Island Briefs: COVID-19 self test kits, resource guide, gas detectors

Healthy Acadia offers COVID-19 self-test kits, gas cards 

ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia has a limited number of COVID-19 rapid antigen self-test kits available at no cost to area residents in Hancock and Washington counties, while supplies last.  

Rapid antigen tests can be administered at home and provide results within 15 minutes. The kits are being funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Program. 

Thanks to support from the Maine Public Health Association, Healthy Acadia also has a limited number of gasoline gift cards available to help individuals access COVID-19 vaccination and testing. The gas cards may be used for travel to vaccine appointments, testing sites and/or for friends or caregivers to support those in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. 

To request a self-test kit and/or gasoline gift card, visit Healthy Acadia’s website at and click the “Need Help?” button, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Peer Support Line at (207) 271-6023 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

For more information about COVID-19 resources, email Sonya Connelly at [email protected] 


Fuel gas detectors required in Maine 

BAR HARBOR — The state of Maine has passed a law that goes into effect Jan. 1 that requires the installation of a fuel gas detector in some commercial and residential buildings.  

The law requires that an alarm be installed in every room containing an appliance fueled by propane, natural gas or any liquified petroleum gas. Occupancies that are affected include multifamily dwellings; a fraternity house, sorority house or dormitory; a children’s home, emergency children’s shelter, children’s residential care facility, shelter for homeless children or specialized children’s home; a hotel, motel or inn; a mixed-use occupancy that contains a dwelling unit; an assembly, mercantile or business; and residential rental units.  

For information, contact the Bar Harbor Planning and Code Enforcement Department at (207) 288-3329. 


Aging Committee releases resource guide  

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Age-Friendly Committee, in collaboration with the town of Bar Harbor and Maine AARP, has released a guide created as a community resource for existing and new residents of Bar Harbor.  

The guide features information on Bar Harbor public safety and available community support services as well as social and health care related resources.   

Copies of the guide are available for download online at Physical copies are available by emailing [email protected]. 



SPCA of Hancock County Pet of the Week: Meet Joleen

TRENTON — If you’re looking for a sweet kitty to pet and snuggle, Joleen is just the darling you’ve been searching for.  

Joleen is 13 years old and has a gorgeous white coat with marbling of tabby coloring. Her bright yellow eyes peek out from a round face that makes her look like a perpetual kitten.  

She’s an affectionate girl that has clearly experienced a lot of love in her life. She is eager to greet visitors with a chirp and a head butt. She is front-paw declawed and prefers things to be a little more on the quiet and relaxed side, so she would likely do best in a household with older children or adults.  

A quiet life with a fireplace and a nice chair to cozy in would be ideal for this gal, and she would love to keep a homebody company.  

Make an appointment to meet Joleen today!

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