Thursday, September 30, 2021

Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization Increases Minimum Wage

 Mount Desert Island Hospital today announced it will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour effective immediately. In addition to the minimum wage increase, the majority of hourly (non-exempt) employees at MDI Hospital and Birch Bay Retirement will receive an increase to their current compensation.

“We are very fortunate to have an incredible team that puts our patients first each and every day,” said Chrissi Maguire, MDI Hospital President/CEO. “Our dedicated employees are our greatest asset, and this wage increase acknowledges their vital contributions and outstanding commitment to the health and safety of our community.”

More than 300 employees will benefit from the wage increase—nearly 60 percent of all staff. This group includes certified medical and nursing assistants, environmental and nutrition services employees, reception and registration staff and many other frontline employees. The wage increase represents an investment of more than $1 million in employee compensation annually.

With 65 open positions currently available between MDI Hospital and Birch Bay Retirement Village, MDI Hospital’s increase in its wage scales will also help boost employee retention and recruitment said Sara O’Connell, Director of Human Resources at MDI Hospital.

As part of the MDI Hospital team, employees have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental benefits, continuing education opportunities and tuition reimbursement, a robust employee wellness program and an employer retirement contribution match of up to 4 percent of annual earnings.

MDI Hospital has maintained a solid financial foundation throughout the pandemic, allowing for resiliency bonuses to be paid to all staff in December of 2020. The hospital has also offered employees flexible scheduling options, childcare services, mindful change management workshops and additional resiliency resources.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been striving to support our invaluable employees and help them remain resilient in the most challenging of circumstances,” said Maguire. “This increase to our wage scale reaffirms this commitment.”

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, September 20, 2021

ArtWaves October Exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library


ArtWaves artist members will have work on exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library during the month of October. This dynamic art exhibit will showcase a wide variety of works including landscape and portrait oil paintings, some painted on site, “en plein air”, and oil paintings of Peru by Brian Caine. Gloria Avner’s batik work and the paintings of Art Paine known for his marine paintings will be accompanied by April Karan’s intricate crosses. Other artists showing in October include Liz Cutler, Elizabeth Keenan and Sally Littlefield and more. ArtWaves is a nonprofit on MDI that seeks to make art accessible to the Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.

The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. For more information about the exhibit, call the Library, 244-7065 or visit Visit for more about the ArtWaves.

Monday, September 13, 2021

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

Healthy Acadia is thrilled to announce the launch of its third year of mini-grant funding opportunities 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 years 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. “In the last two years, we awarded 28 amazing projects that reached youth and communities throughout the region during a time when support and opportunities were so needed: new after-school programs, virtual and in-person summer camps, outdoor recreation opportunities with corresponding equipment, and so much more.” 


Healthy Acadia will host informational sessions via Zoom to provide organizations interested in applying with opportunities to ask questions about proposed project ideas, previous year's projects, the evaluation process, and more. Sessions are scheduled for September 21, 2021, at 10 a.m., and September 29, 2021, 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, October 13, 2021.  


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. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Forum on Women's Health, Pregnancy and COVID-19


Join us for a community forum featuring Maine experts on women’s health, pregnancy and early childhood education as they discuss the latest COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. Speakers will share their perspectives on the role COVID-19 vaccines play in keeping pregnant women and young children as safe as possible, and answer audience questions. 

Forum speakers include:

  • Dr. Olamide Sobowale, MD, FACOG, FRCSC, OB/GYN at Northern Light Women’s Health

  • Hollie McLachlan, M.Ed, co-owner of Chickadee Infant and Toddler Care 

  • Linda Robinson, CNM, President of the Maine Affiliate of American College of Nurse Midwives 

Moderator: Jennifer Gunderman-King, M.P.H. 

WHEN: Thursday, September 2nd 6-7pm ET. 

WHERE: Via zoom, register at to receive the webinar login information.

Friday, August 27, 2021

MDI Hospital's Press Release August 27, 2021 regarding increased COVID cases in Hancock County

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Maine hospitals are nearly full across our state

and health system leaders are calling on Maine communities to help mitigating the

spread of COVID-19. Mount Desert Island too has seen an increase in positive COVID-

19 cases, with more than a dozen positive cases resulted at MDI Hospital this week.

