Monday, December 10, 2018

Exhibition at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in Celebration of Women’s History Month



Exhibition at the Southwest Harbor Public Library
in Celebration of Women’s History Month
March 2019

Announcement of the 2019 Theme

Visionary Women: Her Story / My Story

For the 2019 Women’s History Month exhibition, the Southwest Harbor Public Library invites women and girls of all ages from our community to create and exhibit an item inspired by a “Visionary Woman.” This Visionary Woman may be alive today or from the past. She may be widely known or known only to a few, but she has touched your life and created for you a beacon of inspiration. Could this be your grandmother or mother, an admired writer or a teacher, or a political figure that you know from afar?

Your exhibited item may be in any medium, and you need not be an “artist” to participate. As in prior years, all women and girls are welcome to participate in this much-loved community event.

Be a part of this much-loved community exhibition.
Registration opens on December 15 and
the link for the registration form will be emailed.
You may also come into the Library to register in person.
Exhibitors accepted on first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Island Housing Trusts' Holiday Lights Celebration

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust First Annual Toy Drive


 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to announce their first annual Holiday Toy Drive starting December 10, 2018.  You are invited to bring a children’s toy to any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust from December 10-21, 2018. All Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are participating. 

“When doing your holiday shopping, pick up an extra toy for a child and drop it off at your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch.  We are accepting new, unwrapped toys in their original packaging,” said Joe Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. 

The toys collected will be donated to local non-profits who will distribute them to children in the community, bringing smiles to many young faces this holiday season.  Want to know which organization will receive your donation?  Just ask your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch!  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Christmas Bird Count with Michael Good



Greetings everyone,
I hope this message finds you well and ready to count birds on and around Mount Desert Island. I just returned from Cuba so I hope everyone has been thinking about your respective areas.
In preparation for the upcoming 119th Christmas Bird Count, I am contacting the larger birding group in the hope that some of you might like to participate this year. What a better way to spend a day adding to 119 years of citizen science and being outdoors counting all the birds you find. There is a rich history of MDI CBC’s going back to the 30’s, despite the cold and the wind, people have remained dedicated to the concepts of ornithologist Frank Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore which is todays’ Audubon magazine, proposed counting birds on Christmas instead of killing them.
This year’s count date is Saturday December 15, 2018. Please keep track of mileage on foot and by car. Below, I have added “Count Week” information from the CBC website. Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns. Contact me if you are unsure of where you are should count birds. My cell phone is 207-479-4256.  
If the weather should turn bad, please be careful and use common sense about where and how you gather data. Typically, it gets a little chilly around the 15th of December! If anyone would like to hike up one of the taller mountains for Snowy’s, let me know.
After the CBC, please try to send your final numbers to me as quickly as possible.
Good Birding
Michael
MDI Compiler

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Open House and Carving Show at the Wendell Gilley Museum

 Sunday, December 16, 12- 4pm Flocks of marbled godwits, cardinals and puffins will land at the Gilley, drawn in by vibrant art by local student artists. Join us to celebrate new carvings by Museum Members, watercolors by 5th and 6th graders from local schools, and puffins by students from the Schoodic Arts For All after-school program. Live music, good food and drink, and great art. All are welcome, and admission is free. 

For more information, see www.wendellgilleymuseum.org or facebook.com/thegilley or contact us at 207-244-7555 or info@wendellgilleymuseum.org 

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Community Food Drive - Food for Good


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust concluded their 30th annual “Food for Good” community food drive on November 16, 2018.  This year the event took place in over 50 communities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 5,000 food items were collected and delivered to 36 local food pantries spanning from Lubec, Maine to Brandon, Vermont.

“On behalf of the Bank, I would like to thank all community members who gave a gift of healthy food to our neighbors in need by donating to the food drive,” said Curtis Simard, President and CEO at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “These gifts helped fill Thanksgiving food baskets and stock the shelves of local food pantries for the winter months ahead.”

