Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Healthy Acadia to Offer Recovery Coach Training

Healthy Acadia is excited to offer a Connecticut Community for Addiction (CCAR) Recovery Coach Training on January 14, 15 and 16, 2017. The 30-hour CCAR Recovery Coach Training program will be offered as a three-day course at the University of Maine Co-operative Extension office in Ellsworth.  Classes will meet from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Participants will be expected to complete an additional hour of independent study daily to complete the training program. 

Recovery coaches are individuals who may be in recovery, a friend or family member of someone in recovery, or a recovery ally. This training will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide and mentor others through their own recovery process. 

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the roles and functions of a recovery coach
  • List the components, core values & guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to embrace relationships
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery & recovery coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure & sharing your story
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Explore ethical and boundary issues
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • And more.

For more information about recovery coaching and the CCAR model visit www.ccar.us.

The course will be taught by certified CCAR trainers Denise Black and Terri Woodruff of Healthy Acadia. The tuition cost for the training is $100 per participant, which includes the course workbook and light refreshments. Advance registration and payment are required. 30 CEU’s are available for full training completion. Financial scholarships are available upon request, and interested community members are encouraged to call Healthy Acadia for more details.

If you are interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery and serving as a personal guide and mentor for others seeking or already in recovery, this training is for you! To register, please contact Denise by e-mail denise@healthyacadia.org or call 667-7171 x 15.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Camp Capella, Inc.!

                                    Welcome to New Chamber Member, Camp Capella, Inc.!

Camp CaPella is a lakefront summer camp at Phillips Lake that provides diverse recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Camp CaPella is for all campers regardless of ability, to be afforded an opportunity to enjoy a summer program. We offer learning experiences, recreational activities, and fun! It is our hope that this safe environment will maximize their abilities and willingness for participation, and is appropriate to foster their self awareness, growth, and development. It is also a retreat offered to administration, staff, and clients of other agencies and programs in the community that serve the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Camp CaPella offers year round recreational and educational opportunities outside of the Phillips Lake facility.
Learn more at: http://campcapella.org/ and visit them on facebook!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Healthy Acadia is going strong

On September 30th, the state's Healthy Maine Partnership structure, which had been a primary mechanism to support the delivery of local public health services in the state for the past 15 years, came to an end. This was the result of a shift in the state's structure for how they utilize Fund for Healthy Maine (Tobacco Settlement) funding and other public health funds. Although the Healthy Maine Partnership structure ended, the state is committed to continuing to support local community and public health through a new system, utilizing state-wide partners and local sub-contractors in each public health district.

As a result of this shift, Healthy Acadia (and our sister organizations throughout the state) are no longer Healthy Maine Partnerships. However, we at Healthy Acadia continue to serve as a local community and public health organization, dedicated to supporting people's health across Washington and Hancock counties. We have a strong diversity of program areas, including some new exciting offerings, as you can see if you visit our website (www.healthyacadia.org) or our FaceBook page. We have had significant success in leveraging community and public health funds, with wonderful support from community members, businesses and partners, and we will work diligently to continue this success. We have also applied to be the local provider of the state prevention services (the new structure utilizing the former Healthy Maine Partnership funds), and we are hopeful that we will be able to serve in this new role.

Healthy Acadia is going strong, providing many community and public health services, guided by local needs and interests. We will continue to be a dedicated presence in Hancock and Washington counties, responding to emerging needs, challenges and opportunities, and building vibrant communities throughout our region.

Elsie Flemings
Executive Director
Healthy Acadia
Cell: 669-2073

Monday, August 29, 2016

Healthy Acadia Presents: Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center are partnering to offer a "Taking Action for Health" workshop series. “Taking Action for Health” is Healthy Acadia’s Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This free evidence-based program is comprised of six workshops that will be held at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:30pm, starting September 14, 2016 and continuing through October 19, 2016

“Taking Action for Health” is a free, interactive program that is open to anyone living with a chronic condition. Chronic conditions can include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, migraines, asthma, eating disorders, depression and more. “Taking Action for Health” will be facilitated by two Stanford-trained leaders, Healthy Acadia’s Elizabeth Lyles and Nina Zeldin. Visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html to learn more about "Taking Action for Health." 

