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Leeman earns 10-year Lions service award 06/11/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan (left) presents a 10-year service chevron to Lion Chris Leeman.

At the Bristol Area Lions Club meeting on April 1, Lion Chris Leeman received his 10-year chevron from Club President Brendan Donegan.

Leeman’s service is notable in that he and his family maintain the parking lot, landscaping and lawn at the club’s Willing Workers Hall. The Leeman family and friends help distribute the club’s Christmas Food Baskets. Leeman is a Platinum Golf Tournament sponsor and fields three foursomes at the club’s annual event.

He and his wife Heather do business as Chris Leeman, Contractor and Maine Home Networking Inc. located in New Harbor.

Bristol Area Lions award $12,500 in Scholarships 06/06/2019

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Scholarship recipients from left: Aspen Dyer, William Shaffer, Jenna Gilbert, Jayden Gilbert, and Christopher Burrows with Bristol Area Lions Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope. (Photo courtesy Jenny Mayer)

The Bristol Area Lions Club congratulates five outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2019 who were each awarded $2,500 scholarships on Class Day, Tuesday, June 4, from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to recognize scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service.

Aspen Dyer, of Bristol, was the 34th recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. She plans a major in biology with a minor in neuroscience/animal science at Davidson College. Among Dyer’s achievements are: president of the Young Women’s Club, softball team manager, officer of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Sigma Chi, mentor of Unified Sports and of Freshmen Mentors and Ambassadors, member of the Interact Club and of Muddy Mustangs 4-H, kennel attendant at Haggett Hill Kennels, and sales clerk at the Granite Hall store.

Honors received by Dyer include Spanish Excellence, AP Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Award, National Honor Society, Eagle Award, and Ekls Most Valuable Student. Her community services include raising money for cancer patients and low-income families, assisting the elderly, a local food pantry, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, suicide awareness, a refugee center, a local animal shelter, and collecting crutches for polio patients.

William Shaffer, of New Harbor, received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. He plans a major in economics at Vassar College. Among his achievements are: captain of the soccer team, vice president of the Ambassadors Club, National Honor Society, freshman mentor, mentor and counselor at Kieve-Wavus, sailing counselor at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, teacher and mentor at LA China Institute, co-founder and president of the Lincoln Area Community Fundraising Organization, a group that has raised thousands over the past three years for local charities. He has also worked for the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, and volunteered for the National Honor Society and the Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup.

Jenna Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She plans majoring in nursing at Husson University. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball, dietary aide, nanny, and ice cream scooper. Her volunteer work includes food drives and fundraising that support local efforts, such as creating Thanksgiving baskets for the needy and planting Arbor Day saplings around the baseball field at Lincoln Academy.

Jayden Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Al Rottner Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Husson University, majoring in nursing. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball. Gilbert’s work experience includes Schooner Cove Retirement Community and Round Top Ice Cream. Her volunteer work through the Interact Club has involved fundraising and various activities such as bake sales for toys donated to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and raffles to help families in need.

Christopher Burrow, of New Harbor, received the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship. He will major in woodwind performance at New York Institute. He excelled scholastically with six Advanced Placement courses and eight honors courses.

Burrow is a member of the Lincoln Academy jazz band, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble Orchestra, the Seacoast Community Orchestra, and the Bowdoin Concert Band. He has been accepted three times to the Honors Band and the Maine Music Educators Association All-State Band. Twice he has been a member of the Sousa National Honors Band and a pit member of the orchestra for Lincoln Academy musical productions. He participated in a summer program for the New York University Broadway Winds group.

Burrow is the high school representative of Healthy Lincoln County. He has been an entry-level teaching assistant and participated in a community service trip to Haiti through Maine Music Outreach, where he taught Haitians to play musical instruments.

The Bristol Area Lions Club has awarded 75 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduating seniors from Bristol and South Bristol in the past 34 years. For more information about the nonprofit Bristol Area Lions Foundation, contact Michael Hope at 677-2193.

Bristol Lions Induct Three New Members 05/15/2019

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From left: Club Parliamentarian Bill Byrnes inducted three new members: Bob Ives, Mary Jane and Buck Smith, with their sponsor, John Janell.

At the May 6, meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, Parliamentarian Bill Byrnes inducted three new members: Bob Ives, Buck and Mary Jane Smith, our first husband-wife members.

At the meeting Mary Jane Smith and Ives were nominated as vice presidents and will co-chair speaker coordination, obtaining interesting speakers for our meetings. Ives was appointed to the scholarship committee and David Ray to the finance committee.

David Kolodin reported that our Speak Out winner, Liam Cullina, also won the regional contest and went onto the District or Statewide contest and won second prize.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club is on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Our speaker will be Jess Breithaupt, Project Coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County. She will speak about preventing drug abuse and recently spoke to students at the Bristol Consolidated School.

