Island Briefs: Dine-Around Day, celebration of life at Haertel, ranger-led tree program

Day around dinner

ISLAND OF MOUNT DESERT – Island Connections will hold its annual Dine-Around Day on Saturday, July 16.

Participating restaurants will donate to Island Connections to help support their mission to provide free transportation to seniors and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island.

Restaurants in Bar Harbor include Bar Harbor Beerworks, Black Friar Inn, Café This Way, Cherrystones, Fish House Grill, Gayln’s, Geddy’s, Jalapeno’s, Jordan’s Restaurant, Mama DiMatteo’s Peekytoe Provisions, and West Street Café. There’s also Thurston’s Lobster Pound in Bernard, Nor’Easter Pound & Market in Northeast Harbor, Lighthouse Inn & Restaurant in Seal Harbor, and Milagro Coffee & Espresso in Southwest Harbor.

For more information, call (207) 288-4457 or email [email protected].

Paul Haertel

Celebration of Paul Haertel

SOUTH-WEST HARBOR — A public celebration of the life of former Acadia National Park Superintendent Paul Haertel will be held Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor.

Haertel was a longtime member of Gilley’s board of directors and served as vice-chairman of the board this year. He died on June 5 at the age of 81.

Haertel’s family will be at the celebration and invite friends and colleagues to join them and share the memories of a man who connected with many people and organizations on Mount Desert Island, the rest of Maine and the National Park Service. Haertel served as superintendent of the ANP from 1994 to 2002, capping a 41-year career with the National Park Service. He and his wife Margot had lived in Southwest Harbor since 1994.

Ranger-led tree program

NORTHEAST HARBOR – The Northeast Harbor Library will host a Maine Tree Exploration with Acadia National Park on Monday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. on the library lawn.

A park ranger will read a tree-themed story, which will be followed by a presentation on the different types of trees found throughout the state of Maine, including the trees on the library grounds.

All ages are welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required for this free event.

This event is part of the Northeast Harbor Library’s summer reading program. For information on other summer events, check out the library’s Facebook page or website at

Meeting reminder

BAR HARBOR – The Bar Harbor High School Reunion Committee reminds all alumni or attendees of the event at the Bar Harbor Club at 11:30 a.m. on August 21 that reservations must be received by August 12.

Contact Deborah Dyer, Barbara Keene Hamblen or Donna MacLeod Brignull.

Liquor license renewal

SOUTH-WEST HARBOR — The Select Board approved Clark Point Catering LLC’s license renewal on July 12.

Tenants Commissioner appointed

SOUTH-WEST HARBOR – The Select Council confirmed Janice Reed of Southwest Harbor to the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners as Tenants Commissioner on July 12. Reed’s term will be in effect until September 28, 2025.


SPCA of Hancock County Pets of the Week: The Dozen Bakers

TRENTONWe have a bakery full of cats at the SPCA – all named after a delicious pastry or baked good and ready for adoption! These adorable kittens are filled with their own personalities.

A dozen bakers, all black except for two grays, came to us a few weeks ago from the same living situation.

Most of these cats are between 8 months old and around 4 years old, so they are young and full of energy. Many of them are small, playful and ready to become wonderful pets.

They are all incredibly sociable and love humans, but they aren’t that crazy about other cats after living with so many other felines. They would probably be fine with slow introductions to cats and seem to do well with dogs.

They would be best suited for that growing family who wants a fun, energetic and loving cat to join the crew. Come meet them today!

Off-Island Events

Fundraising for the shelter

FRANKLIN — Cherryfield’s Ark Animal Shelter is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Vets Club. This event will include a bottle drive, bake sale, raffles and garage sale.

Proceeds will go towards building a new kennel and “Kitten Season,” which is a haven for the care mom cats and their kittens receive in the spring, including medical care and neutering.

For more information, visit

Wicked Fun Golf Tournament

ELLSWORTH – The Wicked Fun Golf Tournament: 18 Holes for a Cause sponsored by Bucksport Golf Club is in the final stages of preparation for the July 23 event.

All proceeds will be donated to the NextStep Domestic Violence Project to help victims of domestic violence in Hancock and Washington counties.

The tournament will be run as a scramble and participants stand a chance to win a cash prize of $10,000 for a hole-in-one on the 15th hole as well as bonus prizes for the par-3 and other hole-in-ones. cut. Prizes will also be awarded in the men’s and women’s categories to the top three teams, straightest and longest drives, and closest to the pin. There will even be a putting contest.

To find out more email[email protected].

Chicken BBQ

HANCOCK — The annual Hancock Woman’s Club Chicken BBQ, a summer tradition, returns from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

All are welcome to enjoy grilled chicken with coleslaw, potato salad and/or pasta salad, bread, drinks and many desserts. A children’s meal consisting of hot dog, fries, drink and dessert will also be available. The cost is $15 for a half chicken meal, $10 for a quarter, and $5 for the kid’s hot dog meal.
The event takes place at the Hancock Community Center, 1416 US Highway 1, in Hancock. Proceeds help fund the club’s scholarships and children’s programs.

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