Village Improvement Association elections

BAR HARBOR — The Village Improvement Association (VIA) held its 123rd annual meeting on Aug. 21 for officer and board elections.

The association was created in 1880 when a group of concerned citizens decided to provide “some method of united action to preserve the natural beauties of the place by ornamentation of the streets and public grounds of the village, by the planting and cultivating of trees and by doing such acts as shall tend to beautify, adorn and increase the attractions of the village and to promote the public welfare.”

One hundred twenty-three years later, the VIA still meets to fulfill this mission. It is the VIA who, in cooperation with property owners, maintains, repairs and reconstructs the Shore Path for all to enjoy. There are plans to resume reconstruction of the path in front of the Bar Harbor Inn this fall. The VIA also recently provided funds to restore the town clock and the Veteran’s Memorial on the Village Green, and owns and takes care of Glen Mary Park and How Memorial in Woodbury Park. Working with the Parks and Rec Department, the VIA has recently pledged support to restore Grant Park.

As of late, the VIA has provided funds to help restore the Hull’s Cove School House and the town ball fields. They have recently formalized an application process for an annual gifting opportunity for the community that reflects the original intent of the association. Criteria and applications are available from officers Dick Cough, Andy Shea, Ellen Grover and Jon Nicholson and will soon be available online at a website to be created.

The VIA is appreciative of the generosity of local businesses such as Harold MacQuinn Inc. and Savage Forest Enterprise that annually donate services to enhance our community. New members, volunteers, donations and feedback are welcome.

Fenceviewer Staff

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