A joint press conference of four major Maine health systems Thursday sounded the

alarm that Maine hospitals are nearing ICU bed capacity. Leaders from MaineHealth,

Northern Light Health, Central Maine Healthcare and Maine General Health attended

the press conference to urge Maine people to get vaccinated if they have not done so

already, wear masks when indoors and be cautious about indoor gatherings.

As hospitalizations increased across our state, Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tweeted statistics Thursday afternoon.

“Stat(s) of the day: there are 133 people in the hospital with COVID-19 in Maine right

now. Fifty-nine are in the ICU and 27, on ventilators,” said Shah, in a tweet on

Thursday. “Of the 332 total ICU beds in Maine, only 34 are available. Yesterday, there

were 39 available beds. And on Tuesday, there were 52.”

With cases and hospitalizations on the rise, MDI Hospital calls on our dedicated

community and business partners to rise to the occasion once again by reinforcing the

critical protection measures of vaccination, masking, and distancing. We urge all

area businesses to reinforce vaccination, masking, distancing, hand hygiene for all

customers and staff and to display posters and signage on effective mitigation

strategies and to implement masking immediately for all workforce and visitors.

Mount Desert Island has done an amazing job of managing COVID-19 through

community cooperation and collaborative partnerships, and we need to call on our

dedicated community members and business partners once again to reinforce our best

mitigation strategies—vaccination, masking, distancing, and avoiding large gatherings

and crowded situations. We know these safe, effective strategies work, and we know

that together we can begin to reverse this troubling trend for our region.

Please visit our website or the Maine CDC website for additional

information on prevention and mitigation information


–Chrissi Maguire, President/CEO, MDI Hospital

–J.R. Krevans, Jr., MD, Chair, Infection Control, MDI Hospital

-Stuart Davidson, MD, Chief Medical Officer


Friday, August 20, 2021

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Maine Solar Choices!

 Please help us welcome our newest Chamber Member, Maine Solar Choices!

Owner Don Willet says, "I'm independent so I can find the best community solar program for your home and/or business.

"You've heard about Community Solar - the new state sponsored money saving energy program - but there are a number of companies offering it and you're not sure who to go with. This is where I come in. I am an  independent Community Solar Advisor and I will find the best possible program for your home and/or company. I have access to a number of different  programs offered by different developers. Not all these programs work best for every situation. Let me do the homework for you and get you the best program.   

• Some programs are offering a 10% discount off electric bills - others are offering 15% with more restrictions  

• Some have strict qualifications, i.e. credit score minimums and/or  personal guarantees - some do not have these qualification requirements for any except the biggest clients.  
• Some require long term (5, 10, 20 years) commitments or a penalty to leave. Some have a 90-120 day opt out with no penalties to leave at any time.   

These solar farms are being built now and the power allocations are being reserved. All solar farms are fully allocated to local businesses, residents and municipalities long before they are producing power. The expected time frame for these farms to begin producing power is from June to December of this year."

To learn more, visit Maine Solar Choices website at or their facebook page at If you have questions, Don would love to chat - just give him a call!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Hooked Rugs Exhibit in September

Adaptation of Frederick Church’s ‘Otter Creek’ by Mary Hays

Rugs like you’ve never seen. Don’t miss the annual exhibit of Mount Desert Island’s rug hooking group, Hook ‘n I on display at the Southwest Harbor Public Library during the month of September. Members of Hook ‘n I have created original designs while also working from traditional and modern hooking patterns. The Hook ‘n I group was formed more than 13 years ago, and the group meets during the winter months at the Southwest Harbor Library.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $9,600 Collected in Q2 2021 to Nonprofit Organizations

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $9,600 to five Northern New England nonprofit organizations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q2 2021 are: Boots2Roots, Chandler Center for the Arts, NextStep Domestic Violence Project, Paramount Theatre, and West Central Behavior Health.


“While the nonprofit organizations Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees selected in Q2 2021 are diverse in the services they provide, they are unified in a common goal and that’s to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are honored to support them and the invaluable services they provide.”


Casual for a Cause gives Bank employees the opportunity to dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $100,000 to more than 50 organizations across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont since the program launched in 2018.


