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Beyond Windward Lane

GROCERIES, GASOLINE and A FISHING LICENSE

If you need a loaf of bread or a quart of milk, we recommend Eggemoggin Country Store (ECS).  It is the closest to us on Route 15 towards Deer Isle (take a right out of the dirt drive and it will be a few miles down on your left – long blue building).  You can also get gas, wine and liquor and DVD rentals here, as well. (For some reason, they do not honor out of state licenses for proof of age.)  ECS is not known for their bargain prices so we suggest that you use it only in emergencies.  They do have really good and reasonably priced pizzas, however.  Call and order one for pickup:  359-2125.

ECS is also the place to get your fishing license in case you would like to try your hand at catching dinner in the lake.  All you will need is a picture ID and $43 for a 7-day non-resident license.  Daily license is $11 per day, 3-day license is $23 and 15-day is $47.  Alternatively, you can get your fishing license online.

Blue Hill is a better bet for a big grocery list.  Tradewinds Market (15 South Street, 374-5137) www.hannaford.com has a good selection of produce (some local) and staples.  Meat, seafood and baked goods are all fine. They also sell wine, but the selection will be better at The Blue Hill Wine Shop on Main Street – www.bluehillwineshop.com.  There is a gas station in the parking lot (historically the most reasonably priced gas around) as well as a car wash and an adjacent Rite Aid Drugstore.  Also attached to Tradewinds is the Subway Sandwich Shop where you can get connected to the Internet.

The Blue Hill Farmers’ Market is a wonderful experience and is located at the Blue Hill Fair Grounds, on Rte. 172.  It is held every Saturday from May-August 22nd, 9:00-11:30 AM at the Fairgrounds. On August 29, September 5 and 12 the market will be held at the Blue Hill Congregational Church (on the right as you coming into town).  http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M17258

“We are a talented, diverse group of farmers, artists, bakers, and more. There is a wonderful selection to choose from, including smoked meats, wooden bowls, soaps, goat milk cheeses, photographs, chair caners, and toy makers. The farmers among us produce vegetable starts for your garden, vegetables, cut flowers, potted plants, blueberries and other fall fruits.

All our merchandise is locally produced, mostly on the Blue Hill Peninsula. The people you meet at the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market are themselves the creative spark behind what you see.

Hope to see you there!”  (Local Harvest website)

This is such a lovely way to spend a Friday or Saturday morning - or Wednesday afternoon.  It just doesn't get any fresher than this!

This is such a lovely way to spend a Friday or Saturday morning – or Wednesday afternoon. It just doesn’t get any fresher than this!

The Blue Hill Co-op and Café also carries organic and locally grown produce.  Located at Greene’s Hill Place (just around the corner from The Fish Net) their number is 374-2165.  www.bluehill.coop

BH Coop

For a truly large grocery list, we suggest that you go to Shaw’s in Ellsworth – 175 High Street, 207-667-2293.  www.shaws.com

SAME DAY MEDICAL HELP – NON-EMERGENCY

Coastal Family Medicine of Maine: Eastlight Building,  One West Lane, Blue Hill, Maine 04614 (on South Street adjacent to Rite Aid – take right at the rotary from Rte. 15 onto Rte. 172 (South Street) and proceed just beyond Tradewinds and Rite Aid),  207-374-5007, www.coastalfamilymedicineofmaine.com

Brandt Rice, MD – Board Certified, Family Medicine, Care for patients of all ages

Dr. Rice

Coastal Family Medicine is housed in a new, bright building in Blue Hill. Dr. Rice is retired Navy and he and his wife, Annie (who usually answers the phone) settled in Maine to raise their family. They have young children so he is especially good with kids.

