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Bristol Area Lions Donate $500 to Caring for Kids 11/09/2017

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Bristol Area Lion David Kolodin presents the Bristol Area Lions Foundation donation to Caring for Kids President and Executive Director Jenny Pendleton. (Photo courtesy of Kylie Pendleton)

The Caring for Kids Christmas Project provides children with winter gear, new outfits, socks, undergarments, hats, mittens, books and TOYS! Older teens will receive some of these items and gift cards to local stores so they can purchase items in their style and size.

This program began in 1992 to help local children in Bristol and South Bristol stay warm and provide for their holiday needs. Please call 677-3300 if you are aware of a child or family that may need their support. This information is kept confidential and only an assigned number, sizes, and ages, etc. are given out to others.

A snack pack program was started in 2010. It provides juice, fresh fruit or veggies and 5-6 pre-packaged snacks every weekend to Bristol and South Bristol students that are already receiving free or reduced- price breakfast/lunch at school. These are packed by an all-volunteer organization with 8-10 turning out each week to assemble the snack packs.

The programs are funded by donations, grants, and proceeds from the Once Again Shop, a thrift shop located downstairs at the Congregational Church of Bristol Fellowship Hall. Donations of clean clothing in good condition may be dropped off Monday, Thursday or Friday mornings.

You can help make a local kid have a happy Christmas with a personal donation to help this 501 C (3) with their mission, please mail your check to: Caring for Kids, P.O. Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554.

To learn more about this worthwhile all-volunteer organization visit their website: caringforkidsinbristol.org. or find Caring for Kids on Facebook.

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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.

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.
 

Camden Lions Visit Bristol Club 09/20/2017

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From left: Bristol Area Lion Club Secretary John Janell, Camden Lion President Bob Oxton, Treasurer Peter Martin, Past President John McKay and their travel agent Mike Castle.

At the meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, the Bristol Area Lions welcomed four visiting members from the Camden Lions Club: President Bob Oxton, Treasurer Peter Martin, Past President John McKay and their travel agent Mike Castle. The Camden Lions visit eight other clubs annually.

Before dinner, a moment of silence was held for former member Elmer Bulmer who died on Aug. 15 at the age of 70 after years of suffering from dementia. Bulmer was club president in 1997/98 and enjoyed coaching the Bristol Lions Little League team. Walt Johansson pointed out the coat racks he had built for the entryway.

The club’s caterer, Deb Thibault had to cancel her planned dinner, and the Mediterranean Kitchen was called upon to provide pizza. Salad, cookies and coffee were provided by the club.

After dinner, Treasurer Michael Hope reported on the results of the Bristol Area Lions Foundation of the successful summer fund raising.

The raffle and book sales in front of Reilly’s market and by members resulted in more tickets being sold, but 18 fewer books, and netted $135 more than last year. Credit goes to Walt Johansson who increased his sale of tickets by 25% selling tickets going door-to-door.

The golf tournament total net proceeds from golfers, sponsors and donors resulted in an increase of $600 over a year ago.

The Lions regret the loss of their third source of funds, bottles and cans left in the Lion’s box at the Huddle Road redemption center. The owner and honorary Lion is scaling back and has posted it for sale. The club is grateful to Steve Lord for years of providing an average of $500 to their annual budget.

The Camden Lions spoke about their club. They built their own two-section clubhouse about 40 years ago. One section is rented to a day care center and the other section is where their own meetings are held as well as being used for art classes, Weight Watchers meetings, and other programs.

The club has an extensive bottle and can recycling program at the seven-community transfer station in Camden which involves members hands on each Thursday and Saturday. They also employ residents from several group homes to assist in sorting and bagging.

During the Christmas season, the club erects and lights a large Christmas star on top of Mt. Battie. The electricity for the lights is provided by 2-1/2 gallons of gasoline in a generator which runs from dusk to sometime during the night when it runs dry. Each day a Lion drives up the mountain and fills the tank. The light can be seen in Vinalhaven and other islands in Penobscot Bay.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Camden Lions presented a large poster of the Christmas star on top of Mt. Battie to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

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The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be Jim Donovan, LincolnHealth President who will discuss the capital campaign for The Herbert & Robert Watson Health Center and the MaineHealth consolidation plan.

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

Bristol Area Lions Raffle Winners 09/07/2017

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mark A. Bridgham draws the winning Bristol Area Lions raffle tickets at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Star ticket salesman Lion Walt Johansson closely watches.

 

The Bristol Area Lions Club held its Labor Day raffle drawing, concluding its summer-long fundraising effort selling raffle tickets in front of C.E. Reilly & Son Market on Saturdays. Sergeant Bridgham of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, picked the winning tickets.

The first prize, a $250 L.L. Bean gift card, was awarded to Bob Ireland on Pemaquid Harbor Road. The second prize, a dozen lobsters courtesy of Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, went to Jane Collins of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Nancy Ireland, further down on Pemaquid Harbor Road, won the third prize, a $50 gift card for The Anchor Restaurant.

The Bristol Area Lions Club acknowledged 84-year old Lion Walt Johansson, who sold over $1,000 worth of tickets by walking up and down the driveways and roads off Pemaquid Harbor Road. He sold two of the winning tickets this year.

Raffle ticket chairman King Lion Brendan Donegan scheduled volunteers, set up and removed the sales table each Saturday.