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Left to right: Jenny Jones of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Josh Yarbrough of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Dorian Daniels of I-95 radio (95.7 FM) and Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected food donations at Hannaford in Bar Harbor as part of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 30th annual “Food for Good” community food drive.  Additional contributions were made and collected by the local employees of Acadia National Park to help friends and neighbors in need.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust 30th Annual Community Food Drive - Food For Good

Join Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in giving the gift of healthy food to our neighbors in need.  The 30th annual “Food for Good” community food drive is being held October 29-November 16, 2018.  Bring nonperishable food donations to your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch and receive a “Food for Good” reusable grocery tote, while supplies last.  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has 49 branch locations spanning Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  All food donations go to the food pantry located in the town where they are collected, directly benefiting friends and neighbors in each community; 36 food pantries in total from Lubec, Maine to Brandon, Vermont. 

Local food pantries receiving these donations include: Andover Food Pantry, Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Bethel Food Shelf, Braford Food Pantry, Brandon Area Emergency Food Shelf, China Community Food Pantry, Claremont Food Pantry, Emmaus Center, Federated Church of Rochester, Friends Feeding Friends (Mascoma Valley), Hillsborough Food Pantry, Island Pantry, Jaffrey Food Pantry, KLS Community Food Pantry, Lifeline Food Pantry, LISTEN, Loaves and Fishes, Lubec Food Pantry, Machias Food Pantry, Maine Sea Coast Mission Food Pantry at Weald Bethel, Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Newport Food Pantry, Peterborough Food Pantry, Pittsford Food Shelf, Randolph Area Food Shelf, Rutland Area Food Shelf, Share Outreach Inc., South Royalton Food Shelf, Sunapee Food Pantry, The Friendly Kitchen (Concord), TIF Food Pantry, Tree of Life, Westside Food Pantry, Williamstown Food Shelf, Woodstock Community Food Shelf.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wabanaki Stories, Songs, History and Drumming


On Thursday, October 11, The Abbe Museum sponsors Wabanaki Stories, History and Drumming at the Harbor House in Southwest Harbor, Maine at 5PM. $10 for adults, $5 children 12 and younger.
Chris Sockalexis 

John Dennis


The Abbe Museum is honored to be part of Southwest Harbor Days this year and present a Wabanaki history experience for the public to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Maine, their cultures, arts, and stories.
From 5-6 PM John Dennis a Mi’kmaq storyteller will be sharing songs and stories with the public. John is the Cultural Director at the Aroostook Band of MicMac, in his work he strives to pass on his knowledge to the youth of the Mi’kmaq and other Wabanaki Communities.
Chris Sockalexis of the Penobscot Nation will be presenting on his work as an Indigenous archeologist for his community located at Indian Island from 6-7 PM. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Maine with his primary focus being on Maine Archaeology. He is currently conducting research for his Masters of Science degree at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute with his thesis work focusing on Cultural Identity and Maritime Adaptation in Frenchman Bay, Maine. Chris is one of the lead singers of the RezDogs, an intertribal powwow drum group based out of Indian Island, Maine. He serves on the Abbe Museum board and is also an avid canoe/kayak paddler who loves being out in the Maine woods and on the waterways that his ancestors have traveled for thousands of years. 
For tickets to this and other Southwest Harbor Week programs, go to https://www.acadiachamber.com/swhw.php.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon



Gary Allen, Race Director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, receives a sponsorship check from Lisa Parsons and Steve Gurin of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for the 17th annual event scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2018.  The race starts in Bar Harbor and finishes in Southwest Harbor, passing all four of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s branches on Mount Desert Island.  This year 2,000 race participants are expected, which will bring many to Mount Desert Island as the summer season wanes. 

