Thursday, July 30, 2015

Welcome to New Member Chimani, Inc.!

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Chimani, Inc.!

Chimani, Inc was founded by Kerry Gallivan and Shaun Meredith, in January 2010. The concept was born on top of Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park one rainy day in April 2008. Kerry was hiking 7+ miles and wanted some data on where he was going, what route he should take, the amount of rain he could expect, and the steepness on the western side of Cadillac Mountain. Kerry had his iPhone, but there was neither cell phone coverage nor an app to guide him. Frustrated and alone in the rain in Maine, Chimani was conceived.
What makes Chimani different?
The outdoors are what we love. It is our passion. But we love technology too! Call it what you will — emerging technology, "gadgets," toys — that's also our passion. Combine the two and what you have are top-notch apps for exploring and touring the National Parks. We like to think of these apps within the tradition of the telescope or astrolabe of our adventuring ancestors - instruments to help us navigate the natural world (terrain and trails) and provide insight into its workings (the weather, moon phases, tides). All of this information is presented on an intuitive user interface that is visually well designed, includes professionally designed maps, up-to-date and well-researched content, high quality photographs and rock-solid programming. We are proud to have developed an incredible team to build Chimani, and we think you will find the apps useful and a great resource for exploring the outdoors.


Chimani, Inc    |    Located in Portland, Maine    |    207-221-0266

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Welcome to New Chamber Member MCM Electric!

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Please join us in welcoming MCM Electric to the Chamber!

"MCM Electric, Inc has a proud tradition of electrical excellence specializing in residential, commercial and industrial electrical work and maintenance service.  Our success as a leading electrical contractor in Maine has come from our ability to meet the needs and expectations of our customers; while helping them successfully complete their most challenging projects.  We offer electrical design and construction services in a safe, dependable and efficient manner on Mount Desert Island and throughout Hancock County.  MCM Electric, with owner Mike Musetti, has been in business since 1988 and each of the electrical crew has been with him an average of 15 years (and some for as long as 25 years)…you need a team with that kind of stability for your next electrical project.

"We build or install any type of electrical system, large or small.  We are fully licensed by the State of Maine; and fully insured and bonded.  You can be assured that your electrical project will be completed by qualified technicians to exact code and industry standards.  We build to your precise design, or advise you with decisions along the way.  At MCM we are committed to giving you the most reliable electrical system for your needs.

"Call us for more information about our services and availability.  We are available for consultations for future projects, and would be happy to provide a free estimate for any immediate needs.  Call 207 244-7454."

First Surgeon to Use Google Glass during Surgery to Speak at MDI Hospital’s Annual Meeting

Displaying Raphael Grossman.jpgRafael J. Grossmann, MD, FACS, the first surgeon to use Google Glass during surgery, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Grossmann will address this year’s theme, “Expanding Education through Collaboration.”

The 2015 MDI Hospital Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, August 3rd from 5:00 to :30 pm at the Bar Harbor Club. It is open to the public and free to attend. No registration is required. This year’s annual meeting will be held in memory of Mr. Gerrish Milliken, a longtime supporter and friend of the MDI community and MDI Hospital. From 5:00 to 6:00, musical guest Joe Cough will provide live jazz.

Dr. Grossmann is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon.  He is deeply interested in the intersection of innovation, technology and healthcare.  As a FutureMed and Singularity University alumnus and faculty member, his applies his passion is for innovation and technology to his teaching.

In 2013, Dr. Grossmann became one of the first Google Glass Explorers in the world and was the first doctor to ever use Google Glass during live surgery. To see a video of the groundbreaking surgery, visit . He has been featured on TedTalks, in Forbes Magazine and in a variety of health and news publications worldwide. Dr. Grossmann is also an avid blogger and user of healthcare social media. His blog can be found at  and his Twitter handle is @ZGJR.

As a healthcare futurist and a telemedicine and mobile heath innovator, Dr. Grossmann is a strong believer in using the power of technology to better connect providers and patients. "I am convinced that innovation in healthcare technology, along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms, artificial intelligence and deep learning, will exponentially  improve healthcare connectivity, communication, data flow and management, resulting in more efficient, intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care."

CONTACT: Oka Hutchins, Public Affairs Officer, 288-5082 ext. 1423,

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quietside Flamingo Festival! July 17-20, 2015

Polo & Yacht Club Cocktail Party & 
Golf Scramble
Sunday, July 19th
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 Crown Vics at the Annual Polo & Yacht Club Party from 5-7:30 pmwhere this year's 
Southwest Harbor/Tremont 
Citizen of the Year,Ann Judd will be honored. 
Tickets are $35 per person and we strongly recommend reserving yours ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased at Harbor House on Main Street.
Quietside Flamingo Festival 
July 17-20th
Join us for the pinkest Festival ever!
If you would like be part of the parade contact 
Harbor House at 207-244-3713.
Parade, Craft Fair, Carnival, Golf
Scramble, Cocktail Party, Steel Drum Band Concert!
For a complete weekend schedule click here 
Flamingo 4-Miler & Fun Run
Sunday, July 19th
Registration starts at 7am at the Tremont School and the race starts at 8:00am from the Seawall Picnic area. Transportation will be provided to the start line from the Tremont School. 

Pre registration available by clicking the form below.

