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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Donating Toys for Mission Christmas Program

BAR HARBOR, ME — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Senior Vice President Lisa Lyn Parsons sends very welcome news to the Mission: BHB&T is donating two loads of toys for the Mission’s Christmas Program. Thank you, Senior VP Parsons and to all the BHB&T staff and employees making this happen. Merry Christmas! You can learn…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Day Ends 22-Miles at Sea on a Fun Bingo Night

MATINICUS ISLAND, ME — Sunbeam V Steward Jillian took these photos recently while on a Mission trip to Matinicus, which is 22 miles at sea from the mainland. Jillian writes, “Boy, was it a fun night on Matinicus playing bingo together after taco feast. In one photo, Josh takes a turn at calling out bingo…

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Old ‘Sunbeam V’ Looking More Like New ‘Sunbeam V’

BELFAST, ME — Captain Mike Johnson sent these captioned Sunbeam V refit photos. On a Mission video-conference several days earlier, Capt. Mike told the Mission team the refit was at a point where, for the first time, viewers could tell what the boat will look like finished. Now, with these photos in hand, we see…

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Thank You, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for Giving Back

December 5, 2019 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust gives back In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announces the year-to-date results of its charitable giving programs. From January through November 2019, BHBT has donated more than $400,000 to approximately 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This includes more than…

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‘Moonbeam’ Brings Crew Home Safe After ‘Lovely’ Work Day on Frenchboro

FRENCHBORO, ME — Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN sends this photo of “Captain Storey [King] and Rosie picking up Sharon Daley, Steward Jillian, and [Island Outreach Director] Douglas Cornman after a lovely night on Frenchboro.” Moonbeam, shown here, is the Mission’s temporary replacement boat while the Sunbeam V is out of the water…

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Recovery Off the Mainland’s a Little Different

November 2019 Recovery off the mainland’s a little different By Courtney Naliboff While life on one of Maine’s 15 unbridged islands can seem idyllic, the reality in geographic isolation, with a finite number of fellow islanders, can lead some residents to seek out drinking or drug use as a “common denominator.” [S]everal organizations exist to…

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#GivingTuesday – Thank You for Including Mission Communities

BAR HARBOR, ME — Thank you for including the Mission’s Downeast and unbridged island communities this #GivingTuesday. Each year at Christmas time, the Mission distributes holiday gifts to children, families, elderly, and nursing home residents. The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more than 100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents…

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Sharon Daley – Six Island Flu Clinics Without the ‘Sunbeam V’

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Getting to the islands without the Sunbeam V has been a challenge in many ways. We have met those challenges with a lot of help from many people. This includes help with transportation (boats, planes or cars), and with places to stay, phones, internet use, and numerous other things. How I…

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Downeast Maine Tiny House Project Foundation Completed

CHERRYFIELD, ME — The Downeast Maine Tiny House Project foundation in Milbridge is complete. John Goodwin is amazing and has gone above and beyond for all of the site work and working with the other contractor timelines. Now, the foundation needs to be protected from the foul weather until the Tiny House home is delivered.…

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