“We are proud to call Bar Harbor Bank & Trust a founding sponsor of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, said Gary Allen, Race Director and Founder.  This important and appreciated sponsorship helps provide a transportation network for marathon weekend, a free kids run, and the ability to host a true world-class sporting event on Mount Desert Island, which impacts positively all island communities.”  For more information, go to: www.runmdi.org.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Cruise of MDI’S Great Harbor to make History come alive







Andrew Simon, co-founder of the Barn Arts Collective.
A collaboration between MDI Historical Society and the Barn Arts Collective aboard the Sea Princess Sails form Northeast Harbor on Thursday October 11
 Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the 
Mount Desert Island Historical Society.
As the Sea Princess cruises through Somes Sound and the Great Harbor of Mount Desert Island, Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the MDI Historical Society, will team with Andrew Simon, theater-maker and co-founder of the Barn Arts Collective, to bring to life events and people from MDI’s past. The cruise will provide insight into what has for millennia drawn humans and other creatures to this unique island.
On the cruise Simon will portray figures from history such as Henry Spelman and Jasty McGowan. Spelman was a member of the Champlain Society, the group of 1880s-era college students who studied the natural history of the island. McGowan, a quarry worker, is a character created by Simon for the Historical Society’s Vintage Classroom program, which recreates an 1894 schoolhouse in an immersive performance for local students.
Said Garrity, “Mount Desert Island is best seen from the water and enhanced by an appreciation of the historical scenes that have gone before. We hope to provide our audience with an enriching and exciting experience.” Simon added, “History and Theater are both about telling stories. Storytelling is the way that we understand who we are and how we’ve gotten here. Barn Arts is fortunate to have a dynamic partnership with the Historical Society that explores this concept and we’re excited about this new collaboration.”
The 2-hour cruise will leave Northeast Harbor at 1:15 pm on October 11th. From Northeast Harbor the boat will pass by East Bunker Ledge, Sutton and Cranberry Islands, then venture up Somes Sound with the beauty of the autumn season serving as the backdrop for this informative and creative performance. Tickets are $35.
The event is part of Southwest Harbor Week, ten days of tastings, talks, tours, concerts, cruises, and demonstrations hosted by the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Each day focuses on a different theme that highlights one or more cultural resources on Mount Desert Island. Find a calendar for Southwest Harbor Week and online ticket sales on the Chamber website, AcadiaChamber.com.
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The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of MDI and supporting self-guided audio tours.
For more information about the Great Harbor Cruise and other Southwest Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Southwest Harbor Week Celebrates the Quietside of Acadia


This autumn, through a week of walks, cruises, concerts, talks and demonstrations, Southwest Harbor will feature the history and riches of Acadia’s Quietside. The week begins with Acadia’s 23nd Oktoberfest during Columbus Day weekend and ends on Sunday October 14th at the finish line for the 17th running of the MDI Marathon. Each day during the intervening week will highlight one of the area’s cultural resources.
Organized by AcadiaChamber, the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce, SW Harbor Week aims to raise awareness of the institutions and businesses outside the tourist hub of Bar Harbor. Alan Feuer, President of AcadiaChamber, says
Many people don’t realize that Acadia National Park covers nearly half of Mount Desert Island, and that many of the island’s attractions lie near Northeast and Southwest Harbors, often called the “Quietside of Acadia”. SW Harbor Week will shine a light on areas away from the tourist hub of Bar Harbor.
Some of the events planned are listed below.
Friday
Wine tasting at Smuggler’s Den Campground hosted by Sawyers Specialties.
Saturday
Acadia’s Invitational Oktoberfest at Smuggler’s Den featuring music by Banned From Eden and Jones’n the Eclectic Dance Band. Craft fair on the Pemetic Green hosted by the Island Arts Association.
Sunday
Atlantic Brewing Company’s 15th Annual Belt Sander Races & Buffet BBQ.
Monday
Talks and demonstrations of granite quarrying at the Maine Granite Industry Museum. Guided tours of a local quarry led by Steve Haynes, founder of the museum. Geology walks by geologists Duane and Ruth Braun, authors of Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Geology-related art classes at ArtWaves MDI.
Tuesday
A workshop on nature journaling using watercolors at the Wendell Gilley Museum. Director’s tour of the Gilley exhibit Earth, Sea, Sky featuring large-scale paintings by artist Barbara Ernst Prey. Guided birding tour into the field with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Wednesday
Tour of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse led by Coast Guardsmen. Sunset cruise past Bass Harbor Light with Eli Strauss of Island Cruises. Lighthouse themed art workshops by ArtWaves MDI.
Thursday
History brought to life while cruising on Somes Sound with MDI Historical Society Director Tim Garrity and actors from The Barn Arts Collective. Wabanaki History and Art hosted by the Abbe Museum. Birding cruise on the Elizabeth T with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Friday
Open house at the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station with a tour of the fleet. Tour of a Hinckley Company shop with Hinckley vice president Philip Bennett. Lobstering from a 19th Century sloop led by Sail Acadia founder Karl Brunner.
Saturday
Curator’s tour Art, Advertising and the Automobile at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Hood ornament carving workshop at the Auto Museum in conjunction with the Wendell Gilley Museum. Exhibition of and rides in early Fords.
Sunday
Running of the MDI Marathon, voted America’s “most scenic”. Finish Line Festival in Southwest Harbor featuring music, food and the arrival of the marathoners. (Passenger ferry service will run between Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.)


