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Bristol Area Lions Learn Details on the Pemaquid Saw Mill Acquisition. 11/08/2018

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Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill (left) receives a donation for the project from Bristol Area Lions Treasurer Michael Hope.

On Nov. 5, the Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill explained the historical, and archeological benefits, as well as preserving the important fishway up the Pemaquid River and providing future recreational benefits.  The newly formed group turned to the Damariscotta River Association, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, the Old Bristol Historical Society and archeologist Dr. Neill De Paoli for assistance.

A preliminary inspection by Architectural Resource Conservation concluded that it is a solid building with museum character inside. Much of the inner working of the water powered sawmill still exists including a turbine, early lines, pulleys and numerous belts which ran the sawmill and earlier grist mill and textile mill.   A planner dated 1867 also exists. 

It is the site of an earlier mills dating to the mid-1600’s.  The present mill was built in early to mid-1800s, served by a no longer existing mill pond. This mill originally had straight sawblades and many of the rough sawn boards used inside to form rooms for the various activities are examples of the product.  This was before the advent of circular saw blades.  

Of interest to the club was that at the closing of the mill in 1960, Craig Leeman, father of Bristol Lion Chris Leeman, was working there. Craig and Chris along with family and friends have participated in the distribution of the club’s Christmas food baskets to families served by the New Harbor Food Panty. 

This year’s Christmas food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22 and club members and friends are requested to meet at the loading dock of C.E. Reilly & Son, Inc. in New Harbor at 9:00 a.m. 

Since the success of the acquisition of the mill requires raising another $100,000 by Nov. 30th residents are asked to please donate today by writing a check to the Damariscotta River Association with Campaign for Pemaquid Mill on the memo line.  This may be mailed to DRA at P.O. Box 333, Damariscotta, ME 04543, had delivered to the Bristol town hall, or by debit or credit card online at bit.ly/campaign-for-pemaquid-mill.

For information about pledges over three tax years, obtaining corporate matching funds, gifts of appreciated stock or tax-exempt qualified charitable distributions from retirement plans, contact Deb Suchar at 563-1393.    

Should the acquisition not be completed, contributions will be returned.  

Bristol Area Lions learn about the Maine Center for Economic Policy 10/10/2018

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Lion John Janell (left) thanks the Maine Center for Economic Policy Executive Director, Garrett Martin for his presentation.

On Monday, Oct.1, Maine Center for Economic Policy Executive Director, Garrett Martin explained the function of the MECEP organization.  They provide extensive research data, in many cases by State Senate District and House District on employment and poverty, education, health care, and social safety nets: Social Security, food assistance, and cash public assistance. 

Martin began by citing the $1.9 billion forfeited in Federal funds since 2011, that could have helped protect Mainers’ health and well-being, promote tax fairness, and boost the state’s economy. These funds would have injected up to $700 million into Maine’s economy and supported as many as 4,400 jobs annually. Maine even turned away Federal funding for screening and testing for colorectal cancer which did not require any State funds. 

The minimum wage increase in 2017 from $7.50 to $9.00 per hour boosted paychecks for the lowest-income Mainers by 10% and cut child poverty rate from 17% on 2016 to 13% in 2017 or from 43,000 to   33,000 children. Some studies showed that an increase in minimum wage may cut working hours, but that did not happen in Maine in either workers with no high school diploma nor those with no college qualifications.

The Maine Legislature has enacted a tax package in response to the federal tax overhaul signed into law in December.   The Republican package, to replicate the Federal tax plan would benefit the wealthy and profitable businesses, would cost $89.5 million for the next 2-year budget cycle.  The Democratic tax plan, expanded tax credits for low-and middle-income working families and increased property relief for homeowners and renters, would cost $51.5 million.  Neither side was able to muster the votes needed by the time the Legislature adjourned in May. The tax policy approved by the Legislature on August 30 is the result of negotiations that took place in the interim and only cost the state $26.8 million in lost tax revenue for the two-year budget cycle. 

The compromise law preserved the personal exemption of $4,150 per household member. The new standard deduction amounts for 2018 have increased to $12,000 for individuals and married couples filing separately, $18,000 for heads of household and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly and surviving spouses. For people age 65 and over an additional standard deduction of $1,600 for singles and $1,300 for each spouse in a married couple. Maine’s three personal income tax brackets of 5.8%, 6.75% and 7.15% remain unchanged. 

