Island Briefs: SPCA matching gift campaign, ANP advisory panel, weatherization program

Cindy Lou

SPCA kicks off matching gift campaign  

TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County is collaborating with First National Bank and area charitable families for a matching gift campaign, which kicked off Sept. 1. The bank and the families will match all donations up to $15,000. 

Money raised will go toward care, medical attention and essentials for over 1,200 local animals that spend time at the shelter each year. 

First National Bank is thrilled to take the lead in the SPCA’s Matching Grant Campaign. We are so grateful for the work of the SPCA and their compassionate approach to animal population. They have quietly blessed so many lives for so long,” said First National Bank President Tony McKim.  

To track the campaign’s progress, or for details on how to donate, go to 


ANP advisory panel  

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. in Moore Auditorium at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor. 

Superintendent Kevin Schneider and members of the park staff will present updates on topics including the 2022 season, major construction projects and the discovery of hemlock woolly adelgids in the park. 

Members of the public who cannot attend the meeting in person can join online at Meeting ID: 160 418 6572. Passcode: 696750. 


Science Café program 

BAR HARBOR — The MDI Biological Laboratory is hosting an online MDI Science Café program on Monday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. The program is titled “Wildlife Conservation and Education in the Somes Pond/Long Pond Watershed.” 

Somes Pond and Long Pond are beautiful, tranquil sites cherished by MDI residents, visitors and wildlife. Join Billy Helprin, director of Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, for a talk on how generations of environmental stewardship allow these ponds, surrounding land and wildlife to thrive. 

Register at 


Committee appointments  

TREMONT — The Select Board nominated three people to the town’s Broadband Committee, which has five open seats. Siobhan Ryan, Michele Marks and Elaine Eaton were appointed Sept. 6 to the committee.  

Two people were appointed to hold seats on the Tremont 175th Committee, which has one seat for a member of the Historical Society, one seat for a member of the Tremont Consolidated School staff, fire department staff, library staff or existing town board or committee member and three at-large resident seats.  

Nan Lincoln was appointed to the Historical Society member seat and David Campbell was appointed to one of the three at large resident seats.  

The remaining three seats on the committee are open to applicants.  


Weatherization program 

TREMONT — The Select Board voted Sept. 6 to authorize $20,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to be used for the town’s home weatherization program. In an effort to help Tremont residents save on home energy costs, the board and town manager have put together a rebate program to help residents weatherize their homes. This program would match any rebates that residents have already received from Efficiency Maine Trust. Applicants to the program must have already received an EMT rebate on or after Sept. 1, 2021, to qualify for a matching rebate from the town. If granted, the town will pay the rebate directly to EMT approved contractors on behalf of homeowners for their weatherization costs.  

If the program is a success, the board may authorize more funding to continue this work.  


Improvement bid  

TREMONT — The Select Board has decided on a contractor to install heat pumps in the town office building. Bids were solicited by the town to have three heat pump units installed in various rooms in the building.  

Valley Home Services of Hermon responded with an offer to install the three units for $11,300 and Stephen Stanley Electric of Southwest Harbor responded with an offer to install the three units for $25,555. The board voted Sept. 6 to award the bid to Valley Home Services in the amount of $11,300.  

Efficiency Maine offers a grant program for municipalities that could potentially pay for $2,800 per unit if awarded to the town.  


Retired teachers resume meetings 

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock Country Retired Teachers’ Association will resume in-person meetings this fall. The organization is open to any retired educator in Hancock County.   

The first meeting will be noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Friends in Action Senior Center, 5 General Moore Way in Ellsworth. Lunch may be purchased by calling (207) 664-6016 by Sept. 12, or participants may bring a lunch.  

Earl Brechlin, author and retired editor of the Mount Desert Islander, will share some Maine stories from his recent book, “Wild! Weird! Wonderful! Maine.”  

Members are asked to bring along a donation of school supplies that will be contributed to a Hancock County elementary school. 

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