Note Cards by Resident Artists at Island Nursing Home Available in Local Stores

Created: Thursday, August 4, 2016  11:57

AUGUST 4Note cards featuring artwork by residents of the nonprofit Island Nursing Home and Care Center are hot off the presses and available for a $10 donation at several businesses on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill peninsula.

The notecards feature brilliant, saturated colors, and each box of 10 holds summer or winter holiday images.

The artwork is the product of a popular weekly drawing class conducted by volunteer Hillary Becton. The artists, in alphabetical order, are Jean Adams, Dorothy Bakeman, Marion Bauman, Rose Fiske, Ethel Gott, Mae Gove, Laurice Hardie, Helen Kruse, Theresa Lara, Anna Powers, Jeanie Welch, Hattie Webb and Bernice Quinn.

In Deer Isle, the cards are available at Barter Lumber Company, The Periwinkle and the Pearson Legacy Gallery. In Stonington, they’re available at Seaside Pharmacy.

In Blue Hill, find them at the Tradewinds Marketplace, SaraSara’s, and the Blue Hill Public Library. In Sedgwick, at the Millbrook Company.

Proceeds will benefit the residents’ activities program at INH, a standalone facility that is home to 70 residents. In past years, Becton’s drawing class has produced a popular, colorful calendar. Becton said the notecards are a better option because they won’t go out of date.

If you own a business and would like to offer INH notecards, please contact Judy Mathewson, INH’s director of public affairs and marketing, at 348-6509.  INH wants to thank Downeast Graphics & Printing Inc. in Ellsworth for its generous support. 


Penobscot East Resource Center’s Buoy Auction Features Art by INH Residents

Created: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:51

JULY 26Island Nursing Home and Care Center residents have decorated several buoys for the Penobscot East Resource Center’s 7th Annual auction of artist-enhanced Maine lobster buoys. The auction, which is Penobscot East’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place on Monday, August 1, in Stonington, at Opera House Arts at 5:30 p.m. 

The INH residents are among numerous artists, some of them famous, who decorate buoys every year to raise money for the Penobscot East Resource Center. The non-profit organization works to secure a sustainable future for the fisheries and fishing communities of Eastern Maine and beyond, a cause that spoke to some of the INH artists because of their ties to the fishing industry.

“I’m very touched that an older generation, as represented by these INH artists, has chosen to lend a hand to our cause in this way,” said Bobbi Billings, Penobscot East’s administrative director and the person who conceived of the fundraiser 7 years ago.

INH artists are Harriet Leighton, Theresa Lara, Jeannie Welch, Marion Baumann, Hattie Webb, Mae Gove and Anna Powers.

This year the auction will take place at a new venue, Stonington’s handicap-accessible Opera House Arts. The buoys can be previewed at throughout July. For more information or to place a silent bid before July 29th call Bobbi Billings at 367-2708.

Open House at Island Nursing Home Will Introduce New Nursing Director Marcia Young

Created: Tuesday, May 3, 2016  16:10

MAY 3— Come meet Island Nursing Home’s new Director of Nursing, Marcia Young, R.N., at an open house on Sunday, May 22, from 1-3 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Young joined INH last month.  She has served in many leadership positions at facilities including Westgate Manor’s Dementia Unit, the Special Care Unit at the Maine Veterans’ Home of Bangor and at Dexter Nursing Home.  She was most recently on the staff at Sonogee Nursing Home in Bar Harbor.  

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Judy Mathewson at 348-6509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flash! Dance in Blue Hill Will Honor Mary Chase and Raise Money for Island Nursing Home

Created: Thursday, March 24, 2016 09:33

MARCH 15—Shake off the mud season blues and dance to the steel drum sounds of Flash! in the Pans, Planet Pan and the Rhythm Rockets on Saturday, April 2, at George Stevens Academy from 7-9 p.m.

Come at 6 p.m. if you’d like to enjoy a delicious Italian or Asian meal prepared by chefs Frank Bianco and Lu Li for only $10.

The dance will honor the late Mary Chase of Brooksville, whose son Carl singlehandedly started the peninsula’s steel drum scene in the 1970s. Carl now directs Flash! with his son Nigel.

 A suggested $5 donation at the door will support the Island Nursing Home, where Mary spent her final days.