The meal will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and cookies prepared by our caterer Deb Thibault of Deb’s Bristol Diner. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584, or like the club on Facebook.

Bristol Area Lions Donate $500 to Bristol Area Library 04/17/2019

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Lion Mary Jane Smith (left) presents Bristol Area Lions Foundation’s annual donation to the President of the Bristol Area Library Carol Jaeger. The Bristol Area Lions recognized the service the library provides to the community and increased their gift from $300 to $500. The library is a site where used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones may be left to help the Lions sight and hearing programs

Bristol Area Lions Rev. Robert Ives and Louds Island 02/14/2019

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Lions John Janell (left) thanks Rev. Robert “Bobby” Ives for relating the history of Louds Island and his experience living there.

 At the Bristol Area Lions meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, Rev. Robert “Bobby” Ives, related the early history of Louds Island and his experience as a summer minister and resident. 

The three-mile long island was originally named Muscongus Island until it was renamed by a cartographer in Washington D.C. who was a descendant of William Loud. It was also called Samoset’s Island as the Indian Samoset was said to be born there, lived there and is buried there.  Samoset had learned English from the early fishermen and greeted the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621.  

Although there were many fishing stations on Matinicus, Monhegan, and Damariscove in the early 1600’s, Muscongus was the first to sustain habitation by European settlers.  Samoset sold Muscongus Island to John Brown and a deed was registered in York County in 1652.    

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Louds Island was a thriving farming and fishing community with two stores. The Carter store had a dance hall on the second floor and later housed the first post office.  A Boston Steamer stopped at Louds Island and provided stock for the stores which served nearby islands and the villages of Bristol as it was easier to go by boat to Louds than take a horse and wagon up to Damariscotta. 

While serving as a teacher and minister on Monhegan, Ives was asked by the Maine Seacoast Mission to serve as a summer minister on Louds Island in 1975.  The original Louds Island church was built in 1913-14, from the lumber of the Malaga Island Schoolhouse after its residents were sadly removed from that island and relocated to the “Pineland Home for the Feebleminded”. 

Lettie Prior came onto the island in 1904 and taught school there until 1941.  She later served as Post Mistress.  Her son Cecil Prior used to row over to deliver and collect the mail at Round Pond. The early school house was closed in 1962 as it had only seven students and the state had ruled that a school must have a minimum of ten students. 

When Ives arrived on the island in 1974 as the summer minister, the church needed to be repainted. He and his late wife Ruth painted it that summer while listening to the Watergate hearings on the radio.  

That summer they became interested in becoming residents of Louds, and approached Edward Poland and Hilda Libby about purchasing property. In 1975, they bought Hilda Libby’s house and four acres., and moved full-time onto the island from 1975-77.  During that time the Ives made a living by lobstering, carpentering, building boats, and serving the Sheepscot Village church each Sunday. 

On Dec. 28, 1976, Ives agreed to help a friend move his gear onto Louds Island in his lobster boat. It was 5 p.m. 10 degrees, snowing with 25-28 mph winds.  As they rounded the south end of Bar Island with the waves hitting them broadside they were pushed off course.  At one point a wave lifted them 6-8 feet high and dropped them on a ledge. It opened a hole in their boat 3 feet in size.  The seas came rushing in, and drowned the engine in 5-6 minutes. Then a wave lifted them and nearly capsized their vessel on top of them, so they abandoned the boat and went into the freezing seas.  Just before Ives went overboard, the words of an old Gospel hymn came to mind “Lord plant my feet on higher ground”. He wasn’t sure whether the good Lord heard him, or whether it was the waves that were out of the south-east, but both men were washed up on the south end of Louds Island beaten, bruised and bloodied, but still alive.

In 1977, he was asked by the Bishop of the United Methodist Church to be the interim minister at the New Harbor and Round Pond Churches. They accepted the invitation, and eventually moved to the mainland. Ruth’s mother was relieved as she was six months pregnant at the time.  

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions is the annual Speak Out on Mar.4 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church, catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner. The meal will be veggie lasagna, salad, and garlic bread, followed by cookies and coffee. Student contestants and one family member or friend will be dinner guests sponsored by members of the club. 

Six members of the debate team from Lincoln Academy will speaking on a topic of their choice for approximately five minutes using a minimum of notes. 

To make dinner reservations, please 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 support ElderCare Network 01/12/2019

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Round Pond Green Manager Jessica Leeman accepts the annual donation from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation from Lion Walt Johansson.

