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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 Learn About Treating Malaria in Sumbawa 11/08/2017

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Bristol Area Lion David Kolodin (left) thanks Health Access Sumbawa, Inc. President Jack Kennedy for reviewing his involvement with treating malaria.

On Monday, Nov.6, the Bristol Area Lions heard from local realtor Jack Kennedy on his involvement with malaria and a small island in Indonesia. Kennedy was on vacation in Bali, Indonesia when he joined a friend for an adventure, traveling for an hour in a small open boat to Sumbawa Island.

There they found remote coastal villages in a roadless region living self-sufficient lives with no running water, no toilets, no shops and no regular access to health services. Malnutrition is a problem during the long dry season, and many suffer repeated bouts of malaria during the rainy season. About 20% die by the age of 12 or are severely disabled.

When Kennedy returned to Bali he flew home and within 10 days he had chills and a temperature of 103 degrees. Within an hour after hearing where he had been, Lincoln Health – Miles had it diagnosed and it wasn’t the recurring type of malaria and with proper medication is cured.

Kennedy realized that the people of Sumbawa were not as fortunate, so with the help of two friends, with limited resources and no medical training, set out to eliminate malaria from this isolated area. Health Access Sumbawa (HAS)was born.
After two years taking a census, numbering the homes with pieces of aluminum, black paint and a stencil from Supplies Unlimited, purchasing and installing chemically-treated bednets, building a clinic, and sending staff for medical training provided by the government to become World Health Organization certified, they began treating malaria on Sumbawa.

The specialists systematically screen the population of three villages by examining blood under a new microscope. All positive cases are treated with drugs supplied by The Global Fund. After three years, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, HAS celebrated controlling malaria for 1,000 people in the three small villages on Sumbawa.

Other community projects sponsored by HAS include clean drinking water, village sanitation, building public toilets, community gardens to reduce hunger during the dry season, and a program to collect plastic waste by children in exchange for school books.

To assist HAS in scaling up their success to serve more people in adjacent villages, donations may be made to the 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation: Health Access Sumbawa, Inc., c/o Jack Kennedy, President, 392 Nobleboro, ME 04555.

The next Lions club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be Christopher Maloney with a PowerPoint presentation on producing energy from algae.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions hear from WCSH-6 & WLBZ-2 News Reporter Don Carrigan 10/18/2017

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell (left) thanks Midcoast bureau news reporter Don Carrigan for discussing “Goings on at the State House.”

On Monday, Oct. 16, WCSH 6 & WLBZ 2 Midcoast bureau news reporter Don Carrigan discussed “Goings on at the State House” a topic chosen by the Bristol Area Lions. In addition to Midcoast news, Carrigan covers political campaigns and other issues.

In 1991, Carrigan joined the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Cohen, working on a variety of issues affecting Maine. In 1994, he returned to broadcasting, becoming Executive Producer of Public Affairs for Maine Public Television.

Carrigan anchored the weekly MaineWatch and monthly Capitol Connections programs and moderated dozens of political debates, as well as producing a number of documentaries and other specials.

Carrigan talked about Maine’s problem with an aging population and that Lincoln County is setting the pace with the oldest population. As employees retire from the workforce there is a lack of qualified replacements. When looking for work, the younger generation are attracted to an urban setting. Maine only has two such places, Portland and Bangor, which are thriving. That is not the case in the Damariscotta region or other places in Maine.

Carrigan cited Masters Machine in Round Pond needing help to do precision machining and Volk Packaging in Biddeford making cardboard boxes, where much simpler skills are needed. A lack of help is restricting their growth.

How do we keep young people here? What programs will the new candidates for governor offer?

Now that Susan Collins has decided not to run for Governor, there are nine Democrats running, four Republicans (including Shawn Moody), two Green Party candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent (rumored to be backed by Elliot Cutler). However not all of them will obtain the necessary financing to run in the June primary.

A discussion of rank-choice voting followed, which is the current law voted in by referendum. The majority of the Lions supported it, having heard a presentation on its merits in 2016.

Two of the ballot questions in the upcoming Nov.7 election were discussed – building a casino in York County and expanding Medicare. There appears to be a lot of advertising for the casino with little opposition. Has Bangor reaped the promised benefits from its casino? On the Medicare question, it will cover those aged 18-65 who meet a certain income requirement and opinions appear to be split along party lines.

The next club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be Jack Kennedy, a Nobleboro resident who winters in Bali who will discuss his program to eliminate malaria.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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 Updated on Lincoln Academy’s Strategic Initiatives 04/04/2017

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Matthew Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs at Lincoln Academy (right) is thanked by Bristol Area Lions Club vice-president Alfred Ajami for his remarks about the school.

