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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust today announced the launch of Bar Harbor Mortgage, a new and free app for iOS and Android mobile devices that makes it possible for customers to apply for home financing directly from their smartphones.

Using the Bar Harbor Mortgage app, prospective borrowers can fill out a mortgage application; photograph and upload documents; receive push notifications about the status of their loan and any outstanding tasks; download loan approval letters; and e-sign documents. The app features two-factor authentication and data encryption to protect borrowers’ personal and financial data.

“We are committed to providing our customers with the latest digital tools to help make their lives easier, and the new Bar Harbor Mortgage app delivers on that commitment,” said Jaime Frederes, Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Lending at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Buying a home is one of the biggest investment people make, and that can be overwhelming. Our new app helps to alleviate some of that stress by giving our borrowers the ease and convenience of applying for and managing their mortgage loans from their phones, anytime and anywhere.”

The Bar Harbor Mortgage app also offers helpful tools for individuals who are in the exploratory phase of home financing. The app provides calculators to help users make informed decisions on topics such as whether homeownership is an affordable option based on income and expenses or the possible savings or cost of refinancing your mortgage. There is also a tool within the app that lets users compare different lending scenarios and various loan programs to help determine which product would be the best fit for them.

In addition to the features for borrowers, the Bar Harbor Mortgage app helps streamline the mortgage origination process. Members of the Bank’s Residential Lending Team can manage loans, order credit reports, message borrowers, and more right from the app. The app can also be co-branded and shared with real estate agents and other referral partners, giving them their own personalized platform with access to real-time loan updates and push notification, mortgage calculators, and easy access to contact information. The convenience of the app and the ability to connect everyone involved in the mortgage process via a single platform creates efficiencies that will help decrease the turn-around time for loans.

For more information or to download the Bar Harbor Mortgage app, visit www.barharbor.bank/barharbormortgage.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiary Bar Harbor Wealth Management. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (www.mmsa.org) is pleased to announce the opening of our co-working space at 343 Water Street in Augusta!

Any mission aligned non-profit or partner organization may sign up to use our co-working space for a monthly fee of $120 or $1,200 per year (limited spaces available). 

Features include:

  • One person using any co-working desk available in the main office.
  • Fiber optic internet access. 
  • Use of the large conference room for yearly subscribers, one day per year.
  • Use of a small conference room, per availability.  

We also have room rentals available to the general public (Large conference room-$250/day; Small conference rooms-$100/day).

For more information:

Jeanne Hanson, Office Manager

(207) 626-3230 x100

Website: https://mmsa.org/co-working-space/ 

Physical address: 343 Water Street, Augusta, ME

Kennebec Behavioral Health is hosting its annual community event, A Night Out, on November 5, 2022 from 6-9 PM at Club Calumet in Augusta. This year's event will feature a 1920s speakeasy murder mystery dinner with Mystery 207. Mystery 207 will stage a crime scene and attendees will have the chance to work together to solve a fictitious murder which occurs during the party. This event is often compared to a live-action version of the game Clue! Costumes are encouraged!

During intermissions, attendees can enjoy appetizers, a cash bar, a plated dinner and our basket raffle. At the end of the event, the culprit will be revealed and winners will be drawn for the raffle. Early bird tickets start at $35 (including dinner) until October 5 when ticket prices increase to $40 each. Purchase tickets online at www.kbhmaine.org/anightout/

All proceeds benefit KBH's College Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund awards graduating high school seniors in Maine with scholarships to continue their education in the behavioral health field. 

Contact Liz Keane at  for questions.

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Supported by Northeast Air and FedEx Express!

The guts and determination it takes to pull a plane pale in comparison to the challenges America's recalibrated veteran families face in their life after service to our country. 

The 2022 Plane Pull ® pits teams of 20 individuals against each other in the ultimate tug of war! 

Teams line up and see who can collaboratively pull the plane 20 feet in the quickest SECONDS of execution!

PLEASE NOTE: Teams who sign up after September 15th will not get a team t-shirt due to print deadlines. Teams must be pre-registered and cannot sign up at the event.

Proceeds from the 2022 Plane Pull ® benefit the Travis Mills Foundation - a nonprofit organization to benefit America's recalibrated veterans and their families. 

