NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Honoring someone is recognizing their value to the world and to us. This holiday season the Mission is offering supporters a heartfelt way to honor people in their lives.
From now until Christmas, for a small donation the names of people honored will be handwritten on Mission holiday ornaments, and displayed on the Colket Center Christmas tree in Northeast Harbor.
These photos show the Mission ornament honoring Director of Service Programs and Scholarship Coordinator Wendy Harrington.
Wendy joined the Mission in 2002. She and her husband, Charlie, helped create the EdGE Program. Wendy was also instrumental in the Mission food security programs, housing rehabilitation, and community events at the Mission Community Center.
In the Mission’s May 2021 eNewsletter, Wendy said, “My work was, and is, centered on families and community and the belief that children thrive when they have the support of the people around them.”
It is an honor to both know and work with Wendy Harrington.
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The plaque is mounted on a pink granite rock from Kenarden, the Colket’s home. PHOTO COURTESY OF BH FIRE DEPT
Colket: firefighter and benefactor honored with plaque
September 23, 2020 by Anne Kozak on News
BAR HARBOR—In recognition of Tris Colket’s many contributions to the fire department as a volunteer firefighter and benefactor, firefighters on Wednesday placed a plaque at the base of the flagpole in front of the fire station honoring Colket, who died in July.
In September 1974, Colket joined the department as a “call firefighter” and kept a plectron (an emergency alerting radio receiver) in the front hall of Kenarden, his home on Lower Main Street. Earl Brechlin, who worked for the Colkets, recalled that Colket kept his boots and helmet in his Jeep so that he could always respond quickly to a fire.
In 1972, the Colkets donated LaRochelle, his childhood summer home, to the Maine Seacoast Mission and in 2005 established a $2 million endowment to support its maintenance. With the blessing of the Colkets, the Mission sold LaRochelle to the Bar Harbor Historical Society in 2019 in order to use funding from the sale to enhance its many programs….
BAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission’s Colket Center headquarters building in Bar Harbor is closed to visitors. Staff is working remotely so please feel free to reach them through the usual contact information.
Please call the main number 207.288.5097 with any questions.
Inside of the Christmas Open House program showing in-kind Donors.
BAR HARBOR, ME — We wanted to have another Christmas Open House this year even though La Rochelle has a new owner. We planned the party with the Bar Harbor Historical Society and we are co-hosting with them.
The Bar Harbor Historical society is displaying a gingerbread house tonight. We are raffling off the wreaths and Lori Bartlett’s cake.
Bob Bahr is playing the piano. Jen Worcester provided the food. Thanks to the several volunteers helping prepare for the Open House. And thank you to this list of people who donated wreaths:
Future home office for Maine Seacoast Mission. (Photo courtesy Mount Desert 365)
NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME –“This week the second floor joists have been added on our new building taking shape on Old Firehouse Lane,” said Mount Desert 365 this week of the future Maine Seacoast Mission home office.
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Maine Seacoast Mission, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and Three Partner Colleges Launch Four-Year Davis Maine Scholarship
BAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission, the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and three inaugural Partner Colleges — Clark University (MA), University of New England (ME), and Wheaton College (MA) — announce the launch of the Davis Maine Scholarship: a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock Counties.
In announcing this new program, Andrew Davis of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund said, “This is a remarkable opportunity for deserving Downeast high school scholars. We are creating this scholarship for students who excel in their studies, persist through hardship and will be among the first members of their families to go to college. I very much look forward to supporting our college and high school partners on behalf these exceptional young people. It is extremely exciting to play a role in showing the world what Downeast students can achieve.”
Christina Griffith, Davis Maine Scholarship Director at The Maine Seacoast Mission added “Coupled with the family and community strengths from which our Downeast students come, the Davis Maine Scholarship will provide Davis Scholars what they need to prepare for, persist through and successfully complete their undergraduate studies.”
At first, Davis Maine Scholars will be selected from two partner high schools: Narraguagus in Harrington, ME and Sumner Memorial in Sullivan, ME. The first Davis Maine Scholarship cohort will be selected as high school juniors in Fall, 2020. Prior to matriculating to college in Fall 2022, they will receive strategic college transition planning and support with college research, admissions and financial aid information, as well as tools for personal and academic college success. The Davis Maine Scholarship also includes family engagement workshops, given the integral role families play in supporting students through their college studies.
Davis Maine Scholarship Partner Colleges were selected based on their institutional commitment to increasing socioeconomic diversity through demonstrated success with serving first-generation college bound, low-income, rural students through existing programs and resources. Partner Colleges also demonstrated success with freshman retention and four-year college completion rates, especially among first-generation college bound students.
The Davis Maine Scholarship builds on the success of the Mission’s educational programs. For more than a century, the Mission has worked to address multi-generational poverty in rural Washington and eastern Hancock Counties through programs including the Mission Scholarship Program (Founded 1918), and the Ed Greaves Education (EdGE) K-12 youth development program (Founded 2002).
John Zavodny, Maine Seacoast Mission President said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund to continue to provide Downeast communities with greater access to higher education. This strong partnership will result in more college graduates, greater economic opportunity and new roads toward promising futures.”