Swan’s Island Covid Vaccination Trip – Feb 25

Swan’s Island Covid Vaccination Trip – Feb 25

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — On the windy, brisk, February 25th, Mission Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, MDI Hospital nurse Maureen Giffin, Mission Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman, and Mission President John Zavodny eased their car onto the Swan’s Island ferry to deliver their first Covid-19 vaccination clinic since partnering with the Maine CDC and local hospitals. And there was no better way to do it than by teaming up with Executive Director Donna Wiegle and the Swan’s Island Mill Pond Health Clinic.
 
For weeks beforehand, Sharon and Douglas went over the variables for launching a series of vaccination clinics for several remote Maine island populations. How to let islanders know, and then register them, for the clinics? Suppose we schedule a clinic and the weather rebels?
 
Receiving the vaccine depended on the weather too, plus the cooperation of other entities. There were already times went promised vaccine deliveries fell through for one reason or another, usually weather related.
 
Sharon and Douglas put in place a plan, a template for running the island clinics without a hitch. Would the plan work? Would it need revision?
 
Swan’s Island was the first chance for answering all those questions while in the field.
 
The clinic went off without a hitch. Sixty-one people were vaccinated. Sharon Daley told one reporter, “It feels like a big party because everybody is so happy to get this vaccine and it is a real sign of hope.”
 
President Zavodny, who was taking notes, pictures, and assisting with registrations, sent back to the Mission an 11:45 am email. He said, “System’s working well. Folks are showing up early and are very excited and grateful to the Mission and to the Health Center here.”
 
Maine Seacoast Mission’s Thomas Thompson had designed “I got my Covid-19 vaccination!” stickers. They were a real hit with clinic goers. EMT Tammy Tipler’s carnations were the perfect touch to send each individual on their way.
 
At day’s end the Swan’s Island clinic was, in every way, a success.
 
Next, the Mission crew aboard the Mission boat Sunbeam, with nursing assistance and a Boston Globe photographer, would host four clinics for four islands over two days. Sixty-one down, 147 to go.

Shout Out for Swan’s Island Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

Shout Out for Swan’s Island Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

SWAN’S ISLAND, ME — Mission President John Zavodny said in an 11:45 a.m. email that the vaccination clinic had so far seen 31 people, and were expecting a daily total of 58 people.

“System’s working well. Folks are showing up early and are very excited and grateful to the Mission and to the Health Center here. They love Tom’s stickers.
 
A shout out to Maureen Giffin, RN with MDI Hospital, EMT Tammy Tripler with Swan’s Island EMS, Maine CDC, and Director Donna Wiegle with the Mill Pond Health Center on Swan’s Island.

MDI Senior Swims 6-Mile Ferry Route to Benefit Swan’s Island Youth

MDI Senior Swims 6-Mile Ferry Route to Benefit Swan’s Island Youth

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — I wanted to bring this news story to your attention. Tuesday, September 1, Sage Dentremont, a current senior at MDI High School and a Swan’s Island resident, swam six miles — Swan’s Island to Bass Harbor — to raise money for other Swan’s Island kids to take swim lessons at the Ellsworth YMCA.

The $10,000-plus Sage raised will help pay for ferry tickets and swim fees at the YMCA.

Sage is an amazing young person. She attended the Mission’s middle school retreat while still an island student, and as a high school student, she participated on the retreat Q & A panel. She is just a great kid!

Here is the Fox News story and video.

I wanted to celebrate her accomplishment and generosity towards others. To add to Sage’s fundraising visit her GoFundMe page.

Douglas Cornman
Mission Island Outreach Director & Chaplain

Eye Doctor Boards ‘Moonbeam,’ Provides 18 Eye Exams on Swan’s Island

Eye Doctor Boards ‘Moonbeam,’ Provides 18 Eye Exams on Swan’s Island

BAR HARBOR, ME — On August 30 Dr Kurt H. Kelley, MD of Mid Coast Eye Associates, Bath, ME and Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN traveled to Swan’s Island aboard the Mission’s interim boat, Moonbeam, to provide free eye exams.

Dr Kelley is able to provide screenings for glaucoma and cataracts and prescribe eye glasses. Eighteen people saw Dr. Kelly that day. Thank you, Dr. Kelley for the donation of your time and skill in providing this great service.

Also, thank you Swan’s Island Library librarian Jeanie Hoyle for letting us use the library, and also coordinating appointments and transportation.

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Sunbeam V Brings Two Island Lighthouse Committees Together

Sunbeam V Brings Two Island Lighthouse Committees Together

Photo by Douglas Cornman

ISLE AU HAUT
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 27, 2017
Lighthouse committees share struggles, paths to restoring historic landmarks
by Anne Berleant

“Separated by 20 miles of deep, icy water, what could two tiny Maine islands possibly have in common? For one thing, troubled lighthouses.”

Swan’s Island Lighthouse Committee has been working on its restoration since 2005, and Burke had contacted the committee, which invited Burke and others for a visit. Sunbeam, courtesy of Maine Seacoast Mission, ferried the committee.

Burke and Swan’s Island Lighthouse Committee’s Eric Chetwynd expressed great appreciation for Maine Seacoast Mission’s assistance, and affection for the Sunbeam that carried them: “Historic preservation efforts transcend you and me…We are all in this together. The Sunbeam understands this,” Burke wrote.

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