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Bristol Area Lions learn about Stepping Stones Housing, Inc. 06/12/2019

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Stepping Stones Housing Executive Director Marilee Harris, is thanked by Lion John Janell for her presentation.

On Monday, April 1, Stepping Stones Housing Executive Director Marilee Harris explained their program to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

Marilee Harris was introduced as a local who grew up in Woolwich and graduated from Morse High School. She has a bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s degree from Cornell University, where she studied horticulture, floriculture and agricultural education. She returned to Maine and became the director of a after school program, focusing on “latch-key” kids. When Chop Point opened their school, she taught graded 4 thru 6.

Harris spent time traveling and teaching in Thailand and Bolivia and returned to complete a master’s degree of divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. Today she works as a part-time Pastor of the Damariscotta Baptist Church, a part-time middle school math teacher at Bristol Consolidated School and as part-time executive director of Stepping Stones Housing. A true Mainer with three part-time jobs.

Stepping Stones Housing, Inc. is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation that has been providing affordable transitional and permanent housing for individuals and families in Lincoln County since 2013 and helped 20 individuals this past year.

SSHI is a local, volunteer run, grassroots program dedicated to helping those who earn less than a living wage find housing as a “stepping stone” to an improved living situation. They own several properties in Bremen and Damariscotta.

SSHI provides housing for individuals who were previously homeless and works in conjunction with Telford Housing who provides a case manager at the Ecumenical Food Pantry each week, SSHI also works with New Hope for Women and has offered several women a “safe” place to live. SSHI charges less than 30% of their take home income.

SSHI works hard to tackle the growing problem of homelessness in Maine. Over 48,000 people in Maine live below the poverty line, and about 50% of those are children who go to bed hungry. The State of Maine ranks 9th in least affordable housing available. One in nine people in Lincoln County live below the poverty line and can’t afford available rental housing. Damariscotta rentals are $800 to $1,000 per month for a one-bedroom unit and even at 40% of their income are unaffordable by single parents.

SSHI current project is to develop their Biscay Road property to assist more individuals. They are currently using a $10,000 grant to connect to town sewer and digging a second well. The property consists of a commercial unit currently rented to Custom Fitness Personal Training, a separate house and a six-bay garage. After construction these buildings will increase the family units from 2 to 8. This site is within walking distance to prospective employers.

Bristol Area Lion Chris Leeman and his wife Heather have been assisting with fund-raising and repairs to existing housing units. If you would like to help support this program, one can send a check to: Stepping Stones Housing Inc., P.O. Box 21, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club is on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. This will be the annual business meeting to nominate officers and directors for the coming fiscal year and plan the club’s summer fund-raising events and annual activities. The meal will be bowls of beef stew, salad, and biscuits followed by carrot cake and coffee catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 53-7402.

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 Healthy Lincoln County 06/05/2019

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell thanks Healthy Lincoln County Project Manager Jess Breithaupt for her presentation on preventing drug abuse.

Jess Breithaupt, the project coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County, spoke to the Bristol Area Lions on Monday, June 3. She spoke on preventing drug abuse, addressing alcohol, marijuana, vaping, smoking, and prescription drug misuse.

In Lincoln County two out of five students feel they don’t matter in the community. Two big focuses are food insecurity and feeling despair. Healthy Lincoln County Gleaners made up of ten volunteers go to local farms and harvest unpicked or imperfect produce as well as home gardens. Last year they collected 5,895 pounds of produce and redistributed it back into the community at various convenient locations for anyone to take and use at no charge.

Maine is the most food insecure state in New England and the 9th in the nation. 1 in 5 children in Maine are hungry. There is a connection between food insecurity and drug abuse. At Lincoln Academy one in four students felt depressed. Families have lost togetherness by not sharing a meal. Two out of five don’t eat meals with their families and share their day.

The agency strives to prevent and reduce substance abuse in our youth by promoting health and resilience. They focus on root causes of this issue as they discovered that scare tactics are not effective. Healthy Lincoln County works with our towns to make policies that protect our kids from underage drinking, or collaborating with the schools, farms, and libraries to bring fresh produce to the people that need it. They bring members of our community together to share ideas and resources to have the greatest collective impact. They promote leaving technological devices and taking a walk on many of our community and conservation trust trails and breathe in clean air.