The process in which “Taking Action for Health” is facilitated makes it effective, even for those living with multiple chronic conditions. Classes are highly participative - participants provide each other with mutual support and share their successes. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Workshop participants will each receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for Mind and Body”.

Contact Elizabeth at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org to register or for more information about “Taking Action for Health”. “Taking Action for Health” is supported was supported by Grant Number D04RH28404 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


In Washington County:
(207) 255-3741
In Hancock County:

On the web:

Sign up for Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cx5w

We empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Healthy Acadia is a Healthy Maine Partnership.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course at Camp Beech Cliff

Mount Desert- Earn your Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR) at Camp Beech Cliff this fall. This course will be instructed by SOLO of Conway, NH on the dates of October 11-19, 2016, hosted by Acadia Leadership Institute. SOLO’s WFR Certification course is the industry standard for backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, outdoor guides, and ski patrollers. WFR is a great certification for anyone already working in an outdoor setting, those looking to expand industry opportunities, or individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training. No prerequisites are necessary.

This WFR course costs $675 with limited spots available. A 10% discount is available by referring another student. The course teaches an in-depth curriculum that looks at the standards and skills of dealing with Response and Assessment, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Medical Emergencies, as well as Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Injuries. These topics will be covered extensively with hands-on practice.

Register at www.campbeechcliff.org by clicking “Register Now,” or for more information you can contact Owen Cassidy, Director of Acadia Leadership Institute at Owen@campbeechcliff.org. Call us at 207-244- 0365. The Acadia Leadership Institute is a part of Camp Beech Cliff, a nonprofit summer camp and year-round outdoor education and recreation center located at 264 Beech Hill RD, Mount Desert.

Calendar of Events:

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course:

Register through Camp Beech Cliff’s Acadia Leadership Institute for a Wilderness First Responder Certification Course. This course is taught by SOLO of Conway, NH and hosted by ALI with limited enrollment.

Name: Wilderness First Responder Certification Course

Location: Camp Beech Cliff, 264 Beech Hill Rd, Mount Desert, ME 04660

Dates: October 11-19, 2016

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm daily for enrolled students

Contact: Owen Cassidy, Director of Acadia Leadership Institute, 207-244-0365 or Owen@campbeechcliff.org.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Special Announcement from Hinckley

Dear Hinckley Family & Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Hinckley Company, I'm thrilled to announce that Peter O'Connell will be joining our team as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer in Portsmouth, RI on September 1st.
Peter and his family currently live in Madison, CT and will soon be relocating to Rhode Island.  Peter is an experienced and avid boater and also the proud owner of a Hinckley Picnic Boat  - RETRIEVER.
After a thorough and exhaustive search process, Peter rose easily to become our top candidate. He embodies exactly what we sought for this important role.  His experience as a Hinckley buyer and service customer provide useful insights and perspectives.  He has proven successes as CEO of important and relevant companies, including Navtec and Lewmar. Most recently he served as CEO of Datacom Systems, a privately held technology company.  But above all these career distinctions, Peter's winning and infectious personality made him the leading candidate to become the seventh CEO in our Company's rich history.     
Please share our enthusiasm in welcoming Peter and his family to The Hinckley Company family.
David Howe

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Wendell Gilley Museum: Join us for A Flight of Swallows

You are invited to join us for A Flight of Swallows, the 5th annual migration of the exclusive wine-tasting benefit for the Wendell Gilley Museum, which will feature superb selections from the Southern Hemisphere.
Already have your tickets? We look forward to seeing you and encourage you to share this invitation with your friends!
Fifty wonderful wines chosen by Scott Worcester, proprietor of Sawyer’s Specialties in Southwest Harbor, will enable guests to sample varieties from five countries. Whether you like wine dark and richly textured like the almost-inky Post House Penny Black from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa or prefer the light apple-melon-honey flavors of a Kim Crawford Pinot Gris from New Zealand, you will find swallows to your taste. Under-the-radar good value wines will be featured along with iconic and even otherwise unattainable wines. Penfolds’ fabled Grange, Groot Constantia’s nectar-like Grand Constance, and Finca Adalgisa Malbec, from Argentina’s smallest winery will be among the offerings. Sparkling, fizzy, white, rosé, red and dessert wines will be served in tasting portions for you to assess with all of your senses. Guests receive “A Field Guide to the Swallows of the Southern Hemisphere,” created to guide choices, with room for personal tasting notes. 

