Boston Bruins 2014-15 Team Autographed Jersey Auction to Benefit EdGE Families

Our special thanks to the Boston Bruins Foundation for presenting the Mission this unique team jersey. Our goal is to help get this Bruins collectible to another team fan, and to use 100-percent of the proceeds to help our EdGE families.

High bidder in this Maine Seacoast Mission eBay auction…

  1. Owns this Boston Bruins 2014-2015 Team Autographed Jersey, and also
  2. Helps Downeast Maine children enrolled in our EdGE (Ed Greaves Education) Program challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options.
Auction ends Tuesday, March 7th.
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EdGE is designed to help students make informed choices about their futures and develop the resources and skills to be successful—and happy—in life. More than 700 students take part in EdGE activities each year. To remove any barriers to participation, transportation is provided at no cost to the student. Summer camps have a nominal fee, but all other programs are free, and no one is excluded for lack of funds.

Auction ends Tuesday, March 7th.
Go directly to our eBay Boston Bruins Team Autographed Jersey page

For more information about the EdGE program, email Maria Wight or call 207.546.4466.

Snow? Food Pantry is Open and Ready to Serve

Maine Seacoast Mission Downeast Campus Food Pantry

Cherryfield, ME — Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington sends this photo and news item: On Tuesday February 14, the front door to the Downeast Campus Center is piled high with snow but the path to the Food Pantry door is shoveled and ready to serve customers. We want to make sure people can get to the pantry on the days between the recent snow storms.


The Magic of New Beginnings: One Mother’s Story About the Mission’s Housing Rehab Program

Story by Nancy Saunders
Photos by Scott Shaw


The Maine Seacoast Mission’s housing rehabilitation program based at our Downeast Campus addresses fixes up or rebuilds twenty houses a year. Repairs and renovations range from painting to insulated mobile home skirting to new roofs. Every year we completely rebuild two mobile homes or houses for local families. The families contribute sweat equity to the rebuilding projects and often have one or more children active in the EdGE program.

Downeast Campus Director of Service Programs Wendy Harrington sent this profile, written by Nancy Saunders, of a mother and daughter who reached out to the Mission’s Housing Rehab Program — and the result. The before-and-after photos are from Housing Repair Program Coordinator Scott Shaw.

“And suddenly you know that it’s time to trust in the magic of new beginnings.” This inspiring quotation, framed and hanging in the hallway of Tara Small’s newly rehabbed mobile home, expresses the sense of marvel she and her daughter feel as they settle into their warm, safe, structurally sound, and attractive home.

The significance to Tara and her daughter of the transformation of their home can be appreciated more fully by stepping back in time less than one year. Their home had leaks in the roof, mold, decaying floor boards, dilapidated siding, little insulation, and an interior dating back to 1968. Tara says her normally outgoing daughter felt unable to invite friends to their home because of its condition.

Tara’s home before.

Tara herself, after coping with a severe, chronic illness requiring multiple surgeries and hospitalizations from the time she was fifteen years old, as well as a difficult divorce, had all but given up. She became very depressed, tearful, unable to sleep at night nor function during the day. She says “I felt like a turtle, unable to leave my shell.”

Tara applied to the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program. This program’s efforts are based on the Housing First philosophy, which asserts that people can improve their lives (i.e, seek employment or education, and become more engaged in the community) only after they have a home that is safe, warm and dry. The Mission’s Housing Rehab Program applicants must be able to demonstrate both financial and housing need, be involved in their community, and agree to contribute 200 hours of “sweat equity”.

Tara was selected this Spring, and work began in the Summer by the many volunteers who come to the Mission for a week at a time, and donate their time and skill to the extensive rehab process. Tara and her daughter became very attached to these groups over the summer. One of them even knitted prayer shawls to match the colors of the new rooms.

Tara’s home after.

And what colors they are! Tara’s daughter’s bedroom is painted “passionfruit pink with cupcake brown trim.” She placed her bed at an angle, and using PVC pipe, arranged the curtains to create a canopy. One of the groups made a grow stick for her wall. She provided her own decorative stickers and put her porcelain dolls on her dresser.

Tara’s room is purple, which is the awareness color of her medical condition, and it reminds her to be positive and hopeful. She has pictures of butterflies on the walls — delicate symbols of transformation, and a framed quotation which reads: “a dream is a wish the heart makes”.

Their living room is green and its theme is hunting and fishing, which both Tara and her daughter enjoy. The kitchen is blue and will feature light houses and lobster boats. The new cabinets, stove, and hanging pots and pans invite cooking and social gatherings.

