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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.

Bristol Area Lions Hear Educational Presentation on Ranked Choice Voting 05/18/2016

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Lion John Janell (left) thanks Finn Melanson, Education Coordinator, FairVote Maine for his informative presentation.

At their meeting on May 2, the Bristol Area Lions, three guests and their speaker Finn Melanson enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, and a salad served by caterer Steve Hawks of the Hawks House Inn in Walpole.

Melanson has attended the University of Mass. and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in voting behavior, voting systems and third party political movements. After a year of working in Maine politics in January he began working with the League of Women Voters of Maine and FairVote Maine.

These two organizations are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to improving democracy through public education on, among other things, ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting will be a referendum question on our November ballot.

Melanson’s PowerPoint presentation began by defining a majority winner, a plurality winner, vote-splitting, and strategic voting. Our present system is based on a plurality winner or a ‘winner-take-all” election. This is not the only way to vote. Alternative voting systems include runoff voting, top two primaries, approval voting and ranked choice voting.

A ranked choice voting sample ballot was shown with three candidates listed as A,B, and C. with three columns headed 1st choice, 2nd choice and 3rd choice each with a circle to be filled in next to the candidates name. When the first choice votes were tallied A had 40%, B 35% and C 25% of the votes. 
Since C has the fewest first choice is eliminated.

An instant runoff was done by taking C’s second choice votes and posting the selections to A and B. This resulted in candidate A receiving 5% more votes for 45% and B 20% more votes for 55%. We now have a candidate with more than 50% of the vote or a majority winner.

Ranked choice voting is used in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, Sri Lanka and India. Closer to home it is used to elect a mayor in Portland and Lewiston as well as other cities in the United States. It is used in the public and private sectors by the Academy of Motions Pictures Arts & Sciences, American Bar Association, Federal Reserve, International Olympic Committee, National Hockey League and over 50 colleges and universities. If the Maine referendum passes it would not take effect until 2018.

The next meeting on Monday, June 6, will be a tour of the Granite Hill Quarry in New Harbor followed by dinner at the Willing Workers Hall. To make a dinner reservation for that meeting, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions hear past, present and future of the Lincoln Theater 03/09/2016

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Andrew Fenniman, executive director of the Lincoln Theater (left) is thanked for his presentation by Lion Herb Watson.

At the meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on March 7, the members, five guests, and their speaker enjoyed home-made sausage lasagna, salad and garlic toast served by caterer Steve Hawks at the club’s winter meeting site, the Hawks House Inn.

After dinner, Andrew Fenniman, executive director of the Lincoln Theater was introduced by Lion Herb Watson. In addition to his duties at the theater, Fenniman currently leads his own global consultancy firm, Actionable Insights. It focuses on speeding up the accomplishment of results while developing leadership capability for senior executives.

Fenniman received his Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Massachusetts, his Master of Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business, and his Ph.D. in human and organizational learning from George Washington University.

His varied interests include music as a classically trained lyric tenor, and theater. He has been a member of the Actors Equity Association for over 25 years. Lion Watson concluded his introduction by saying “he is over qualified to be the executive director of our great theater, but we’re glad he is here.”

The Lincoln Hall was built at a cost of $28,000 in 1875 and held a grand opening on Jan. 21, 1876 with a Portland band and dance for $5 a couple. It was a meeting place for Lincoln County, fire company drills, benefits, temperance meetings, town meetings and conventions.

In 1910, when roller skating became popular, the corners of the floor were rounded in order to facilitate skaters going around the hall. The curved corners are still evident. The fabric panels on the walls are original.

In 1924, a movie screen was installed that was the largest in the state and permanent seats were also installed. There was a piano player for silent films.

A local artist and illustrator, Jake Day, convinced Walt Disney to use an Eastern white-tailed deer instead of a Western mule deer. The movie Bambi was to premiere at Lincoln Theater in 1940. It didn’t happen, for fear of alienating the local hunters.

