cadillac Summit Road and Jordan Pond will close to all public use to allow maintenance crews to trim overhead tree limbs and restore scenic vistas. During this temporary closure, visitors can access Cadillac Mountain via Park Loop Road from the Hulls Cove entrance off Route 3 and the Cadillac Mountain entrance off Route 233 in Bar Harbor. Visitors can access Jordan Pond via Park Loop Road from the Stanley Brook entrance off Route 3 in Seal Harbor.

From October 25 to November 6, maintenance crews will restore several scenic vistas along Park Loop Road near the Duck Brook bridge, and between Thunder Hole and the Otter Cove causeway. During this work, Park Loop Road will remain open, but there will be intermittent lane closures so visitors should expect delays.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of park visitors this fall as we complete important roadside maintenance and improve scenic views along the Park Loop Road,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “We encourage visitors to explore and enjoy other locations in Acadia during the temporary maintenance closures.”

Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sand Beach entrance station will close for the season on November 1. Starting in November, visitor information will be available daily, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the park headquarters visitor center except Thanksgiving Day (November 26), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1).  The park headquarters visitor center is located off Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road) in Bar Harbor.

On November 15, the NPS will close Seal Cove Road (including Western Mountain Road, Seal Cove Pond Road, and Heath Brook Road) in Tremont, Long Pond Fire Road in Mount Desert, Lurvey Spring Road in Southwest Harbor, and Schoodic Head Road in Winter Harbor.

The NPS may close all or portions of Park Loop Road at any time due to unsafe conditions caused by storms or high winds.

For more information about Acadia National Park and updates on closures, please visit or call 207-288-3338.

About the National Park Service:  More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.  Visit us at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016 and is using this opportunity to invitea new generation of Americans, and those who already know and love the parks, to discover what national parks and other public lands mean to them through the Find Your Park campaign.  To learn more or get involved, visit

Come support your MDI Trojans Football team!

Harbor House is offering FREE bus rides FridayOctober 23rd to the MDI  vs. Old Town Football game in Old Town. This football game has been chosen as the "game of the week" and it will be an important game for the Trojans.  If they win they will be in second place in the league and they'll earn a bye for the first round of the play-offs.  It's going to be Old Town's senior night and so far they have an undefeated season so Old Town will have a lot of fan support.  We are hoping to help get Trojan fans up to the game so our boys have some support too.  
We'll be leaving the high school around 5:00 and delivering people back to the high school after the game.  The ride is FREE. Anyone interested should call 244-3713 to reserve a seat.

Fans will be responsible for their own admission fees. MDI High School students can ride on the bus unaccompanied by an adult, but all other students must be accompanied by an adult!

More info: 244-3713

Monday, October 19, 2015

Partners Conduct Hancock County Community Health Needs Assessment

Healthy Acadia and Mount Desert Island Hospital are seeking your input about the health needs and opportunities of communities across Hancock County. This survey will support community partners across Hancock County in their work to develop strategies that build healthier communities. All community input is vital, helping to assess the services currently provided and plan for community health work in the coming years.

The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and is available online at A print version is available at various community locations,
at, or by contacting Shoshona Smith at 667­7171 or

The survey will be closed after October 31st, so please take this opportunity to share your voice now.

Healthy Acadia is happy to organize a discussion with work, school, church or other community groups to gather perspectives on community health strengths, needs and opportunities. These discussions are lively and engaging, providing additional important ways for community members to voice their views, concerns, ideas and interests.

Community involvement from across Hancock County will make all the difference in ensuring that this assessment and planning process best reflects the needs, opportunities and priorities throughout our communities.

If you would like to receive a paper survey, set up a discussion group, or for more information, please contact Shoshona Smith, at 667­7171

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dr. Edward Gilmore Named Chief Medical Officer

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MDI Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Gilmore has been named its first Chief Medical Officer. His appointment was announced at Board of Trustee meeting on Wednesday, September 30.  Dr. Gilmore, a Harvard Medical School graduate of the class of 1965, brings many years of experience and considerable expertise to the role. He was recently honored for 50 years of medical service by the Maine Medical Association, and has long been recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians – the highest recognition available. 

“As the Chief Medical Officer, I will be directly concerned with ensuring the highest quality of patient care,” said Dr. Gilmore. “I will continue to care for my patients while working with other medical staff leaders to carry out the hospital’s vision to be the community’s medical home.”

In his new role, Dr. Gilmore will serve as a liaison between the medical staff, the administration and the MDI Hospital Board of Trustees. He looks forward to bringing the perspective of a practicing physician to his work as a member the senior leadership team at MDI Hospital. He will also work to represent the hospital’s medical staff and provide physician input regarding budget issues and other administrative areas of concern. “In the twilight of my career, in the interest of promoting the best possible patient care, I want to try to help other physicians and providers to adjust and function optimally in today’s rapidly changing medical environment,” he said.

MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank was particularly pleased to recognize his friend and colleague for his years of service, and to welcome him to his new role as a member of the hospital’s senior administrative team. “MDI Hospital is lucky to have someone of Dr. Gilmore’s caliber who is trusted by both our community and medical staff to partner with senior administration to lead our organization forward.”

His new role as Chief Medical Officer will include staff recruitment, development and revision of medical care protocols, promotion of ethical standards, promoting effective and improved use of medical technology, and the evaluation and resolution of patient and staff concerns. “In the broadest sense, I hope to work with my fellow physician’s and other providers as well as the hospital administration and board of trustees, to promote teamwork, mutual respect and better patient care,” he said. “I look forward to the journey.”

Dr. Gilmore continues to serve the hospital as Chief of Medicine. In addition to his recognition as a Master of the American College of Physicians, he has received the Laureate Award and the Master Teacher Award from the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians as well as the Advocacy for Nursing Award from the Maine State Nursing Association.

Oka Hutchins
Public Affairs Officer
MDI Hospital Advancement
10 Wayman Lane
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Monday, September 28, 2015

Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital Celebrates Breast Health Awareness Month

                                                                                                                                                                In celebration of Breast Health Awareness Month in October, The Breast Health Center at Mount Desert Island Hospital is hosting a variety of events centered around breast health advocacy and education.

All community members are invited to participate in The Breast Health Center’s fourth annual Wear Pink Day in honor of Breast Health Awareness Month. When you wear your favorite pink tie or attire, you will be showing your support in the fight against breast cancer. To commemorate our strength in numbers, MDI Hospital invites all Wear Pink Day participants to meet at noon on Thursday, October 15 on the steps of the Breast Health Center for a group photo.

“We wanted a simple way for everyone to participate in Breast Health Awareness Month,” said Robin Fisher, MDI Hospital’s director of medical imaging. “This way, we can come together to bring greater attention to breast health and prevention issues.”

The Breast Health Center will also reprise its popular Breast Health Center Raffle this month, for which all proceeds go to support transportation costs for women on MDI, the outer islands and in Hancock and Washington Counties. Raffle items this year will include gift certificates to local restaurants and pieces from local artisans. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be sold at MDI Hospital outside of the cafeteria at lunchtime. They can also be purchased by contacting the Breast Health Center at 288-5082, ext. 1538.

“We are so grateful to our community for their continued support of this important raffle. Transportation costs can be significant financial hardship, especially during these challenging economic times, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that every woman in our community has access to the care that she needs,” said Roberta Wessel, RTR(M), Breast Health Center supervisor.

The American Cancer society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. For women who do not have insurance, support is available through Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program. To schedule your mammogram or to learn more about The Breast Health Center’s services, visit or call the center at 288-8435.

Breast Health Awareness Month Events
Wear Pink Day
Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital
10 Wayman Lane
Thursday, October 15
12:00 p.m.

In honor of Breast Health Awareness Month in October, the Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital invites our community to participate in our fourth annual Wear Pink. When you wear your favorite pink tie or attire, you will be showing your support in the fight against breast cancer. To commemorate our strength in numbers, MDI Hospital invites all Wear Pink Day participants to meet at noon on Thursday, October 15 on the steps of the Breast Health Center for a group photo.

Raffle for Breast Health
Tickets go on sale October 19
Cost: $1 per ticket or 6 for $5
Drawing to be held at the Breast Health Center
10 Wayman Lane
Friday, October 30
12:00 p.m.
288-5082, ext. 1538

Raffle items include gift certificates for local restaurants and pieces from local artisans. All proceeds go to cover transportation costs for women on MDI and the outer islands travelling for breast healthcare or treatment. Our goal is to serve all women throughout Hancock and Washington Counties.

Oka Hutchins
Public Affairs Officer
MDI Hospital Advancement
10 Wayman Lane
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

National Park Service Invites Public to Attend Meeting on Acadia National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public meeting to discuss plans for the possible redevelopment of facilities at Acadia National Park headquarters and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22, at the Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, in Bar Harbor.

The NPS is preparing a facility development plan and environmental assessment to consider alternatives for rehabilitating, replacing, and relocating the park’s operational and administrative facilities located on McFarland Hill off Eagle Lake Road in Bar Harbor. Many of the buildings at park headquarters are deteriorated or inadequate for 21st century operations, which include the administration, protection, maintenance, interpretation, and resource management functions of the park. The NPS is also evaluating alternatives for improving visitor facilities at Hulls Cove along with those at park headquarters because of the close association between their operations and the efficiencies that can be achieved by integrating the two locations in the planning process.        

“Planning for improved park headquarters and visitor facilities is a major undertaking that will impact the community, and we look forward to getting feedback from the public at this early stage of the process,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

The meeting will include a presentation on the proposed alternatives for park headquarters and Hulls Cove Visitor Center followed by an opportunity for questions and comments from the public.   For more information about the meeting, please contact Chris Buczko, Environmental Protection Specialist, at or 207-288-8730.