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

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Speak Out

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 support ElderCare Network 01/12/2019

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Round Pond Green Manager Jessica Leeman accepts the annual donation from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation from Lion Walt Johansson.

ElderCare Network of Lincoln County is a not-for-profit organization founded 20 years ago by a small group of people who wanted to make more and better housing options available to frail elders in this rural mid-coast Maine county.  While private assisted living developments abound along Maine’s coastline, Lincoln County totally lacked options for resident unable to afford private assisted living until ElderCare Network opened its first residential care facility in 1998.

ElderCare Network provides home-like assisted living for 60 older adults on fixed incomes in seven communities in Lincoln County: Boothbay, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Jefferson, Round Pond, Waldoboro and Wiscasset. Their small homes provide care and assistance as needed, private rooms, family-style dining and relaxing, opportunities for activity and engagement, an emphasis on self-managing personal health, and a strong connection with people and community that residents call home.

You can help support their programs by sending a tax-deductible check to ElderCare Network of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 62, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  

Bristol Area Lions donate $2,000 to CHIP 12/26/2018

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The Bristol Area Lions Foundation make an annual donation to CHIP Inc. (Community Housing Improvement Project) in support of basic and often emergency housing repairs that are needed by area residents unable to afford them without help.

 During the past year, CHIP was able to answer 271 requests for fuel and make repairs to 71 homes. The repair projects included 10 steps or exits,14 roofs,10 window projects,13 door projects, seven floor repairs, 10 ramps, 10 skirtings, seven chimney/heating projects, three insulation projects and 12 plumbing and electrical projects. Funds for these repairs exceeded $100,000.

Close to 200 people volunteered during the year, including 60 volunteers from Basking Ridge who repaired 9 homes, 100 volunteered for Community Cares Day, including students from Lincoln Academy and Medomak Valley High School,  repaired 10 homes, and a group of highly skilled volunteers, called “the regulars”, who repaired 22 homes. 

The Bristol Area Lions would like to encourage others in Lincoln County to donate to CHIP Inc., PO Box 6, Newcastle, ME. 04553.

Bristol Area Lions distribute Christmas Food Baskets 12/22/2018

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The Bristol Area Lions Club, with family and friends distributed 50 Christmas food baskets to Bristol and South Bristol homes on Saturday, Dec. 22, thanks to the efforts of Bristol Lions Club project manager Michael Hope and Paul Yates of C.E. Reilly & Son Inc. in New Harbor. Owner Reggie Reilly was one of the founding members of the Bristol Area Lions Club in 1958.

Participating in the deliveries were eight Bristol Area Lions: Bill Byrnes, Bill Crider, Brendan Donegan, Michael Hope, John Janell, Walt Johansson, David Kolodin and Chris Leeman: and six friends: Stan Galvin, Craig Leeman, Norma Leeman, Tim Leeman, Ashley Mason and Coleen Nichols. 

The Lions thank Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta for its donation of canned green beans and containers of gravy.  After scholarships, this is the club’s largest donation to the community.  The Bristol Area Lions look forward every year to this heartfelt event and wished everyone a merry Christmas.  

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at Deb’s Bristol Diner, 1267 Bristol Road, Bristol Mills. Dinner will be chicken pot pie, salad, and rolls followed by coffee and brownies. The speaker will be Rev. Robert Ives. To make 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 donate $500 To Caring for Kids 12/15/2018

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Bristol Area Lion Bill Byrnes presents the Bristol Area Lions Foundation donation to Caring for Kids President and Executive Director Jenny Pendleton.

 The Bristol Area Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Caring for Kids Christmas Project. This year they are celebrating their 25th year of the Christmas Project.  Each year the project has provided Bristol and South Bristol children with full sets of winter gear, complete outfits, books, toys and much more.  They also provide older teens and pre-teens with personal hygiene bags and the above items, as well as gift cards to local stores so they can purchase items in their style and size. As we are nearing the holiday season once again, it’s time to reach out to the two communities to help ensure these children have a very happy holiday! 

Over the past 25 years the project has helped hundreds of local children/families with holiday needs.  This has only been possible because of their wonderful supporters that believe in helping the community.  Groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to adopt a child or a whole family to shop for.  Caring for Kids keeps everything confidential, names are never given out. Each family is assigned a number, and they receive information on each child, such as age, size, and any particular gift requests. Only this information is given to volunteers.  Anything you can donate, create, or provide for this project is greatly appreciated.  

