Monday, July 19, 2021

New MRI Building Arrived Safely at Mount Desert Island Hospital

 The much-anticipated delivery of Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) building concluded with the successful placement of the structure adjacent to the hospital’s Breast Health Center entrance at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 15. The building first arrived at the Bar Harbor ballfield where it was transferred to a smaller vehicle for its final trek to the hospital campus where it was met with a crane and set in its new location.

“We can’t express enough how thankful we are to our exceptional delivery driver, Mike, our local public safety team, state police, the Maine Department of Transportation and our entire community who rallied around us to bring this vital piece of equipment home,” said Chrissi Maguire, MDI Hospital President/CEO. “Because of the support of this outstanding community and our generous donors, we are bringing one of Maine’s greenest, most advanced MRI units to our region.”

The building’s arrival marks a milestone in the hospital’s multi-year effort to install a more permanent, fixed-place MRI unit to replace the temporary MRI trailer that has long occupied their parking lot. The new building was originally scheduled to be delivered the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14, but following rerouting due to construction, it was hung up on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Delivery resumed the next morning, with a delay in Northeast Harbor for a tire change as the structure made its way to Bar Harbor.

In its next and final phase, the Ambition MRI unit will be enclosed and incorporated into MDI Hospital’s main campus building in Bar Harbor. Once installation is complete, patients will be able to receive a broader range of MRI scans nearer to home, including prostate, TMJ, abdomen, pelvis, dynamic liver and thoracic.

The Philips Ingenia Ambition MRI system features near-silent technology; faster scan times; and patient-adjustable lighting, image projections, and soundscapes, all to increase patient comfort. Its novel micro-cooling technology requires only a negligible amount of liquid helium for cooling, which will make it far more energy-efficient than previous MRIs.

Numerous generous funders have joined together to provide support for the Fixed-Place MRI Project; major donors include the Davis Family Foundation, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, First National Bank, Dick Wolf, Jonathan Winthrop, Donna Karlson and Arthur Greif, Arthur Blank and Chrissi Maguire.

About Mount Desert Island Hospital
Mount Desert Island Hospital serves a close-knit island and surrounding communities through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of area health centers—all designed to provide comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors. Since it was established in 1897, the nonprofit hospital has grown into a premier rural healthcare organization with a retirement community and six primary care health centers, as well as a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. The hospital’s Emergency Department, a critical link in Downeast Maine's trauma delivery system, serves the Mount Desert Island community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. MDI Hospital received a five-star rating, the highest awarded, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2020. In addition, the organization’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency and surgical care services have been consistently recognized by Avatar International, the Leapfrog Group, the National Rural Health Association, Harvard Pilgrim and Healthgrades.

Monday, July 12, 2021

MDI Heroes Film Celebrates Community Pandemic Response

 Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new film on the community’s historic pandemic response, “MDI Heroes,” by Peter Logue and Tailwind Media, is slated to premiere virtually on July 17 at 4 p.m.

The film was made possible by sponsorship from First National Bank, Edward J. Benz, Jr. MD and Margaret A. Vettese, RN, Ph.D., Sally and Leonard Leo, Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop, Acadia Benefits and Strategic Benefits Advisors, Loy Andrews, Sarah Fina, Chrissi Maguire, Dean and Penny Read, Shaw Jewelry, Louise Soucy and Jim Geary, John and Mary Treanor and Martha T. Wagner, Ph.D.

“The innovation, compassion and resiliency that I’ve seen in this community over the past 15 months is truly extraordinary. We are so grateful to our sponsors and contributors for helping to bring this film to our community,” said Chrissi Maguire, President/CEO of MDI Hospital.

Director Peter Logue interviewed local business and community leaders, physicians and caregivers, members of the Downeast COVID-19 Task Force and others who shared their pandemic experiences.

“Mount Desert Island’s pandemic response was a community-wide effort,” said Maguire. “Telling this story gives us the chance to pause, reflect and celebrate how far we’ve come as we begin to look ahead. It’s a very powerful moment.”

Visit to learn how you can attend the virtual premiere.