Recipients of Q2 2021 Donations




Boots2Roots is the only organization in Maine specifically focused on preparing active duty military members up to a year before they begin their transition for immediate success in Maine, while providing a pipeline of new workforce talent to Maine employers. Services include personalized self-assessment, resume assistance, interview coaching, and more. Learn more about Boots2Roots at


"Boots2Roots sends a special thank you to the team at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their generous donation,” said Bill Benson, Executive Director of Boots2Roots. “Together we will continue to make a difference in the lives of military members and their families as they transition to work and put down roots in Maine."


NextStep Domestic Violence Project supports and empowers people affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of domestic violence through education and social change. Services provided by the organization includes a 24/7 helpline, emergency housing, legal assistance, and support groups. Learn more about NextStep at


“NextStep appreciates your generous support,” said Dorathy Martel, Executive Director of NextStep Domestic Violence Project. “Unrestricted donations such as yours allow us to be responsive to the needs of survivors of domestic violence throughout Downeast Maine. Your gift will contribute to our efforts to make our shelter a haven for people with dog and cat companions. Many survivors value their pets’ safety as highly as they do their own, and knowing that there are safe places where they can be together expands their options.”


New Hampshire


West Central Behavioral Health is the nonprofit community mental health care provider for people of all ages living in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County, New Hampshire, regardless of their ability to pay. The organization offers a wide range of specialized services including outpatient, emergency, case management, residential and continuing care services. Learn more about West Central Behavioral Health at


“Knowing we were chosen by the Bank's employees is especially heartening for it suggests mental illness and substance use disorders are an important part of their charitable priorities,” said Dave Celone, Director of Development & Community Relations at West Central Behavioral Health. “As we continue to seek to end the discrimination and bias surrounding mental illness, Bar Harbor Bank's employee support means the world to us.”




Chandler Center for the Arts is a 575-seat theater in Randolph, Vermont, whose mission is to strengthen and energize the community, deepen the cultural and artistic growth of youth, offer opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the arts, inspire and cultivate artistic expression and education in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages and incomes. Learn more about Chandler Center for the Arts at


“Chandler Center for the Arts is delighted and honored to be chosen by the employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in the Casual for a Cause employee-led program,” said Karen Dillon, Executive Director of Chandler Center for the Arts. “This support comes at a crucial time as we move into our reopening phase for indoor events in our 570-seat performance space and our art gallery. We are grateful and look forward to welcoming the public back safely to attend in-person events and to continue to provide arts opportunities to everyone in our area.”


Paramount Theatre is a historic theater that opened in Rutland, Vermont, in 1914. The theater hosts many events and performances and has assumed its role as an arts, cultural, and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource. Learn more about the Paramount Theatre at


“The Paramount Theatre is an asset for the community because of the community,” said Eric Mallette, Executive Director of Paramount Theatre. “This generous donation by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust exemplifies what a caring, forward thinking community we are fortunate to call home. After 500-plus days of a dark stage, our ability to generate income ‘the old fashioned way’ via ticket sales has been compromised – we survived the rough waters of the pandemic because of selfless acts like the one illustrated by the tremendous team at Bar Harbor.”


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.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Wonderful Way to Honor Your Loved Ones - Join Us for the Annual Luminaria Lighting


The 20th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening is taking place on Saturday, August 14th, from 7 - 9:30 pm on the Bar Harbor Village Green with a rain date set for August 21st. The event is sponsored by YWCA Mount Desert Island. 

Luminarias are candles placed in personalized bags that can be decorated by you or by us and are dedicated to those lost to and those living with cancer. Each bag represents a life and the hope for a cancer-free world. Hundreds of luminarias will be placed along the Village Green paths, lighting up the night in a beautiful and moving display. Each person’s name and hometown will be announced during the ceremony by volunteer MC, Chris Popper of WDEA AM 1370. Live music will be provided by Alice French. 

You can purchase a bag to honor a cancer survivor or to remember someone who has lost their battle. To pre-order luminarias online, please visit For more information you can call 207-288-5008, email or The suggested donation is $10. 

Proceeds from this event will go to Island Connections which provides free transportation to doctor and chemotherapy appointments, provides meal deliveries and other services to seniors and people with disabilities to enhance independence and quality of life.

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!