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Bristol Area Lions Distribute Christmas Food Baskets 12/21/2019

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Bristol Area Lions with family and friends prepare to distribute Christmas food baskets. From left: Noah Dawson, Chris Leeman, Norma Leeman, Bill Byrnes, David Kolodin, Bobby Ives, David Ray, Stan Galvin, Walt Johansson, Michael Hope and Craig Leeman. Not shown are Coleen and Tim Leeman.

On Saturday morning Dec. 21, the Bristol Area Lions Club, with family and friends, distributed 43 Christmas food baskets to Bristol and South Bristol homes. Thanks, to the efforts of Bristol Lions Club project manager Michael Hope and Paul Yates of C. E. Reilly & Son Inc. in New Harbor.

Participating in the deliveries were Bristol Lions Bill Byrnes, Brendan Donegan, Michael Hope, Bobby Ives, Walt Johansson, David Kolodin, Chris Leeman and David Ray. The Lions were joined by Noah Dawson, Stan Galvin, Coleen Leeman, Craig Leeman, Norma Leeman and Tim Leeman.

The Lions thank Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta for its donation of canned green beans and containers of gravy. After scholarships, this is the club’s largest donation to the community. The Bristol Area Lions look forward every year to this heartfelt event and wished everyone a merry Christmas.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at Deb’s Bristol Diner, 1267 Bristol Road, Bristol Mills. Dinner will be chicken pot pie, salad, and rolls followed by coffee and brownies. 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 donate to New Harbor Food Pantry 12/11/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope presents the annual donation to Pastor Kelly Harvell of the New Harbor Methodist Church, home of the New Harbor Food Panty. In November, the New Harbor Food Pantry gave out large Thanksgiving boxes to over 40 families in Bristol and South Bristol. Generous donations for them were apples from Biscay Orchard and turkeys from C.E. Reilly & Son. (Photo courtesy of Marissa Nash)

 

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to Bristol Area Library 12/11/2019

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Bristol Area Library Board member Kathleen Riess (left) accepts Bristol Area Lions Foundation’s annual $500 donation from another board member, Lion Mary Jane Smith.

The Bristol Area Lions have been long time supporters of the Bristol Area Library and have recognized the services they provide to the community. Lion Mary Jane Smith donated the building that currently houses the “Book Ends” the library’s used book shop which is manned by a cadre of volunteers.

The library is a site where used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cellphones may be left to help the Lions’ sight and hearing programs.

The Bristol Area Lions will distribute Christmas food baskets on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 in Bristol and South Bristol.

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to Community Energy Fund 11/29/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan (left) presents a check to Community Energy Fund President Todd Maurer in front of the 1812 Farm.

On Friday’ Nov. 22, the Bristol Area Lions Foundation made its annual $500 donation to the Community Energy Fund of Lincoln County.

The Community Energy Fund partners with the 18 towns of Lincoln County to identify those families in need, especially those who do not necessarily qualify for state or federal heating assistance programs. The Community Energy Fund then contacts their local energy supplier to schedule and pay for a delivery. This may be oil, kerosene, electricity, propane or wood.

The fund aided 281 families with $130,338 in heating costs in the last fiscal year, 2017-2018. All the administrative costs are covered by volunteers and businesses donating advertising, printing, and other services.

Last year the Community Energy Fund received a $50,000 gift from the Reny Charitable Foundation, which will enable the fund to expand its work to the repair and replacement of home heating systems.

To help keep one’s neighbors warm, donations can be mailed to the Community Energy Fund of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539.

The Bristol Area Lions will distribute Christmas food baskets on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 in Bristol and South Bristol.

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to Caring for Kids 11/20/2019

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


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$500 to Caring for Kids

The Bristol Area Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Caring for Kids 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. The project also provides older teens and preteens with personal hygiene bags and the aforementioned items, as well as gift cards to local stores so they can purchase items in their style and size.

Over the past 26 years, the project has helped hundreds of local children and families with holiday needs. This has only been possible because of the 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. Donors receive information on each child, such as age, size, and any particular gift requests. Only this information is given to volunteers. Those who know of any child or family that could use services from Caring for Kids should please call 677-3300. All calls are kept confidential.

Anything one can contribute, financially or materially, would be greatly appreciated and help ensure all children in Bristol and South Bristol have a happy holiday. Checks may be payable to Caring for Kids, P.O. Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

To assist not only the Christmas project, but also the Caring for Kids weekend backpack healthy snacks program, 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’s fellowship hall.

Bristol Area Lions donate $2,000 to CHIP 11/14/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope presents a $2,000 donation to CHIP, Inc. Treasurer Susan Glueck. (Photo courtesy Susan Wilson)

The Bristol Area Lions Foundation made its annual donation to CHIP Inc. (Community Housing Improvement Project) in support of its home repair program.
During the past year, CHIP repaired 64 homes in 10 Lincoln County communities at an average cost of $1,322 per household. Neighbors helping neighbors included hundreds of hours of both professional and volunteer time. Funds spent for home repairs included $55,925 for materials and $28,315 for local contractors.
CHIP also assisted 283 families with $86,500 of fuel assistance at an average cost of $329 per household and made 23 firewood deliveries to 15 households.
The Bristol Area Lions encourages others in Lincoln County to donate to CHIP Inc., P.O. Box 6, Newcastle, ME 04553

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to ElderCare Network 10/22/2019

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Executive Director of ElderCare Network, Kathe Cheska accepts a donation from Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer, Michael Hope.

The ElderCare Network (ECN) was founded in 1966 by a small group of people who wanted to improve the lives of older Lincoln county residents, whatever their income, who are unable to live at home, but who do not need nursing home level of care.

ECN provides home-like assisted living for 60 older adults in seven communities in Lincoln County. ECN’s small homes provide care and assistance as needed, private rooms, family-style dining and relaxing, opportunities for activity and engagement, focusing on health and wellness, and a strong connection with people and community that residents call home.

The Lions encourage others to support this 501 (c) (3) organization. To donate, make out a check payable to ElderCare Network and mail it to P.O. Box 652, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

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.

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