On March 20, Matthew (Matt) Goetting, the school’s Associate Head for External Affairs, joined the Bristol Area Lions Club for dinner and to talk about a topic of mutual interest. After a belated celebration of St. Patrick’s Day over corned beef and cabbage plus trimmings at Deb’s Bristol Diner, Goetting shared his views on how Lincoln Academy is now preparing students for careers with an expanded focus on technology.

At the top of the “to do” list is financial sustainability. As a non-traditional public school, LA must rely on fund raising for capital expenditures. The residential program, with 94 students from 20 different countries, is also a driver in the school’s financial health, especially as it expands to accommodate more foreign students interested in Maine’s seacoast experience. Curriculum and campus are all undergoing upgrades to encourage and facilitate a collaborative learning environment.

Plans for staff development are also underway to make greater use of the retiree and alumni(ae) community of professionals as mentors.

The centerpiece of LA’s strategy to train students, and retain them in Maine’s workforce, is the Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, known as the ATEC. It offers trimester and full year courses on both career avenues of the technology landscape.

On the high tech side, emphasis is placed on computer science, digital media and robotics. Traditional technology also retains its status as an important component with offerings in the metal, woodworking and automotive shop trades. Future plans call for related entrepreneurial courses and a push toward marine studies, the latter intended to leverage community connections with Lincoln County’s growing aquaculture industry and proximity to marine research institutes.

Goetting’s pitch proved compelling, especially since the Bristol Area Lion’s Club has an active scholarship program for LA students. His experience in fundraising, admissions, communications and community relations, gained from strategic educational initiatives in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco, are a welcome addition in sustaining LA’s growth.

In closing remarks, Goetting concluded by inviting all interested parties to visit the school and to join him, as stated in the closing sentence of his web site bio-sketch, in “finding ways to participate in the life of this incomparable region and community.”

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on May 1 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner and staff. First District Governor Norm Hart will be joining the Bristol Area Lions Club for an annual visit. The discussion focus will be on getting new members and member retention. To make reservations, please contact John Janell at 207-563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Host Annual Speak Out Contest 03/13/2017

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Bristol Area Lions Speak Out contestants, from left contestants Nathan McIvor and Hannah Davis, Lion David Kolodin, club speak out coordinator, contestants Liam Cullina and Anne Jensdatter

The Bristol Area Lions held their annual Speak Out contest on March 6 at the Fellowship Hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church. The church had decorated the tables with a St. Patrick’s Day theme with green tablecloths and decorative center pieces. A delicious dinner of veggie lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread was served by caterer, Debbie Thibault of Deb’s Bristol Diner. The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members.

After dinner, the four Lincoln Academy students spoke on an issue they felt strongly about in a talk from four to six minutes long, with penalties for going over or under the allotted time. The speech must be organized, logical, and presented with few or no notes. At the conclusion of each speech, they were each asked two questions worded in such a way that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject by Lions Tom Rodrigues and Brendan Donegan.

First prize was awarded to Liam Cullina, a sophomore, whose topic was “The need to get rid of the penny”. Second place was awarded to Anne Jensdatter, a sophomore from Copenhagen, Denmark, whose topic was “Pursuing the American dream.” Third place ended up being a tie between Hannah Davis and Nathan McIvor. Davis, a junior spoke on “Why we need feminism” and McIvor, a senior addressed “The decline of reading in the video era.”

The performance of the speakers in several different categories was judged by Lions Michael Hope, Bill Byrnes and Pastor Kelly Harvell of the New Harbor church, an honorary Lion for this event. The Speak Out timekeeper was Lion Walt Johansson. The winner of the contest, Liam Cullina will now compete with winners from other Lions clubs at the regional level at Lincoln Academy. The winner of that event will compete at the State Speak Out at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono on April 30 as part of the Lions annual state convention.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on March 20, will take place at Deb’s Diner in Bristol Mills. The meal will be corned beef & cabbage, with a salad, rolls and dessert and coffee. The speaker will be Matthew Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs at Lincoln Academy whose topic is “Preparing students for a career in technology.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions hear from former Bristol Town Administrator 02/20/2017

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Kristine Poland (right) is thanked by Bristol Area Lions Club Secretary John Janell for her discussion on town affairs.

At the meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on Monday, February 6, the members, a guest, and the group’s speaker enjoyed dinner at Hawk’s House Inn in Walpole catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner. Kristine Poland, recently retired Bristol Town Administrator, discussed town government. Poland moved to Maine from California in 1987 and took a job at a bank, but did not enjoy the corporate environment. She joined the staff in the Bristol town office in May 2001.

On March 19, 2002, the Bristol voters approved a change in the town’s government and adopted the town administrator form of government. At that time the voters changed the status of the tax collector, town clerk and treasurer from elected to appointed positions, which the new town administrator would fill. Poland was selected from a pool of twenty-seven candidates and took office on Jan. 1, 2002. Poland later added the role of registrar of voters and worked through a reorganization to separate the duties of the town clerk from the town administrator. A warrant to do so was approved last March at Town Meeting, and her colleague on the administrative staff, Rachel Bizarro, became the new town clerk.