About Mount Desert Island Hospital

Mount Desert Island Hospital serves a close-knit island and surrounding communities through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of area health centers—all designed to provide comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors. Since it was established in 1897, the nonprofit hospital has grown into a premier rural healthcare organization with a retirement community and six primary care health centers, as well as a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. The hospital’s Emergency Department, a critical link in Downeast Maine's trauma delivery system, serves the Mount Desert Island community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. MDI Hospital received a five-star rating, the highest awarded, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2020. In addition, the organization’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency and surgical care services have been consistently recognized by Avatar International, the Leapfrog Group, the National Rural Health Association, Harvard Pilgrim and Healthgrades.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Acadia National Park’s Carriage Roads Sustain Extensive Damage from Severe Rainstorm

 Acadia National Park’s carriage roads and other park facilities sustained extensive damage from a severe rainstorm in the early hours of June 9, 2021. Ten miles of the 45-mile carriage road system in the park (22 percent) remain closed, along with the Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts, Schoodic bike paths, and Schoodic Head Road. Hiking trails are open, but certain sections, including foot bridges, may be washed out. Hikers should use caution and avoid crossing damaged sections. 


The short duration and intensity of the rainstorm makes it one of the most exceptional weather events in the park’s history. The peak of rainstorm occurred between 4:30 and 7:30 am on June 9 with rainfall totals varying widely across the park. The recorded rainfall totals in the park ranged from 2.5 inches at Jordan Pond to 4.7 inches at the Cadillac Summit. The U.S. Geological Survey stream gage at Otter Creek reached a stage (water level height) of almost 10 feet during the peak of the rainstorm, an increase of 8.5 feet from the week before.  


“Thousands of visitors enjoy the carriage roads every day of the summer, and we recognize the importance of opening them as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “We will seek emergency funds and use emergency contracting procedures to repair the damage within the next few months.” 


While the National Park Service is still surveying the damage throughout the park, the carriage roads were hit hardest by the rainstorm. The historic carriage roads were constructed from 1913 to 1940 and engineered to withstand heavy rainfall. The carriage roads consist of three layers of rock graduating from large to fine-sized stones at the surface with a substantial crown to ensure good drainage.  Stone culverts and deep ditches provide channels to direct runoff away from the gravel surface of the carriage roads.   


The rainstorm was so intense that the volume of water overwhelmed the drainage features and washed out significant portions of the closed carriage roads making them unsafe for visitor use. In many locations, the top two layers of rocks were completely removed. 


In addition to the 10 miles of carriage roads closed due to the storm damage, 6.3 miles of carriage roads remain closed for the planned reconstruction of the loop around Eagle Lake. For specific information on the carriage road closures and updates on current conditions, please visit


To view this news release online, visit AcadiaNews


For more information on Acadia National Park, please visit or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram 


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube

Island Connections celebrates 16,000 meals served

 Island Connections provided more than 16,000 meals and more than 3,600 rides in 2020, ensuring that senior citizens and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands had access to food and vital medical appointments during the pandemic.

Inspired by this, three families are teaming up to match up to $16,000 donated to Island Connections between June 16 and July 16. John and Betsy Cochran have joined the owners of the Bar Harbor Campground and Coastal Kayaking Tours/Acadia Bike to fund the Provide A Ride $16K Matching Challenge.

Island Connections is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides rides to medical appointments including lifesaving treatments, delivers Meals on Wheels meals, and does grocery shopping for people who cannot do it for themselves.

“We are here to help those in need of transportation services or who experience food insecurity on the island to support their needs where they are,” says Doreen Willett, executive director of Island Connections. “Our commitment has only become stronger as we move forward through this time. Please help us ‘Provide A Ride’ by donating to our matching challenge.”

To make a donation, go online at; mail a check to Island Connections at 93 Cottage St., Suite 101, Bar Harbor ME 04609; or stop by the Island Connection offices to drop your donation in the secure donation box there.

We are so fortunate to have this service and drivers for our community and area!” said the owner of Bar Harbor Campground, Binky MacQuinn. “Supporting Island Connections is a wonderful way to help so many others.” 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Governor Mills Announces State of Civil Emergency To End June 30th


June 11, 2021

Governor Janet Mills announced today that Maine’s State of Civil Emergency will end June 30, 2021 – the end of this month.

