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.

‘Sunbeam’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Feb. 13-15

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

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a February 13-14 visit to Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, Matinicus.

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.

Weald Bethel ‘Final Phase’ On Target for June 1 Finish

Insulating interior walls of the ‘Final Phase’ of Weald Bethel Community Center construction.

CHERRYFIELD, Me — The Final Phase construction on the Weald Bethel Community Center is on target for completion by June 1. To better accommodate the skilled, hardworking, volunteer groups who travel here to help, the addition will house 49 volunteers, complete with bathrooms, showers, commercial kitchen. The new space can also be utilized for other Mission programs for students, families, and seniors.

Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw especially cited Lee Watrous (CT) and his work crew, Cumberland Congregational Church (ME), Ascension Lutheran Church (PA), and Assabet Valley Vocational School (MA) for contributing time, materials, and resources to ensure the Final Phase is completed on time.

Learn more about the Housing Rehabilitation Program

Island Health Director is Go-Between with Island Elder Care Administrators, State DHHS

Island Health Director Sharon Daley is standing fifth person from the right.

February 5, 2018

For more information:
Contact: Scott K Fish, Communications & Marketing Director
Maine Seacoast Mission
207-458-7185 or [email protected]

February 5, 2018

For more information:
Contact: Scott K Fish, Communications & Marketing Director
Maine Seacoast Mission
207-458-7185 or [email protected]

Island Health Director is Go-Between with Island Elder Care Administrators, State DHHS

BAR HARBOR — With a group of Maine island elder care Administrators she organized, Mission Island Health Director Sharon Daley traveled to Augusta, January 26, to participate in a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) meeting on elderly care regulations affecting Maine island residents and caregivers. The group meets a few times each year in Augusta with State regulators “to make things better,” said Director Sharon Daley, who is the go-between among the group Administrators and the State.

The two-hour DHHS meeting agenda included discussion on new State regulations requiring time consuming background checks on caregiver staff members and board members. Compliance is expensive for island elder homes who are sometimes under the same regulations as large nursing homes; regulations that do not fit the island elder homes, and “make it difficult” for administrators, said Daley.

State regulators offered the visiting group ways to relieve the burden of compliance by pointing out features on the State website, and identifying a specific DHHS contact person. “This is a chance for DHHS and administrators to work together, with increased understanding by all parties,” Daley said.

Part of the discussion centered on making sure caregivers are aware of new or changed State regulations, and that caregivers understand the regulations.

Also, when island elder care residents need to travel to the mainland, an elder home staff member must accompany the traveling resident. Attendees shared ways their communities are dealing with this by using grant money and community support for a new staff position.

Finally, the State is looking at rewriting all smaller elder care home regulations. The island administrators submitted suggestions. “We will meet again and continue to have input” on that process, said Director Sharon Daley.


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.

EdGE Kids Learning to Prepare Healthy Meals

ADDISON, Me — Learning about healthy foods and how to use healthy foods to prepare meals is part of what school kids can learn through our EdGE program. These photos show some of D.W. Merritt School’s EdGE kids using fresh vegetables and dairy products to make, bake, and eat fresh pizza.

Kids also learn that the mark of a good chef is: he or she cleans dirty dishes and kitchen utensils as they go.

Thank you to the EdGE staff at our Cherryfield Campus for making these and other photos available.

Learn more about our EdGE Programs.

President Planting Joins Machias Kids on Ice Skating Rink

CHERRYFIELD, Me —  EdGE Director Charlie Harrington sent this photo taken January 25 at the Downeast Campus ice skating rink where school age kids can skate or learn to skate.

Mission President Scott Planting (the tall skater) ventured out onto the ice. “We were a little worried when Scott went for a skate with the Machias students,” said Charlie Harrington in an email, adding, “He quickly gained back his form. The President told us he had not skated in 40 years. Bravo!”

Learn more about enjoying the Downeast Campus ice skating rink.