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Blog Archive: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust to Open Branch in Brunswick, Maine, in October

September 18, 2020

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announced that it is opening a new, state-of-the-art branch in Brunswick, Maine, on October 26. The branch will be conveniently located at 148 Bath Road in the Cooks Corner Shopping Center and will feature a lobby, drive-up services, 24-hour ATM, night drop, and more.


The new branch in Brunswick is located less than four miles from the Bank’s Topsham, Maine, branch, which is scheduled to permanently close on October 23. All staff and customer accounts associated with the Topsham branch will transfer to the new location in Brunswick.


See the Tape Art Mural at Curtis Library at Sept. ArtWalk

September 11, 2020


Thursday, September 10

Contact:  Joyce Fehl, Curtis Memorial Library





Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic Extends Hours, Offers Virtual Appointments

September 3, 2020

The Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic has expanded its hours and is now open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. Opening the clinic an hour earlier will allow patients to schedule early morning visits before work and school, as well as be seen by a provider after traditional business hours.

“As we plan for the return to school, we know that many families will have questions about symptoms of COVID-19,” said Tari Advani, MD, Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic Medical Director. “Expanding hours at the Walk-In Clinic will assist patients and families by providing extra time to meet with a provider to assess any health concerns or questions. Our providers can recommend the best course of treatment and refer to testing as needed.”

Located in downtown Brunswick, the Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic offers a more affordable alternative to an emergency room visit or appointment at a private urgent care facility. The clinic is perfect for when a patient cannot get an appointment to see their physician or does not have a primary care provider. Patients can get expert and urgent care for minor medical problems such as cuts, sprains, coughs and infections, as well as onsite diagnostic services, including X-rays. The Walk-In Clinic is also co-located with a laboratory service center and integrated with all Mid Coast Medical Group practices, allowing for unified record keeping for patients. 


Maine SBDC & Maine DECD Announce New Micro-Enterprise Grant Program

August 14, 2020

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected During Q2 to Northern New England Non-Profits

August 7, 2020

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected During Q2 to Northern New England Non-Profits

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees are donating more than $10,000 collected in Q2 from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause, to 14 non-profits serving Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The non-profits receiving donations were selected by and voted on by the employees.


Curtis Memorial Library Re-Opening to Patrons August 7/8

July 24, 2020

Curtis Library to Reopen the Building to Patrons

Beginning Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8

Curbside Service to Continue Monday through Saturday

BRUNSWICK, Maine – For the month of August, Curtis Memorial Library looks forward to welcoming patrons back inside for the first time since March, when the building closed due to Maine CDC directives as part of the COVID-19 shutdown.

The library building will be open for limited browsing and computer use on Fridays in August from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm beginning August 7, and Saturdays in August from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm beginning August 8.  Opening additional hours and days will be considered in September.



Topsham Public Library Receives Grant to Build Small Business Resources

July 24, 2020

Topsham Public Library announced today that they have received funding from the American Library Association (ALA) to build capacity and expand their programming to small businesses and entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented groups. Topsham Public Library (TPL) is one of 13 public libraries around the country to receive this funding from Libraries Build Business, an initiative of the American Library Association funded by has invested $2 million in the initiative. This grant - made as part of the tech company’s Grow with Google initiative to create opportunity to all - will also create learning resources for any library to support entrepreneurs in its community.


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Announces New President and CEO

July 1, 2020

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Announces New President and CEO

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, as of July 6, Gretchen Ostherr will become the Gardens’ next President and CEO. “Gretchen brings a strong record of vision and commitment to mission,” says Judy Parkhill, head of the search committee, “a passion for the outdoor environment, demonstrated leadership, and superb communication skills. It was a unanimous decision.”


SMMC Releases Social Distancing Survey Results

June 25, 2020

Social distancing and the choice of wearing a mask in public has become a hotly debated and
divisive topic recently.  As the State of Maine looks to re-open our economy, one key aspect not
being addressed is consumer confidence.  Through reading social media posts, conversations with friends and discussions with colleagues, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber discovered this was an issue for the Maine consumer.  If we want to return to any sense of normalcy we need to address concerns the consumers may have so they can feel confident to patronize Maine
businesses.  Anecdotally, we knew there was uneasiness from some consumers, but we had no way to gauge how much uneasiness there was, and if it was wide spread or regional.   

On the afternoon of June 4, 2020 we released a 20-question online survey created through Survey Planet, to gather consumer attitudes on social distancing in Maine businesses.  Partner agencies statewide also sent the survey out to their contact lists.  Our hope was to get 500 responses in a week to make it a statistically significant survey.  When the survey closed June 12, we had 2,939 responses.



Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15; Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan

June 12, 2020

Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15
Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan

PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced yesterday that the Amtrak Downeaster will begin Phase 1 of Service Restoration beginning June 15, 2020. Service will resume with one round trip on weekdays only between Brunswick, ME and Boston, MA: southbound Train 680 and northbound Train 685. Downeaster service has been suspended since April 13, 2020.

A number of protocols and procedures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of passengers and crews.


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