Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hinckley Yachts Partners with Southwest Harbor Public Library on Digital Archive Project

Photo by W.H. Ballard courtesy of Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive

This past summer Hinckley Yachts awarded a $2,500 grant to the Southwest Harbor Public Library in celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary. The Library used the funds to add 1,400 Hinckley related photographs to its Digital Archive. The images are of sail and motor yachts, working boats, and vessels Hinckley built for the military during WWII (in 1942, the company received the Army-Navy "E" Award for excellence in production of war equipment). Many of the photos show boats under construction and under sail off the waters of Mount Desert Island. The images can be seen online at
About the grant Hinckley Chief Marketing Officer Pete Saladino said “We are very pleased to have partnered with the Southwest Harbor Public Library to fund an effort to make more of the Library's collection of historical Hinckley photographs available online. Visitors to the Library's Digital Archive can now see more images of our yachts, the people who built them, and the waters that shaped their design.”
The Digital Archive contains more than 10,000 historical photographs, documents, maps, and research material given to and shared with the library since about 1900. The collection illustrates the way people, businesses, vessels, places, structures, organizations, and events relate to one another and tells the story of how islanders and “people from away” lived on and visited Mount Desert Island, Maine, in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
The Library has a backlog of some 30,000 items still to go into the Digital Archive. Thanks to dozens of volunteers who spent thousands of hours scanning, most of the items have been digitized, but are not yet cataloged. “Hinckley not only helped us catalog more items, their financial assistance serves as an affirmation of the importance of the tireless effort of Library volunteers who have given so much time to preserve our rich history” said Library trustee George Soules.
Hinckley has been building and servicing America’s finest yachts since 1928. Founded to build and care for the boats of the local lobstermen in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Hinckley quickly developed a reputation for unsurpassed quality and innovation. The years that followed saw the company building true classics of American yachting from the Bermuda 40 to the Picnic Boat. Each new Hinckley yacht carries with it the symbol, Talaria, which marks the swift pursuit of superior ideas. Today, Hinckley builds highly innovative, owner-driven, power and sailing yachts from 29 to 55 feet. Nine yacht care centers from Maine to Florida complete the Hinckley offering by providing service, refits, transportation and storage for a pinnacle ownership experience.
To learn more about the Digital Archive, visit or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. To learn more about Hinckley Yachts, visit 

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Offers Scholarship for High School Graduating Seniors

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college.  The scholarship is for income eligible applicants who have attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum.  There is the potential for 15 awards of $1,500 each.  From qualified applicants, one student may be chosen per technical center in the geographic region outlined below.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.  Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and can also be found online at

Students residing in the following counties are eligible: Maine – Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and Washington; New Hampshire – Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan; Vermont – Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. 

The eligible technical centers include: Maine - Bath Regional Career & Tech, Capital Area Technical Center, Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Hancock County Technical Center, Mid-Maine Tech Center, St. Croix Regional Tech, Sumner Pathways Career Program, United Technology Center, and Waldo Tech Center; New Hampshire - Concord Regional Technical Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Manchester School of Technology, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center, Nashua Technology Center North / South, Region 14 Applied Technology Center - Peterborough, Sugar River Valley RTC Claremont / Newport, and Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Center; Vermont - Central Vermont Career Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Randolph Technical Career Center, River Bend Career & Technical Center, and Stafford Technical Center.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer these scholarships,” said Jack Frost, VP/Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “We recognize that education is one of the surest ways for each person to have a fulfilling and successful career.  These awards can truly make a difference in helping students and families pay for the cost of a college education.”

Application requirements include a personal statement describing career aspirations and college choice, explanation of leadership and community service, high school transcript, and one-page scholarship application.  This scholarship is offered by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. For questions, please contact the Director of Community Giving at 207-667-7100 extension 10986.

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 $3.6 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 or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Welcome to new Chamber Member Quietside Realty!

Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber member, Quietside Realty. Bonnie Boisvert says:
"Connecting you to your new home is one of my passions. I am Bonnie Boisvert from Quietside Reality, a year round, full service brokerage. I have been a real estate agent for 17 years and was in banking and home rentals for 15 years prior to that. With all my knowledge and experience in coastal Maine, I can make the search for your home an adventure. Downsizing and selling can be difficult passages, I can help you make those transitions smoothly and efficiently. My promise to you is a commitment to excellence, enthusiastic representation, and professional work ethic.
"Besides real estate my other passion is animals, especially dogs. My husband, son, and I have three dogs all rescued from shelters. I enjoy hiking in Acadia National Park here on Mount Desert Island with my dogs and friends. My home and office are located in Southwest Harbor, my hometown for the last 39 years. Give me a call, email, or text to discuss your next move to or from coastal Maine."
Be sure to say Hi to Bonnie and welcome her to the Chamber!