Sign up here >>> https://give.classy.org/Plane-Pull_2022

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Join the Travis Mills Foundation for The 2nd Annual Building Strength Gala on Saturday, September 10, 2022  at 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Travis Mills Foundation | 1002 Watson Pond Road | Rome, ME 04963 

Tickets: www.mills.givesmart.com

Event Schedule

4:00 p.m VIP Reception

5:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour, All Guests

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Program and Auction

8:00 p.m. Entertainment by Love and Theft 

The event will feature a ribbon cutting of the new Health and Wellness Center at the Travis Mills Foundation; last year we gathered to celebrate its groundbreaking at our first Gala. The addition includes an indoor pool, massage rooms and fitness rooms with mainstream workout equipment that our recalibrated veterans will learn how to adapt and use, allowing them and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles after their visits to the Retreat.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment by Love and Theft. Bid on one-of-a-kind, high-end silent auction items, once-in-a-lifetime getaways and more.

This evening is an opportunity to learn what the Travis Mills Foundation does and how it supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.

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Join us at the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat for our first Open House of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 1002 Watson Pond Road, Rome, to take tours of the property, meet SSG Travis Mills, and learn more about the Foundation.

Sign up for your free ticket(s) >>> https://give.classy.org/august2022openhouse

 

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has named 15 recent high school graduates as recipients of the Bank’s 2022 Career Technology Education Scholarship. The $1,000 award is presented to students in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont who attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum and are planning to attend college or a technical school after graduation.

This year’s scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for an additional $1,000 next year to be used toward a second year of college or technical school.

The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

Maine Scholarship Recipients

  • Mallory Audette of Jefferson, Maine, is a 2022 graduate of Cony High School and attended Capital Area Technical Center. She plans to study nursing at the University of New England.
  • Samantha Corliss-Bothen of Bowdoin, Maine, is a 2022 graduate of Region 10 Technical High School. She plans to study pre-nursing at the University of Maine at Augusta.
  • Emily Keniston of Rockport, Maine, is a 2022 graduate of Bucksport High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center. She plans to study elementary education at the University of Maine at Farmington.
  • Emily Knutson of Rockport, Maine, is a 2022 graduate of Oceanside High School and attended Mid-Coast School of Technology. She plans to study nursing at the University of Maine.
  • Emily Sawyer of Milbridge, Maine, is a 2022 graduate of Narraguagus High School and attended Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology. She plans to study psychology at Husson University.

New Hampshire Scholarship Recipients

  • Annalee Hall of Newport, New Hampshire, is a 2022 graduate of Newport Middle High School and attended Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center. She plans to study business at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Emilee Mayotte of Grantham, New Hampshire, is a 2022 graduate of Hartford High School and attended Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. She plans to study cosmetology at the New England School of Hair Design.
  • Nick Merzi of Peterborough, New Hampshire, is a 2022 graduate of ConVal Regional High School and attended Applied Technology Center. He plans to study industrial maintenance at Northern Michigan University.
  • Anam Tariq of Manchester, New Hampshire, is a 2022 graduate of Manchester Memorial High School and attended Manchester School of Technology. She plans to study nursing at Saint Anselm College.
  • Alexander Thibeault of Nashua, New Hampshire, is a 2022 graduate of Nashua High School and attended Nashua Technology Center. He plans to study business/sports management at the University of New England.

Vermont Scholarship Recipients

  • JaColby Boyce of Randolph, Vermont, is a 2022 graduate of Randolph High School and attended Randolph Technical Career Center. He plans to study forestry at Vermont Technical College.
  • Kellette Boynton of Rutland, Vermont, is a 2022 graduate of Otter Valley High School and attended Stafford Technical Center. She plans to study elementary education at the University of Maine at Farmington.
  • Nicole Fullerton of South Woodstock, Vermont, is a 2022 graduate of Woodstock High School and attended Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. She plans to study business management and technology at Vermont Technical College.
  • Mackenzie Hewitt of Woodstock, Vermont, is a 2022 graduate of Woodstock High School and attended Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. She plans to study criminal justice/conservation law at Washington County Community College.
  • Emily Wright of Wilder, Vermont, is a 2022 graduate of Hartford High School and attended Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. She plans to study marketing at Bentley College.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiary Bar Harbor Wealth Management. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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The Augusta USCellular will be hosting a Local Business Craft Fair at Mill Park featuring over a dozen local vendors showcasing unique and locally made items. During the event USCellular will be onsite to Enagege with the commnunity and take donations for the LYME Warriors supporting the fight against LYME Diesase. A food truck will also be onsite to provide local eats and delicious treats. Come show your support and find a locally made treasure you wont find anywhere else!

