Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Southwest Harbor Mourns the Loss of Chief Alan Brown

 Fox Bangor New's Kayla Fish reporting:

"The Hancock County law enforcement community is mourning the sudden and tragic loss of one of its own, as Southwest Harbor Police Chief Alan Brown passed away Friday morning.

"Ellsworth police say Brown was helping family working on a deck at a family camp on Green Lake in Ellsworth, when he suffered a possible heart attack.

"Family members and emergency medical personnel who responded gave Brown CPR, to no avail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Brown was well-respected in the Hancock County law enforcement community, having served as an investigator for many years with the sheriff’s office before becoming chief of the Southwest Harbor police in 2015.

"Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier said Brown served with expertise, and his impact could be felt throughout the region. He sent his condolences to Brown’s family."

We at the Southwest Harbor Chamber of Commerce will miss Chief Brown. His good advice and assistance made our Fireworks Displays and Oktoberfest Festival events run smoothly and safely. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Healthy Acadia Announces Second Year of Mini-Grant Opportunities for Community Partners to Expand Youth Substance Use Prevention Initiatives

 Healthy Acadia is thrilled to announce the launch of a second year of mini-grant funding available to community partners working with youth. The Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success (PFS) initiative, coordinated by Healthy Acadia, is a collaborative effort to prevent youth substance use across Washington and Hancock counties, with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use prevention. Mini-grants awarded will support community-driven, collective efforts to prevent substance use and promote the health and well-being of youth aged 9 to 20 throughout the region. 


Healthy Acadia and Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success will provide mini-grant sub-awards of $1,000 to $10,000 to community groups, such as schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations, that seek to provide new opportunities that support positive social development, resilience, peer-based mental health support, and/or structured, pro-social activities to support substance use prevention for youth. 


“I am so excited to see more projects in Hancock and Washington counties with the opportunities this funding creates to provide support and create positive social interactions and activities for youth,” said Sara McConnell, PFS Initiative Coordinator. “Last year, we funded 13 amazing projects that reached youth and communities throughout the region during a time when supports and opportunities were so needed: new after-school programs, virtual summer camps, outdoor recreation opportunities with corresponding equipment, mental health first aid training, and more.” 


Healthy Acadia will host informational sessions via Zoom to provide organizations interested in applying with opportunities to ask questions about proposed project ideas, last year's projects, the evaluation process, and more. Sessions are scheduled for October 21, 2020, at 10 a.m., October 29, 2020, at 3 p.m., and November 3, 2020, at 3 p.m. Contact McConnell at for login information. 


For more information and to view the request for proposals, visit Healthy Acadia’s website:, or contact Sara McConnell, Project Coordinator, at 207-255-3741 or Applications are due by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  


Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at


This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under Partnerships for Success Grant # 1H79SP081695. Learn more by visiting or by calling 877-SAMHSA-7. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Welcome to New Member, Around the Sound Catering!


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Around the Sound Catering!

Owner Dakota Hatton says. "We strive in making every event special, no mater the size big or small. Custom Designed Menus, Wine, Beer, Cocktail Pairing, Rentals, Local and specialty imported foods.

 "Planning an event can be stressful - Contact us today to see what we can do to help. We will arrange a meeting in person or by phone and send you a free estimate with a list of recommendations that your guests will remember. 

"We are a new catering company, However no stranger to the business. Owner and Operator Kelsea Squires and Dakota Hatton have many years in the business from cocktail parties, cooperate events, private dinner parties, backyard BBQ’s and Lobster Bakes and of course Weddings all over the coast of Maine. 

"Visit our website and contact us today:"