Poland is also a member of the executive committee of the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, and continues in that post. The Commission serves 19 towns and is a valuable resource to guide a community, especially on controversial issues, such as enactment of changes in waterfront zoning. Poland expects to have a hand in how the Commission will continue to provide guidance on obtaining grants and technical services for the Bristol Mills dam and other potential hot-button issues ranging from regional bike paths to major initiatives like town specific comprehensive plans.

She also shared her perspectives on another area of pressing need, not just for Bristol but throughout Lincoln County, concerning the lack of upgraded internet and cell phone connectivity. In discussing the example of Washington County, which appears to be better connected, she exchanged ideas with Lion David Kolodin, Chairman of the Bristol School Committee. He brought up the fact that the Bristol Consolidated school itself is “wired” at near state of the art and that all the students work on laptops with wifi. However, both agreed that not all students have internet access at home, and often their parents must drive them to the school parking lot so they can connect to the web and do their homework. In some cases, it is a matter of availability and in others a matter of affordability, issues that need to be addressed by a regional approach, not just town by town.

In closing remarks on other current affairs in Bristol, Poland remarked that a legitimate solution to potentially contentious problems often may require direct input from voters instead of administrative actions. For example, the Bristol Mills dam is being addressed by a committee that expects to bring a proposal before the next Town Meeting for a vote on whether to remove the dam, leave it as is, or rebuild the fish ladder with public funding. She also explained the controversy over the proposed change to the Park Commission headed by a full-time commissioner, noting that it too will be resolved at Town Meeting. Whatever the outcomes, Poland plans to remain a resident of Round Pond and engaged in following the future of Bristol, while she continues to seek a next career.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, to be held at the Fellowship Hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church and catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner, is the annual Speak Out. Members of the debate team from Lincoln Academy will be speaking on a topic of their choice using a minimum of notes. Five students are expected, while six others will be attending a similar meeting hosted by the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions. To make dinner reservations 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.

Bristol Area Lions Learn About Project Earth 11/15/2016

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Ethan Wajer (right), from Project Earth, is thanked for his presentation by Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan.

“Saving the earth one bucket at a time” is Ethan Wajer’s tag line. As a young landscaper and stone sculptor working from Newcastle, he became interested in the “Garbage to Garden” business model introduced by Tyler Frank to the Portland area in 2012. Two years ago, after studying the opportunity, Wajer decided to bring curbside composting to his home town and neighboring areas.

Joining the Bristol Area Lions Club as the after dinner speaker on November 7 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, Wajer explained his entrepreneurial approach to a new business called Project Earth. Lincoln County already had established a successful bulk composting operation at the recycling facility in Wiscasset. With infrastructure in place, the next logical step became organizing collection of approved “green” food scraps, adding them to the composting workflow in Wiscasset, and then distributing finished product back to the client base.

With 150 residential accounts, several restaurants, and Rising Tide already contributing to Project Earth, Wajer’s goal is to double every year, employ on one or more assistants and expand the coverage area. He also intends to make a credible pitch for business from large supermarkets to recycle their waste produce into organic fertilizer. “Our compost is in demand because it is high quality material and tested to meet strict standards,” he said, giving credit to the unique features of the Wiscasset operation.

Horse manure is the secret. It contains higher nutrient levels than cow manure and supports more efficient degradation of the food scraps mixed with it. Wajer explained that a doughnut hole is dug into a small manure pile placed on a concrete pad. Barrels of food scraps are emptied into the center, and covered over with more manure. The process is then repeated several times to achieve large, layered piles. These are turned over ever few days and sifted as needed to insure uniformity.

Within weeks, especially during warm weather, the compost is ready. Residential clients, whose foods scraps are collected weekly in 5 gallon pails for a modest fee, receive 40 lbs. of compost in exchange and can buy larger amounts. Special arrangements are made with commercial clients depending on volume.

A Lincoln Academy graduate, Wajer attended Curry College in Massachusetts. Project Earth has given him a reason to stay firmly rooted in Maine. Prospective clients wishing to learn more can call Wajer at 207-522-8224.

For information on Lincoln County’s composting operation, please visit http://www.lincolncountymaine.me/pg_compost.htm. Information about food scrap recycling and composting in general is also available at https://garbagetogarden.org/.

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on November 21 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Diner and staff. Representative Mick Devin will speak about renewable marine resources with an update on activities at the Darling Center. To make reservations, please contact John Janell at 207-563-7402.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Explore 3D Printing 10/25/2016

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John Cough shows Bristol Consolidated School’s “MakerBot Replicator 2” in action

Moving from inspiration to innovation has become easier than ever. That was the lesson learned by the Bristol Area Lions club members on their October 17 field trip to John Cough’s technology exploratorium at the Bristol Consolidated School. The Lions were treated to a demonstration of 3D printing and how a disruptive invention has facilitated teaching science through applied problem solving.