Swallow participants will not be expected to eat like birds during the evening’s flight. A menu of Southern Hemisphere-inspired appetizers created by Jennifer Worcester of Southwest Harbor’s Sips, will complete the exotic tasting experience. Celebrants will learn what foods pair particularly well with the wines.

Those wishing to rest between flights, can watch Museum Carver-in-Residence, Steven Valleau demonstrate how to carve birds or simply relax to the sounds of  live jazz performed by Scott Cleveland on keyboard, John Gallagher on bass, and Chris Poulin on guitar.

Don’t miss A Flight of Swallows: tickets are limited and available by advance purchase on-line, by calling 207-244-7555, or in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum, Tuesday through Saturday10 am – 5 pm.  


Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Road
P.O. Box 254
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

4th Annual Harbor House Tennis Classic

4th Annual Harbor House 
Tennis Classic
Saturday August 20, 2016
8am at the
MDI High School Courts &
 Harbor House Courts
Men's & Women's Doubles
 Cost $50.00 per team
Round Robin format. 
If you would like to play and don't have a partner contact us and we will find you one.
      Proceeds from this tournament 
 benefit Harbor House's Tennis Program

For more information contact 
Harbor House at 
207-244-3713 or email:

Harbor House Community Service Center, 329 Main Street, PO Box 836, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

Monday, July 18, 2016

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Dysart's Great Harbor Marina!

Please join us in welcoming Dysart's Great Harbor Marina to the Chamber family!

Dysart’s Great Harbor Marina in Southwest Harbor offers cruising guests to Acadia National Park superb shoreside service facilities, local Maine flavor, and stunning views. A vibrant history of a working sardine facility that the present family owners converted into a marina in 1990. A dock master and line handling crew full of local knowledge, the marina’s staff takes pride in ensuring every guest has the best possible stay and departs the marina docks with wonderful cruising memories of Maine. Located in beautiful Southwest Harbor, Dysart’s Marina is located in the heart of Mount Desert Island. Southwest Harbor is an active waterfront community, steeped in traditional boat building along the shores, offering protected floating dockage in sheltered waters at the head of the harbor.
Managing the marina since 2002 Micah and Jane take pride in ensuring that every boat is welcomed and enjoys their stay to the max. Mount Desert Island and numerous surrounding islands ensure flat water cruising and scenery that is ideal for any sail or power boat guest to feel comfortable. We invite you to learn more about our beautiful region and hope to see you at our Maine Marina soon!
2016 Dysart’s Great Harbor Marina is proud to celebrate with Acadia National Park Centennial Celebrations.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Harbor House Chosen as the Beneficiary of an Art Donation

Harbor House is excited to announce that we have been chosen as the beneficiary of an art donation by 
R. Scott Baltz. Scott was one of four artists chosen out of dozens to participate in the 3rd Annual Down East Art of  Giving Gala. Chosen artists pick a beneficiary to 
    receive 25% of the proceeds from the event and    
Scott chose Harbor House!

The event will take place on ThursdaySeptember 1, 2016at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough and will   celebrate the Maine arts community and the four charities.

The 3rd Annual Down East Art of Giving Gala will be an amazing evening of fine food, drinks, and entertainment, plus you'll have the chance to win one of four works of Maine art. Tickets are $75 standard / $100 VIP and include all food and beverages. Tickets are on sale now at artofgiving2016.brownpapertickets.com.   

Net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the community organizations selected by each artist. Each admission ticket provides you with the chance to win one of the four original pieces of art - valued collectively at more than $10,000!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome to new Chamber member Maine Coast Engineering!