The law also increases the state’s property tax fairness credit, from $900 to $1,2000 for residents age 65 and over. Most of the benefit from this expansion will go to Maine households with income in the bottom one-fifth.  According to Martin, “The compromise is a win for Mainers who believe the state should chart its own course regarding tax policy.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Phil Averill who will explain the Pemaquid saw mill preservation project.  Dinner will be mac & cheese with ham, salad, and rolls, followed by chocolate cake and coffee. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Johansson gets 40-year Lions Service Award 10/04/2018

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Maine 1st Vice-District Governor Tia Knapp (left) thanks Bristol Area Lion Walt Johansson for his years of service.

At their most recent meeting, Bristol Area Lion Walt Johansson received his 40-year chevron from Maine 1st Vice-District Governor Tia Knapp.  Johansson’s award understated the years he had been a member, as he first joined in 1971 when he moved to Bristol, then after three years, he dropped out to serve as youth minister at his church and as Boy Scout Troop #228 scoutmaster, since he was still working at that time.   After four years, he rejoined the club in 1978. 

Johansson at 85, is the club’s oldest member, and its top raffle ticket salesman.  He goes door-to- door walking down the long roads and driveways off Pemaquid Harbor Road. His sales were over $1,000 and accounted for a third of the total proceeds. 

Johansson is a past-president of the Bristol Area Lions, currently serves as the membership chairman, and oversees the maintenance of the Willing Workers Hall which the club owns.    


Bristol Lions Golf Tournament Prize is New Jeep Cherokee 09/24/2018

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Photo caption: Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan (left) stands with Newcastle Chrysler President Randy Miller. Newcastle Chrysler is offering a 2018 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for a hole-in one on the third hole in the Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament.

Newcastle Chrysler will offer a 2018 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for hitting a hole-in-one on the third hole at the tenth Annual Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament at the Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole on Saturday, Sept. 1, with a rain date of Sept. 2. 

Registration forms are available at Wawenock Golf Club or may be emailed by request by calling John Janell at 563-7402 or e-mailing janell@tidewater.net.  The cost is $45 per person for nine holes, and includes a cart and lunch. The lunch will be lobster with corn on the cob, potato salad and coleslaw with a roll.   Burger are available for those who do not eat lobster.

Other prizes are for the first and second low gross team and low net team, closest to the pin, longest drive, closest to the lobster trap, closest to the train, and a Wawenock golf membership for next year for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. 

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and tee time is 9 p.m. with a scramble/shotgun start. Teams of four are encouraged, but single players will be assigned to teams. 

Proceeds from the tournament will be used for the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Fund and to provide funding to other local charities, such as C.H.I.P. Inc., Round Pond Green, Caring for Kids, and other local charities.  This year the club awarded five $2,500 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates.     

“Upwards” Author Shares Adventure with Bristol Area Lions Club 09/19/2018

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northern trail

On Monday, Sept.17, Laurie Apgar Chandler of Bremen, spoke about her 740-mile long paddle of the Northern Forest Trail to the Bristol Area Lions Club. Chandler holds degrees in Biology and Forestry from Albright College and Duke University and worked for many years as a research forester. 

Her love for wilderness paddling in a kayak blossomed at age 40 when she moved to Maine with her two children. In 2011, she made her first long distance trip as a fundraiser and called it “Paddle for Hope” when she paddled across Maine.     

In 2015, she was the first female to solo thru-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail stretching from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine at age 53. The trip took 53 days, including one day of rest, with a short portion going into Quebec and back into Vermont. The trail was mostly upstream until it entered Maine. 

At one-point Chandler capsized and her canoe was caught in a strainer, in this case a tree lying in the river. This was the only point along the trail where she nearly had to abandon her trek.  Luckily with a lot of effort and some prayer she was able to free the canoe. 

Asked if she ever got lonely, she admitted that at times she did, but the natural beauty around her and the friends she made along the way greatly outweighed any occasional loneliness that she felt. Chandler tells the whole story in her book “Upwards” available at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

At the business meeting that followed the club voted to go to only one meeting a month. The first Monday, unless it is a holiday and then it will be the third Monday. 