This type of printing process creates a three-dimensional object by depositing successive layers of a specialized ink. The “ink” is commonly a self-curing and hardening plastic or composite ceramic. It is extruded in repeated ultra thin layers under computer control to replicate a pre-configured digital model of varying complexity, including moving parts. Specialized software based on easily scaled and assembled objects, such as cubes, spheres, cylinders, and cones, is used to visually construct the model.

Learning to use the software through a process that Cough calls “think, try, ask” is the educational goal. It combines symbolic logic, coding, simple programming, and iterative “learn and confirm” operations that become second nature to students, ages 4-14, aided by their iPads. Judging from the 3D printed robots, silver race cars, flying “machines”, musical instruments, and a bright red T-Rex skull replica (shown in the accompanying photo) that were on display, this educational investment is an immediately tangible one.

David Kolodin, the club member who arranged for the demonstration and currently serves as School Committee chairman, noted that he recruited Cough back in 1993 to bring the Bristol schools into the mainstream of computer use in education. He added, “for a little place almost in the middle of nowhere, there are some pretty cool things going on in science and technology.”

More is yet to come. Based on feedback from a very supportive community, Cough now has his eye on bringing in computer controlled machining and laser cutting to provide students “with a more workable and functional output than a piece of plastic.” The Lions are planning to stay tuned.

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on November 7 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Diner and staff.

Ethan Wajer, landscaper and entrepreneur, will speak about Compost and the Planet Earth Project. To make reservations, please contact Herb Watson at 207-677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Club Hosts Zone Meeting 10/10/2016

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From left to right, Bristol Area Lions Club president Brendan Donegan, Zone 10 chair Ellen Winchenbach, Damariscotta-Newcastle president Ruth Anne Bryant, and Waldoboro president Louis Cook.

The Bristol Area Lions hosted a meeting for clubs in Zone 10, District 41, held on October 3 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Lions in attendance included eight from the Bristol Area, four from Waldoboro and five from Damariscotta-Newcastle. Prior to the business meeting, the group enjoyed a social hour followed by dinner catered by Deb’s Diner and staff.

Ellen Winchenbach, Zone 10 chair, was on hand to discuss an agenda in celebration of this centennial year of the Lions Club International’s founding. She identified five key initiatives for community participation. These include outreach for new members as part of a Just Ask campaign and a call for expanding public involvement in hallmark activities, such as White Cane Day, to promote awareness of vision related programs, and Liberty Days, a youth education event focused on the US Constitution.

Winchenbach’s presentation also highlighted one of the many centennial and legacy projects originating in Maine, a pledged contribution of $10,000 to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (Maine Medical Center, Portland). In her concluding remarks over the fifth agenda item, on publicity of service projects, she urged Lions to engage in this underserved activity. “Our humanitarian contributions go unreported. We need to promote ourselves.”
That said, Winchenbach then asked each club president to describe their fund raising projects and sponsored events.

Ruth Anne Bryant, representing 46 members of the Damariscotta-Newcastle club, started by describing the principal fundraising events, an auction and golf tournament, sponsored jointly with the Rotary Club. Other activities include the Speak Out contest, White Cane Day held during Pumpkinfest, distribution of Clark’s farm pumpkins to residents of Cove’s Edge, Diabetes Awareness Walk, cemetery restoration, peace poster contest, sale of poinsettias, Babe Ruth
team sponsorship, and the award of two $1,500 scholarships.

On behalf of the 27 Lions in Waldoboro, Lou Cook noted the annual honors banquet now in its 75th year, celebrating the top ranking students from each of the classes at Medomak Valley High School. The club hosts a Speak Out, awards two $1,500 scholarships, and a rubber ducky race is held as a fundraiser during Waldoboro Days. For the last fifteen years, Waldoboro Lions proudly have sponsored the Waldoboro-Bremen food pantry, a community cornerstone. Last July they donated $3,000 to replace the aging scoreboard at the Little League field.

Prior to adjournment, Brendan Donegan spoke on behalf of the 22 Bristol Area club members. He highlighted two key donation drivers, the annual golf tournament and raffle ticket sales during the summer. These then help sponsor a Little League team, a Speak Out contest, roadside spring clean up, the distribution of Christmas food baskets to needy Bristol and South Bristol families, and cash contributions to multiple local charities. The club also awards four $2,000 scholarships.

The next meeting will be on November 17. It starts at 5 pm at the Bristol Consolidated School, for a demonstration of 3-D printing led by John Cough and several students. Dinner follows shortly after 6 pm at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. To make reservations, please contact Herb Watson at 207-677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

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