Sunbeam V Brings Planet Pan Steel Drum Music to Maine Islands

Planet Pan Steel Drum Band from George Stevens Academy boarded the Sunbeam V Friday, May 19th island hopping to Monhegan and on Saturday, May 20th to Matinicus islands. Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman said, “Concerts on both islands were well attended and extremely well received.”

Here is a video taken earlier this month, May 6th, of Planet Pan performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, arranged by Nigel Chase, at the 27th Annual New England Pan Festival at the New England Steel Drum Festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine 2017.

Dr. Kelley: Twenty Eye Exams on Monhegan with Remote Technology

Dr. Kurt Kelley & Director Sharon Daley, RN on Monhegan

Imagine living on a coastal Maine island where you have to schedule a three-day trip to the mainland and back for a routine eye exam. Well, this month, Sharon Daley, the Mission Director of Island Health boarded the Monhegan mail boat with Kurt H. Kelley MD, President-Elect of the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MSEPS).

“Kurt saw 20 people for eye exams and Monhegan was very appreciative to have him,” Sharon Daley said. “We held the exams in the parsonage on the island, and as you can see by the picture, Kurt is very good at making do by putting blankets over windows etc.”

Monhegan Parsonage set up for eye exams. This photo has been lightened to better see its details.

Here is a look at the cutting edge equipment Dr. Kelley used to “read prescription eyeglasses and perform refractions,” he said in an email, adding that having this portable equipment is “definitely a time saver.”

EyeNetra Netra AutoRefractor Instructional Video

EyeNetra Lensometer Instructional Video

Birthday Gifts? Seven-Year Old Gavin Asks Friends to Help Feed the Hungry

Cherryfield, ME — Photo and note from the Mission Downeast Campus Caretaker Scott Shaw:

This is Gavin Beal For his 7th birthday Gavin wanted to have his friends bring food to his party, instead of gifts, for people who did not have anything to eat! This very cool young man and his mom, Christen Beal of Cherryfield, ME came in to donate to the Mission’s Downeast Campus food pantry.

Scholarship Recipient Ellie Reidy Sends Photos from Studying Abroad

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. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Scholarship recipient Ellie Reidy sent Terri several interesting photos of her time studying abroad. Each photo is named by county or city: Austria, Budapest, Florence, Germany, London, Marseiille, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sweden, Tuscany, Versailles.

We’ve selected some of Ellie’s photos to share with you. Thank you, Ellie.


Assabet Valley Regional Tech HS Students Use Spring Break to Help Downeast

Story and photos by Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw:

This Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School, MA housing repair group gives up their spring break to come make a difference in Downeast Maine!

Here are some photos of the volunteers bringing the kitchen of the Narraguagus Post 8 American Legion up to code. The Legion will be able to open up the kitchen for public use again after our volunteers help with the work this season.

On Saturday afternoon the volunteers attended the annual Smelt Fry and tried some local fare at the Downeast Salmon Federation in Columbia Falls, ME.

The Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School group also hosted and provided a full Easter Ham dinner with all the fixings at DETOP on Sunday!  Learn more about the Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Scholarship Recipient Anna Boyle: Double Major in Psychology at University of Rochester

Anna Boyle

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. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s Anna Boyle’s story.


Friday, March 17, 2017 7:18 PM

Hi, Terri!

Last summer I began working as a clinical research intern at Eastern Maine Medical Center. While the position was unpaid last year, I am happy to say that I have been invited back to work a full-time, paid position this summer.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to pick up a double major in psychology at University of Rochester. I took 22 credits last semester and worked as a research assistant in the psychology department. This semester is my second working as a teaching assistant for the spring course, Principles of Biology II. I’m also Business Manager and Fundraising Chair of Women’s Club Basketball.

The Maine Seacoast Mission is the most supportive scholarship organization I am involved with, offering the most generous outside scholarship I received. Without this help, I would be struggling much more to pay for my undergraduate education.

Many thanks to the Mission!

EdGE Among Lerner Foundation Partners In $7M Effort To Support Rural ME Student Aspirations


April 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland-based Lerner Foundation today announced that eight Maine organizations will participate as partners with the Foundation in its new $7 million Aspirations Incubator Program (AIP), a mentoring-based initiative aimed at raising and sustaining the aspirations of middle school and high school students in rural Maine communities and small cities.

The Aspirations Incubator Program partner organizations and the school districts with whom the Lerner Foundation will work [include]:

The EdGE program of Maine Seacoast Mission/SAD #37. The Maine Seacoast Mission founded the EdGE program in 2002. Through after-school, in-school, and summer programs, EdGE offers children from Gouldsboro to Machias the opportunity to challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options. SAD #37 serves the Washington County communities of Addison, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Harrington, and Milbridge.

Learn More

Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw Visits Southern Counterparts

L-R: Alan “Benji” Benzschawel, Scott Shaw, Craig Steenkamp

I visited Biloxi to research the Back Bay Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, and tour all their programs. I also took a two day jaunt to New Orleans to check out Camp Restore, another nonprofit offering volunteer opportunities. Full story and photos