The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Garrett Martin, executive director of Maine Center for Economic Policy.  To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Raffle Winners 09/12/2018

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark A. Bridgham prepares to draw the winning Bristol Area Lions Club raffle tickets at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Star ticket salesman Lion Walt Johansson closely watches.

The Bristol Area Lions Club held its Labor Day raffle drawing, concluding its summer-long fundraising effort selling raffle tickets in front of C.E. Reilly & Son market on Saturdays.  Sgt. Mark A. Bridgham of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office picked the winning tickets.

The first prize, a $250 L.L. Bean gift card, was awarded to Alex Vise, of Boothbay Harbor. The second prize, a dozen lobsters courtesy of Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, went to Julia Ireland, of Pemaquid Harbor. Mary Maroney, of Pemaquid, won the third prize, a $50 gift card for The Anchor restaurant. 

The Bristol Area Lions Club acknowledged 85-year old Lion Walt Johansson, who sold over $1,000 worth of tickets by walking up and down the driveways and roads off Pemaquid Harbor Road.  He sold two of the winning tickets this year. 

Raffle ticket chairman King Lion Brendan Donegan scheduled volunteers and set up and removed the sales table each Saturday.    

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament Results 09/04/2018

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The Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament trophy winners for longest drive on the seventh hole Brady Leeman (left) and closest to the pin on the eighth hole Brandan Kelsey.

The tenth annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation Golf Tournament was held Sept.1 at Wawenock Golf Club. The day started out cool, but quickly warmed up as did the enthusiastic golfers. 

No one won the 2018 Jeep Cherokee from Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the prize for a hole-in-one on the par-three third hole, nor the 2018 Wawenock Golf Club membership for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. 

The Lions are grateful for all the guidance from Wawenock Golf Club General Manager Paul Richmond, and staff Linda Cosgrove and R. J. Ochs for making the tournament successful.  Also, thanks go to Chef Jason Corley for cooking the donated lobsters or burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad and coleslaw.  R.J. Ochs compiled the scores and announced the winners.

Winners include Bob Cain for closest to the lobster trap; Brady Leeman had the longest drive o the seventh hole, Brandan Kelsey for closest to the pin on the eighth hole; and Phil Taylor was the closest to the train.

The first low gross winners at the event were the Brett Cowan team which included Mitchell Cummings, Travis Creamer, and Brady Leeman.  First net winners were the Tim Leeman team with Brandon Kelsey, Matt Leeman, and Bobby Campbell. 

The second low gross winners were the Pete Farrell team with Joe Keller, Lou Gross, and P.J. Arsenault.

Second net team winners were the Chris Leeman team with Scott Banks, Doug Davis, and Jay Bryant. 

Tournament proceeds will benefit the Bristol Area Lions Foundation scholarship fund, and local charities. .    

Bristol Area Lions meeting dedicated to AI Rottner 06/20/2018

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Bristol Lions 2011 Raffle Drawing

Lion AI Rattner watches Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office draw the 
winning raffle tickets on Labor Day, 2011.

The Bristol Area Lions Club met on Monday, June 18 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Four of the five $2,500 scholarship winners with a parent or guest were dinner guests, sponsored by individual club members. 

The gathering enjoyed appetizers before the meeting. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance, the Lions prayer and the Lions toast. Dinner was served by Deb’s Bristol Diner consisting of a tossed salad, roast pork, mashed potato and gravy, green beans, and bread followed by native strawberry shortcake on Deb’s biscuits and coffee 

After dinner the club’s parliamentarian, Bill Byrnes, paid homage to the memory of Lion AI Rottner who died on Oct. 28, 2017 at age 91 at Coves Edge Long-Term Care facility. He had been a club president, vice-president and secretary and was the Willing Workers Hall caretaker, raffle ticket chairman, flea market chairman and an active participant in all the club’s service projects and fundraising activities. Rottner set up the tables and chairs and replenished supplies before each meeting. When he was admitted to Coves Edge he was asked if he wanted to continue his membership and he replied: “Once a
Lion, always a Lion.” 

A few years later Rottner was joined at Coves Edge by his friend AI Sears. While they were both in wheelchairs sitting at a table in the dining room, Bill Byrnes came up behind them, not knowing he was there or who he was, he said: “Where Lions meet, be present Lord, and they replied in unison “Weld all our hearts in one accord. To do thy will Lord, make us strong. To help the weak and right the wrong. (The Lions Prayer.) 

