Old ‘Sunbeam V’ Looking More Like New ‘Sunbeam V’

Old ‘Sunbeam V’ Looking More Like New ‘Sunbeam V’

BELFAST, ME — Captain Mike Johnson sent these captioned Sunbeam V refit photos. On a Mission video-conference several days earlier, Capt. Mike told the Mission team the refit was at a point where, for the first time, viewers could tell what the boat will look like finished.

Now, with these photos in hand, we see exactly what Mike is talking about. Onward and upward!

Thank You, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for Giving Back

Thank You, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for Giving Back

December 5, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust gives back

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announces the year-to-date results of its charitable giving programs. From January through November 2019, BHBT has donated more than $400,000 to approximately 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This includes more than $40,000 donated through the employee-driven giving program, Casual for a Cause.

“As a community bank, we understand the importance of partnering with nonprofit organizations so our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the communities where we live and work,” said Jack Frost, Vice President, Director of Community Giving, in a press release. “Nonprofit organizations provide critical services for families and individuals in need, and it’s our honor to help them….”

Some of the organizations that the bank has donated in Maine during 2019 include…Maine Seacoast Mission….

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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.

‘Moonbeam’ Brings Crew Home Safe After ‘Lovely’ Work Day on Frenchboro

‘Moonbeam’ Brings Crew Home Safe After ‘Lovely’ Work Day on Frenchboro

Captain Storey King aboard ‘Moonbeam.’

FRENCHBORO, ME — Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN sends this photo of “Captain Storey [King] and Rosie picking up Sharon Daley, Steward Jillian, and [Island Outreach Director] Douglas Cornman after a lovely night on Frenchboro.”

Moonbeam, shown here, is the Mission’s temporary replacement boat while the Sunbeam V is out of the water for its routine major refit. While Sunbeam V Captain Mike Johnson oversees the Sunbeam work, Sunbeam Engineer Storey King uses his Captain credentials and skill to pilot the Moonbeam for the rest of the Sunbeam crew.

Learn more about the Sunbeam V crew’s work.

Recovery Off the Mainland’s a Little Different

Recovery Off the Mainland’s a Little Different


November 2019
Recovery off the mainland’s a little different
By Courtney Naliboff

While life on one of Maine’s 15 unbridged islands can seem idyllic, the reality in geographic isolation, with a finite number of fellow islanders, can lead some residents to seek out drinking or drug use as a “common denominator.”

[S]everal organizations exist to connect islanders to recovery services.

Maine Seacoast Mission…which has offered medical, educational and spiritual support to island communities since 1905 – including access to counselors who work with addiction issues – is one such organization.

With telemedicine equipment, including a specialized examination camera and other diagnostic devices, the Mission allows people to see primary-care doctors and counselors.

“I do work with Acadia Family Center, which is in Southwest Harbor, and MDI (Mount Desert Island) Behavioral Health, and both of those work with addiction issues,” says Sharon Daley, a registered nurse and the mission’s director of island health. Daley is available for family members and patients to talk to, has assisted physicians with drug-testing patients taking suboxone – a medication prescribed for people in recovery from opioid use – and has hosted counseling sessions aboard the Sunbeam V, the mission’s 75- foot vessel, currently in dry dock for repairs.

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Learn more about the Mission’s Island Health services

#GivingTuesday – Thank You for Including Mission Communities

#GivingTuesday – Thank You for Including Mission Communities

BAR HARBOR, ME — Thank you for including the Mission’s Downeast and unbridged island communities this #GivingTuesday.

Each year at Christmas time, the Mission distributes holiday gifts to children, families, elderly, and nursing home residents. The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more than 100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers.

Last year, thanks to generous donors we helped with gifts for over 1,500 children and elderly in need. Our Christmas Program Wish List 2019 with shipping instructions is available for downloading here. For the first time, we are also providing a wish list on Amazon which can be accessed by this link.

This morning we were given an Wish List update from Tara, one of the staff running the Christmas Program. Tara said, “Some items currently needed for the Christmas Program are gifts for teens, younger kids (especially girls), babies and we could really use boys and girls clothing sizes 4-8.”