 

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CONNECTED CREDIT UNION PARTNERS WITH MAINE CREDIT UNIONS' CAMPAIGN FOR ENDING HUNGER
IN THE 3RD ANNUAL $100,000 CHALLENGE!

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE $100,000 IN 30 DAYS!

 

CREDIT UNIONS ACROSS MAINE ARE DEDICATED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND COLLECTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE MAINE CREDIT UNIONS’ CAMPAIGN FOR ENDING HUNGER.  JUNE IS NATIONAL HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH AND CONNECTED CREDIT UNION WANTS TO HELP FEED PEOPLE IN NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY. FROM JUNE 1 – JUNE 30, CONNECTED CREDIT UNION WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE MAINE CREDIT UNIONS’ CAMPAIGN FOR ENDING HUNGER $100,000 CHALLENGE. 

THE CAMPAIGN IS HOSTING ITS THIRD ANNUAL $100,000 CHALLENGE. THE GOAL OF THE CHALLENGE IS TO RAISE AT LEAST $100,000 IN 30 DAYS. LAST YEAR, THE CAMPAIGN RAISED $110,000, AND WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN RAISE AT LEAST THIS MUCH AGAIN, IF NOT MORE!  EVERY DOLLAR RAISED BY THE CAMPAIGN WILL SUPPORT GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD BANK, LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES, AND MEAL SITES. THESE ORGANIZATIONS WORK HARD TO ENSURE PEOPLE LIVING RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD.

ANY DONATION AMOUNT HELPS. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE ONLINE DONATION TO THE CAMPAIGN. YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP ENSURE MAINE FAMILIES GET THE FOOD THEY NEED.

 

 

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented $12,000 in donations from the Bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to five nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q1 2022 are: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and The Ark Animal Shelter in Maine; Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in New Hampshire; and Otter Valley Activities Association and White River Valley Education Association in Vermont.

Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $160,000 to more than 70 organizations since the program launched in 2018.

“Our employees truly care about the communities where we live and work, and the Casual for a Cause program is an easy way for them to get involved in philanthropy,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Whether someone donates $1 or $25 every pay period, the collective donation is significant and really makes a difference to the nonprofit organizations that are selected.”

Recipients of Q1 2022 Donations

Maine

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is part of a nonprofit organization and provides medical services to communities throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine. The donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees will be directed to the Center’s Champion the Cure Challenge, an annual event that funds local cancer research and enhances patients’ care and their experience fighting cancer. Learn more about the Champion the Cure Challenge at www.ctcchallenge.org.

“We are very grateful to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for including us in their Casual for a Cause campaign,” said Terry Leahy, Director for Oncology Operations at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “Not only will the funds support cancer patients right here in Maine, but the quarter-long initiative also provided Champion the Cure Challenge with enhanced visibility among Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees and clients. We are appreciative of all their efforts and look forward to cheering their team on at the Champion the Cure Challenge this August.”

 The Ark Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care of homeless, unwanted, or displaced animals. Since 1984, the ARK has been committed to providing compassionate care and placement of homeless animals, alleviating overpopulation of companion animals by promoting low cost spay/neuter programs, and promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through community outreach and education. Learn more at www.thearkpets.org.

“The ARK is simply honored and humbled to be the recipient of such a generous gift,” said Shaina Mugford, Administrator at The ARK. “The work that we are able to do every day is because of people and businesses like you. With this gift, The ARK will continue to provide compassionate care and placement to homeless, abused and unwanted pets while continuously striving toward alleviating the unwanted pet population through spay and neuter, and promoting and improving the welfare of animals in Washington and Hancock County.” 