Events will take place at various venues on Mount Desert Island. Please Visit AcadiaChamber.com for the latest calendar or contact the Chamber office for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents of Mount Desert Island. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of the island and supporting self-guided audio tours.
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For more information about SW Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships

Congratulations to Esme Freeman, Lillyann Limeburner, Hailey McCabe, Willow Newman, Jakob Rogers, and MacKenzie Snowdon, recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education Scholarship.  These six 2018 high school graduates attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum, and were awarded the scholarship based upon their academic success and determination to further advance their education and vocational skills.  Please join us in congratulating these young people as they prepare for their future careers. 

Esme Freeman, resides in Searsport, Maine, is a graduate of Searsport High School and attended Waldo County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at the University of Maine at Farmington pursuing a degree in Visual Arts.

Lillyann Limeburner, resides in Deer Isle, Maine, is a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Hailey McCabe, resides in Ellsworth, Maine, is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

Willow Newman, resides in Cooper, Maine, is a graduate of Woodland High School and attended St. Croix Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Jakob Rogers, resides in Machias, Maine, is a graduate of Machias Memorial High School and attended Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology. He is enrolled at Washington County Community College in the Domestic & Residential Electrician program.

MacKenzie Snowdon, resides in Georgetown, Maine, is a graduate of Morse High School and attended Bath Regional Career & Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Southern Maine Community College pursuing a degree in Automotive Technology.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awarded 15 Career & Technical Education scholarships of $1500 each to 2018 high school graduates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Application criteria included attending a technical career program (in designated geographies) as part of their high school curriculum, describing their career aspirations and college choice in a personal statement, as well as sharing their leadership and community service experiences.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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Cathy Planchart, VP
Product & Segment Marketing Manager
Marketing Department
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
135 High Street | P.O. Box 1089
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: 207-667-7100 x14655
Toll-free:  1-888-853-7100 x14655
Fax: 207-412-6420
E-mail: cplanchart@barharbor.bank

At left, Lillyann Limeburner, a 2018 graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School, receives a Career & Technical Education scholarship from employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (left to right) Rebecca Emerson and Katie Wiberg.  Lillyann is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Nursing.


At left, Jakob Rogers, a 2018 graduate of Machias Memorial High School, is congratulated by Susan Albee, AVP, Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Machias (right) for receiving a Career & Technical Education scholarship from the Bank.  Jakob is enrolled at Washington County Community College in the Domestic & Residential Electrician program.


At right, Hailey McCabe, a 2018 graduate of Ellsworth High School, receives a Career & Technical Education scholarship from employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (left to right) Chelsea Sawyer and Jack Frost.  Hailey is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.



Friday, August 17, 2018

Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1928 Ford Huckster to be Featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage”



On a foggy day at the beginning of August, Jay Leno flew into Bar Harbor for a shoot of his show Jay Leno’s Garage at Martha Stewart’s summer home, Skylands, in Seal Harbor. Skylands was originally built by Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Car Company. Martha Stewart invited the Seal Cove Auto Museum to be a part of the show, which will focus on Edsel Ford and his role in the development of the Model A, and his summer retreat in Maine. Jay Leno wanted to drive the museum's 1928 Ford Model A Huckster - donated by Binky MacQuinn in honor of her husband, Ronald MacQuinn - in the shoot, which also featured Martha’s 1957 Edsel wagon.

