BAR HARBOR, ME — On July 16 Maine Seacoast Mission’s Island Health hosted a lobstermen’s health issues event at the Matinicus school. Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN said in a brief email, “Had a wonderful trip…and…a great turnout.”
Dr. Kerry Lavigne, a Dermatologist from Camden, ME, traveled to Matinicus with her family and Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN on board the “Robin R” water taxi. Dr. Lavigne volunteered her time to do skin cancer screenings, and to share information about skin cancer prevention and protection.
On average one in five people get skin cancer. Lobstermen are at particular risk. Dr. Lavigne screened eighteen people during hours complimenting lobstermen’s schedules.
At the same time, Lani Carlson of University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine AgrAbility chatted with lobstermen about work place safety, occupational health an adaptive support for fishing.
ABOARD THE ‘SUNBEAM V’ — Clinical Director and Family Nurse Practitioner Jennifer “Jen” Desmond flew out to Matinicus from Vinalhaven’s Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. to meet up with the Sunbeam V and the Mission’s Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN and see some people in person. Family Nurse Practitioner Assists Mission Island Health Director on Matinicus Island
Jen was able to take care of things that would have required an expensive trip off island for some patients. Cold and windy day but Penobscot Island Air always provides great service.
So thanks to all in helping make this happen, including those who loaned us trucks for getting around. (Jennifer and I are pictured here at the Matinicus Island International Air-Strip.)
BAR HARBOR, ME — Matinicus Island high-to-low tides vary about 10-feet. Here’s the Sunbeam resting on mud at low tide. When the Sunbeam arrives in Matinicus harbor one of the crew’s first moves is tying the boat to the dock. At low tide, this prevents the Sunbeam from tipping on its side.
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The Sunbeam delivered the two gravestones to Matinicus last spring, and the local guy who serves informally as a sort of cemetery sexton used the municipal Kubota to move them from the harbor to the cemetery in the middle of the island.
The Maine Seacoast Mission vessel Sunbeam is instrumental when it comes to these things. For over a century the Sunbeam — the current boat is Sunbeam V, by the way — has carried the whole business — coffin, mourners, flowers, overdressed preachers, uneasy relatives, and seasick undertakers to the most distant offshore communities. Full story