New Hampshire

Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) offers safe, comfortable housing for families, couples, and individuals as they move from homelessness to home. Established in 1991, MATS assists its guests with employment, housing, transportation, childcare, benefits, education, and other issues and connects them with agencies and community resources where they may find help. Learn more at www.matsnh.org.

“The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) is very grateful for the generous gift from the employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust,” said Peter Harrison, President of the Board of MATS. “For more than thirty years, MATS has worked to provide transitional housing, support, and referral services to people who are experiencing homelessness – and to advocate for solutions to the housing crisis in our state. Your generous support will help us continue this work and expand its scope as we renovate a second apartment building for individuals and families on waiting lists for affordable housing.”

Vermont

Otter Valley Activities Association in Brandon, Vermont, supports students, coaches, and school staff at Otter Valley Union Middle and High School. The donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees will be used to support athletic camps, scholarships, and supplemental activities including theater and music programs.

White River Valley Middle School/ Education Association serves approximately 140 students in grades 6-8. The donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees will be used to fund student education and recreation activities.

“I was floored, honored and impressed with the generosity of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees,” said Owen Bradley, Principal of White River Valley Middle School. “Please express our gratitude to the employees for thinking of our school and acting so generously with this gift.”

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiary Bar Harbor Wealth Management. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (www.mmsa.org) is pleased to announce the opening of our co-working space at 343 Water Street in Augusta!

Any mission aligned non-profit or partner organization may sign up to use our co-working space for a monthly fee of $120 or $1,200 per year (limited spaces available). 

Features include:

  • One person using any co-working desk available in the main office.
  • Fiber optic internet access. 
  • Use of the large conference room for yearly subscribers, one day per year.
  • Use of a small conference room, one day per year.  

We also have room rentals available to the general public (Large conference room-$250/day; Small conference rooms-$100/day).

 

For more information:

Jeanne Hanson, Office Manager

(207) 626-3230 x100

Website: https://mmsa.org/co-working-space/ 

Physical address: 343 Water Street, Augusta, ME

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is currently accepting applications from high school seniors for the Bank’s Career & Technical Education Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to income-eligible students who attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum and are planning to attend college or a technical school after graduation. Students must reside in counties in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont where the Bank has a branch location. Applicants selected to receive a 2022 scholarship will be eligible to apply for an additional $1,000 scholarship to be used for their second year of college or technical school.

The Bank established the Career & Technical Education Scholarship in 2018 and has awarded 60 scholarships to date.

Interested students can visit www.barharbor.bank/scholarships for more information about eligibility and to download the application. The deadline to apply for a 2022 Career & Technical Education Scholarship is May 1, 2022.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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Co-Working Space for Rent at MMSA: Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance, 343 Water Street, Augusta. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., closed Federal Holidays

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (www.mmsa.org) is pleased to announce the opening of our co-working space at 343 Water Street in Augusta!

Any mission aligned non-profit or partner organization may sign up to use our co-working space for a monthly fee of $120 or $1,200 per year (limited spaces available). 

Features include:

  • One person using any co-working desk available in the main office.
  • Fiber optic internet access.
  • Use of the large conference room for yearly subscribers, one day per year.
  • Use of a small conference room, one day per year.

We also have room rentals available to the general public (Large conference room-$250/day; Small conference rooms-$100/day).

For more information:

Jeanne Hanson, Office Manager

(207) 626-3230

Website: https://mmsa.org/co-working-space/

Physical address: 343 Water Street, Augusta, ME

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is celebrating its 135th anniversary as a leader in banking, financial services, and wealth management in Northern New England. The Bank was incorporated on March 4, 1887, in Bar Harbor, Maine, where it is still headquartered.

“We are excited to celebrate this milestone and incredibly proud of the success that has been achieved over the course of 135 years,” said Curtis C. Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “It’s humbling to consider that the Bank has not only persevered through world wars, pandemics, and significant economic events but has flourished and grown into one of the largest community banks in Northern New England. We are honored that generations of Northern New Englanders have chosen us as their trusted advisor and provider of financial services, and we look forward to serving the many generations to come.”