Anything one can contribute, financially or materialistic, would be greatly appreciated and help ensure all children in Bristol and South Bristol have a happy holiday. Checks may be mailed to Caring for Kids, P. O. Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554. Donations of clean used clothing in good condition may be dropped off Monday or Saturday at the Once Again Shop located downstairs in the Congregational Church of Bristol Fellowship Hall. Caring for Kids is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. 

If you know of any child or family that could uses services from Caring for Kids, please call 677-3300.  All calls are kept confidential.    

Bristol Area Lions donate $500 to Community Energy Fund 12/05/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan (left) presents a check to Community Energy Fund President Todd Maurer.

The Bristol Area Lions Foundation recently made its annual donation to the Community Energy Fund. Recognizing the importance of this Fund, the Lions increased their annual donation to $500. The Community Energy Fund partners with the towns of Lincoln County to identify families need, especially those not served by assistance programs.  Residents should contact their town offices for assistance, in Bristol call 563-5273 and in South Bristol call 563-1798. The Community Energy Fund then contacts their local energy supplier to schedule and pay for a delivery.  

All the administrative costs are covered by volunteers and businesses donating advertising, printing, etc.  Every dollar donated is spent on providing energy needs. To help keep neighbors warm, one should please make a personal donation to this 501 (‘c) (3) organization with a check to:  Community Energy Fund, P.O. Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539.  

The Bristol Area Lions will distribute Christmas food baskets on Saturday morning, Dec. 22 in Bristol and South Bristol.  

New Harbor Food Pantry Donation 11/21/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope presents the annual donation to the Director of the New Harbor Food Pantry Donna Hart. The New Harbor Food Pantry recently gave out over 100 boxes of food to 50 families in their service area of Bristol and South Bristol. Bristol Area Lions encourage others to donate to the New Harbor Food Pantry, P.O. Box 100, New Harbor, ME 04554

Bristol Area Lions 20-year Service Award 11/14/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Club Secretary John Janell (left) presents a 20-year service chevron to Lion Bill Byrnes.

At the Bristol Area Lions Club meeting on November 5, Bristol Area Lion Bill Byrnes received his 20-year chevron from Club Secretary John Janell. Byrnes served as club president in the 2001/02 fiscal year. 

Byrnes service is notable as the lead judge of the club’s annual Speak Out contest, when he announces the results. He encourages the student contestants to listen to the evening news veteran reporters, like Don Carrigan, for their tone, enunciation, clarity and well-paced delivery.   

Byrnes is a realtor for Newcastle Realty and teams up with Lee Simard.

Bristol Area Lions Learn Details on the Pemaquid Saw Mill Acquisition. 11/08/2018

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Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill (left) receives a donation for the project from Bristol Area Lions Treasurer Michael Hope.

On Nov. 5, the Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill explained the historical, and archeological benefits, as well as preserving the important fishway up the Pemaquid River and providing future recreational benefits.  The newly formed group turned to the Damariscotta River Association, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, the Old Bristol Historical Society and archeologist Dr. Neill De Paoli for assistance.

A preliminary inspection by Architectural Resource Conservation concluded that it is a solid building with museum character inside. Much of the inner working of the water powered sawmill still exists including a turbine, early lines, pulleys and numerous belts which ran the sawmill and earlier grist mill and textile mill.   A planner dated 1867 also exists. 

It is the site of an earlier mills dating to the mid-1600’s.  The present mill was built in early to mid-1800s, served by a no longer existing mill pond. This mill originally had straight sawblades and many of the rough sawn boards used inside to form rooms for the various activities are examples of the product.  This was before the advent of circular saw blades.  

Of interest to the club was that at the closing of the mill in 1960, Craig Leeman, father of Bristol Lion Chris Leeman, was working there. Craig and Chris along with family and friends have participated in the distribution of the club’s Christmas food baskets to families served by the New Harbor Food Panty. 

This year’s Christmas food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22 and club members and friends are requested to meet at the loading dock of C.E. Reilly & Son, Inc. in New Harbor at 9:00 a.m. 

Since the success of the acquisition of the mill requires raising another $100,000 by Nov. 30th residents are asked to please donate today by writing a check to the Damariscotta River Association with Campaign for Pemaquid Mill on the memo line.  This may be mailed to DRA at P.O. Box 333, Damariscotta, ME 04543, had delivered to the Bristol town hall, or by debit or credit card online at bit.ly/campaign-for-pemaquid-mill.

For information about pledges over three tax years, obtaining corporate matching funds, gifts of appreciated stock or tax-exempt qualified charitable distributions from retirement plans, contact Deb Suchar at 563-1393.    

Should the acquisition not be completed, contributions will be returned.  

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