“Today, we take another important step forward in our return to normal,” said Governor Janet Mills. “After fifteen long, difficult months, ending the State of Civil Emergency is a welcome milestone that reflects the progress Maine has made in getting people vaccinated, reducing the spread of the virus, and getting back to normal. Maine people have persevered, and, although challenges remain, we will get through them together just as we did this past year. I congratulate and thank Maine people for all they have done to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their fellow citizens.”

The Governor temporarily extended the current State of Civil Emergency, which was set to expire on Sunday, June 13, through June 30, 2021, to ensure an orderly transition out of the emergency, allowing State government departments to continue necessary pandemic-related services. During this time, departments will identify any policies that may need temporary extensions past June 30, 2021, such as flexibilities for child care providers and home-and community-based services given ongoing pandemic-related challenges.

The State’s last remaining face covering requirement, which only applies to indoor preK-12 schools and child care settings, will also end on June 30, 2021. However, Maine CDC will continue to recommend, though not require, that unvaccinated people – including those under 12 who are not yet eligible for a COVID vaccine – wear face coverings indoors. School Administrative Units and child care settings may require face coverings, as some businesses have done. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services continues to encourage schools to participate in its free pooled testing program, which reduces the spread of the virus in schools and eliminates the need for quarantining for participating students and staff who are asymptomatic.

“The guidance for schools, including recommended face coverings indoors for unvaccinated people, will help protect the health and safety of students and staff as COVID-19 continues to impact our communities,” said Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Pender Makin, Commissioner of the Department of Education. “We celebrate our state’s success in navigating the pandemic, but recommend schools maintain protocols and participate in the pooled testing program, recognizing that many children are not yet eligible for vaccination.”

The State of Civil Emergency allowed the Governor to implement public health measures and deploy all available governmental tools to respond to and contain COVID-19. As of June 11, most states in the nation still have active emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association.

Maine continues to demonstrate nation-leading progress in administering vaccinations and containing the spread of COVID-19. More than 73 percent of Maine people age 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 64.9 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. CDC vaccination tracker. Maine, adjusted for population, also ranks 4th lowest in total number of cases and 4th lowest in number of deaths from COVID-19, according to the U.S. CDC.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Call to Artists & Art Donors: A Celebration of Art Silent Auction 2021 Library Benefit

 The Southwest Harbor Public Library invites artists and art donors to submit a unique piece of art for our 2021 Celebration of Art Silent Auction Library Benefit on display from August 1 to 27. Art donors, we welcome donations of art by local artists or artwork that has relevance to our area. The auction is the largest fundraiser to support library programs. Please consider donating 100% of the proceeds from your artwork sales. In recognition that this is not always possible, the Library will split the top bid on your work 50/50 if you indicate this choice on your registration form. 

To participate, please complete the online form and return it by Saturday, July 17. You may also print the form and return it to the circulation desk or email it to View details and registration at 

The staff and trustees of the library deeply appreciate your willingness to share your artistic creativity. By participating in this Celebration, you are a great support to the Library, and we thank you! If you have questions, please contact us at 244-7065 or via email at The Library is now open to walk-ins, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Southwest Harbor Fire Department announces the passing of active member, Deputy Chief Sam Chisholm

 It is with great sadness that the Southwest Harbor Fire Department announces the passing of active member, Deputy Chief Sam Chisholm. Deputy Chief Chisholm passed away unexpectedly at his home on 7 June 2021.

Deputy Chief Chisholm served the Southwest Harbor Community for 43 years, joining the department in 1978. Over his many years of courageous and dedicated service Sam held multiple positions in public safety, including; Firefighter, Fire Captain, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Chief, Dispatcher, Police Officer as well as working on the ambulance.

The loss of Deputy Chief Chisholm leaves the Southwest Harbor Fire Department with a void that will be near impossible to fill and sadness that we will carry with us forever.

Per request of Deputy Chief Chisholm’s family, any sympathy cards or monetary donations may be made payable and delivered to:
Southwest Harbor Fire Association
PO Box 666
Southwest Harbor, Maine, 04679

Updates on services along with any other information the family releases will be posted on social media and sent via email through Mary Ellen Martel.

We ask that you keep Deputy Chief Chisholm’s family in your thoughts and prayers, and please do not attempt to contact them in this difficult time. All correspondence shall be directed to Capt. Colton Sanborn.