The “transformation hallway” features pictures of the volunteer groups, as well as Scott and Wendy. “We will never forget any of them”, says Tara. “It is from the bottom of my heart that I say ‘thank you'”.

Learn More about the Mission’s Housing Rehab Program

Carl Little Lecture Continues Mission’s Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise Exhibition

August 8, 2016
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Carl Little Lecture Continues Mission’s Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise Exhibition

Carl Little (Photo by Gabe Souza)
Carl Little (Photo by Gabe Souza)

BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission, as part of its Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise exhibition through September 9th, 2016, is hosting a lecture at the Colket Center, by Carl Little on Wednesday, August 24th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Mission’s Neuman exhibition focuses on the artist’s surrealist illustrations for an edition of Sebastian Brandt’s The Shyp of Fooles, a 15th century allegory on the foibles and folly of man. Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise Series is the artist’s personal exploration of this same theme.

Carl Little has written about Neuman’s work for shows at College of the Atlantic, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachuetts, and the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. He is the author of more than 25 art books, most recently, Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House and Wendy Turner—Island Light. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Award from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He edited his brother David Little’s first book, Art of Katahdin, and co-authored with him Art of Acadia, 2016.

Ship to Paradise 4 (1980)
Ship to Paradise 4 (1980)

Robert S. Neuman began spending his summers in Maine in the early 1960’s, when he was a professor at Harvard University. Originally “summering” in Ogunquit, Allan Stone, the collector and friend, offered Neuman a home in Northeast Harbor in trade for paintings. Neuman enjoyed hiking the trails of Acadia, sailing and was inspired by the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island.

The Artist’s Ship to Paradise works can be found in both private and corporate collections, including the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, New York Public Library, New York, NY, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, The Art Complex, Duxbury, MA, and the National Art Gallery, Australia.


Maine Seacoast Mission Offering Rusticator Mansion Centennial Tours


BAR HARBOR – In celebration of Acadia National Park’s centennial, the Maine Seacoast Mission will offer tours of its “rusticator” mansion in downtown Bar Harbor during July and August. Tours will also feature historical items from the Mission’s 111 years of serving the islands and coastal communities of downeast Maine.

The 35-room mansion, once known as “La Rochelle,” was built in 1902 for George Bowdoin, a partner of J.P. Morgan, and his small family and 21 servants. Located at 127 West Street and overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, the house was the first brick summer cottage to be built in Bar Harbor. The specially cut granite and marble used in the construction was imported from Italy.

The house, along with an endowment for its upkeep, was donated to the Maine Seacoast Mission in 1972 by Tristram and Ruth Colket, who purchased the mansion in the 1940s. The building now serves as the Mission’s administrative headquarters and is known as the “Colket Center” in honor of its donors.

Tours will be given at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 5 through August 30. Volunteer docents will guide visitors through the three floors of the building, including the servant quarters on the third floor and the impressive double stairway that leads from the entrance hall to the second floor. There is no charge for the tours, though donations will be appreciated.

For more information, call 207-288-5097 or email The Maine Seacoast Mission has brought healthcare, educational programs, pastoral support, crisis services, and scholarships to the people of eastern Maine’s islands and coastal towns since 1905.

Maine Seacoast Mission Announces 2016 Sunbeam Award Recipients

July 19, 2016

horner_cookieBAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced the three recipients of the Mission’s 2016 Sunbeam Award: Acadia Centennial Task Force Co-Chairs Cookie Horner and Jack Russell, and also, President & CEO of Jasper Wyman & Sons Edward R. Flanagan.

Ms. Horner, Mr. Flanagan, and Mr. Russell will accept their awards Friday, August 19th at the Annual Sunbeam Award Gala 2016 at the Mission’s Headquarters Colket Center in Bar Harbor.

After graduating nursing school, Cookie Horner moved to Maine permanently in 1972. Ms. Horner worked at the University of Maine Health Center, then at MDI Hospital. “But the last 17 years of my nursing career was as school nurse at MDI High School, a job that I loved, and where my children went to school,” said Horner.

“It is truly an honor that Jack and I have been chosen for this award, which actually very much belongs to all of the Acadia National Park community for their enthusiastic support of the centennial,” Cookie Horner said.

Since retiring, Cookie Horner has worked as a volunteer on the Friends of Acadia Trail Crew, and as a hospice volunteer and care manager. She served six years on the board of Friends of Acadia, and the last four years as co-chair with Jack Russell of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

russell_jackJack Russell was born on Mount Desert Island. His “privileged education,” Mr. Russell said, “trained him as a literary historian.” He then “worked as a community organizer in Detroit in the 1970s and then served for three decades as a writer, thinker, organizer and consultant helping manufacturers — and the cities, states and nation that hosted them — perform in the rising global economy.

