Frenchboro Island Community Braves Cold for Bingo

February 10, 2018 — The Sunbeam cruised to Frenchboro last night. Islanders and crew gathered in the garage of the Community Building to play a couple of lively games of BINGO.

Here is a photo of me calling out numbers to the players. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for communities to gather together on an island in February. It was great to see how many folks braved the cold to join in the fun!

Douglas Cornman, Island Outreach Director

Learn more about the Island Outreach Director’s work on Maine unbridged islands.

Admiring the Morning Light on Frenchboro Island

FRENCHBORO, Me — A photographer traveling with the Sunbeam in January 2018 took advantage of the spectacular morning light streaming through the Frenchboro Congregational Church windows.

In this photo, Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman is honoring the photographer’s request to stand in the light for some picture taking.

The Frenchboro Congregational Church hosts an annual Lobster Dinner to benefit the church and the island community. The Sunbeam crew generally transports about 40 people roundrip to the Frenchboro Lobster Festival from the mainland.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail – The Mail and Sunbeam Crew Get Through

L-R: Douglas Cornman, Sharon Daley

NORTHEAST HARBOR — Tuesday, January 30th, the Sunbeam curtailed certain trips because of 30 knot (34.5 mph) high winds. Still, as Island Health Director Sharon Daley points out in her email, she and Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman hopped aboard a mail boat and kept their appointments on Great Cranberry Isle.

Island Outreach Director Leads Christmas Services on Islands

Frenchboro carolers aboard the Sunbeam. (Photo by Scott Planting)
Island Outeach Director Cornman leading Christmas service on Matinicus. (Photo by Sharon Daley)

BAR HARBOR, ME — Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman presides over Christmas services on some of the unbridged islands without year-round pastors. Here are photos taken this week of the Frenchboro service aboard the Sunbeam, and Director Cornman leading the service at Matinicus.

‘Sunbeam V’ Island Outreach Marina Overnight Retreat with BHCC Youth Group 12/8-9

Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman has scheduled the Bar Harbor Congregational Youth Group Retreat aboard the Sunbeam V at Northeast Harbor Marina for December 8-9, 2017.

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

#GivingTuesday at Maine Seacoast Mission: Nov. 28


#GivingTuesday 2017 Introduction

Maine Seacoast Mission kicked off its 2017 #GivingTuesday Land & Sea campaign this week with the announcement that Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation made up to $2,000. The Mission’s goal is to raise a total of $25,000 through the campaign.

We hope you will visit our web site and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for an overview for the Mission’s work. Meanwhile, the Mission’s Island Health program (Sea), and our Food Program (Land) are our focus for #GivingTuesday 2017. Thank you for your help.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Taking place this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US, and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back.

Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.

We are deeply attentive to, and guided, by the input and participation of the people we serve. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. As one Maine islander said, “Maine Seacoast Mission doesn’t tell us, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do for you. The Mission asks, ‘What do you need help with? What can we do to help you?'”

Island Health & Telemedicine

Help Island Residents Access Medical Care

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challengings. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

We offer personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, keeping in touch between trips by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use the equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Our Island Health program arranges for specialists, including podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists, to visit the islands via the Sunbeam V.

And Island Health sponsors a free two-day Elder Care Conference on helping island community elders age in place. Caretakers from numerous islands collaborate, share resources, and learn about a variety of topics.


Food: Reducing Threat of Hunger

The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.

We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.

Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Learn more about our food School-Based Programs, our Organic Pantry Garden, our Food Pantry, and our Sunbeam on Wheels which home delivers to people who cannot get to our Food Pantry.


Sigma Kappa Sorority Includes Mission in Ultra Violet Week

Thank you, Sigma Kappa!

Sigma Kappa Sorority raises funds for Alzheimer’s Research

Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 4:34 pm
Swapna Vettiyil, Staff Writer 

Sigma Kappa members Larissa Enriquez and Ariel Forbes speak to Paul Napolitano about the Ultra Violet week

Sigma Kappa’s five philanthropies include the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology with an emphasis in Alzheimer’s disease research, Maine Seacoast Mission and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation promotes service and leadership through scholarship, while Inherit the Earth helps protect the earth and save the environment.

Full story

Captain’s Report: If Weather Holds, ‘Sunbeam V’ Should Relaunch Oct. 12

Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson sent these photos and update on the morning of September 29, 2017.

STONINGTON, ME — This is about the mid-way point for Sunbeam V dry dock. Take a look at the photos. The first photo shows one of several areas of rust under the flooring being repaired. The second is the replacement of the foggy pilot house window. The third is a random exterior shot. The fourth photo is the old leaking grey water tank being replaced. The fifth is Sunbeam V engineer Storey King’s dryer duct cleaning project — which was more extensive than expected. The final photo is the dismantled Sunbeam V hallway where the grey water tank is located.

Everything is going reasonably well with the exception of more extensive rust found on the hull under the grey water tank. That rust is being assessed/addressed early next week.

As long as the weather holds, we should launch as scheduled on October 12th.

Sunbeam V in Dry Dock Through Mid-October

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STONINGTON, Me — The Mission’s 74-foot steel-hulled Sunbeam V is hauled in annually to keep ahead of its structural integrity and cosmetics. Think of it as the boat’s annual physical. While in dry dock last year the Sunbeam V had a new bow thruster installed, giving the boat better sideways motion when approach certain harbors and docks.

Generally the dry docked Sunbeam V has its paint — top and bottom — renewed. Any rust developed anywhere since last year is sanded and painted. The overhaul work is done or supervised by Captain Michael Johnson and Engineer Storey King.

Island Health director Sharon Daley, and Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman continue their island community work, traveling on other boats, ferries, and planes.

Birch Bay Retirement Village Group Meets Sunbeam V Crew

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — The Sunbeam and crew took a group from Birch Bay Retirement Village on a cruise along Somes Sound this afternoon. Though it wasn’t the sunniest of days, our guests still had a wonderful time on the water, feasting on Jillian’s goodies. You can see that Captain Mike had a good time too, photo bombing the group’s “end-of-the-cruise” photo.


Douglas Cornman
Director of Island Outreach
Maine Seacoast Mission – Sunbeam V