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.
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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.

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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