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

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, (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 (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., (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!
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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:

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: and be sure to stop in and say hello in just a few weeks!