In 2006, Jack returned to MDI with his wife Sandy Wilcox. He writes, speaks and teaches occasionally on local history and American literature and politics. On the board of Friends of Acadia since 2009, Jack is the co-chair, with Cookie Horner, of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

“I am still recovering from the shock of the Sunbeam Award honor,” Mr. Russell said. “The best therapy is to think through how to express the only way in which I can accept — which is as one representative of the many who have worked long and hard to give the communities surrounding Acadia an opportunity to express their pride in the park made from our land, labor and love….”

flanagan_edward_rEd Flanagan joined privately owned Jasper Wyman & Son in 1993 and has been Wyman’s President & CEO since 1995. Founded in 1874, 31 years before the founding of Maine Seacoast Mission, Wyman’s is the largest U.S. owned blueberry grower in the United States with farm and processing operations in Washington County Maine. A central area of the Mission’s work, rural Washington County has chronically high unemployment. And Wyman’s remains among Washington County’s top employers.

In Wyman’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014 it says, “Wyman’s has always had a deep commitment to the local communities of Downeast Maine — Milbridge, Cherryfield, Deblois and surrounding communities of Washington County, plowing back over 75-percent of its $55,000 donations into local community charities including Women’s Health Workshop, Maine Seacoast Mission and local food banks.”

Table and patron tickets for the Gala are now available. Space is limited.

For more information about the Gala, or to make a reservation, contact Anna Silver at 288-5097 or

The Spirit of Acadia: Celebrating our Spiritual Connection with Place and Park

July 7, 2016
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Scott K Fish, Manager of Marketing & Communications
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The Spirit of Acadia:  Celebrating our Spiritual Connection with Place and Park

BAR HARBOR, ME — The MDI Clergy Association is hosting an interfaith service celebrating our spiritual connection with Acadia National Park as part of Acadia Park’s Centennial observance.

The Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., July 27, 2016, at  the Fabbri Memorial, Otter Cove, Loop Road, Acadia National Park. The Fabbri Memorial is located on the Park Loop Road approximately 1 mile beyond “Thunder Hole” or Otter Cliff Road, off Route 3 between Otter Creek and Bar Harbor.

The service will include readings, music and dance from diverse spiritual perspectives and traditions. All are welcome to participate and share in the service.

Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park said, “The inspirational quality of Acadia makes it a deeply spiritual place for many.  We appreciate the MDI Clergy Association supporting our Centennial celebration and helping emphasize the importance of the park in our communities.”

“The dramatic natural beauty of the Acadian region has moved humans for at least 5,000 years. Wabanaki forebears found spiritual First Light at Wapuwoc, our highest mountain. Their descendants offer long perspective today. First settlers built churches here as well as ships, schools, and mills. Acadia was conserved by people from many faith communities whose common cause was to protect these extraordinary land-and-seascapes as a source of spiritual renewal. As we celebrate the centennial of Acadia, it is good that people gather in faith that stewardship of this remarkable place can help us find our better selves and best community.”  — Jack Russell, Co-chair, Acadia Centennial.

For more information please contact Scott Planting at 207-479-0988, or splanting@seacoastmission.orgSpiritOfAcadia_8.5x11


Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture with Linda Greenlaw

July 5, 2016
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Contact: Anna E. Silver, Development Assistant or 207-288-5097

Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture with Linda Greenlaw
America’s Only Female Swordfishing Captain & Bestselling Author

greenlaw_lindaBAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture Series opens 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Colket Center, 127 West Street in Bar Harbor.

The Mission’s opening Land & Sea lecture features Linda Greenlaw. Ms. Greenlaw is America’s only female swordfishing captain, and a bestselling author. Linda Greenlaw first came to public attention in Sebastian Junger’s book, The Perfect Storm, as “one of the best captains  … on the entire east coast.”

“We are very happy to have Linda Greenlaw as our first 2016 Land & Sea lecturer,” said Maine Seacoast Mission president Scott Planting. “Linda speaks as well as she writes. She is entertaining and has great authority and compassion for Maine islanders and coastal communities,” Planting said.

Linda Greenlaw a resident of Isle au Haut, Maine is author of many popular books including The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen Are Liars, and Recipes From A Very Small Island. Ms. Greenlaw is a winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction.

Seating for the Mission’s Land & Sea Lectures is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Anna Silver at 207-285-5097 or by July 9th.

From healthcare for fisherman to food for families and life-changing opportunities for kids, the Maine Seacoast Mission has been making life better on Maine’s islands and along the Downeast coast since 1905.