Colton Sanborn
Southwest Harbor Fire Department
(207) 266-9175 
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Help support Chris's Pond


The Town of Southwest Harbor has the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to pay for recreational improvements on both a new parcel of land and to the existing town property at Chris’s Pond. 

Thank you to everyone who has voiced support for this project. 

You can help with the next step by attending our Town Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10 am the Southwest Harbor Fire Station. Warrant Article 43 is an opportunity for voters to authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application and support this exciting opportunity to improve Chris’s Pond.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber member, Archie's Lobster


Welcome to new Chamber member, Archie's Lobster!

Archie's family of Commercial Lobsterman create fresh seafood made to order daily. Trap to table fresh out of the water lobster dinners to daily picked lobster meat for a delish sweet and salty lobster rolls.

You can catch them beginning Memorial Day weekend, and check out their web store at: Great food and great views of the harbor!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member Action Tour Guide

 Welcome to new Chamber Member, Action Tour Guide!

Owner Snehal Shah says, "Action Tour Guide offers self-guided driving and walking tours, including an audio guide, map and tour book - all in one! Check out all the exciting adventures in store for you." You can learn all about the tour guides they offer at: .

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber member Hearth and Harbor

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber member, Hearth and Harbor!

Owner Kat Dougan and her team have opened an exciting wood-fire restaurant in downtown Southwest Harbor, and this is one you won't want to miss. Check out their menu at and be sure to stop in and give them a try! They'll soon be opening an outdoor seating area and are they are looking forward to a good season.

Locals who have dined at Hearth and Harbor say, "Great food and great staff!" 

Welcome to new Chamber member, The Davis Agency

 Please join us in welcoming The Davis Agency as our newest Chamber member!

Danielle Davis says, "We have a fine selection of residential and commercial properties available for purchase and over 400 choice Vacation Rental  properties, from country or village settings to exquisite oceanfront and lake front to remote pristine islands. Browse through some of our select listings, either to purchase or rent, by just clicking on the choices offered. If what you are looking for is not there, just fill out the Buyer or Vacation Rental Inquiry Form, e-mail, call ( 207  244  3891) or FAX (207  244  9454) us with your specific requirements. We'll do our best to find it for you!  You can be absolutely confident, no matter what your requirements are, our friendly and professional staff will make your visit or move an enjoyable one."

Next time you are downtown, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Vendors Market!

 Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Acadia Vendors Market!

Holly says, "Acadia Vendors Market, Mount Desert Island's only collective goods market, is located at 55 Main Street in Southwest Harbor, Maine. The Acadia Vendors Market team strives to provide an authentic local goods market offering everything from live lobster and fresh seafood of all kinds, to take-out, kayak rentals, antiques, collectibles, artist goods & so much more!

"Acadia Vendors Market opens in mid-May, 2021 - mid-October, 2021. This is our Grand Opening season and we're proud to offer Mount Desert Island a collection of a wide variety of local vendors! The only way to know what we're about is to come on over and check us out!"

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures!

Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures!

Jen Harry says, "I am passionate about providing busy people with tools & practices to transform stress, enhance well-being, and promote flourishing in mind, body, & spirit. This has led me on a continuous quest over the past 20 years to collect what I like to call "Tools for Well-Being"."

Along with earning her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and working in the mental health field for over 15 years, she has also received certification in the Methods of Japanese Psychology in 2009 and trained at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington D.C. to facilitate Mind-Body Skills Groups in 2011. Jen received certification in both Applied Positive Psychology & as a Resiliency Trainer in 2017.

Jen offers individual sessions, groups, and workshops to the local community, businesses, & non-profits that bring together relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and the latest research from the field of wellness to help people slow down & de-stress so they can live more fully, consciously, & intentionally in today's busy world.

Jen's most recent offering, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures, weaves together her love of nature and her passion for practicing mindfulness in real life. These outdoor adventures are a great opportunity to cultivate mindfulness whether you are just learning or want to deepen your practice through guided excursions on beautiful Mount Desert Island.

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021


Vehicle Reservations Required for Cadillac Summit Road May 26-Oct 19 


The National Park Service (NPS) will be opening roads and other visitor facilities at Acadia National Park for the 2021 season beginning with the Park Loop Road. The 27-mile scenic drive, including the Cadillac Summit Road, is expected to open to motor vehicles on April 15, depending on weather conditions. To provide a safer and more enjoyable experience, vehicle reservations will be required for the Cadillac Summit Road between sunrise and sunset from May 26 to October 19.  Vehicle reservations will be available for purchase online at starting April 1 at 10:00 am ET.   