Byrnes concluded by reading a note from Jeanne Rotter, who thanked the Club for their invitation to dinner and expressed her regrets for not being able to attend. She wished the best for Hannah Corson who was awarded the first AI Rottner Memorial Vocational Scholarship. 

The meeting concluded with the scholarship winners thanking the Lions and telling the club of their future plans. Logan Eckel, the winner of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship, will attend Cornell University and major in applied economics and pursue a career in business. Khloe Poland, the winner of the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship, will attend Husson University, major in health science and a pre- med track and is considering a career in Radiology. Jacob Maker, the winner of the Bristol Area Lions
Foundation Scholarship, will attend Norwich University, major in history with the goal of becoming an 

officer in the United States Air Force. Hannah Corson, will major in the fire science program at Southern Maine Community College with the goal of helping younger members who join the Bristol Fire and Rescue squad. Ashly Eugley, the winner of the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship, was not able to attend, she will major in environmental science at Bard College. 

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584

Hope gets 35-year Lions Service Award 06/13/2018

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Bristol Area Lion Michael Hope (left) receives 35-year chevron from Maine District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson.

At a recent meeting Bristol Area Lions Club Treasurer received his 35-year chevron from Maine District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson.  In addition to his duties as treasurer, he chairs the club’s finance committee and scholarship committee. Hope has been awarding scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates for 32 years.  He also coordinates the annual Christmas food basket distribution. 

Hope’s other activities include Treasurer, New Harbor Methodist Church, a member of the Board of Directors of the Eldercare Network, which includes Round Pond Green, and he uses his career experience working in housing to help assess and plan housing repair projects for C.H.I.P. Inc., the community housing improvement projects non-profit. He embodies the Lions motto of “We Serve”.

Bristol Area Lions hear about Labrador cruise 06/06/2018

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At the meeting on Monday, June 4 at the Willing Workers Hall, the Bristol Area Lions Club enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, and salad followed by chocolate cake and coffee served by caterer Deb Thibault, of Deb’s Bristol Diner.  After dinner, former Lion and chief design engineer with Hodgdon Yachts, Walter Wales showed photos of his 2008 trip to Labrador crewing on a friend’s yacht. Serafina and Darrin Carlucci from the Carpenters Boat Shop were also part of the six-person crew. 

The boat was a 46-foot ocean racing sloop built in Denmark named “Elksok”, a Danish name meaning lots of loving. A wooden vessel that had a double planked mahogany-over-cedar hull. It had made several Atlantic crossings and a trip to Greenland.     

The voyage began in July at Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, departing from the Bras d’Or Lake and crossing the Cabot Straight to St. John’s at the southeastern end of Newfoundland for their first stop.

The cruise than proceeded north to Labrador and up the coast to the deserted fishing village of Smokey Pickle. Anchoring off was difficult due to the rocky bottom, finally a proper anchorage was found.  Taking a dinghy ashore they found houses with boots just left on the floor. Houses had wooden sills extending out so they could be weighted down with rocks around the perimeter protecting them from harsh  winter winds. A dory was abandoned on a dock. 

The crew searched for waterfalls coming off the mountains to provide fresh water, to refill their 175- gallon tank.  Wales showed photos of polar bears, black bears and caribou seen on the shore. There are no glaciers in Labrador, but icebergs from glaciers calving in Greenland flow south.   A small iceberg was chipped and 10,000-year old ice cubes were served with drinks that night. 

Proceeding north they came to Nain, a large settlement with a population of approximately 400 of mainly Inuit. They spoke both English and Inuit. If they see a seal it is shot to provide food. A coastal ship arrives about every two to three weeks and there is an airport.  There were snowmobiles and dog sleds. 

Unfortunately, Wales had to leave the cruise at that point.  After his talk, he passed around a whale carved out of the local green granite which he purchased in Nain for $100.   

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 18 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor.  This will be our annual meeting and our five scholarship winners and a parent will be guests along with spouses and friends. The meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Al Rottner. 

Dinner will be roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, with fresh green beans, applesauce, and salad followed by strawberry shortcake with home-made whipped cream. To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call John Janell at 563-7402.  To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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