Welcome to new member Maine Coast Engineering!
Pete has most recently retired from twenty years of active duty service with the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Commander. He’s been stationed in multiple areas across the country. Pete has just finished his current position as Commanding Officer of Civil Engineering Unit Cleveland, responsible for $1B of facilities in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States. Along the way, Pete has picked up his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (#1 graduate school in the country for Civil Engineering specialty), as well as his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. His undergraduate education was from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut where he earned a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering. Pete has more than twenty years of experience with structural and geotechnical design, as well as construction management. Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Maine and California.
While at the Coast Guard Academy, Pete and his sailing partner won the freshman dinghy Nationals and participated fall and spring on the Coast Guard dinghy racing team. Pete’s family has owned a cottage in Southwest Harbor since 1979 and he’s spent every summer since the age of two enjoying the land and water around Mount Desert Island. Pete had equivalent to his first mate license for vessels less than eight hundred tons while serving on board the USCGC RELIANCE out of Kittery, Maine. His hobbies include boating, skiing and mountain biking. He’s a native of Fort Collins, Colorado and is married to the former Rebecca Sliwa. They have two children, Mia and Wyatt, who attend Pemetic Elementary School.

Becky is a mechanical engineer with experience in machine design and project management. Becky spent the first part of her career as a design engineer for a biomedical engineering firm and then a national telecommunications company. While working for AT&T, she began to focus on technical project management and continued with technical project management in the Research and Development department at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington. She has spent the last several years raising their two children and volunteering for local organizations. Becky is currently working on achieving her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Please help us welcome them to the Chamber! And learn more about their services at: http://www.mainecoastengineering.com/

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Village Green Arts Association & The Salty Dog Gallery Welcome the Swans Island Artists

For over a year this show has been planned!
Phil and I are very pleased with the quality, and diversity 
 of  artworks by Swans Island Painters and  Craftsmen.
Their work will be shown in The Salty Dog Gallery from June 28th through July, 2016.
A reception to meet the artists will be held 
July 3rd at 2:30 PM.
Music will be played by Swans Island guitar musicians the Walker Brothers.
Delicious hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For those who are curious, Swans Island is one of the 15 off shore Islands that still is inhabited all year. The island is accessible by ferry taking 40 minutes from Bass Harbor, Mt. Desert Island to Swans Island.

Make Southwest Harbor, Maine your vacation destination this summer !!.
To see future events offered in Southwest Harbor this summer, please see our website,  www.villagegreenarts.org
and facebook, villagegreenarts
Joan Steel
The Village Green Arts Association

Friday, June 24, 2016

Healthy Acadia Welcomes New Board Member

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is excited to welcome Dean McGuire as the newest member to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Dean join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “A dynamic community leader, Dean brings his unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.”

As owner of McGuire Seasonal Services and Downeast Limousine Service in Washington County, Dean brings to the Board over two decades of experience in successful small business management, along with a wealth of marketing expertise. He is deeply involved in efforts to enhance quality of life in his community, and he is currently serving as chair of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and President of the Washington Academy Alumni Association.  Dean is also an active member of theWashington Academy Board of Trustees and Downeast Fairgrounds Association Board.

Dean has been a steadfast Healthy Acadia volunteer in Washington County and is very enthusiastic about serving on the Board. “I am excited to join the Healthy Acadia Board in their efforts to bring awareness and fight against many local health related challenges that we face here in Washington County. Healthy Acadia has a strong reputation in Hancock County and now has a great team here in Washington County that is working hard for the citizens in the area.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities across Hancock and Washington counties by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the Healthy Maine Partnership serving Hancock and Washington counties.  Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.

In Washington County:
(207) 255-3741
In Hancock County:

On the web:

Sign up for Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cx5w

We empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Healthy Acadia is a Healthy Maine Partnership.