In addition to needing a vehicle reservation for the Cadillac Summit Road, visitors must have a weekly, annual, or lifetime park entrance pass for all locations in Acadia National Park from May 1 to October 31All vehicles must clearly display a park entrance pass through the windshield. Park entrance passes are available for purchase in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, park campgrounds, and other outlets, but visitors are encouraged to purchase weekly and annual park entrance passes online at 


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors are required to wear face masks in all federal buildings, including visitor centers, restrooms, gift shops, and concession facilities. Visitors over two years old are required to wear face masks outdoors when physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained, including sidewalkshiking trails, carriage roads, overlooks, campground amphitheaters, and Island Explorer bus stops. 


“The most important thing for us is to make sure that our employees and our visitors are safe.” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Acadia and other outdoor recreation experiences are an important way for people to get outside and re-connect with nature throughout this pandemic.”  


The Hulls Cove Visitor Center opens May 7, offering park entrance pass sales and information. The adjoining Park Store will offer park-related sales items, including books and maps. The Thompson Island Information Center opens May 15. The Sieur de Monts Nature Center opens for weekends May 15-28, and daily hours starting May 29. The Islesford Museum on Little Cranberry Island, accessible by passenger ferry, opens June 27. 


Park campgrounds will open, but the number of campsites available will be reduced due to COVID-19. Blackwoods Campground opens May 7, and Seawall and Schoodic Woods campgrounds open May 26. All campsites must be reserved online at Campsites will be not be available for reservation in person. 


Park concessioners will be operating under COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant opens May 19, Jordan Pond House Gift Shop opens April 26, and Cadillac Mountain Eco-Store and Thunder Hole Gift Shop open May 3. Wildwood Stables will open May 21 for equestrian camping and boarding and will open the next day for group carriage rides. 


The Island Explorer bus system will begin service on the Schoodic Peninsula on May 26 and will provide limited service with fewer routes on Mount Desert Island on June 23. To operate under COVID-19 prevention guidelines, bus rider capacity will be reduced to allow social distancing, and face masks will be required at bus stops and on board buses at all times. 


For more information and important updates on current conditions, please visit the Acadia National Park website at 


To view this news release online, visit AcadiaNews. 

YWCA MDI Launches Small-Dollar Donor Campaign for April


Have you ever decided not to give because you think your small gift wouldn’t make a difference? Think again. Donations of every size count and you don’t have to give a lot to make a difference in your community. The size of the donation does not matter, the heart of the donor is what counts. 

In April, the YWCA Mount Desert Island will be launching a Small-Dollar Donor campaign. During the month of April, donations given to the General Fund will be matched up to $1,500 by the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund. The YWCA MDI has set a goal of $1,500 so that our campaign with matching gifts could raise $3,000 for the organization. 

The campaign will kick-off on April 1st asking for gifts of $5 in support of the YWCA MDI. Gifts can be made through the YWCA MDI’s website at and selecting “SmallDollar Donor Campaign” or mailed to 36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609. Gifts can also be made as recurring donations through the YWCA’s website. When giving your gift online, select “Make My Donation Monthly.” 

About YWCA Mount Desert Island: The YWCA Mount Desert Island was founded in 1904 and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA of Mount Desert Island, in honoring our history, welcomes women of all ages to participate in programs that provide affordable accommodations, provide safe places for all girls and women in crisis, encourage growth and development, promote self-confidence and pride, provide educational opportunities for and about women, and assist women to attain economic and political influence and leadership in our community. In addition, the YWCA of Mount Desert Island is deeply involved in social justice, partnering with several other organizations to provide training opportunities and programming designed to raise awareness and educate community members about the need for racial equity. To learn more, visit 

About the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund: The Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund mission is to support the community in ways that are consistent with our goals, and in ways that also ensure our employees and the broader community of Hancock County is cared for. The Witham Family Hotels believe that we’ll have the greatest impact with our support by focusing our funding in five areas that are close to our hearts as hospitality professionals: Housing and Shelter, Food and Nourishment, Community-Based Health Education, and Culture Grass Roots Fundraising. To learn more about the fund, visit

Monday, March 29, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member Swan's Island Charters!

