Swan’s Island: Making the MDI Promise

Crystal DaGraca and the students of Swan’s Island Elementary School invite us to join them in making the Mount Desert Island Promise: “All of the schools in MDIRSS AOS 91 have teamed up to encourage students, families and the community to make the MDI Promise. In the second half of the school year, we want to continue to be as safe as possible in support of in-person teaching and learning. By caring for the welfare of one another, we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The MDI Promise states, ‘As a member of the MDI Regional School System, I promise to lead by example, to take action to keep our community and myself safe to the greatest extent possible and to actively encourage others to adopt and support the MDI Promise.’ You will notice posters around the island as well as when you cross the Trenton Bridge of some Swan’s Island students who show the importance of wearing their masks to keep our community safe. Thank you in advance for making the MDI Promise! 

Jennifer Helman informs us that Harbor Watch Inn is currently seeking a part time housekeeper. “We are anticipating a busy season and need someone with a flexible schedule. Some cleaning experience is a plus, but we will train the right person. The position is available immediately and long term. Please email [email protected] or text (207)526-4563 if you’d like to talk. 

Katelynn LeMoine provides us with delicious, fresh chicken ($3.50 for one dozen) and duck ($5 for one dozen) eggs. She requests, “Please have the exact money as there will not be change in the cooler because we all need to be careful handling money. Also, I do clean the cooler, but recommend you bring hand sanitizer to use after you get your eggs. Contact me for a day you want them and I will put them in a cooler out by the driveway and you can pick them up. I will not be delivering or handing to people because of this virus; this is the safest way to get people the fresh eggs they want! 

Donna Wiegle updates our summer residents and island visitors regarding our current COVID-19 safety protocol: As the summer season approaches, many folks are beginning to inquire about traveling back to Swan’s Island and what the requirements are when they arrive. According to the Maine CDC website, the following applies – visitors to or from other states must get a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test or maintain compliance with a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. As of March 5, exemptions from testing or quarantine are available for residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as for individuals that have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At the current time and into the foreseeable future, it is expected that you will wear a properly fitting mask when you enter public buildings on our island; this includes the ferry terminals (and boat), library, town office, post office, The Island Market and Supply (TIMS), health center, lighthouse, Lobster and Marine Museum, and any other public building on the island or the mainland. Maine is offering vaccines to Maine residents 16 and over at the current time, so if you are traveling from another state and have not been vaccinated, do not expect to get a vaccine when you arrive. That may change, but for now vaccination is only available for Maine state residents. The state of Maine, its communities and its diverse tourism and hospitality industries know that visitors want to travel to locations that are safe and healthy, and they want to enjoy the communities, businesses and outdoor locations that make Maine so special. 

Happy birthday to Darlene Harper, Logan Sheridan, Melissa Shaefer, Michael Joyce, Jason Matthews, Enoch Tamulonis, Richie Davis, Heidi Martin, Jake Rabatin and Esther Ruth LeMoine.  


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Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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