Island Briefs: Somesville Library’s new director, historical society annual meeting, council meeting time change

Somesville Library welcomes new director

MOUNTAIN DESERT– The Somesville Library Association invites the public to welcome the library’s new director, Meghan Clark McDaniel, on Saturday October 1 to celebrate both her birthday and her new position.

Clark McDaniel will be hosting a children’s story hour at 9:30am followed by cupcakes at 10am.

The Somesville Library is located at 1116 Main St. in Somesville and is open Monday 1pm to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm

Taize service

BAR PORT — A Taize The service, a silent service with prayer and music, will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 28 September at the Church of Our Father on Route 3 in Hulls Cove. Call (207) 288-5193 for information

Historical society holds annual meeting October 3rd

BAR PORT – The Bar Harbor Historical Society is hosting its annual meeting for current members and interested parishioners on Monday, October 3 at 5 p.m. in the Piazza of La Rochelle. The meeting will be a presentation by Jackie Field on the historic clothing and textile treasures of the Society’s collection. Parts of the collection will be shown as part of the presentation, while Field explores historical fashions over the decades.

Field is a clothing and textile historian and curatorial advisor at the Maine Historical Society. Her lectures on fashion and clothing are based on her lifelong experience in the field, frequent trips to the UK to explore British museum collections, and years of service on the national board of the Costume Society of America.

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To register, go online to

trail of goodies

BAR HARBOR — Birch Bay Retirement Village and Mount Desert Island Hospital are hosting a Trail of Treats on Friday, October 28 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Birch Bay Retirement Village’s Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Hulls Cove.

This is a spooky place overlooking Frenchman Bay. Outside, well-spaced tables with pre-packaged treats will be set up on a paved walkway surrounding the Birch Bay Inn. One-way trick-or-treating travel encouraging social distancing. Parking is available and all parishioners are welcome.

For more information email Susanne Hopkins at[email protected]or Meredith Cyr [email protected].

Change in Council meeting time

BAR PORT — The city council now holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. This is a change from the previous session time of 7:00 p.m.

Meetings continue to be held in the council chambers of the Parish Building at 93 Cottage St.

Committee Appointments

TREMONT – The Tremont Select Board appointed Kathie Pratt as the school staff seat on the Tremont 175th Committee on September 19. The committee has one seat for a member of the historical society, one seat for a member of Tremont Consolidated School staff, fire personnel, library staff, or an existing member of the city board or committee, and three vacant seats for local residents.

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At the last Special Board meeting, Nan Lincoln was made a member seat of the Historical Society and David Campbell was made a holder of one of the three seats of general residents.

The remaining three seats on the committee are open to candidates for appointment. Two vacancies remain on the committee.

website mapping

TREMONT – The Tremont Select Board voted on September 19 to add an interactive map service to the city’s website. City Manager Jesse Dunbar introduced the board to the mapping service, called Appgeo, and highlighted its features and costs.

The map service costs $4,000 to set up initially and $3,000 each year thereafter. Different land areas and infrastructure can be viewed on the map, which is helpful for residents with land use inquiries and for city officials with planning decisions.

“Like being an appraiser or enforcing codes… I think it would save a lot of time,” said Jamie Thurston, Chair of the Select Board.

“I was extremely impressed and spoke as a member of the Planning Committee,” said Mark Good, Chair of the Planning Committee, who was also present.

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Hancock County SPCA Pet of the Week: Willow

TRETON Willow is a spunky 2-year-old cat who’s been at the shelter for way too long!

When Willow first came into our care, she was pregnant with a litter of six kittens. She immediately went into foster care for two months raising her brand new babies. She was an excellent mother cat but was willing to come back to the shelter to be available for adoption.

She is a playful, energetic kitten who loves to play with wand toys and plastic balls. She has a beautiful smooth gray and white coat and bright yellow eyes. Willow could play for hours; She’s pretty much a kitty herself! When she’s finally tired, she loves to snuggle up on a cozy blanket with her favorite person.

Willow has been waiting for her home since March. She’s not a fan of dogs or other cats, mostly we think due to her time being locked away with six kittens. Willow would be fine with children, but sometimes plays a little too roughly for her own good. If you are looking for a really social and confident girl with a great personality, look no further – Willow could be a perfect match for you!

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