The Bar Harbor Banking and Trust Company was formed in 1887. It was the first formal banking institution located on Mount Desert Island. The Bank’s success in Bar Harbor led to the opening of a second location in Northeast Harbor, Maine, in 1914. As it grew, the Bank continued to expand its operations, adding two more locations on Mount Desert Island and several locations along the Maine coast. Today, the Bank offers more than 50 branches and 90 ATMs across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

In addition to its professional success, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has made a tremendous social and economic impact on the communities it serves. The Bank has donated millions of dollars to local nonprofit organizations over its 135-year history, and thousands of Bank employees have served as leaders and volunteers for various organizations championing civic and social causes.

To celebrate its 135th anniversary, the Bank is hosting a drawing to give away $135 gift cards to winners of a raffle that can be entered at all of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches during the week of February 28 through March 4. Visit www.barharbor.bank/anniversary to see the full contest rules.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented $12,000 in donations from the Bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to six nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q4 2021 are: Community Closet and New Hope Midcoast in Maine; Kearsarge Food Hub and Willing Hands in New Hampshire; and Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County and LISTEN Community Services in Vermont.

Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $150,000 to more than 70 organizations since the program launched in 2018.

“Our employees truly care about the communities where we live and work, which is why they contribute a portion of their wages to the Casual for a Cause program,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “The program gives them a way to combine their charitable giving contributions and make more impactful donations to organizations who provide essential services to our neighbors in need.”

Recipients of Q4 2021 Donations

Maine

Community Closet is a nonprofit thrift shop in Ellsworth, Maine, that provides clothes and other necessities to people in need, including those impacted by disaster, domestic violence, homelessness, and more. Staffed entirely by volunteers, Community Closet is a place where neighbors help neighbors. Learn more at www.communityclosetellsworth.org.

“Your donation to the Community Closet will help us continue our mission of making sure no person goes without a warm coat and clothing to wear, food on the table, blankets on their bed, and help to meet all their needs,” said Jackie Wycoff, Director of Community Closet. “Thank you for helping us continue this mission and for your amazing employees for wanting to be a part of making that happen”

 

New Hope Midcoast is the only domestic abuse resource center serving residents in the counties of Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo in Maine. The organization provides a wealth of education resources as well as advocacy services including emergency shelter, legal support, and support groups for people affected by domestic violence. Learn more at www.newhopemidcoast.org.

“New Hope Midcoast, Midcoast Maine's only Domestic Violence Resource Center, sincerely appreciates this generous donation that will allow us to provide comprehensive and empowering services for victims of domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking including a 24/7 helpline, legal advocacy, emergency sheltering, long-term transitional housing and educational presentations to a wide variety of audiences from students and school staff to businesses and healthcare professionals,” said Rebekah Paredes, Executive Director for New Hope Midcoast.

New Hampshire

Kearsarge Food Hub is on a mission to reinvigorate the community within a restorative local food system through cultivating food sovereignty, growing engaged learners, and nurturing community. They serve these initiatives through Sweet Beet Farm + Market + Cafe as well as through educational, food security, and community building programming. Learn more at www.kearsargefoodhub.org.

“Through the generosity of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Kearsarge Food Hub will continue to help us cultivate food sovereignty, grow engaged learners and nurture community resilience through our food security and food and farm-based education work,” said Lauren Howard, Cofounder and Co-Executive Director for Kearsarge Food Hub. “We're honored to be chosen by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees to receive these funds, and we promise to put them to work immediately serving our neighbors.”

Willing Hands recovers fresh food from farms, grocery stores, restaurants, and wholesalers and delivers it at no cost to 80 social service organizations across the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. They serve 30,000 individuals annually with 4 million servings while mitigating nearly 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Learn more at www.willinghands.org.

“Our work to end hunger and reduce food waste in the Upper Valley would not be possible without the support of community members like you,” said Krista Karlson, Outreach and Development Manager at Willing Hands. “You are helping us keep our delivery trucks on the road year-round so that everyone in our region has consistent access to healthy, nutritious food!”

Vermont

Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County is committed to inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential as productive responsible and caring citizens. Their Clubs offer safe places to learn and play; positive role models; and educational programming on topics such as character and leadership development. Learn more at www.rutlandbgclub.org.

“Without so much as a request, your employees chose us for a generous donation,” said David Woolpy, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County. “If more folks were as considerate as the Bar Harbor [Bank & Trust] people, my job would be easy. This wonderful gift will help us sponsor more children in our summer program. When kids have to spend so many days at home, nothing is better than getting them out in the summer sunshine.”

