The Maine Seacoast Mission is planning to move its administrative headquarters out of the Colket Center in Bar Harbor. PHOTO BY GEORGE SOULES

Seacoast Mission moving headquarters out of Colket Center



BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission is developing plans to move its administrative headquarters out of the Colket Center in Bar Harbor.

In a letter mailed Monday, July 17, President Scott Planting outlined reasons for the move to mission supporters and donors.

“It is with mixed feelings that I tell you that the mission plans to move its administrative headquarters out of its beloved Colket Center in Bar Harbor, which was donated in 1972,” Planting wrote. “Its value having appreciated significantly over the years, we will transform this remarkable asset into valuable support for the mission’s programs and services.”

According to Planting, the mission’s first “headquarters” in 1905 was a house on Ledgelawn Avenue. Mission founders Alexander and Angus McDonald spent much of their time sailing to and from communities on Maine islands on the sloop Hope.

Planting expressed appreciation to Ruth and Tristram Colket, “whose generosity more than four decades ago has provided an outstanding home for the mission’s staff and activities and who have been unwavering supporters over the years.”

Planting wrote that the move is a positive step for the mission’s future.

“By taking thoughtful and bold actions, such as transforming property into financial resources for programs and services for the future, the Maine Seacoast Mission is building on more than a century of service to Maine communities,” he said.

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