Tricky Tide Means Island Health Director Travels to Matinicus Flu Clinic by Skiff

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN travels by skiff to Matinicus flu clinic.

BAR HARBOR, Me — October 17, The Sunbeam V left Northeast Harbor for a three-day Island Health tour. Timing is critical when the Sunbeam V motors in to Matinicus harbor. Low tide will strand the boat for about 12-hours. On trips when the Sunbeam V cannot spend that much time at Matinicus, Sharon has to rely on the Sunbeam V skiff to travel to the island.

In this photo, taken from the Sunbeam V, the boat’s Engineer, Storey King, is taking Sharon to a scheduled flu clinic at Matinicus.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: 

Sigma Kappa Sorority Includes Mission in Ultra Violet Week

Thank you, Sigma Kappa!

Sigma Kappa Sorority raises funds for Alzheimer’s Research

Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 4:34 pm
Swapna Vettiyil, Staff Writer 

Sigma Kappa members Larissa Enriquez and Ariel Forbes speak to Paul Napolitano about the Ultra Violet week

Sigma Kappa’s five philanthropies include the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology with an emphasis in Alzheimer’s disease research, Maine Seacoast Mission and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation promotes service and leadership through scholarship, while Inherit the Earth helps protect the earth and save the environment.

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Island Elder Care Conference a Success

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN hosted another successful elder care conference to network with like-minded groups and individuals on ways to improve care for the elderly among Maine’s unbridged island communities.

What follows is a summary and two photos of the conference participants from Sharon Daley’s assistant, Margaret Snell. More details to follow.

Margaret Snell
Thu 10/26/2017 2:04 PM

Hello –

Here are some initial details about the conference. I will write up more later after I have gone through evaluations.

Who: Eleven island communities including: Cranberry Isles, Isle au Haut, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Islesboro, Chebeague, Long Island, Peaks Island, Cliff Island along with Indian Island.

Four representatives from State agencies.

What: Island Eldercare conference, bringing together those invovled in elder care on Maine’s coastal Island, and Indian Island to discuss challenges, learn about resources, make action plans.

When: October 24-25

Where: McNeil’s on Islesboro

Attached are a couple of pictures. The group is front row (l-r): Cheryl Crowley, Maddy Gates, Bonnie Hughes. Second row: Peggy Akers, Christina Noyes, Beatrice Bryne, Margaret Snell, Alison Richardson, Vicki Todd. Back Row Stefanie Alley, Marge Powers, Kathi Lovell, Robyn Sockbeson, Mikki Amers, Amy Tierney, Sharon Daley, Maura Michael, Amy Rick, Mary Terry, Beth Marcheson.


Sunbeam V Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Oct 31-Nov 2

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Raymond Village Community Church Volunteers for Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Windham Eagle
October 20, 2017
Local group travels to rural Maine to help those in need

Nine people traveled to rural Maine this September, as part of a group organized by the Raymond Village Community Church in Raymond, to assist with home improvements that will keep at-risk families safe and warm this winter.

The group volunteered through the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, which assists at-risk families by restoring or completely rebuilding up to 20 homes annually.

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Scholarship Recipient Studying International Business and Logistics

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Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Terri has an open invitation for student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Scholarship recipient Emine Mutlu sent Terri photos of her time this past year traveling New England as an Irving Oil Brand Ambassador. “I was gone 5-6 days a week for 15 weeks traveling New England,” Ms. Mutlu said in an email.

Emine is an International Business and Logistics Undergraduate Student at Maine Maritime Academy. Asked about any big challenges or struggles for the school year, Emine said, “I find it hard to stay active and eat healthy because of my crazy work and school schedule. Also, I have to find an internship for this coming summer or else I don’t graduate next year. That is pretty daunting,” she said.

We’ve selected some of Emine’s photos to share with you.

Island Health Director Attends National Telemedicine Showcase

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BAR HARBOR, Me — Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN took a few days, while the Sunbeam V is in dry dock, to attend the Third National Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase in Phoenix, AZ. The two full-day convention (Oct. 2-3), according to the event program, “focuses on building partnerships to bring high quality telemedicine- and telehealth-enabled medical speciality services directly into hospitals, clinics, private practices, and patient homes.”