Director Raney Bench and volunteer mechanic Harry Saunders brought the Huckster to Seal Harbor, and spent the day at Skylands with Stewart and Leno, providing Leno with the interesting details about the Huckster that he discussed in the filming of the show. This episode of Jay Leno's Garage will air in the spring of 2019!

The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests, by telling the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open May 1 – Oct 31, and open in the winter by appointment. For more information please contact the museum at 207- 244-9242 or info@sealcoveautomuseum.org.






Friday, August 3, 2018

Newly Launched Maine RecoveryCorps Recruiting Service Members


Community organizations in six northern Maine counties are actively recruiting RecoveryCorps members to support the newly launched Maine RecoveryCorps. Maine RecoveryCorps, funded by an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded to Healthy Acadia, will focus on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services and to improve recovery success among individuals facing substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders.

Healthy Acadia and organizations across Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties will host 30 full- and part-time RecoveryCorps members serving one-year terms of service, beginning in mid-September, 2018. RecoveryCorps members will engage in Recovery Coaching, an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for people seeking recovery, helping them remove barriers and navigate systems to meet their treatment, wellness and recovery support goals. RecoveryCorps coaches have typically experienced substance use disorder and recovery either directly themselves or through someone close to them. 

“The RecoveryCorps Program represents a significant expansion of recovery coaching services across a broad region,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the need to expand services to support individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders, and that they saw the value that AmeriCorps members can bring in the form of recovery coaching. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

Full-time RecoveryCorps members will receive a living allowance of $13,732, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans, health insurance, mileage, training, and more. Part-time RecoveryCorps members (6-8 hours of service per week) will receive a stipend of $1,000, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,252.91, mileage, training, and more. Individuals 55 years old or older at time of their AmeriCorps service may transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position, visit www.healthyacadia.orgor contact Healthy Acadia’s Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 / sandie@healthyacadia.org.  Applications will  be reviewed immediately and will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. Service terms begin on September 24, 2018 or October 14, 2018.

If an organization is interested in hosting or sponsoring an AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps service member, please contact Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bark Ranger Program offered in Acadia National Park



A new program at Acadia National Park is for people who love visiting the park with their dogs. The Bark Ranger Program encourages dogs and their people to complete at least one activity geared toward teaching and practicing the etiquette needed when dogs visit wild places like Acadia. After completing one or more activities, a free wallet-sized certificate will be signed by a park ranger, to honor the commitments between people, their dogs, and Acadia National Park.
In addition to the certificates, the Bark Ranger Program has other offerings including a free evening ranger program offered at the Seawall Campground and the Schoodic Woods Campground, dates and times are listed on the Acadia National Park “Things to Do” website at http://go.nps.gov/Acadia2Do. And, if you would like your dog to have a Bark Ranger collar tag or bandana, these items are available for sale through the Eastern National Bookstore located at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and other locations.
To learn more about the program visit http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPets or contact Kelly Pontbriand, 207-288-8805 or kelly_pontbriand@nps.gov.
For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS), Twitter (twitter.com/AcadiaNPS), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/acadianps).
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Healthy Acadia Receives National AmeriCorps Grant


Healthy Acadia has received an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch the Maine RecoveryCorps Program. The Program will focus on expanding Recovery Coaching to strengthen recovery support services in our communities and to improve recovery success among individuals facing opioid use disorders.  