LISTEN Community Services provides services and support to meet the basic needs of neighbors in need, including those facing obstacles such as job loss, illness, and temporary displacement. LISTEN connects them with a variety of resources to help them in their efforts to achieve and maintain successful independence. Learn more at www.listencs.org.

“We are so grateful to BHBT and the Casual for a Cause Program for donating to our Summer Camp Program,” said Eileen Lambert, Communications & Development Manager of LISTEN. “Our goal is to send as many youngsters with financial needs to camp as possible. Your gift will help us achieve that goal! Many thanks for remembering the children!”

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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These last two years without an in-person Trek Across Maine have been sad and we appreciate all of your support throughout the pandemic - including your donations and virtual participation, and keeping us in your thoughts. We couldn't be more excited to welcome you home - to the biggest and best family reunion, the Trek Across Maine!
 
Register now at TrekAcrossMaine.com and self pledge $35 to receive a chance to win a sweet Garmin Forerunner 745, courtesy of Garmin, an official Trek Across Maine partner.
 
We also need volunteers - over 600 - and welcome your support in one of our many volunteer roles. Our volunteers provide support within a variety of scheduling options both along the route and at each finish line - Thomas Point Beach & Campground (Brunswick), Bates College (Lewiston), St. Joseph's College (Standish) - that makes our cyclists' experience second to none! We have fun, make friends, and help others while holding one of the largest fundraisers in Maine.

Volunteer positions are available for the entire weekend or just a few hours. We need your helping hands...will you join us?

The 38th Trek Across Maine will require proof of Vaccination in order to participate as a Trekker or Volunteer - as a lung health organization, we encourage everyone eligible for the vaccine to consider getting one. The American Lung Association is focused on providing science-based information to help folks stay informed about the safety and availability of the vaccine. Many of the facilities we use currently have their own policies and guidelines in place to limit the spread of COVID, and the Lung Association as an organization focused on lung health, also has similar guidelines and policies for the safety of all participants.

All volunteers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

The Trek Across Maine will provide a virtual option for our non-vaccinated participants that wish to participate.

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $11,000 to four Northern New England nonprofit organizations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q3 2021 are: Easterseals New Hampshire, Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women and Children, Veterans Inc., and Vermont Institute for Natural Science.

“These donations are a testament to our employees’ commitment to and investment in the health and vitality of the communities where we live and work,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “The four organizations selected this quarter provide important services to our friends and neighbors, and we are honored to support their efforts.”

Casual for a Cause gives Bank employees the opportunity to dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $139,000 to dozens of organizations across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont since the program launched in 2018.

Recipients of Q3 2021 Donations

Maine

Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women and Children is the only certified recovery residence in Washington County. The house provides wraparound support for women in all stages of recovery and is one of the only houses in Maine where they can live with their children. Safe Harbor is a collaborative effort between Healthy Acadia, Downeast Community Partners, Community Caring Collaborative, and Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC). Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org/spr-shrhfw.

“Through this donation, Safe Harbor will be able to continue supporting women and children by providing a safe and supportive home with resources to help women navigate challenges and decrease barriers to reach their goals,” said Katie Sell, Safe Harbor Home Manager. “This donation will make a difference, and we are extremely grateful!”

Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of support services to veterans and their families in New England. Their mission is to be there for veterans and their families in their time of need, with the ultimate goal to end homelessness among veterans. They provide holistic supportive services, including housing, employment and training, case management, food security, health and wellness, family support programs, women, and child care services. Learn more at www.veteransinc.org.

“Thanks to your decision to donate to Veterans Inc., you have made a tremendous impact on the lives of veterans and their families,” said Vincent J. Perrone, President & CEO of Veterans Inc. “With your support, we can continue to provide the necessary comprehensive services that our clients in Maine deserve. Your willingness to help displaced veterans in our community makes a huge difference.”

New Hampshire

Easterseals New Hampshire’s Military and Veteran Services program, in partnership with Veterans Count, responds rapidly, efficiently and effectively to the unmet needs of service members, veterans, and their families to ensure that they can thrive in their communities. They offer support and resources including counseling, emergency assistance, substance use treatment, housing stabilization, employment, and transportation. Learn more at www.easterseals.com/nh/our-programs/military-veterans-services.

