Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber member St. Brendan's Anglican Mission!

 Welcome to the Chamber!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber member, St. Brendan's Anglican Mission! Located at 176 Harbor Drive in Bass Harbor, Rev. Clay Gilley wants to invite everyone to come and find a welcome here.
"St. Brendan’s Anglican Mission, Anglican Church of North America, is blessed with the mission of serving visitors to our special place, whether just for a few days or as summer residents. "

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber Member Clark Point Restorations LLC!

 Edward Heins of Clark Point Restorations has a really fun job - restoring and repairing awesome objects! Check out his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064084993327 to see some of the neat things he was been working on. If you have an cherished antique that needs a little help, he might be the person to call!

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Digital Literacy Classes May & June 2023


The Southwest Harbor Public Library and the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) are partnering to provide onsite Digital Literacy Classes in May and June in an effort to create innovative strategies to close the digital divide across Maine.

Applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program

Wed May 17 from 12:30-1:30 In-person. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that was put in place to help low-income families pay for the cost of connecting to broadband internet access. In this class we will look at qualifying for and applying for the benefit, and what you can expect from Internet Service Providers. Requirements for this class: no devices; just bring yourself. This class is free but space is limited.

Introduction to Google Drive and Docs (a three session class)

Starts Monday, June 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m. In-person, then remaining sessions Tue. 6/6 and Wed. 6/7, same time.

Two of the great benefits to your Google account are Google Drive and Google Docs. Google Drive is free cloud storage and Google Docs is Google's free alternative to MS Word. In this class you will learn how to store and manage your files online as well as use the Google Docs platform where you can create stunning documents. Requirements for this class: a device connected to the internet and an active Gmail account. This class is free but space is limited. Note: To sign up for the class, you must attend all three sessions.

Beyond Gmail - Getting the most of out a Google Account (a two session class)

Starts Monday, June 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m. In-person, then remaining session on Tues. 6/13, same time. Did you know that your Gmail account lets you use all kinds of additional services like free cloud storage, word processing, spreadsheets, calendars, video conferencing and more? In this introductory course we’ll explore other useful Google apps to help you get the most out of your Google account. Requirements for this class: No devices are required; just bring yourself. This class is free but space is limited. Note: To sign up for the class, you must attend all three sessions.

These classes are being offered in the Clark Room where participants will view the NDEC instructor on Zoom with a local facilitator available in-person to assist the instructor and students. For more information, questions or assistance registering, call (207) 244-7065 or email programs@swhplibrary.org.

For the Calendar

Info Session Wed May 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. In-person. Applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program. Southwest Harbor Public Library. Register https://swhplibrary.libcal.com/event/10646410. www.swhplibrary.org, (207) 244-7065.

Digital Literacy Class Starts Mon June 5, 3-4 p.m. Intro to Google Drive & Docs. Southwest Harbor Public Library. 3-session class with remaining classes Tue. 6/6 and Wed. 6/7, same time. Register https://swhplibrary.libcal.com/event/10644268. www.swhplibrary.org. (207) 244-7065.

Digital Literacy Class Starts Mon June 12, 10-11 a.m. Beyond Gmail - Getting the most out of a Google Account. 2-session class with remaining class Tue. 6/13, same time. https://swhplibrary.libcal.com/event/10646237. www.swhplibrary.org, (207) 244-7065.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

John Dittmar of Acadia Fishing Tours

John Dittmar died peacefully on Feb. 25, 2023, at the age of 72 from a large brain tumor. John was born on Oct. 15, 1950, in New York. He later moved to Delaware and lived there throughout his teen years. In high school, John worked on Getty tankers during the summers. He ran cross-country, and he was a champion swimmer on the swim team.

When he was in high school, the Vietnam War started, and his older friends came back in coffins. The draft was on, and he would most likely be drafted into the Army. Due to his seagoing background on tankers, he decided to enlist in the Navy, and he ended up working on the bridge as part of the quartermaster crew. In the Navy, he learned ship handling, navigation, diving and became a rescue swimmer. During his time in the Navy, the ship would resupply in Japan, and he met the love of his life, Masako.