ElderCare Network of Lincoln County is a not-for-profit organization founded 20 years ago by a small group of people who wanted to make more and better housing options available to frail elders in this rural mid-coast Maine county.  While private assisted living developments abound along Maine’s coastline, Lincoln County totally lacked options for resident unable to afford private assisted living until ElderCare Network opened its first residential care facility in 1998.

ElderCare Network provides home-like assisted living for 60 older adults on fixed incomes in seven communities in Lincoln County: Boothbay, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Jefferson, Round Pond, Waldoboro and Wiscasset. Their small homes provide care and assistance as needed, private rooms, family-style dining and relaxing, opportunities for activity and engagement, an emphasis on self-managing personal health, and a strong connection with people and community that residents call home.

You can help support their programs by sending a tax-deductible check to ElderCare Network of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 62, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  

Bristol Area Lions donate $2,000 to CHIP 12/26/2018

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The Bristol Area Lions Foundation make an annual donation to CHIP Inc. (Community Housing Improvement Project) in support of basic and often emergency housing repairs that are needed by area residents unable to afford them without help.

 During the past year, CHIP was able to answer 271 requests for fuel and make repairs to 71 homes. The repair projects included 10 steps or exits,14 roofs,10 window projects,13 door projects, seven floor repairs, 10 ramps, 10 skirtings, seven chimney/heating projects, three insulation projects and 12 plumbing and electrical projects. Funds for these repairs exceeded $100,000.

Close to 200 people volunteered during the year, including 60 volunteers from Basking Ridge who repaired 9 homes, 100 volunteered for Community Cares Day, including students from Lincoln Academy and Medomak Valley High School,  repaired 10 homes, and a group of highly skilled volunteers, called “the regulars”, who repaired 22 homes. 

The Bristol Area Lions would like to encourage others in Lincoln County to donate to CHIP Inc., PO Box 6, Newcastle, ME. 04553.

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 To Caring for Kids 12/15/2018

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Bristol Area Lion Bill Byrnes presents the Bristol Area Lions Foundation donation to Caring for Kids President and Executive Director Jenny Pendleton.

 The Bristol Area Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Caring for Kids Christmas Project. This year they are celebrating their 25th year of the Christmas Project.  Each year the project has provided Bristol and South Bristol children with full sets of winter gear, complete outfits, books, toys and much more.  They also provide older teens and pre-teens with personal hygiene bags and the above items, as well as gift cards to local stores so they can purchase items in their style and size. As we are nearing the holiday season once again, it’s time to reach out to the two communities to help ensure these children have a very happy holiday! 

Over the past 25 years the project has helped hundreds of local children/families with holiday needs.  This has only been possible because of their wonderful supporters that believe in helping the community.  Groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to adopt a child or a whole family to shop for.  Caring for Kids keeps everything confidential, names are never given out. Each family is assigned a number, and they receive information on each child, such as age, size, and any particular gift requests. Only this information is given to volunteers.  Anything you can donate, create, or provide for this project is greatly appreciated.  

Anything one can contribute, financially or materialistic, would be greatly appreciated and help ensure all children in Bristol and South Bristol have a happy holiday. Checks may be mailed to Caring for Kids, P. O. Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554. Donations of clean used clothing in good condition may be dropped off Monday or Saturday at the Once Again Shop located downstairs in the Congregational Church of Bristol Fellowship Hall. Caring for Kids is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. 

If you know of any child or family that could uses services from Caring for Kids, please call 677-3300.  All calls are kept confidential.    

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to Community Energy Fund 12/05/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan (left) presents a check to Community Energy Fund President Todd Maurer.

The Bristol Area Lions Foundation recently made its annual donation to the Community Energy Fund. Recognizing the importance of this Fund, the Lions increased their annual donation to $500. The Community Energy Fund partners with the towns of Lincoln County to identify families need, especially those not served by assistance programs.  Residents should contact their town offices for assistance, in Bristol call 563-5273 and in South Bristol call 563-1798. The Community Energy Fund then contacts their local energy supplier to schedule and pay for a delivery.  

All the administrative costs are covered by volunteers and businesses donating advertising, printing, etc.  Every dollar donated is spent on providing energy needs. To help keep neighbors warm, one should please make a personal donation to this 501 (‘c) (3) organization with a check to:  Community Energy Fund, P.O. Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539.  

The Bristol Area Lions will distribute Christmas food baskets on Saturday morning, Dec. 22 in Bristol and South Bristol.  

New Harbor Food Pantry Donation 11/21/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope presents the annual donation to the Director of the New Harbor Food Pantry Donna Hart. The New Harbor Food Pantry recently gave out over 100 boxes of food to 50 families in their service area of Bristol and South Bristol. Bristol Area Lions encourage others to donate to the New Harbor Food Pantry, P.O. Box 100, New Harbor, ME 04554

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