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Bristol Lions hear from Local Kidney Donor 03/05/2015

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Stan Galvin (left) thanked by Lion John Janell for his presentation.

Stan Galvin (left) thanked by Lion John Janell for his presentation.

Stan Galvin was the speaker at the March 2 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions held at the Hawks House Inn in Walpole.

Galvin was born in Seattle, WA, and grew up in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He began college at the University of WA, but that was interrupted when he was drafted.

After serving, he married and started a family, which delayed his return to college. He finally graduated from Western State University in 1975 with a major in Sociology and Psychology.

After two years as a Driver’s License Examiner, Galvin started his 29-year career with the Washington State Dept. of Corrections. First as a Correctional Officer, then a Counselor, a Correctional Unit Supervisor, a Program Manager, a Deputy Superintendent in a major prison and finally a Grievance Program Manager.

Galvin’s wife used to vacation in Maine, so after retirement they moved here in June 2010. A year ago they moved to their present home in Pemaquid.

During his working career Galvin spent an hour commuting each way and with family obligations he had little time for outside activities, although he did participate in blood drives.

After retirement he was looking for more ways to give back and became a blood platelet donor which is a three hour procedure and a commute to Portland, taking most of a day. Then he read about kidney donors and over 100 thousand people in the U.S. needing a kidney.

Galvin decided this was a way to save a life. Last spring he went to Maine Medical Center’s kidney donation program. They took 14 vials of blood and did other testing including a DNA test. Last fall he was accepted as a viable candidate for kidney donation.

He was told of the risks, including high blood pressure, diabetes and even death, yet the two doctors who would be involved had each performed over 300 surgeries with no fatalities. Galvin could have been put on the National Registry, but he wanted to keep his donation in Maine.

Galvin was matched with a 75 year old in Scarborough, whose wife wanted to donate but was not compatible. Instead, her kidney went to a 65 year old in Harpswell. That individual had a friend in Pittston who was not compatible, so that person’s kidney went to a 72 year old in Hermon.

All six surgeries were performed in a 15-hour marathon by two doctors, one working on the donors and the other working on the recipients. About 50 doctors, nurses and other health professionals assisted, resulting in three people with kidney disease receiving healthy kidneys from three donors they had never met.

It all began with a man from Pemaquid who wanted a way to give back.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be March 16 for the Lion’s annual “Speak-Out”, a public speaking contest for Lincoln Academy students. That will take place at the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church in New Harbor, the home of the Food Pantry.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions Hear from New Owner of the Inn 01/14/2015

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King Lion Brendan Donegan (left) thanks Steve Hawks for his presentation.

King Lion Brendan Donegan (left) thanks Steve Hawks for his presentation.

The Jan 5th meeting of the Bristol Area Lions was held at the Hawks House Inn (formerly the Brannon Bunker Inn) in Walpole. New owner Steve Hawks spoke of his background in food services, hospitality and retail marketing and presented his plans for the renovated inn.

Hawks grew up in central New York state, where his first job while in high school was in a kitchen. He graduated in 1986 from S.U.N.Y. Morrisville and studied food service administration and hotel management. Upon graduation, he moved to Miami and worked in the kitchen for Marriott, but after a year decided corporate kitchens didn’t give him the autonomy he desired.

In 1987 he moved to Maine to work as a cook on commercial fishing boats for a year. The next two years were spent in a variety of restaurants, including his own catering food truck in Portland.

Hawks next went to Maui and worked on day cruises for a year. Since meeting Peter and Kim Erskine, he has worked at Mexicali Blues for the last 20 years while living in his own home in South Bristol.

Noticing the For Sale sign on the Brannon Bunker Inn, Hawks finally purchased it a year ago. His parents ran the inn during his last year with Mexicali Blues; he has now taken the helm.

Hawks has purchased new beds for all the rooms and plans on catering groups with a full kitchen and is completing commercial kitchen accreditation. Hawks House Inn includes the Main Inn, the Farmhouse, and the Cottage. Twelve rooms are available for guests to book, most of them are en suite. Guests can enjoy common areas, including several rooms with fireplaces, and two large screened-in porches.