They are funded by a combination of state, federal, local grants, and donations. The Bristol Area Lions encourages others to donate to this 501 (c) (3) nonprofit by sending a check to Healthy Lincoln County, P.O. Box 1287, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. This will be the club’s annual meeting and the five scholarship winners and a parent will be guests, along with spouses and friends.

Dinner will be roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, and salad, followed by strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and coffee. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 53-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584, or like the club on Facebook.

Bristol Area Lions learn about Open Primaries Maine 05/08/2019

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell thanks Campaign Manager, Open Primaries Maine Kaitlin LaCasse for her presentation.

Kaitlin LaCasse Campaign Manager, Open Primaries Maine drove an hour and a half from Raymond, on the north shore of Sebago Lake, to address the Bristol Area Lions on Monday, May 6.

Their 2019 goal is the passage of LD 211, “An Act to Open Maine’s Primaries and permit unenrolled voters to cast ballots in primary elections” in the 129th Maine Legislature. LD 211 would permit unenrolled voters to cast one ballot in the primary of their choice. Republicans cannot vote is in Democratic primaries and Republicans cannot vote in Republican primaries.

Commonly referred to as “independents,” unenrolled voters are registered voters who are not registered in any political party. 35% of Maine voters are unenrolled, a bloc that is larger than either Republicans or Democrats. 50% of millennials and 49% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are unenrolled. The bill is being sponsored by a number of Independent legislators, as well as Democrats and a Republican.

All Maine taxpayers pay for primary elections and polling shows that 75-80% of Maine Voters support open primaries. Maine is only one of 11 states with closed, members-only primaries.

If one is in favor of opening Maine’s primary elections, they may write a letter to the editor, ask friends and neighbors to join you in supporting, lobby your legislators, and/or make a financial contribution to Open Primaries Maine, P.O. Box 928, Gorham, ME 04038.

Bristol Area Lions host the Annual Speak Out contest 03/13/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Club Speak Out contestants: (from left) Grace Canny, Gus Hunt, Liam Cullina, Paige Camp, Scott Peterson and Riley Stevenson with Lion David Kolodin the coordinator of the event.

The Bristol Area Lions Club held its annual Speak Out contest on Monday, March 11 in the fellowship hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church.  Veggie lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread followed by cookies and dessert was served by caterer Deb Thibault of Deb’s Bristol Diner. The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members. 

After dinner, the six Lincoln Academy participating in the contest were introduced only by a previously drawn number by Lion David Koldodin, who had coordinated the event with Lincoln Academy debate advisor Matt Leland.  

The contestants chose their own topic and spoke on an issue they felt strongly about in a talk ranging from 4-6 minutes long, with penalties for going over or under the allotted time. These speeches must be organized, logical and presented with few or no notes. At the conclusion of each speech, the speakers were each asked two questions worded in such a way that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject by Lion David Ray and guest Richard LaSalle. 

First prize was awarded to Liam Cullina, a senior, whose topic was “ocean acidification.” Second prize was awarded to Scott Peterson, a sophomore, whose topic was “the economic expansion of China.” Third place was awarded to Page Camp, a senior, who advocated for “mental health awareness.” Gus Hunt, a senior, spoke on “the modern Chinese economy.” Riley Stevenson, a sophomore, addressed “climate change in Muscongus Bay” and for Grace Canny, a junior, the topic was ”gun reform and control.”  

The performance of the speakers in several different categories was judged by Lions Bill Byrnes, Brendan Donegan, and Pastor Kelly Harvell of the New Harbor Church.   The Speak Out timekeeper was Lion Walt Johansson.  Liam Cullina will now compete at the regional Speak Out contest on Tuesday, March 26 at the library at Lincoln Academy. The winner of that event will compete at the state Speak Out contest on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Summit Hotel, Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley. 

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be on Monday, April 1 and will take place at Deb’s Bristol Diner in Bristol Mills.  The meal will be fish & chips, coleslaw, followed by cookies and coffee. The speaker will be Marilee Harris, executive director of Stepping Stones Housing.  To make dinner reservations, call John Janell at 563-7402.

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

   

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.

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