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Maine Seacoast Mission To Offer Centennial Tours

 In celebration of Acadia National Park’s centennial, the Maine Seacoast Mission will offer tours of its “rusticator” mansion in downtown Bar Harbor during July and August. Tours will also feature historical items from the Mission’s 111 years of serving the islands and coastal communities of downeast Maine.
The 35-room mansion, once known as “La Rochelle,” was built in 1902 for George Bowdoin, a partner of J.P. Morgan, and his small family and 21 servants. Located at 127 West Street and overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, the house was the first brick summer cottage to be built in Bar Harbor. The specially cut granite and marble used in the construction was imported from Italy.
The house, along with an endowment for its upkeep, was donated to the Maine Seacoast Mission in 1972 by Tristram and Ruth Colket, who purchased the mansion in the 1940s. The building now serves as the Mission’s administrative headquarters and is known as the “Colket Center” in honor of its donors.
Tours will be given at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 5 through August 30. Volunteer docents will guide visitors through the three floors of the building, including the servant quarters on the third floor and the impressive double stairway that leads from the entrance hall to the second floor. There is no charge for the tours, though donations will be appreciated.
For more information, call 288.5097 or email info@seacoastmission.org. The Maine Seacoast Mission has brought healthcare, educational programs, pastoral support, crisis services, and scholarships to the people of eastern Maine’s islands and coastal towns since 1905.
Photo caption: The Maine Seacoast Mission’s headquarters on West Street in Bar Harbor
Photo credit: George Soules

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Welcome to New Chamber Member The Wave Radio!

Please tune in to 93.7 or 94.1 and help us welcome our newest chamber members, The Wave Radio!  

Serving the communities of Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Bangor and all of Downeast Maine, 93.7 & 94.1 the Wave is your "At Work" radio station. We only play Refreshing and Relaxing Music, with just the right mix of your favorite songs from yesterday and today. Never too hard, or too soft, always just the music you want with local and national news to keep you up to date.

For more information, go to: http://waveradiomaine.com/ or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/937thewave/timeline 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ellen Pope to Serve as Maine Seacoast Mission Development Director

The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced that Ellen Pope will be the Mission's new director of development. A resident of Southwest Harbor, Ms. Pope most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer for the Maine Community Foundation.

"I am very pleased that Ellen Pope will be bringing her experience and talents as a nonprofit executive to the Maine Seacoast Mission,” says Mission president Scott Planting. “With her strong background in donor development, planned giving, management and communications, she is the right person to move the Mission forward and build support for our vital programs well into the future.”

Ellen Pope says, "I feel so fortunate to be selected to work for an organization with as compelling a purpose as the Maine Seacoast Mission—supporting and encouraging island and coastal communities with health, education, social and spiritual services and programs for more than 100 years.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

Welcome to New Chamber Member Islandscaping, Inc.!

Please join us in welcoming Islandscaping, Inc. as a new Chamber Member!

      "We are a full service landscape and garden center located in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In business since 1982. Islandscaping Garden Center features more than 4,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, native plants, grasses, herbs, roses, fruits, vegetables, topiary, hardy shrubs, vines, groundcovers and trees. We also carry a selection of pottery, statuary, and garden supplies.

     "In addition to our garden center, we also have full service garden and landscape crews. Our team of experienced designers are ready to work with you to ensure a beautiful property season to season, year after year. 

     "Check out our online plant catalogs (located on the home page), and if you're shopping for something specific, please be sure to call us to confirm availability."

For more information: http://www.islandscaping.com/home.html 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Neighbor4Neighbor Fund Receives Anonymous Donation, Seeks Applicants

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, the “neighbor4neighbor” Fund continues to accept 2016 applications. The Fund, administered by the Maine Community Foundation and coordinated by Healthy Acadia, provides mini-grants to seniors in need across Hancock and Washington counties. The mini-grants help to address challenges that many of our seniors face each day. 

“Many seniors in our region are struggling to meet their basic needs and to stay healthy,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. “This is a critical initiative, and we at Healthy Acadia are honored to be a part of it.” The “neighbor4neighbor” Fund was initiated in 2014 by Maine Community Foundation founder and founding president of the College of the Atlantic Ed Kaelber in his effort to create positive change by giving back to his community. He especially encourages seniors to contribute to the fund and support their peers who are struggling.  

