Historical Society in Talks to Buy Mission Building

Historical Society in Talks to Buy Mission Building

Historical society in talks to buy Mission building
September 28, 2018 — by Dick Broom on News

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society announced late Friday that is has signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Maine Seacoast Mission to buy its headquarters on West Street, which was built in 1867 as a 14,000-square-foot summer “cottage.”

The Historical Society would use it as its headquarters and a museum.

Seacoast Mission President Scott Planting said he is pleased that the two organizations have been able to sign a purchase and sale agreement.

“The future of La Rochelle as a museum and repository of Bar Harbor’s history is a great role for this beautiful building,” he said. “The Historical Society news is welcome and promising. This is still a work in progress. We remain optimistic.”

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Bangor Daily News
Historical society seeks to buy 116-year-old Bar Harbor mansion

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff • September 28, 2018 6:49 pm

Mission President Scott Planting said in the statement that having the historical society acquire the mansion for use as a museum and to house its collection would be a “great role” for the mansion.

“The historical society news is welcome and promising,” Planting said. “This is still a work in progress. We remain optimistic.”

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Mission 2018 Christmas Wish List Now Available

Mission 2018 Christmas Wish List Now Available

CHERRYFIELD, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission is gearing up again for the 2018 Christmas season. We could not brighten Christmas for the people in our communities without your generosity.

To ensure donations will arrive in time for Christmas 2018 they must be here no later than December 10, 2018. Donations arriving after Dec. 10 will be saved for Christmas 2019.

Please direct all donations to the Mission’s Downeast Campus in Cherryfield.

Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program
6 Weald Bethel Lane
PO Box 428
Cherryfield, ME 04622

Our office in Bar Harbor is for sale. We are not receiving Christmas gifts at that address this year.

Here is our suggested 2018 Christmas Wish List. The Wish List is also available for downloading and distribution in PDF format. Click Here. We like to stick to traditional, imagination powered toys, basic clothing, and personal care items. We try also to be good environmental stewards with a less-is-more approach to gifts and packaging.

With limited storage space gift cards are especially helpful. They. also allow us to buy items in short supply or to ensure, for example, a pair of boots fits.

Many elderly people receiving Christmas gifts are in nursing homes. Basic and practical items are very welcome, i.e. lap robes, nightwear, toiletries, puzzle books, or music.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about our 2018 Christmas season arrangements. Call me at 207-546-5867 or send me an email at [email protected]

IMPORTANT: Please include your full name and address on any package or letter you send us so we can properly acknowledge them.

Marilyn Nickson, Mission Christmas Program Coordinator


Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Wish List 2018

Please Do Not Send:

Food, Summer Clothing and Toys, Toy Guns, Over the Counter Medications


Items Most Needed for Program

Toiletries (All Ages)

  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm

Clothing for Adults (Seniors)

  • Pajamas and Nighties
  • Gripper socks/Crew socks
  • Lap Robes (Handmade most appreciated)
  • Cardigan Sweaters

Clothing for Children and Teens

  • Pajamas
  • Sweatpants/Sweatshirts
  • Mittens (Especially hand knit)
  • Boot socks
  • Books (All levels)
  • Art Supplies (All levels and ages
  • Drawing and Paint Pads
  • Adult Puzzle and Coloring Books
  • Colored Pencils, Fine Markers, Fat Crayons
  • Sleds
  • Ice Fishing Gear
  • Building Toys
  • Baby Dolls
  • Christmas Music CD’s
  • Movies for Children and Seniors
  • Gift Cards


New Portable Telemed Gear Expands Island Health Director’s Patient Reach

New Portable Telemed Gear Expands Island Health Director’s Patient Reach

A product photo illustrating Island Health Director Daley’s portable telemedicine set-up. (Photo courtesy AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc.)

BAR HARBOR, ME — Maine Seacoast Mission Island Health Director Sharon Daley will soon have portable telemedicine equipment to augment her floating telemedicine room aboard the Sunbeam V. The Sunbeam’s telemedicine room equipment uses videoconferencing and medical devices (i.e. stethoscope, blood pressure cuff) to connect island resident patients in real time with their medical providers. That connectivity relies on a land line for the Sunbeam to lock into.