After the Navy, John brought her back over to the States, married her, and moved to Enfield, Maine, in 1973. From there he started working on tugboats (as captain or chief mate) on the East Coast and Great Lakes. A year later, he had his first son, Bryan, and a second son, Charlie, followed six years later.

In the ’80s, shipping became tough, and he was laid off work. He started raking blueberries, picking apples and doing odd jobs to make money. John dreamed of being self-employed and was tired of the layoffs. So, he decided to buy a small fishing boat and moved to Southwest Harbor in 1987. This was a big risk. He knew nothing about commercial fishing. But he knew a lot about deep sea fishing, and started taking people out on his little charter boat. He started to use his boat year-round, deep sea fishing during the summer, lobster fishing during the spring and fall and scallop diving during the winter. He was good at diving, due to his swimming background and Navy experience, and was known to the locals as “Dittmar of the Deep.” He upgraded boats two more times and ran the Vagabond. There were many hardships over the 35-year period, but he was lucky to have two sons who would give him a hand.

John was passionate about fishing — trout fishing, deep sea fishing, dip net for smelts, bass fishing, fishing for sharks, strippers and bluefish, or ice fishing. He even enjoyed halibut fishing and would often do it more for the pleasure and excitement (vs. making a buck). He took his passion for fishing with rod and real, and he turned it into a thriving business. He also enjoyed swimming at Echo Lake, cross-country skiing, running, working out and biking. Even in his older years he would swim across Echo Lake.

John would help anyone in need and would often take cash out of his pocket and give it away. Sometimes he stuffed cash in mailboxes to widowed fishermen’s wives. He helped support people with cancer, and he thought of himself as a philanthropist, but on a smaller scale.

John is survived by his two sons, Bryan and Charlie, his brother Donald, two sisters, Lorraine and Diane, Bryan’s wife, Martina, and his grandson Jesse. I’m glad John was able to spend time with his grandson Jesse, who made him feel like a child again every time they played. Everyone will miss you very much. Thank you for being in our lives! We will miss you forever!

From the MDIslander,  Updated 


Monday, April 10, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber member The Upper Deck!

Please join us in welcoming new Chamber member The Upper Deck!

The Upper Deck is a place defined by our main philosophy. Which is to keep things simple, tasty and create a home-like cozy atmosphere for our Restaurant’s visitors.
Visit our restaurant to experience our relaxing atmosphere, to find a peace of mind and to enjoy our diverse, delicious, gourmet menu. Our extensive choice of side and main dishes and appetizers, as well as NA and alcoholic beverages are made to make your taste buds happy!
And be sure to check out more at: https://upperdeckdining.com/

Monday, April 3, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber member, The Nor'easter Pound & Market!

 Please join us in welcoming The Nor'Easter Pound & Market to the Chamber!

"At The Nor’Easter our culture of enthusiasm and passion to provide the freshest and tastiest food will be shown by the energy and attention we give to our products and customers. This will not only be apparent in the quality of the final product but also in the pride we take in how we conduct ourselves.
"It is our priority to respect ourselves and our customers by following the golden rule, treating others the way we hope to be treated ourselves. The Nor’Easter will aim to be a cornerstone of the community and leave all those it touches with rejuvenated positivity."
Be sure to stop in for lunch, brunch or dinner - or just to say hello! You can learn more: https://northeastlobster.com/

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Clark Point Cafe and Catering!

 Please join us in welcoming Huyen Tran and Clark Point Cafe and Catering to the Chamber!

Huyen says that she plans to open the Cafe (in the location of former Sips Restaurant at 4 Clark Point Road) by Mother's Day! We are all looking forward to having her awesome culinary creations available. Keep an eye out for more news on here instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/clarkpointcatering/?hl=en and be sure to stop in and say hello in just a few weeks!

Monday, March 27, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber member Next Level Sports Lounge!

Please join us in welcoming Next Level Sports Lounge to the Chamber! 

 Looking for a place to watch your favorite team play? Look no further. Next Level Sports Lounge in Southwest Harbor, ME provides fabulous pub food and beverages in a welcoming environment. Our casual sports bar features amazing people and fantastic food. Our TVs are always on and you're bound to find someone to challenge to a game of pool. 

Out and about with your family and don't know where to eat? Look no further! Next Level Sports Lounge is a family-friendly restaurant offering the best food, fantastic wait staff, and a family-friendly environment. There's even outdoor seating if you'd prefer your dinner with a view. 

