The Giving Report

Every day, individuals, businesses and organizations are doing good in and around Hancock County. The Giving Report compiles some of their financial contributions.

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to help construct a new building to house Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum in Eastport.

A check was recently presented to museum incorporators Karen and Kevin Raye by Diane Hunnewell, Bangor Savings Bank consumer banking relationship manager, and Sierra Johnson, assistant branch manager of Bangor Savings Bank’s Eastport branch.

“Preserving and celebrating the historical significance of America’s last remaining stone-ground mustard mill through this restoration project is important, as it will restore a one-of-a kind museum while educating thousands of visitors through its new and expanded programing,” said Jaclyn Fish, vice president and community relations manager of Bangor Savings Bank. “Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum is vital to Downeast Maine and the state’s tourism economy and the agriculture and food processing economy will continue to benefit from this museum.”

The museum will showcase the rare Second Industrial Revolution machinery still at work in the Eastport mill and highlight its historic role in Maine’s former sardine industry. It is now the only surviving vestige of a once-dominant industry that employed thousands of Mainers in the 1900s.

The last of its kind in North America, the iconic mill has been a staple of Eastport’s economy since 1900. The construction of the new museum around it will help preserve it as a popular tourist attraction and a significant historical, cultural and educational asset, as well as secure the future of the last remaining traditional manufacturing jobs associated with the sardine industry.

“We are delighted that the front porch of the museum building will bear the name of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation in recognition of these important funds,” said Karen and Kevin Raye, who incorporated the museum in 2018. “It is fitting that everyone who enters the Museum will be reminded of the significance of this early grant award.”

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Machias Savings Bank has awarded a total of $100,000 in Community Development Grants to 18 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations: Agassiz Village; AIO Food & Energy Assistance; Aroostook County Action Program Inc.; Bangor Area Homeless Shelter; Big Rock Mountain; Christine B. Foundation; Common Threads of Maine; Eastern Area Agency on Aging; Healthy Acadia; Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; Machias Area Food Pantry; Maine Seacoast Mission; MaineStream Finance; Peregrine Corp. (dba STRIVE); Port Resources; Shaw House; Southern Maine Agency on Aging; The Northern Lighthouse Inc.

Machias Savings Bank sought to support organizations prioritizing financial health, community wellness, youth and education and economic development projects focused on community development, with an emphasis on projects that benefit low- to moderate-income individuals and/or families. Grant funds were awarded to projects that create or retain jobs, revitalize communities within the bank’s service area, and help to provide affordable housing or other programs designed to assist low- to moderate-income individuals and/or families.

More information about Machias Savings Bank’s community investments can be found online at

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