Health Director Daley’s portable telemedicine gear is web-based, using Windows operating system, and fully usable on the latest Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. The portable gear weighs around 12 pounds. Where there is a Maine island private room with an internet connection, Sharon can do her work with island patients.

The new telemedicine gear is especially useful when the Sunbeam is undergoing maintenance, or very high winds are keeping the boat in harbor. Traveling by other boats or airplane, Director Sharon Daley can maintain her island schedule.

Sunbeam V in Dry Dock for Routine Maintenance

Sunbeam V in Dry Dock for Routine Maintenance

Sunbeam V arrives in Stonington Harbor, ME on 9-13-18. (Photo by Douglas Cornman)

BAR HARBOR, ME — The Sunbeam V arrived in Stonington, ME on Thursday, September 13 for the boat’s annual routine maintenance. Missing the tide by just 15-minutes, the Sunbeam waited until the next day to be hauled up-and-out of the water and put in dry dock.

With the Sunbeam’s major refitting six months away, Captain Michael Johnson said the crew is focusing this maintenance on “the normal fresh exterior coat of paint and some plumbing work.” Also, the Sunbeam’s engine will have “a tune-up,” just as the family car engine has scheduled tune-ups, to “make sure everything’s within specification,” said Captain Johnson.

Sunbeam Steward Jillian is taking the lead on giving the boat interior a “deep cleaning” in dry dock.

Until the Sunbeam is back in service, the crew — Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman, Island Health Director Sharon Daley, and Steward Jillian — will continue their work among communities on the Maine islands they serve, relying on island mail boats, water taxis, local island facilities, and Penobscot Island Air.

Even in dry dock, you can rely on the boat online calendar for following the Sunbeam crew’s activities.

R.H. Foster Team Wins Seacoast Mission’s Benefit Tennis Tournament

R.H. Foster Team Wins Seacoast Mission’s Benefit Tennis Tournament

R.H. Foster Team, winners of the 14th Annual Tennis Tournament to Benefit EdGE

September 10, 2018

R.H. Foster Team Wins Seacoast Mission’s Benefit Tennis Tournament

BAR HARBOR, ME — Congratulations to the R.H. Foster team for winning Maine Seacoast Mission’s 14th Annual Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 8th, at the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club.

R.H. Foster broke the Small Animal Clinic’s record of winning the four previous tournaments. The EdGE team defeated Jock Williams Boat Yard in first semi final; R.H. Foster defeated Dead River. In the final, R.H. Foster narrowly defeated EdGE 17-15.

The tournament proceeds benefit the Mission’s EdGE (Ed Greaves Education) youth development program. The Mission’s EdGE runs after-school, in-school, and summer programs in Washington/Hancock Counties to give kids tools and resources to succeed in school and in life.

Assistant EdGE Director Isaac Marnik said, “From the EdGE perspective everything went great! EdGE students took part in the one-hour tennis clinic at the Bar Harbor Club. Students enjoyed a BBQ at the Mission’s Colket Center HQ, stayed overnight, and watched Saturday’s Tennis Tournament. They all had a great time and all want to play more tennis,” said Isaac Marnik.

Anna Silver, the Mission’s Assistant Development Director and tournament coordinator said the event raised $18,000 for the EdGE program. “Special thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers,” said Silver.

Title sponsors: Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and Wyman’s of Maine

Team Sponsors: Acadia Puzzles; Dead River Co.; John Williams Boat Company; Machias Savings Bank; R.H. Foster, LLC; Seal Cove Auto Museum; Small Animal Clinic, and

Court Sponsors: Bar Harbor Savings and Loan; J.T. Rosborough

“Thank you to everyone who took part in the 14th Annual Tennis Tournament; the tennis teams, the tennis clinicians, and the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club for donating the Tennis Club,” continued Silver.