Director Sharon Daley said, “To improve what we do, I wanted to see the newest technology, and what others are doing in the field. It is amazing what technology can and will do. Also, it’s gratifying to know the Mission is at the forefront with offering telemedicine.”

‘Very Successful Season’ for Housing Rehabilitation Program

CHERRYFIELD, Me — Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw recently outlined for President Scott Planting, and the Mission Board of Directors, a summary of the Program’s 2017 season.

Scott Shaw said this year’s “very successful season” involved 15 Volunteer Crews totaling 214 volunteers, who worked on 20 homes and three non-profit local community outreach facilities.

This was the first time the Mission offered online applications for Volunteer Crews, and also other online applications for people wanting help making their homes safe and warm.

Paper applications were also kept available for Volunteer Crews and potential customers.

The online application, “certainly was easier for the volunteer leaders,” said Mr. Shaw. “We received a few (online applications} from homeowners/clients,” but, as a group, this year they preferred the paper applications.

Here is a list of the homeowners and non-profits helped this season:

The 55 large projects completed were:

  • -Roofs 6
  • -Windows/Doors 8
  • -Skirting 6
  • -Handicap Ramps 5
  • -Paint 9
  • -Bathroom Rehab 1
  • -Siding 3
  • -Drywall 1
  • -Flooring 3
  • -Plumbing 3
  • -Electrical 4
  • -Stack Firewood 1
  • -Cleaned out attics and basements for weatherization 2
  • -Community Non-Profit projects 3

With completion of the Cherryfield Campus’s Weald Bethel Community Center expansion expected — to provide Volunteer Crews better living facilities during their stay in Maine — Scott Shaw said, “We have roughly 175 volunteers already booked for just three weeks in June 2018.”

Learn more about the Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Captain’s Report: If Weather Holds, ‘Sunbeam V’ Should Relaunch Oct. 12

Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson sent these photos and update on the morning of September 29, 2017.

STONINGTON, ME — This is about the mid-way point for Sunbeam V dry dock. Take a look at the photos. The first photo shows one of several areas of rust under the flooring being repaired. The second is the replacement of the foggy pilot house window. The third is a random exterior shot. The fourth photo is the old leaking grey water tank being replaced. The fifth is Sunbeam V engineer Storey King’s dryer duct cleaning project — which was more extensive than expected. The final photo is the dismantled Sunbeam V hallway where the grey water tank is located.

Everything is going reasonably well with the exception of more extensive rust found on the hull under the grey water tank. That rust is being assessed/addressed early next week.

As long as the weather holds, we should launch as scheduled on October 12th.

New Radar for Sunbeam V

Photo by Captain Michael Johnson

NORTHEAST HARBOR, Me — This is a photo of the Sunbeam V bridge. Our complement of electronic navigation equipment includes the following:

1) A chart plotter which presents a digitized copy of a marine chart into which our GPS location is inputted and plotted.

2) A depth sounder which shows the depth of the water beneath our keel and gives a general contour of bottom characteristics.

3) A primary radar (radar#1) which is a large commercial grade radar that presents surrounding “targets” on a large screen allowing for safe navigation in low visibility conditions such as fog and/or darkness.

4) A second smaller radar (radar#2) which is partially for redundancy and as a short range unit to keep track of “targets” that are difficult to discern on the larger radar.

Radar #2 is the piece of equipment that I am replacing.

It is over 10 years old. Radar technology has improved tremendously. Do you own a flat panel t.v.? Think of how much LCD screen technology has imrpoved.

The resolution of the older radar screen is marginal and can cause distortion of smaller targets such as boats and bouys. A newer unit is much more crisp, with a zoom feature allowing the user to focus on a particular area of interest.

The other big improvement is advancement of what we call “hybrid” units that combine a chart plotter with a radar. This gives the user a feature called overlay that can project the radar image on top of the navigational chart. This can clear up a lot of doubt about radar targets without measuring the distance and range manually to determine if a target is say, a boat or a navigational aid.

Another plus of the new unit is Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology. AIS is essentially the marine equivalent of an airplane transponder which broadcasts ship information for other captains to use. The Sunbeam V’s position will be presented on a screen of other similarly equipped ships, and their information will be presented on our new unit.

Michael Johnson
Captain, Sunbeam V