Continental breakfast is served daily, and WIFI is available throughout the Inn. A common kitchen is available to guests and there is a strict no smoking policy. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the Farmhouse and the Cottage, but not the Inn, which is open year round, for more information visit http://www.hawkshousebnb.com

At the business meeting that followed, David Kolodin was thanked for organizing Liberty Day at Bristol Consolidated School for fifth graders with State Sen. Chris Johnson and Rep. Mick Devin on Dec. 12. Herb Watson was thanked for organizing the Christmas dinner at the Damariscotta River Grille on Dec. 15. Michael Hope was recognized for organizing the Christmas Food Basket distribution on Dec. 20.

The Bristol Area Lions have closed the Willing Workers Hall for the winter months and the next meeting on Feb. 2 will be at the Hawks House Inn. Our speaker will be Pemaquid resident, Stan Galvin a recent kidney donor. To make dinner reservations for that meeting call Herb Watson at 677-6191. Dinner will be Beef Stew with salad and rolls served by caterer David Atwater.

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

Bristol Area Lions donate to Round Pond Inn 12/23/2014

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Lion Walt Johansson presents Bristol Area Lions annual donation to Jessica Leeman, manager of Round Pond Green, an assisted living facility and part of the ElderCare Network of Lincoln County.

Lion Walt Johansson presents Bristol Area Lions annual donation to Jessica Leeman, manager of Round Pond Green, an assisted living facility and part of the ElderCare Network of Lincoln County.

Bristol Area Lions Deliver Annual Christmas Baskets 12/22/2014

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Bristol Area Lions and friends are (from left) Bill Byrnes, Colin Barter, Craig, Heather and Chris Leeman, John Janell, David Kolodin, Carolyn McKeon, Kyna Kindell, Norma Leeman, Sydny Dyer, Tim Leeman, Michael Hope, Walt Johansson, Brendan Donegan and Tom McGregor.

Bristol Area Lions and friends are (from left) Bill Byrnes, Colin Barter, Craig, Heather and Chris Leeman, John Janell, David Kolodin, Carolyn McKeon, Kyna Kindell, Norma Leeman, Sydny Dyer, Tim Leeman, Michael Hope, Walt Johansson, Brendan Donegan and Tom McGregor.

The Bristol Area Lions and friends distributed 57 Christmas food baskets to Bristol and South Bristol homes on Dec. 20, thanks to the coordinated efforts of Bristol Lions project manager Michael Hope and Paul Yates of Reilly’s Market in New Harbor. Owner Reggie Reilly is one of the founders of the Bristol Area Lions in 1958

Lions Receive Service Awards 12/04/2014

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At the last meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, First District Vice Governor Cliff Roderick (center) presented service award chevrons to: (from left)Tom MacGregor (15 years), Al Sears (30), Carolyn McKeon (10) and Tom Rodrigues (15). The Club is made up of members who volunteer their time and effort to carry out charitable community service. Summer fund raising projects support our local community, including the villages in Bristol and South Bristol. Their motto is "We Serve".

At the last meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, First District Vice Governor Cliff Roderick (center) presented service award chevrons to:
(from left)Tom MacGregor (15 years), Al Sears (30), Carolyn McKeon (10) and
Tom Rodrigues (15). The Club is made up of members who volunteer their time and effort to carry out charitable community service. Summer fund raising
projects support our local community, including the villages in Bristol and
South Bristol. Their motto is “We Serve”.

Janice Mellyn, CHIP, Inc Coordinator visits the Bristol Area Lions 12/04/2014

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CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

At their Dec. 1 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, Janice Mellyn reviewed CHIP’s accomplishments in the past year.

Since it was founded by Ruth Ives in 1984, CHIP, Inc. has been helping less fortunate neighbors by providing emergency home repairs and fuel assistance. Ives recruited Janice Mellyn, recently retired after 37 years of teaching fine arts, to take over the helm of CHIP in 2004.

Because of generous support from area churches and community members, in the past year CHIP was e able to provide needed assistance to 270 area families. CHIP carpenters, electricians, plumbers and volunteers were able to repair 46 homes, including the replacement of roofs, floors, doors, windows, handicapped access ramps and steps, and plumbing, heating and electrical repairs.

One of five examples cited by Mellyn was that of a disabled and blind father. He called CHIP when the floor of their only bathroom collapsed into the basement. A CHIP carpenter not only rebuilt the floor, but installed a new toilet, sink and tub/shower unit. He also cleaned and sanitized the basement with the help of the family’s children and their mother. Now the family again has a working bathroom.

On Sept. 6, Community Cares Day, 130 area volunteers made needed repairs to 10 homes, from South Bristol to Whitefield.

