Blake, Barnicle to be Honored

BAR HARBOR — Curtis L. Blake and Marianne S. Barnicle will be honored by the Maine Sea Coast Mission at the sixth annual Sunbeam Awards Gala on Friday, Aug. 21, at the Bar Harbor Club.

Mr. Blake, a summer resident of Northeast Harbor, has been a generous supporter of area nonprofits for many years. In addition, he provided the funding for staff lodging at the Jordan Pond House after the previous lodging was destroyed in the 1978 fire, and for the town of Mount Desert municipal building in Northeast Harbor.

Ms. Barnicle, a Bar Harbor native, returned after a 40-year career as a schoolteacher. She served as the lead volunteer at the Bar Harbor Food Pantry for 10 years. She also volunteered at the Maine Sea Coast Mission’s Christmas program and undertook the enormous task of organizing the extensive Mission archives over the past five years.

Proceeds from the gala help fund the Mission’s many programs, including heating assistance, food pantries, housing repair and weatherization, the EdGE afterschool and summer programs for 500 children in 17 Down East communities, college scholarships, health services for island residents through telemedicine, and support for island communities and churches.

For more information, contact Sarah Clemens at 288-5097 or [email protected] or visit the mission’s website at

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