Click here for a registration form for the Flamingo 4-Miler or Fun Run

Friday, July 10, 2015

Healthy Acadia Offers Free Cooking Matters Shopping Event

What: Cooking Matters Shopping Event
When: July 20th, join us any time between 2:30pm-5:00pm
Where: Ellsworth Hannaford
Ellsworth -- Healthy Acadia is offering a fun and educational Cooking Matters Shopping Event at the Ellsworth Hannaford. The event will provide new tips and tools to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a limited budget.  

Event participants will visit educational stations throughout the store to gain a variety of practical shopping skills, enjoy taste tests, and learn about new recipes.  Everyone is welcome to join.  Mark your calendars!    

Shopping skill topics include buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices to find bargains, reading and comparing food labels, identifying whole grains, and much more.

“This is such a fun and interactive way to learn about healthy eating and food shopping on a budget,” states Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia’s SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Coordinator.  “I think anyone who joins us will learn a lot at this store event.”

After completing a tour of all the stations in the store, participants will receive a free $10 gift card to the grocery store to purchase ingredients for a healthy meal, a free reusable grocery bag, and a free workbook full of tasty recipes and simple tips on buying healthy, low-cost foods.  These items will be available while supplies last. 

For more information or to volunteer with Healthy Acadia’s Nutrition Education Initiative please contact Shoshona Smith at 667-7171 or

Healthy Acadia Nutrition Education Initiative classes are made possible through Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).
Cooking Matters is a program of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, sponsored by Hannaford and offered locally in partnership with Healthy Acadia.

Contact: Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia, 667-7171 or

July Newsletter from the Salty Dog Gallery

The Salty Dog gallery announces a new show featuring very diverse paintings by these fine artists, Tim Gaydos, Penny Markley, Peter Petraglia, Joel Popadics, and Wini Smart.. Sculptures Greg Ondo and Jim Green, and resident artist Philip Steel will also be showing their work. A reception to meet the artist will be Sunday, July 12th5:30 PM. Their work will be in the gallery through July 31st. Refreshments will be served and music will be played at the reception by another fine group of musicians, Bob Hipkens, Jay Peterson, Shane Ellis, and Tom Karnofsky .
The Salty Dog Gallery is at 322 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, ME
Mount Desert Island is a very special place !

If you are planning a vacation to the Down East Coast of Maine
or already are here, and are looking for something stimulating to do, please visit  Acadia National Park
with its 200 miles of hiking trails with magnificent views. 
While on the Island, please come see the fine paintings and sculpture at The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main Street,
Southwest Harbor, just minutes from the park. There are some fine restaurants here and many conveniences found in much larger communities.
We continue to have guests who come into the gallery and ask 
 "what is the link  to see "On the Edge"
Telephone number:  207-244-5918
Phil's website:,


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ann Judd named 2015 Citizen of the Year

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ann Judd is the 2015 recipient of our annual Citizen of the Year Award, which will be presented again this year at the Quietside Flamingo Festival's Polo and Yacht Club Cocktail Party to be held on Sunday, July 19th from 5-7:30pm.

Ann Judd lives with her husband Lee in Southwest Harbor and Spring Island, South Carolina during the winter months. Ann is a former volunteer teacher of music, French, and environmental education to Pemetic elementary students (1991-2007), and has served on the Southwest Harbor Conservation for over 20 years previously as Chair and presently Secretary, and chairs its Beautification Committee. During her time as Conservation Commission Chair she initiated the New Century Tree Planting Program, planting about 50 shade and ornamental trees in downtown Southwest Harbor and along its main streets. She also directed the renovation of the downtown Veterans Park, getting federal grants and many local contributions so that it could be ready in time for Southwest Harbor’s 100 year celebration in 2005 complete with a beautiful Veterans honor wall.

She is an Approved Horticulture Judge for the Garden Club of America and is active in clubs in Maine and Georgia. Ann is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Thuya Gardens and is a board member of the Land and Garden Preserve (which oversees the Thuya and Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor).

She is a South Carolina Master Naturalist and a Maine Master Gardener. In 1998, with the help of Pemetic Students, Master Gardeners and local volunteers, Ann established the Butterfly Garden at the Charlotte Rhoades Park in Southwest Harbor. Each summer, she directs volunteers and instructs classes in organic habitat gardening at the Rhoades Park and from June to October supervises a Monarch Butterfly Waystation Project for the local community.

When you see Ann, please thank her for her years of service and join us on July 19th at the Causeway Club for the Polo and Yacht Club Cocktail Party to help us publicly honor her contributions.

For more information on joining the party at the Causeway Club on the 19th, contact Harbor House at: 244-3713 or

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Welcome to New Member Dragonflys Cottage!

 Say hello to our newest Chamber Member, Lynn & Carl Wehrfritz of Dragonflys Cottage, Southwest Harbor's newest Vintage & Antiques store.  Located in the Westside Market Plaza at 101 Main Street, Dragonflys Cottage has plenty of parking available as you browse their wonderful selection of vintage wedding gowns, antique and vintage dinnerware, paintings, jewelry, furniture and much much more!

Dragonflys Cottage is currently open on the weekends but will be expanding their hours soon.  To check on hours, call: 207-479-2500 or 207-244-0255.  Lynn would love it if you stopped in to look around!