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Carrigan speaks to Bristol Area Lions 10/11/2009

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Bristol Lion Paul Anderson presents Don Carrigan with a certificate of appreciation following a talk on his career.

At their Oct. 5 meeting, the Bristol Area Lions heard from Don Carrigan who is the Midcoast reporter for WCSH-6 news. Carrigan is a native of South Bristol and a 1969 graduate of Lincoln Academy. He also graduated from the University of Maine and began his broadcast career on the radio while in college. He then joined WLBZ-2 television in Bangor as a reporter, anchor and photographer.

Carrigan after being given a quick tour the day before, he opened the studio Saturday to do his first 11:00 o’clock news broadcast and he was the only one there. He worked there for 18 years, eventually becoming the 6 p.m. anchor and news director for WLBZ-2.

He joined the staff of U.S. Sen.Bill Cohen and for three years worked on a variety of issues affecting Maine. In 1994, he returned to broadcasting, becoming Executive Producer of Public Affairs for Maine Public Television. He and joined the News Center for WCSH-6 in 2003 to become the Midcoast reporter for both stations.

Carrigan told the group that he has the second best job in Maine. Bill Green has the best one. They started out together in 1973 when Greene was his studio cameraman in Bangor. The people in Portland told him they never knew so much was happening on the Midcoast; he explained you have to be out there to find it.

Last week he was scooping out hydrilla from Damariscotta Lake and later interviewing the governor in Augusta with wet knees.

News today is very challenging with the number of news sources available and that most people under 35 get their news from the internet, which is not always a creditable source. People need a reliable source to trust that what they are seeing is the truth.

In answer to a question, Carrigan said his cat Togus is gaining more fame than he has.
Nine years old Togus came from a group of 30 cats rescued by Louis Doe’s from a breeder who went out of business.

The Bristol Area Lions meet the first and third Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. However, the next meeting on Oct.19, will start promptly at 6 p.m. at the Carpenters Boat Shop new workshop where they will be shown the facility, boats and some of the many other products they are making. The group will then move to the Willing Workers Hall for dinner and a business meeting.


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