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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 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

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 Donate $500 to Caring for Kids 11/09/2017

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Bristol Area Lion David Kolodin presents the Bristol Area Lions Foundation donation to Caring for Kids President and Executive Director Jenny Pendleton. (Photo courtesy of Kylie Pendleton)

The Caring for Kids Christmas Project provides children with winter gear, new outfits, socks, undergarments, hats, mittens, books and TOYS! Older teens will receive some of these items and gift cards to local stores so they can purchase items in their style and size.

This program began in 1992 to help local children in Bristol and South Bristol stay warm and provide for their holiday needs. Please call 677-3300 if you are aware of a child or family that may need their support. This information is kept confidential and only an assigned number, sizes, and ages, etc. are given out to others.

A snack pack program was started in 2010. It provides juice, fresh fruit or veggies and 5-6 pre-packaged snacks every weekend to Bristol and South Bristol students that are already receiving free or reduced- price breakfast/lunch at school. These are packed by an all-volunteer organization with 8-10 turning out each week to assemble the snack packs.

The programs are funded by donations, grants, and proceeds from the Once Again Shop, a thrift shop located downstairs at the Congregational Church of Bristol Fellowship Hall. Donations of clean clothing in good condition may be dropped off Monday, Thursday or Friday mornings.

You can help make a local kid have a happy Christmas with a personal donation to help this 501 C (3) with their mission, please mail your check to: Caring for Kids, P.O. Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554.

To learn more about this worthwhile all-volunteer organization visit their website: caringforkidsinbristol.org. or find Caring for Kids on Facebook.

LincolnHealth President addresses Bristol Lions 10/06/2017

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From left: Bristol Area Lions Club Secretary John Janell thanks LincolnHealth President Jim Donovan and presents him with $1,000 donation from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation toward The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center. Standing with them Roberta and Lion Herbert Watson.

On Monday, Oct. 2, LincolnHealth President Jim Donovan detailed the plans and progress on The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

The plans began with a Master Plan in 2010 reviewing the Miles campus buildings associated with the hospital: the Webster Van Winkle Medical Building, the Miles Professional Building, the Women’s Center and the Dorothy B. White Orthopedic Center. All of them were originally built for another purpose and will be consolidated into the new Health Center.

A major renovation or new construction was considered in 2012, and it became apparent a new building was needed. A new building would be built without incurring any additional debt — a 16,560-square foot building on the site of the current Women’s Center for approximately $13.7 million. The hospital began saving funds for the project and accumulated $9.7 million.

This left $4 million to be raised with a capital fund drive. The quiet phase, soliciting businesses and major donors, is now winding down and amounted to $3.3 million. This leaves $700 thousand to be raised over the course of the year from the public with The Cornerstone Campaign before the building is completed. Construction began this year with a target of cutting the ribbon on the new building in July, 2018.

Currently, the building looks like and erector set with the steel beams placed with a large crane. Although test borings of the site indicated ledge, common in this area, only Volkswagen-size rocks were found. One neighboring Schooner Cove resident complained, as he was looking forward to the blasting.

The building will have no private doctor’s offices with a wall of certifications, instead the doctor will use the next available consulting room to meet with patients. The approach will be patient-centered with a team working with each doctor.

The building is named “The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center,” after two longtime volunteers; Roberta said she wants it to honor all volunteers doing work throughout the area.

The Bristol Area Lions Club is honored to have Herbert as a member, as he embodies the Lions Club motto: “We Serve.”

At their previous meeting the club had voted to donate $1,000 to the campaign from a balance carried forward from prior years. This will not affect current funds raised this summer to support the club’s many annual charitable activities. The Bristol Area Lions Foundation has significant endowments which are restricted to providing annual scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates residing in Bristol and South Bristol.

The next club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be WCSH 6 news reporter Don Carrigan whose topic is “Goings-on at the State House”.

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 Lions add to CHIP Donation 05/09/2017

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CHIP, Inc. President David Ray receives an additional $400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer. 

The Bristol Area Lions responded to the CHIP plea for financial assistance in an ad in the Lincoln County News (3/16/17) “CHIP Inc. Is Out of Funds!” The Lions voted to donate an additional $400 to increase their annual donation to $2,000.

CHIP had used all of their funds and there still remain a number of home repairs that are in urgent need.

80% of the CHIP income is from donations from individuals and it is hoped that others who have already donated will send an additional donation to fund these repairs.

In addition to the club donation, several Lions have added to their own donations. All donations are appreciated and no donation is too large or too small.

Please consider an additional donation to CHIP Inc., P.O. Box 6, Newcastle, ME 04553.

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