Are you a veteran or current military member? Let us know to get 10% off your meal. 

Come by our local restaurant at 386 Main Street in Southwest Harbor, ME today for the best food and coldest beer around. 

And check out their website at: https://nextlevelsportsme.com/

Monday, March 20, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber member Mount Desert Nursing Association!

Please join us in welcoming the Mount Desert Nursing Association to the Chamber!

We at MDNA are proud to serve our community by providing top quality in home healthcare services including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other daily care needs. MDNA serves both seasonal and year-round residents of all ages, regardless of income status. Our caring staff always keeps the needs of the patients and patient’s families as a top priority. The Mount Desert Nursing Association also supports our island community by offering preventive and health education programs.

Learn more at: https://mountdesertnursing.org/

Welcome to new Chamber member House Wine!

Please join us in welcoming House wine as a new Chamber Member!

Established in 2009, House Wine is Bar Harbor’s premier retailer for quality wine, Maine craft beer and local fine cheese and charcuterie.

We’re located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, Maine and open all year.

Be sure to stop in and say hi as you find all your good eats - and drinks!

Learn more at: https://www.housewineshop.com/

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Welcome to the Chamber!

Please join us in welcoming The Meristem, LLC to the Chamber!

Connect with Experts for the Best Maine Cannabis Recommendations. Wide Selection of Cannabis Products (THC & CBD). Established in 2021 as the leader in recreational cannabis on mdi Conveniently located in Southwest Harbor; within a 30 minute drive to Bar Harbor and surrounded by Acadia National Park. If you are looking for Bar Harbor marijuana find us located at 11 Seal Cove Road Southwest Harbor Maine.

Learn more at: https://themeristem.com/ or stop by and chat with the experts!

Monday, March 13, 2023

Welcome to new Members!

Please join us in welcoming The Cygnet Gallery and Swan Agency to the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce! Located at 322 Main Street in downtown Southwest Harbor, this 2-in-one business brings you a new real estate office as well as a wonderful art gallery!

Right now you can stop in and see art by J AARON MITCHELL, “JAMS”, a local artist whose work features unique portraits and tender expressions of love in bright, beautiful colors and wild lines reminiscent of ancient Mesopotamia.

Open Monday - Friday, from 10AM to 4PM. Be sure to say hello and welcome to Caitlin! And you can learn more at: https://www.thecygnetgallery.com/ Acadia Chamber 3d

Friday, March 3, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber Member Get Out Sailing!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Hamber Member, Get Out Sailing! Mike says, "Get Out Sailing was created by Mike and Michelle Brzezowski to bring the joy of sailing the coast of Acadia National Park and MDI to visitors and locals alike. It was formed in the winter of 2021 while dreaming of summer sailing adventures."

Mike, Michelle, and Corbin Brzezowski love their home on Mount Desert Island (MDI), Maine, the ocean, and sharing adventures with friends and new acquaintances. It was the perfect time to get outside, get connected with people again, and of course, to Get Out Sailing.

Mike Brzezowski is obsessed with sailing and Snow Squall. He first fell in love with this Shannon 38 sailboat in the summer of 2010 when he and the former owner sailed to Newfoundland together on her. She handled the open ocean with grace and comfort as they poked along small harbors, large ports, a French island, and remote outposts. It would be years until Snow Squall became his vessel, but she was always in his heart and he sailed on her at every opportunity.

You can learn more aout them, and book an excursion, at: https://getoutsailing.com/. An be sure to visit their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/GetOutSailing!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Narcan / Naloxone Public Training

Southwest Harbor: On Saturday, January 28 10:30-11:30 a.m. the Southwest Harbor - Tremont Ambulance Service will host a Narcan / Naloxone Public Training with John Lennon on behalf of the Bar Harbor/Mt. Desert Fire Departments at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. John will present a naloxone (narcan) training session for the public to learn about opiate overdoses and narcan administration. Presentation includes distribution of naloxone kits for the layperson. The program is in-person. No registration needed. Stop in! For program questions, call 207-244-9687. For venue info, visit www.swhplibrary.org, email circulation@swhplibrary.org, or call 207-244-7065.