 Please join us in welcoming Swan's Island Charters to the Chamber!

Captain Jason Joyce says, "As a registered Maine Guide and an 8th generation Island fisherman with over 30 years of commercial fishing experience, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Island fishing history and sustainable fishing practices during our signature “Lobster Charter” aboard the seaworthy 38’ commercial lobster boat ANDANAMRA.

"The fast and secure 25’ former Coast Guard SAFE-boat DEFENDER enables us to expand our range of eco-tours and a unique fast water taxi service with Bass Harbor to Swan’s Island crossing times of 10 minutes or less… weather-permitting.

"Whether it’s a Lobster Charter, Acadia National Park Tour, Lighthouse Tour, Puffin Excursion, or a water taxi….Your enjoyment and satisfaction is our #1 goal.

"If you have an idea for a charter that you don’t see listed, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your custom charter experience…

"Tour with a local. With over 200 years of family Island history, we know our way around. We’ll help you make memories your family or small group will cherish for years to come." 

Be ready to take a ride when they open for the season!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Town of Southwest Harbor


Please join us in welcoming the Town of Southwest Harbor as a Chamber Member!

Whatever you need, from a fishing license on up, you can probably find it at the Town Office in Southwest Harbor. Incorporated in 1905, Southwest Harbor has been a beautiful and friendly place to visit and live. 

Next time you stop in, be sure to say "Hello" to the hard-working staff!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars!


Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member, Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars!

Featuring Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Aged Balsamic Vinegars

With its roots firmly planted in tradition, FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars has forged a new image of the modern artisan.

From a true respect for the olive tree to the insistence on quality and authenticity, FIORE's extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) offers transparency and purity for the consumer who respects the harmony of nature and nutrition.

FIORE features in-store tasting rooms offering a wide selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from around the world and Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy.

To ensure ultimate freshness, FIORE “chases the crush” ensuring a constant supply of the freshest EVOO available from regions growing, harvesting and crushing olives each season.

FIORE and its importers partner with growers in Northern and Southern Hemispheres to identify the latest harvests. Each harvest is analyzed to ensure the consistency of quality and freshness year after year. Once harvested, these oils are available to FIORE and our customers within weeks.

The overemphasis on “Where” EVOO is produced continues to dominate perceptions at the expense of the more important “When, What and How” the oil is produced. The principle barometers of the IOC standard are Chemistry and Freshness. These two variables can be objectively measured and quantified. Since the highest quality EVOO comes from high quality fruit coupled with high quality production processes, the IOC standard encompasses strict requirements for not only the end product but the entire cycle of growth, harvesting and production.

Freshness is the key to quality. When an EVOO is fresh there are significantly more positive sensory attributes detectable by the palate. As any oil ages it oxidizes and loses positive sensory qualities as well as inheriting defects. New testing methods known as the “Fresh Pack” tests objectively quantify Diacylglycerol Content (DAGS) and Pyropheophytins (PPP) the key indicators of freshness of the oil throughout its lifecycle.

Welcome to new Chamber Member Energy Elements!


Please join us in welcoming new Chamber Member Energy Elements. Owner Sandy says, "Energy Elements facilitates healthy lifestyle experiences that Nurture through Nature. Through the Health, Hospitality and Tourism in Acadia National Park, Certified Association of Forest and Therapy Guide, Sandra Claire will guide you in the Practice of Shinrin Yoku, Mindful Nature Walk or Forest Bathing.
"Sandra Claire of Energy Elements in Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor offers Guided Walks in the practice of Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing. A Certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and Alternative Healing Practitioner in Reiki, Access Consciousness and Energy Psychology.
"As Founder and Executive Director of The Green Gem Holistic Healing Oasis, a Wellness and Alternative Healing Learning Center, she practiced walking/sitting Buddhist Meditation, Master Gardener skills and led tours of the historic Olmsted Landscaped gardens.
"Sandra has been nicknamed “Hummingbird” by hiking companions on the blazed trails of New England. She worked with LLBean and Husson University as a Wellness Coordinator bridging corporate wellness with alternative healing practices.
​"A lifetime of camping, hiking, biking and paddling has enabled Sandra to intimately build a relationship with nature playfully immersed in outdoors activities."

