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Is Medically Assisted Dying a Right To Enshrine Or a Wrong To Forbid in Law?

January 13, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Havana Restaurant, Bar Harbor

Our Coffee Clash series returns in person at Havana in Bar Harbor.

Join us for a lively discussion along with coffee, tea, buns, and muffins. The cost is $10 per person payable in cash or check at the door.

The discussion will also be available on Zoom.

We all die. Should we each be able to choose when and how to receive medical assistance if we choose? Most of us are of an age when we now think about our endings. Sadly, many of us have witnessed loved ones die in long, painful, and sometimes degrading and expensive passages. We were taught reverence for life in church, school, or family. What does that mean for us now, as elders?

Medically assisted dying is a choice open to citizens in many states, including Maine. One must be judged to have six months or less to live by two doctors. But how should our society regard that choice? As an ethical and moral challenge or as a right to exercise within the bounds of love and community? The means of medically assisted dying are not simple but are enshrined in law in several states. What should our society say about this possible passage out?

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This event is open to the public. Masks are required at all times while indoors, except while eating or drinking. The cost to attend in person at Havana is $10 per person which includes coffee, tea, and pastries.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the discussion starts at 9:00 a.m.


Cookie Horner is a retired registered nurse. She has been a volunteer in palliative care and hospice for the past 16 years, following her career in Labor and Delivery at MDI Hospital and later as the MDIHS school nurse. She is a member of the Palliative care advisory at MDI hospital. For the past ten years, she has been teaching classes on end-of-life issues in Senior College courses, at local libraries and churches, and at the College of the Atlantic. She has also hosted several Death Cafes on MDI and in Ellsworth. She recently became certified as an End-of-Life Doula through the University of Vermont Medical School.

Art Blank served as President/CEO of MDI Hospital from 1999 until his retirement at the end of 2020.  He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University, Art’s professional training and background was in Finance working in Maine since 1976 as a Certified Public Accountant and CFO of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor among other roles prior to coming to MDI. Art is a past Board Chair of the Maine Hospital Association and currently serves as Chair of the MDI YMCA Board, and is a member of the Board of Healthy Acadia and the Maine Rural Health Network.


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Is Medically Assisted Dying a Right To Enshrine Or a Wrong To Forbid in Law?

Can and Should We Manage Growing Congestion of Mount Desert Island?

February 10, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Havana Restaurant, Bar Harbor

Join us for a lively discussion along with coffee, tea, buns, and muffins. The cost is $10 per person payable in cash or check at the door.

The discussion will also be offered by Zoom.

Our beloved 110-square-mile island, deeply blessed by nature, has long been valued by many, from natives to summer colonists to day tourists. Within the 500-mile radius from Cadillac are 100 million souls and as many autos. Our Acadia National Park now hosts more than three million visits each year. Cruise ships land thousands on many days. Diverse users contend for space in our bounding bays. Most waterfront is privately held. Many who would live here cannot. Employers would hire more but do not because there are no beds. What to do?

Should be have faith that markets will temper these tensions in the best ways possible and let that magic work? Or should our citizens, businesses, organizations, and governments envision and enable a desirable future in which we shape island life through regulations that reduce congestion and create the healthy community we desire?

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This event is open to the public. The cost to attend in person at Havana is $10 per person which includes coffee, tea, and pastries.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the discussion starts at 9:00 a.m.


Evan Richert is the retired owner of Richert Planning, a town and regional land use planning consulting firm. He worked with public and private clients in Northern New England on planning and development projects that ranged from neighborhoods to regions, including as consulting planner to the Town of Orono. From 1995 to 2002 he was Director of the State Planning Office under Gov. Angus King. Prior to that he was co-owner of Market Decisions, Inc., a market research and planning company, and Planning Director for the City of South Portland. 

He serves on the boards of directors of UpStart Maine, Inc. (a coalition of entrepreneur support programs in the Bangor Region), and two business incubators in the Bangor Region; and is an emeritus board member of GrowSmart Maine.

Born in Bar Harbor, Eben Salvatore is a 9th generation Mainer. He is a direct descendent of the Pineo family, a well known Bar Harbor family from the late 1880's. Eben has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He has also been a Board member of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, and has a long history of advocating for the business community in Bar Harbor. Currently, he also sits on the YMCA Board, is a member of the Cruise Ship Committee, is a member of the Parking Solutions Task Force, and is Chair of the Business Round Table. He was also recently elected to the Warrant Committee, a position he has held previously.

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Can and Should We Manage Growing Congestion of Mount Desert Island?