THE BLUE HILL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

In the unlikely event that you need a hospital, The Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (Telephone: 374-3400) is only about 8 miles from Kill Kare.  Take a left out of the dirt driveway onto Route 15 North.  Follow Route 15 North into Blue Hill (follow the signs because there will be a turn).  Just beyond the Bar Harbor Savings and Trust Bank in downtown Blue Hill on your right, take a right on to Water Street. The hospital will be down the street on your right.  If Blue Hill can’t take care of your health issue, they will refer you to a larger hospital in Ellsworth – about 15 miles from Blue Hill.  For prescriptions and other medical needs, there is a Rite Aid Drugstore in Blue Hill (374-3563), which is adjacent to Tradewinds Market on South Street.  Monday – Sunday:  8AM – 8 PM.

Blue Hill Hospital:  57 Water Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614; 374-3400, www.bhmh.org

Blue Hill Hospital is only eight miles from Kill Kare.

Blue Hill Hospital is only eight miles from Kill Kare.

MAINE COAST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

This small animal hospital treats cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, gerbils, etc.  163 South Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 374-2385.  As you enter Blue Hill, take a right onto Rte. 172  (South Street) – the first right off the rotary.   Pass Tradewinds market.  MCVH will be on the right.  www.mainecoastvet.com

CHURCH SERVICES

BLUE HILL:

First Congregational Church of Blue Hill,  22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2891, www.bluehillcongochurch.org  10 AM Sunday service.  On the right as you come down the hill into town.  Watch for their concert series, too.

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinkley Ridge Road, Rte. 177, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-5200, www.stfrancisbluehill.org   Go around the rotary to your third exit onto Beech Hill Road.  The church will be on your left two to three miles beyond.

MOUNT DESERT:

www.mdicatholics.com

Holy Redeemer:  Bar Harbor

St. Peter:  Southwest Harbor

St. Ignatius:  Northeast Harbor

Our Lady Star of the Sea:  Islesford

CASTINE:

Trinity Episcopal Church:  142 Perkins Street, Castine, Maine 04421, 207-326-4180

BANGOR:

POST OFFICES

Blue Hill Post Office:  104 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-5667, Monday-Friday:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday:  8:30 AM-11:30 AM.  Last daily collection:  Monday-Friday:  4:15 PM, Saturday:  12 Noon.  Closed Sunday.

Sedgwick Post Office:  47 Reach Road, Sedgwick, Maine 04676, 207-359-2009, Monday-Friday:  7:30 AM-11:30 AM, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Saturday:  7:30 AM-11:15 AM.  Last daily collection:  Monday-Friday:  3:15 PM, Saturday:  11:15 AM.  Closed Sunday.

You can also leave stamped, outgoing mail in our mailbox marked “Larson” at the head of the dirt road before getting onto to Route 15.  Raise the red flag on the box so the mailman will know to pick it up.

FedEx Drop Boxes: 104 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614; outside H&R Block, 270 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

UPS Store:  216 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605, 207-667-7601

BANKS AND ATM’S

Blue Hill will be your best bet for nearby banking:

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust: 21 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine,04614, 207-374-5600, www.bhbt.com

Camden National Bank: 9 Tenney Hill Road, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2707

First National Bank:  1 South Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-288-3341, www.the1st.com

 

CAR TROUBLE?

McVay’s Garage:  Brian McVay, Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2725

Blue Hill Garage:  98 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-5575

 

TAXI SERVICE

Rickshaw Taxi Service:  207-285-0500 – Main number, 207-852-0448 – Reservations, mike@rickshawtaxiservice.comhttp://www.rickshawtaxiservice.com/

“Rickshaw Taxi Service provides transportation to and from the BANGOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to all points in the Northeast. We also pick-up and drop-off at the local Bus terminals when requested. We are fully insured and can travel to any destination in the Northeast including Canada. We have lower Rates than any other service when traveling outside the Metro area. ($70 to Blue Hill, $85 to Brooksville – per the website).  Discover Card, Master Card, Visa and American Express are accepted.” (From their website)

 

The resident bald eagle on Walker Pond. Photo taken by our son, Ben, through the lens of a telescope.