This grant will support 30 AmeriCorps members who will serve throughout Northeastern Maine, including Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties. RecoveryCorps members will help tackle the critical challenges of a devastating opioid epidemic, which results in high morbidity and mortality throughout the region. Many individuals are struggling with opioid use disorders and significant gaps exist in services, including lack of access to support services for people throughout the recovery process. This grant will support Recovery Coaching, which is an innovative form of peer-to-peer recovery support. RecoveryCorps coaches will serve as personal guides and mentors for the people seeking recovery, helping them remove barriers and navigate systems to meet their treatment, wellness and recovery support goals. RecoveryCorps coaches have typically experienced substance use disorder and recovery either directly themselves or through someone close to them. 

“The RecoveryCorps Program represents a significant expansion of recovery coaching services across a broad region,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the need to expand services to support individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders, and that they saw the value that AmeriCorps members can bring in the form of recovery coaching. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”

"AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  We congratulate Healthy Acadia for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.” 

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $121,595 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,920 that they can use to pay for college or to pay down student loans.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2018 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and opioid misuse issues and recovery. In total 367 AmeriCorps positions are funded to serve communities in all of Maine’s 16 counties, representing an increase in both positions and federal funding over the previous year.

RecoveryCorps AmeriCorps members will serve at organizations throughout the six-county region of Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington. For information on how to apply for a RecoveryCorps position in any of these counties, or if your organization is interested in hosting an AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps service member, please contact Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary


Greg Dalton, Curtis Simard, Lisa Parsons of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a check for $5,500 to Clara Baker and Alison Beane of Island Housing Trust representing the proceeds from the Bank’s 25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12.  This year’s tournament benefitted the Island Housing Trust. 

Island Housing Trust (IHT) promotes viable, year-round island communities by advancing permanent workforce housing on Mount Desert Island.  They support efforts by public and private individuals and organizations to create housing that is affordable to the year-round working population of MDI.  IHT promotes and seeks to establish partnerships that result in the creation of both rental and home ownership opportunities, enabling the year-round workforce to live in MDI's four communities.  IHT envisions a future where MDI has a significant percentage of affordable year-round housing available to the workforce and works to ensure that it remains affordable into the future. The dwelling units are protected by covenants, enforced in perpetuity. For more information, you can go to: www.islandhousingtrust.org

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust supports Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp


Jack Frost and Chelsea Sawyer from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust present a donation check to Katie Freedman of Healthy Acadia. These funds will provide scholarships for students in Washington County to attend the DownEast Teen Leadership Camp this summer, helping to make DETLC accessible to all youth. 

DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is an annual 5-day residential summer camp program serving primarily Washington County teens entering grades 7 to 9.  Hosted by Healthy Acadia and held at the University of Maine at Machias, the camp challenges and empowers teens to make healthy choices and positively impact their lives and those in their communities. DETLC provides youth with social, communication and leadership skills to promote resiliency and to deter misuse of substances, including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. DETLC is deeply impactful for the youth who participate, in terms of their opportunity to have a positive summer experience, the knowledge and tools they gain to make healthy choices, as well as the leadership skills they develop during camp and build on throughout the following years through an ongoing school-based programming. 

Since 2000, DETLC has motivated and inspired over 425 adolescents from rural Washington County and beyond to live substance free and serve as positive role models and inspiring civic leaders in their schools and communities ultimately increasing their personal well-being and workforce preparedness as they age into adulthood.DETLC has typically attracted more than 25 teens each year and recent enrollment has nearly doubled, with 49 teens attending in 2017. The DETLC model assures that all interested youth are welcome to attend camp, regardless of their ability to pay.  For more information, contact Healthy Acadia at 207-255-3741.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to new member At Home MDI!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, At Home MDI.

At Home MDI is a member-based, volunteer supported program designed to provide residents of the Mount Desert Island community with essential services, empowering them to continue to live independently in their homes and connected to their communities as they age.

They are dedicated to:
  • Supporting our community elders to remain in their homes as long as they are able.
  • Engaging with existing community organizations, businesses, and services to support this goal.
  • Encouraging the growth of local services to fill the demands of the at home population
  • Respecting the independence of our elders by offering services and support necessary to stay at home.
At Home is celebrating its first year of providing services on Mount Desert Island. At Home MDI welcomes new members and volunteers. For more information, call the main office (207)374-5852.