In the past 10 years, the Lincoln Theater has added a new annex with an elevator, office space and new handicap accessible bathrooms. It was air-conditioned, and new seats and a Main Street marquee were installed, the ceiling was renovated, a digital movie system installed with surround sound, and the roof was completely refurbished and restored,

All of this work resulted in a lot of debt for the theater. When Fenniman agreed to take over as executive director it was with the stipulation that the Board of Directors of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization only serve for five year terms, and all the present board had to resign.

Today, it has first run movies running with a matinee and evening showing and last year showed all the Academy Award winners except Mad Max. The Theater has plays streaming-in from the Nation Theater in London, performances in high definition by the Bolshoi and Royal Ballet and productions from the Metropolitan Opera.

The Theater also has live plays. The upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Lolantre will have 13 in the orchestra and 40 in the chorus. There are also a number of free events, such as the showing of Downton Abbey broadcasts, Pumpkinfest and the Red Sox home opener.

This summer the old stairway will be rebuilt with LED lights under each riser and the outside movie poster marquees will be lit. Fenniman hopes to have all debt paid off in five years.

The next meeting will be the Annual Speak Out on March 21st. Lincoln Academy students from the debate team will speak on a subject of their choosing. To make reservations for that meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hawks House Inn in Walpole, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-3584,

Bristol Area Lions learn about Aquaculture 02/08/2016

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Lion Alfred Ajami (left) thanks David Cheney, owner of Johns River Shellfish for his informative talk on growing oysters.

At their meeting on Feb. 1, the Bristol Area Lions, a guest and their speaker enjoyed meat loaf with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, a tossed salad and biscuits served by caterer Steve Hawks at the club’s winter meeting site, the Hawks House Inn in Walpole.

After dinner, Johns River Shellfish owner David Cheney was introduced by Lion Alfred Ajami. Cheney graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA in 1988 where he was captain of the varsity football team. He went on to graduate from Bryant University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in marketing. He obtained a certified open water scuba license in 1994.

From 1996 to 2003 Cheney was a New Harbor lobsterman, built a 31 foot lobster boat “Stepping Stone” and in 2003 purchased a custom-built Farrin 37 foot boat “Merrillee C” and fished 800 traps in Zone D. He realized that to be a successful lobster fisherman one needed a 50 foot boat and two stern men to fish further out with 15-trap lines, as the lobster population had shifted to deeper, colder waters.

Cheney purchased 200,000 hatchery seed oysters in 2007 and began his aquaculture ventures. In 2010, he acquired a 4.25-acre lease in South Bristol and in 2012 sold his lobster business and began full-time oystering, purchasing a 26 foot processing boat “Liza Marie and a 16 foot nursery boat “Julia Roth” as well as 150 “Oyster Gro” surface cages.

In 2013, he became a Darling Marine Center assistant in flowing seawater hatchery under Marine Scientist Mick Devon, spawning oysters and growing phytoplankton to maintain oysters. Cheney built 1,000 grow bags to contain a 300% increase in seed stock purchases. In 2014, he was managing 12 seed sites and built a certified walk-in cooler to obtain a wholesale dealers license.
In 2015, Cheney acquired a 3.35-acre lease in Damariscotta north of the Damaricotta-Newcastle bridge near the shellfish middens to grow his seed stock. He fabricated a 20 foot shellfish storage raft with a custom hydraulic grader and water pump to sort and clean oysters within four compartments.

In 2016, he is awaiting approval from the Dept. of Marine Resources for a 2.65-acre lease in South Bristol. Cheney currently is managing one million seed oysters, 650 surface bags, and two shellfish rafts in three separate farm locations. He has one full-time and two part-time employees working year round cleaning bags and maintaining cages to protect the oysters from invasive species. It takes three years for oysters to reach a saleable size.

The speaker for the next meeting, on Monday, March 7, will be Andrew Fenniman, Director of the Lincoln Theater. To make reservations for that meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hawks House Inn, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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