“Thank you so much for this incredible donation which can provide critical support such as housing deposits to avert homelessness, car repairs so veterans can get to work/school/doctor appointments, or tools and uniforms for a job,” said Amie E. Marzen, Communications Consultant/Events Coordinator for Easterseals. “Whether filling a gas tank of a veteran or giving a military family an overnight stay in a hotel so they have someplace warm to sleep until permanent housing is secured, your donation will be thoughtfully used to support our military members and their families.”

 

Vermont

Vermont Institute for Natural Science (VINS) works to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. It offers relevant environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partner with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operate New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the Nature Center. Learn more at www.vinsweb.org.

“The generosity from the employees at the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust makes it possible to have several children participate in our Nature Camp program next year,” said Mary Davidson Graham, Assistant Director at VINS. “Our goals are to nurture appreciation and curiosity about nature, as well as to encourage each camper's sense of self-worth and belief that they can be a force of change in their world.”

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

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We are launching our Red kettle drive on November 20th and hope you can help on the drive!! 

 

What is the Bell ringing Kettle Drive?

The red Kettle drive is a fundraising opportunity to raise funds to help families in need in our community.

Where does the money raised in the red kettles go, and how is it used?

The Salvation Army raises funds to support our local services. There is no national fundraising in The Salvation Army. Funds raised in each community are dedicated to best serving the people in that community who are recovering from many kinds of personal disasters. 

What types of services might that be? 

Christmas services include toys for needy children. Throughout the year The Salvation Army provides specific programs to aid the poor and needy such as food, emergency financial assistance, youth recreation, and development programs. 

Who do I contact if there is a problem with my kettles?

There will be a paper on your kettle with the contact information for our kettle coordinator. 

What time do I arrive in advance for my day?

Please be on site ready to ring bells at least 10 minutes prior to your assigned time. 

Is there a dress code for times when I am ringing the bell?

As an official bell ringer for The Salvation Army, you will be given a beautiful(!) A stylish (!) red apron that says "volunteer" on the front. We want people to know you are with us. And you will be given a bell to ring, of course!

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB), the parent company of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, is pleased to announce that the Bank has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Banks” by Newsweek.

Newsweek Magazine recognized Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as an "America's Best Banks" winner in the small bank category for Maine. Best Bank winners were selected from among 2,508 financial institutions and assessed on more than 30 separate factors including the overall health of the bank, customer service performance and features, digital and branch presence, account and loan options, interest rate offerings, and fees. Newsweek defined a “Small Bank” as bank with less than $10 billion in assets and among the five banks with the most branches in the state.

"We are extremely honored to stand out across the country as Maine's Best Small Bank," said Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President & CEO Curtis C. Simard. "Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has always taken the lead in presenting our customers with the financial technology they require, offering mobile banking, mobile deposits, online account openings, Zelle®, and sophisticated treasury tools for our business customers. Our innovative strategies make it possible to offer our customers the best technology, while still maintaining our personal approach to banking with our Customer Service Center and full-service branch network of more than 50 branches across Northern New England."

Many of the Bank’s innovative products and services were already in place when the COVID-19 pandemic required the implementation of new safety measures. The Bank leveraged those resources and offered new loans and loan forgiveness programs to support individuals and businesses needing assistance. More than a year and a half after the start of the pandemic, the Bank continues to keep interest rates competitive, provide advanced banking technology, and keep branches safely open for customers. These efforts by the Bank have helped to keep families and small businesses thriving while subsequently reinforcing the economy across Northern New England.

"As the premier community bank in Northern New England, we understand the different challenges facing our customers and our communities today," said Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s Director of Retail Delivery Marion Colombo. "I am extremely proud of our teams across the entire Bank. They continue to show up every day with compassion and assuredness to help find financial solutions for the individuals and businesses in our communities. This award reflects their passion and the strong culture that they have helped to build at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust."

For more details on the 2022 Newsweek recognition and methodology, please visit
https://www.newsweek.com/americas-best-banks-2022/best-small-banks-state.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.

Zelle and the Zelle related marks are wholly owned by Early Warning Services, LLC and are used herein under license.

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