Tris Colket: Firefighter and Benefactor Honored with Plaque

Tris Colket: Firefighter and Benefactor Honored with Plaque

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….

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Mission and Bar Harbor Historical Society Co-Host Christmas Open House Tonight, Dec. 6th

Mission and Bar Harbor Historical Society Co-Host Christmas Open House Tonight, Dec. 6th

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:

  • Chad Kessel
  • Floret
  • Kimball Shop
  • Terri Rodick
  • Queen Anne’s Flower Shop
  • Leslie Edwards
  • Jenny Jones Denegre
  • Mary Ann Atkins Smallidge
  • Linda Rowell-Kelley

Proceeds will go to both the Mission and BHHS.

See the official Christmas Open House Event page.

Mission, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and Partner Colleges Launch Four-Year Davis Maine Scholarship

September 23, 2019

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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.”

Steuben ‘Flower Bomber’ Christina Ganz is Former Mission Gardener

Steuben ‘Flower Bomber’ Christina Ganz is Former Mission Gardener

Christina Ganz (Photo courtesy Ellsworth American)
Blooming beautiful
September 18, 2019 by Jennifer Osborn on Arts & living, Lifestyle

STEUBEN — A flower gardener who delivers surprise bouquets free of charge to shops and events around town almost sounds like the beginning of a romance novel.

But, “flower bombing” as she calls it, is a regular activity for estate gardener Christina Ganz.

Ganz worked for nearly a decade for the Rockefeller family in Mount Desert, before launching her own business, Kvetina, which translates to “many flowers” in Czech. That was 2014.

She was a gardener for the Maine Seacoast Mission for nine years.

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