No Man is an Island: Sunbeam V and the Maine Seacoast Mission

No Man is an Island: Sunbeam V and the Maine Seacoast Mission
August 2016
By: Dr. Lisa Belisle

Photograby by Matt Cosby
Photograby by Matt Cosby

The Sunbeam V is only one part of the Maine Seacoast Mission, which benefits roughly 3,000 people on eight islands and in numerous coastal communities. Based on West Street in Bar Harbor, the Maine Seacoast Mission has an additional campus in Washington County. With a staff of 30 full-time employees (and 80 part-time teachers), the organization offers an impressive range of services, including a Christmas gift program, food pantries, after-school and summer initiatives for youth, healthcare, counseling, funeral transportation, and emergency financial assistance for necessities such as heat and electricity. “We respond to needs and concerns as we see them,” says Planting. “Knowing people, knowing concerns, knowing people’s strengths and responding to them: that’s how we have always grown.”

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Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley & Mission President Scott Planting on Air: Medicine, Islands & Education


Medicine, Islands & Education #253
Friday, July 22, 2016

How do Mainers access medical care? This depends on many factors, including geographic location and the availability of providers. The diversity of geography—from urban settings to offshore islands—presents some interesting challenges. Today we speak with several individuals who are rising to this challenge: Scott Planting and Sharon Daley of the Maine Seacoast Mission, and Dr. Peter Bates and India Stewart of the Maine Medical Center – Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program.


Maine Seacoast Mission Announces 2016 Sunbeam Award Recipients

July 19, 2016

horner_cookieBAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced the three recipients of the Mission’s 2016 Sunbeam Award: Acadia Centennial Task Force Co-Chairs Cookie Horner and Jack Russell, and also, President & CEO of Jasper Wyman & Sons Edward R. Flanagan.

Ms. Horner, Mr. Flanagan, and Mr. Russell will accept their awards Friday, August 19th at the Annual Sunbeam Award Gala 2016 at the Mission’s Headquarters Colket Center in Bar Harbor.

After graduating nursing school, Cookie Horner moved to Maine permanently in 1972. Ms. Horner worked at the University of Maine Health Center, then at MDI Hospital. “But the last 17 years of my nursing career was as school nurse at MDI High School, a job that I loved, and where my children went to school,” said Horner.

“It is truly an honor that Jack and I have been chosen for this award, which actually very much belongs to all of the Acadia National Park community for their enthusiastic support of the centennial,” Cookie Horner said.

Since retiring, Cookie Horner has worked as a volunteer on the Friends of Acadia Trail Crew, and as a hospice volunteer and care manager. She served six years on the board of Friends of Acadia, and the last four years as co-chair with Jack Russell of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

russell_jackJack Russell was born on Mount Desert Island. His “privileged education,” Mr. Russell said, “trained him as a literary historian.” He then “worked as a community organizer in Detroit in the 1970s and then served for three decades as a writer, thinker, organizer and consultant helping manufacturers — and the cities, states and nation that hosted them — perform in the rising global economy.

In 2006, Jack returned to MDI with his wife Sandy Wilcox. He writes, speaks and teaches occasionally on local history and American literature and politics. On the board of Friends of Acadia since 2009, Jack is the co-chair, with Cookie Horner, of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

“I am still recovering from the shock of the Sunbeam Award honor,” Mr. Russell said. “The best therapy is to think through how to express the only way in which I can accept — which is as one representative of the many who have worked long and hard to give the communities surrounding Acadia an opportunity to express their pride in the park made from our land, labor and love….”

flanagan_edward_rEd Flanagan joined privately owned Jasper Wyman & Son in 1993 and has been Wyman’s President & CEO since 1995. Founded in 1874, 31 years before the founding of Maine Seacoast Mission, Wyman’s is the largest U.S. owned blueberry grower in the United States with farm and processing operations in Washington County Maine. A central area of the Mission’s work, rural Washington County has chronically high unemployment. And Wyman’s remains among Washington County’s top employers.

In Wyman’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014 it says, “Wyman’s has always had a deep commitment to the local communities of Downeast Maine — Milbridge, Cherryfield, Deblois and surrounding communities of Washington County, plowing back over 75-percent of its $55,000 donations into local community charities including Women’s Health Workshop, Maine Seacoast Mission and local food banks.”

Table and patron tickets for the Gala are now available. Space is limited.

For more information about the Gala, or to make a reservation, contact Anna Silver at 288-5097 or [email protected]

The Spirit of Acadia: Celebrating our Spiritual Connection with Place and Park

July 7, 2016
For More Information:
Scott K Fish, Manager of Marketing & Communications
207-458-7185 or [email protected]

The Spirit of Acadia:  Celebrating our Spiritual Connection with Place and Park

BAR HARBOR, ME — The MDI Clergy Association is hosting an interfaith service celebrating our spiritual connection with Acadia National Park as part of Acadia Park’s Centennial observance.

The Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., July 27, 2016, at  the Fabbri Memorial, Otter Cove, Loop Road, Acadia National Park. The Fabbri Memorial is located on the Park Loop Road approximately 1 mile beyond “Thunder Hole” or Otter Cliff Road, off Route 3 between Otter Creek and Bar Harbor.

The service will include readings, music and dance from diverse spiritual perspectives and traditions. All are welcome to participate and share in the service.

Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park said, “The inspirational quality of Acadia makes it a deeply spiritual place for many.  We appreciate the MDI Clergy Association supporting our Centennial celebration and helping emphasize the importance of the park in our communities.”

“The dramatic natural beauty of the Acadian region has moved humans for at least 5,000 years. Wabanaki forebears found spiritual First Light at Wapuwoc, our highest mountain. Their descendants offer long perspective today. First settlers built churches here as well as ships, schools, and mills. Acadia was conserved by people from many faith communities whose common cause was to protect these extraordinary land-and-seascapes as a source of spiritual renewal. As we celebrate the centennial of Acadia, it is good that people gather in faith that stewardship of this remarkable place can help us find our better selves and best community.”  — Jack Russell, Co-chair, Acadia Centennial.

For more information please contact Scott Planting at 207-479-0988, or [email protected]SpiritOfAcadia_8.5x11


Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture with Linda Greenlaw

July 5, 2016
For More Information:
Contact: Anna E. Silver, Development Assistant
[email protected] or 207-288-5097

Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture with Linda Greenlaw
America’s Only Female Swordfishing Captain & Bestselling Author

greenlaw_lindaBAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission’s 2016 Land & Sea Lecture Series opens 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Colket Center, 127 West Street in Bar Harbor.

The Mission’s opening Land & Sea lecture features Linda Greenlaw. Ms. Greenlaw is America’s only female swordfishing captain, and a bestselling author. Linda Greenlaw first came to public attention in Sebastian Junger’s book, The Perfect Storm, as “one of the best captains  … on the entire east coast.”

“We are very happy to have Linda Greenlaw as our first 2016 Land & Sea lecturer,” said Maine Seacoast Mission president Scott Planting. “Linda speaks as well as she writes. She is entertaining and has great authority and compassion for Maine islanders and coastal communities,” Planting said.

Linda Greenlaw a resident of Isle au Haut, Maine is author of many popular books including The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen Are Liars, and Recipes From A Very Small Island. Ms. Greenlaw is a winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction.

Seating for the Mission’s Land & Sea Lectures is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Anna Silver at 207-285-5097 or [email protected] by July 9th.

From healthcare for fisherman to food for families and life-changing opportunities for kids, the Maine Seacoast Mission has been making life better on Maine’s islands and along the Downeast coast since 1905.