The Bristol Area Lions Club will hold its first dinner meeting of the new season at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the Willing Workers Hall. 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, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament Results 09/06/2017

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The Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament first gross winning foursome, from left: Dewey Chase, Dave Maxwell, Sam Matiosian, and Tim Matiosian.

The ninth annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation Golf Tournament was held Sept. 2 at Wawenock Golf Club. The day started out sunny and cool, but quickly warmed up as did the enthusiastic golfers.

No one won the 2017 Jeep Cherokee from Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the prize for a hole-in-one on the par-three third hole; a 2018 Wawenock Golf Club membership for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, nor a vacation package for a hole-in-one on the first hole.

The Lions are grateful for all the guidance from Wawenock General Manager Paul Richmond and help from Linda Cosgrove and R. J. Ochs for making the tournament successful. Also, thanks go to the kitchen staff of Chef Peter Flint, son Tristan and Asst. Chef Lucas Woraell. R.J. Ochs compiled the scores and announced the winners.

Winners include David Drever for closest to the lobster trap; John Haas for closest to the pin on the eighth hole; Tim Leeman had the longest drive on the seventh hole; and Joe Holland was the closest to the train.

For the third year in a row, the first low gross winners at the event were the Dewey Chase team with Tim Mateosian, Sam Mateosian, and Dave Maxwell. First net winners were the Hammond Lumber team of Paul Sproul, Richie Sproul, Alex Benner and P.J. Arsenault.

Second low gross winners were the Hammond Lumber team of Matt Corson, Scott Benner, John Haas, and Craig Lebrecque. Second net team winners were the Leeman team of Tim Leeman, Brett Cowan, Jay Bryant, and Matt Leeman.

Tournament proceeds will benefit local charities and the Bristol Area Lions scholarship fund.

Bristol Lions Golf Tournament Prize is New Jeep Cherokee 08/16/2017

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Newcastle Chrysler is offering a 2017 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for a hole-in-one on the third hole for the Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament. From left: Newcastle Chrysler President Randy Miller with Bristol Area Lions President Brendan Donegan.

Newcastle Chrysler will offer a 2017 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for hitting a hole-in-one on the third hole at the ninth Annual Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament at the Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole on Saturday, Sept. 2, with a rain date of Sept. 3.

Registration forms are available at Wawenock Golf Club or may be emailed by request by calling 563-7402. The cost is $45 per person for nine holes, and includes a cart and lunch. The lunch will be lobster with corn on the cob, potato salad and cole slaw with a roll.

Other prizes are for the first and second low gross team and low net team, closest to the pin, longest drive, closest to the lobster trap, closest to the train, and a Wawenock golf membership for next year for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and tee time is 9 p.m. with a scramble/shotgun start. Teams of four are encouraged, but single players will be assigned to teams.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used for the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Fund and to provide funding to other local charities, such as the C.H.I.P. Inc., Round Pond Green, Caring for Kids, and other local charities. This year the club celebrated 50 years of sponsoring a Little League team and awarded four $2,000 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates.

Bristol Area Lions Annual Meeting & American Red Cross Blood Drive 06/23/2017

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Bristol Area Lions scholarship winners and honor roll graduates from Lincoln Academy are from left: Julianna Preston, Kaden Pendleton, Constance Mullin and Evan Eckel.

On June 19, the Bristol Area Lions Club held their annual meeting at the Willing Workers Hall. Their $2,000 scholarship winners and one of their parents were dinner guests sponsored by individual club members.

After dinner, each graduate thanked the club and told them why they selected their college and their planned major course of study.

Julianna Preston, of South Bristol, plans a major in art history at Bard College. Kaden Pendleton, of New Harbor, plans a major in elementary education at the University of Maine at Farmington. Constance Mullin, of Bristol, plans to study nursing at S. Anselm College. Evan Eckel, of Pemaquid, plans to major in aviation and professional flight at Purdue University.

The Lincoln Academy graduates impressive scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities, and community service were detailed in that article.

The special dinner for the annual meeting consisted of an appetizer, tossed salad, a choice of steak with béarnaise sauce or baked stuffed haddock, followed by fresh strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream prepared by Deb’s Bristol Diner.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Willing Workers Hall on June 20 was disappointing. There were only thirteen successful donors, but two were the Power Red type, red blood cells only, which are the equivalent of two donations, making a total of fifteen. Two of the preregistrations did not appear and there were four rejections. Last year at the same time 23 pints were collected vs. the American Red Cross goal of 29. A pint has the potential to save three lives.

This year two Bristol Lions were successful donors, both over 80 years old. Next year the advertising will be increased along with a more extensive outreach to the community.
To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions Club celebrates 50 years of Little League team sponsorship 06/07/2017

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The 2017 Bristol Lions Little League team. Front from left: Ethan Pendleton, Porter Brewer, Jordan Blanc, Hunter Brewer, and Blake Gamage.
Back from left: Adam Gamage – Coach, Tyler Blanc, Wade Lane, Aidan Bryant, Tucker Stiles, Tyler McFarland, Logan Willey, Spencer Gamage, Matt Hanna , C.J. Pendleton – Assistant Coach. Photo taken at South Bristol field. (Photo courtesy Nancy Hanna)

 

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