Charles Butt Donation Benefit Mount Desert Island Historical Society

The donation will fund needed renovations and improvements to the Somesville Museum, Selectmen’s Building, and gardens

Long-time summer resident and philanthropist Charles Butt has pledged $150,000 over a three-year period to fund major renovations and improvements to the Society’s Somesville Campus, located in the heart of the Somesville Historic District. The campus includes the 1780 Selectmen’s building, Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge, Somesville Museum, Louisa Vaughan Conrad Garden, and the Heirloom Garden.

"Spay"Ghetti Dinner and Fundraiser

"Spay"Ghetti Dinner and Fundraiser

George Soctomah Neptune, Passamaquoddy, to present at MDI Historical Society

George Soctomah Neptune, Passamaquoddy, to present at MDI Historical Society

Ktopeqonuk, Moneskatik, Pihci-cihciqi-pisipiqe. What do these words mean, and how are they central to the rich history of Mount Desert Island? Many know that Samuel de Champlain visited the island in 1604 and, marveling at its barren peaks, called it “Isle des Monts Deserts.” But this is not where the story of the naming of MDI and its many unique geological features begins.

In association with the Abbe Museum, the Mount Desert Island Historical Society will host a Historians’ Forum at the Sound School House in Mount Desert on Friday, March 20th, at noon. University of Maine graduate student and Abbe Museum educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy at Motahkomikuk, will present on the topic of Passamaquoddy place names on Mount Desert Island.

ELLSWORTH — What’s so funny?

ELLSWORTH — What’s so funny?

The Ellsworth American is inviting the community to a free laughter yoga session on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Down East Family YMCA.

“We are sponsoring a laughter yoga session on March 7 in an effort to get people out of their slumps,” said The American’s General Manager Terry Carlisle. “You start out sort of fake laughing then by the end you’re belly laughing. It creates a sense of euphoria that lasts a week or two after.”

The idea for offering laughter yoga came about after Carlisle received a call from Sherri Downing’s urging that the community needed to do something fun like a laughter yoga class. Many will remember Downing from her work for many years as a physician’s assistant at Ellsworth Internal Medicine.

Amanda Walden, who is a certified laughter yoga leader based in Brunswick, will lead the workshop.

15th Annual Smelt Fry

15th Annual Smelt Fry

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Kelly Johnson arrives in Stonington

Opera House Arts (OHA) is pleased to welcome Kelly Johnson as its new Director of Development and Communications.

Kelly is a native of Long Island, New York. She graduated from American University in 2012 with an MA in Public History. Her studies concentrated on cultural and theater history in the U.S. Before moving to Deer Isle, she was a federal employee in the Washington, D.C. area, spending time with both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently, she has worked as a public speaker at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania and volunteered as a fundraiser for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.