The “neighbor4neighbor” mini-grants can help individual seniors meet a specific need, such as wheel chair ramps or handrails, to increase accessibility or mobility. It can cover the cost of optional medical equipment: eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures, for example.  The mini-grants may also be used to provide or increase access to support services that can help seniors maintain quality of life and remain independent in their own homes.

To view and print the one-page “neighbor4neighbor” Fund application form, visit: http://www.healthyacadia.org/documents/GrantApplication_neighbor4neighbor.pdf.
To learn more about the “neighbor4neighbor” Fund, or if you have questions about what may be eligible, contact Nina Zeldin at Healthy Acadia at 667-7171 ornina@healthyacadia.org. To make a donation to the Fund, contact the Maine Community Foundation at 877-700-6800 or www.mainecf.org.


In Washington County:
(207) 255-3741
In Hancock County:

On the web:

Sign up for Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cx5w

We empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Healthy Acadia is a Healthy Maine Partnership.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Welcome to new Chamber Member Maine Seacoast Mission

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber member - Maine Seacoast Mission.

What does the Maine Sea Coast Mission do?

The Maine Sea Coast Mission provides spiritual, health, and youth development programs in coastal and island communities from mid-coast to Downeast Maine. Rooted in a history of non-denominational service, the Mission offers hope, encouragement and help to strengthen individuals, families and communities. Programs and services include: the Christmas Program; the EdGE, after-school and summer programs for youth in Washington County; emergency financial assistance, addressing immediate needs such as heat, electricity, and other emergency circumstances; food pantries; ministries to island and coastal communities, including partnerships with four island churches and a fisheries resource management policy consultant; scholarships; Sunbeam Island Health Services; and a thrift shop.

Learn more about the Seacoast Mission at: http://www.seacoastmission.org/index.php

MDI Hospital and Healthy Acadia Community Health Needs Assessment of MDI Region Offers Guidance for Future

The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for the Mount Desert Island region identifies top community health needs for the MDI Hospital service area, including the outer island communities and the towns of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton, Hancock, and Lamoine.

“The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment serves as a framework and guide for Mount Desert Island Hospital and Healthy Acadia in developing and strengthening our programming to fulfill the needs of our MDI communities,” said Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia’s Systems and Innovations Coordinator. “The report is available to all local organizations and community members to support their efforts to address and coordinate community health improvement.”

Over the past year, MDI Hospital and Healthy Acadia have gathered data from community members through a local advisory council, discussions with community groups and a collection of 382 surveys from participants across MDI Hospital’s service area. This data collection, combined with local demographic and health information, brought forth six strategic issues: health care; food; physical activity; substance use; social/mental health and healthy environments. In order to address these issues, “Theme Teams” comprised of Healthy Acadia and MDI Hospital staff and community stakeholders met to develop goals and strategies to address each issue.

Goals and strategies for addressing each issue take into consideration both the availability and access of resources and strategic environmental and systems-level change that will allow for healthier communities, workplaces, and schools for all.

To learn more about this assessment and action plan, please contact Oka Hutchins at 288-5082 ext. 1423, oka.hutchins@mdihospital.org, or Shoshona Smith at 667-7171 ext. 11, Shoshona@HealthyAcadia.org.

In Washington County:
(207) 255-3741
In Hancock County:

On the web:

Sign up for Healthy Acadia's e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cx5w

We empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Healthy Acadia is a Healthy Maine Partnership.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chamber to Host Candidates' Night in Southwest Harbor

Wednesday, April 27, 7 – 9 PM at the Fire Station, 250 Main St.

With four candidates for two seats on both the Board of Selectmen, two candidates for one seat on the School Board and one candidate for one vacancy on the Mt. Desert Island High School Board of Trustees, the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate’s night to give the public a chance to meet the candidates both incumbent and new and to hear their views on office and current affairs. The evening will be moderated by Kristin Hutchins and will include a question and answer period.

Candidates for Board of Selectmen: George Jellison, Jr., David Minctons, Chad Terry, Jesse Dunbar

Candidates for School Board: Mike Sawyer, Dani Piquette-Kelly

Candidate for MDIHS Board of Trustees: Steve Hudson

Members of the community are encouraged to attend.