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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 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 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.

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 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.

Bristol Area Lions Learn About Archoil 09/27/2016

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Allen Millett (right), from RJ Energy Solutions, is thanked for his informative presentation by Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan.

At the meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on September 19, the members, a guest and their speaker enjoyed dinner at the Willing Workers Hall catered by Deb’s Diner. After dinner, Allen Millett, Director of Sales for RJ Energy Solutions LLC of Damariscotta, presented his latest venture to promote Archoil applications in Maine’s various markets for diesel engines and generators.

Archoil is a novel, nano-engineered lubricant and fuel additive designed to enhance combustion efficiency while reducing engine wear and carbon emissions. Nanoparticles are of great scientific and commercial interest because they have been shown to modify the interaction between bulk materials, such as metal parts and hydrocarbon fuels, at the level of their molecular structures.

The active ingredient in Archoil is potassium borate manufactured into an oil-soluble nanoparticle that binds to an engine’s metal surfaces. The resulting chemical reaction effectively prevents corrosion while decreasing friction between moving parts. An added benefit is that the metal-to-Archoil interface also catalyzes combustion so that fuel “burns” more efficiently at a lower temperature. The end results are engine life extension and reduced stack emissions. Archoil’s place in a “green” energy economy is also complemented by the fact that it is biodegradable.

Millett discussed several case studies, bringing to light notable observations from applied research. For example, adding Archoil, priced at 6 cents per gallon, to 265 gallons of diesel fuel, allows a locomotive to operate 20 degrees cooler and with an 11% lower total operating cost.

Findings along these lines in automotive applications are proving to be equally convincing, and Millett cited the work on Archoil done by Jay Leno. Leno’s YouTube videos tell a compelling story, which can be found by searching for “Nano Lubrication – Jay Leno’s Garage” or at the Archoil website (www.archoil.com) under the “Media” menu heading.

On a personal note during the evening’s conversation, Millett described his career and gravitation towards “green” technologies. Born and bred in Massachusetts, he spent 17 years in the computer industry at Digital Equipment Corp, 10 years in software sales at CollegeLink and Monster.com, 5 years at a non-profit organization, and the last 10 years on product branding and sales in new technologies.

In 1998, he relocated to Maine for life-style reasons. He now resides in Newcastle, where he has raised 4 boys (including triplets), all graduates of Lincoln Academy. When not pursuing technology, one of his many avocations is restoring Victorian barns.

The next meeting will be on October 3 at the Willing Worker’s Hall in New Harbor. The Bristol Area Lions Club will be hosting the first get together of Lions from Zone 10. To make reservations for that meeting at 6 p.m., 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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