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member First Express!


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, First Express!

Your business services center in Bar Harbor, but serving the entire island! They offer UPS and FEDEX shipping, printing and copying services, computer access and even large format printer. Plus, they have a large assortments of paper, cards, stationary and all the office supplies you need. 

Be sure to say "Welcome!" next time you stop in!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Welcome to new Chamber Member The Claremont Hotel!

 Please join us in welcoming The Claremont Hotel to the Chamber!

As you may have heard, the historic Claremont Hotel has new owners, and they have been giving the beautiful property a few updates!
"Exciting changes and luxurious upgrades are happening right now at The Claremont Hotel.
"We are taking great care to retain all the historic charm of this iconic Southwest Harbor property while elevating the guest experience in every way. From the linens and d├ęcor of every guest room to the completely reimagined restaurants and bar areas, The Claremont Hotel will deliver a vacation experience like nothing else in Acadia with one of the most beautiful ocean views in the world.
"We’re adding an outdoor swimming pool, multiple decks and an elegant patio with breathtaking views of Somes Sound and Cadillac Mountain. We’re offering more amenities, more services and more experiences to make your vacation as exhilarating or as relaxing as you wish. This is your opportunity to witness the re-birth of one of the most beautiful hotels in Maine while enjoying all the dining, outdoor recreation and boating opportunities that make Acadia so special.
We are delighted to welcome you back for Memorial Day weekend!"

Monday, January 25, 2021

Chris’s Pond needs your help!


Please send letters of support for the expansion project at Chris’s Pond to the Southwest Harbor Selectmen before February 3rd. This exciting project is in partnership with the Town of Southwest Harbor, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Island Housing Authority. If the project is successful we will secure improved access to the pond, more land to use around the pond for the SWH community and safer parking. Letters can be brief and include personal stories of your visits to the pond or just your support for the project. Please email letters to the Conservation Commission at: or send to: Southwest Harbor Conservation Commission, PO Box 263, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. The Conservation Commission will be collecting your letters of support and sharing them with the Selectmen prior to a February 9th meeting when they will review the proposal to continue moving the project forward.

Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Public Service Announcement - 1.13.21


Mount Desert Island Hospital administered its first vaccinations for COVID-19 to frontline healthcare staff in late December. Since then, it has received a limited supply of doses designated for frontline and community healthcare workers and older adults living in congregate care facilities.

Governor Janet Mills announced today, January 13, updates to Maine’s vaccine distribution strategy that prioritizes older residents, those with underlying conditions, emergency service personnel and others critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. Under the new guidelines, Maine’s limited vaccine supply will be prioritized for those 70 and older, additional emergency service personnel such as police and firefighters; and those critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. The updated strategy also focuses on adults of all ages with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.

Current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include two phases. Phase 1 includes three tiers, 1a, 1b and 1c. Phase 2 includes community vaccination. The State of Maine has set vaccination priorities in accordance with this guidance as well as sub-tiering instructions for hospitals and health care facilities.

Current priorities in Maine Phase 1a include healthcare workers, EMS and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes people age 70 and older and frontline essential workers. Phase 1c includes people ages 65-70, people of all ages with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. Phase 2 includes all people ages 16 and older who are not in Phase 1, with vaccine starting to become available to the general public. This approach is subject to change as Maine updates vaccination priorities and strategy in accordance with federal guidelines.

MDI Hospital is continually monitoring state and federal vaccine planning guidelines and availability to ensure that our community can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible when supply becomes available. Our ability to vaccinate our community is currently contingent on the supply we are allocated each week. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, MDI Hospital does not currently have a guaranteed weekly allocation of doses. MDI Hospital will be notified by the state when supply will be available to begin the updated prioritization strategy and will continue to update our community as new information is received. The Governor has said that additional information on vaccination for people age 70 and older in Maine will be available the week of January 18 and asked older Mainers to wait to contact their health care providers about getting vaccinated.

When supply becomes consistently available, vaccines will be available through our primary care clinics based on state guidance. We thank you for your patience during these dynamic times. If you would like more information, MDI Hospital has set up an email address for vaccine-related questions,