CHIP’s emergency fuel assistance program last winter had the highest demand in its 30 year history. CHIP provided 237 families each with 100 gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $95,000.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

A recent generous bequest will cover overhead costs well into the future. Hence, every dollar you donate to CHIP will go directly to helping those they serve. It is unfortunate that the demands for assistance far outweigh the non-profit’s ability to meet them, so continued support of its work is vital. To learn more about CHIP, Inc. please visit its website at http://www.chipinc.org.

At the business meeting that followed Mellyn’s presentation, preliminary plans were reviewed for the distribution of Christmas food baskets on Dec. 20. Members and friends are asked to meet at C.R. Reilly & Son’s loading dock in New Harbor at 9 a.m. that morning.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be a Christmas party at the Damariscotta River Grille on Dec. 15. Reservations for that dinner must be made before Dec. 8 with Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584,

Darling Marine Center scientist explains effect of ocean acidification on local fisheries to Bristol Area Lions Club 11/20/2014

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Bristol Area Lion President Brendan Donegan thanks Darling Marine Center’s Mick Devin for his presentation.

Bristol Area Lion President Brendan Donegan thanks Darling Marine Center’s Mick Devin for his presentation.

At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, members learned about the effect of ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine and its effect on the local shell fisheries.

Guest speaker, Mick Devin is a researcher and experimental shellfish hatchery manager at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has an MS degree in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Ocean acidification is the changing chemistry of seawater caused by the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels and cement. The increase began with the industrial revolution in 1850 and has been accumulating steadily ever since. As CO2 is absorbed into seawater, the resulting reactions decrease the availability of carbonate ions, which are the building blocks of forming the shells and skeletons of many marine organisms.

The process also increases the amount of hydrogen ions which leads to lower pH and greater acidity. This means thinner shells on clams, mussels, oysters, lobsters, shrimp and sea urchins. Fresh and cold water holds more CO2. With its many large rivers flowing into the Gulf or Maine it has more ocean acidification than any other region on the eastern seaboard.

Devin is also our State Representative for District 51 and sponsored Bill LD 1602 to establish a commission to study and address the negative effects of ocean acidification on the ecosystems and major inshore shellfisheries.

The bill initially received an unenthusiastic response. 5,000 lobstermen and 3,000 stern men are employed in Maine. By emphasizing the effect of ocean acidification on jobs and the economy, and appeals to Augusta by 40 lobstermen and a representative of the aquaculture industry the legislators were convinced to support this important bill.

Our State Senator District 20 Christopher Johnson shepherded the bill through the State Senate and it was unanimously approved. In the House it passed with 140 in favor, four against and one absent. The legislation passed in April to commission the study of the problem and look for ways to mitigate it.

At the business meeting that followed Eyeglass Chairman, Carolyn McKeon presented visiting First Vice District Governor Cliff Roderick with 79 eyeglasses and 14 cell phones. The Bristol Area Lions maintain a collection box for used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones at the Bristol/South Bristol Transfer Station for recycling to third world countries by Lions International.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions is Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall and will feature a presentation by Janice Mellyn, coordinator for CHIP, Inc. To make dinner reservations, call 677-6191. To learn more about the Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Club Annual Activities 11/04/2014

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The Bristol Area Lions Club was sponsored by the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions in 1958 and serves the Bristol and South Bristol peninsulas. We have all our fundraisers in the summer as we have a number of tourists and summer folk visiting our historical and scenic area.

The fundraisers we hold are raffle ticket and book sales for 13 Saturdays in front of our local market, two trunk sales in our school parking lot, a golf tournament with sponsors, and a lobster lunch with a silent auction. Plus year round one of our members runs the local bottle return and we have a box there to deposit bottles for donation to the Club.

Altogether this brings in about $10,000. That allows us to:

Award four $2,000 scholarships to Lincoln Academy (our high school) graduates who live in Bristol or South Bristol. Three of those are endowments which have been supplemented.

Distribute almost 60 food baskets the Saturday before Christmas to folks that use the local food pantry serving both towns, they include a turkey for families and a small chicken for singles.

Be a major supporter of C.H.I.P. (a local community home improvements program) that provided needed assistance to 270 area families residing in Lincoln County, including teams doing home repairs and providing fuel assistance.

Sponsor our own Little League team

Donate to the local Food Pantry, Eldercare Housing, all of the cubs, boys and girls scout troops in our communities, as well as other local 501 (c) 3 charities. Plus donations to Lions Sight & Hearing, Diabetes, Iris and a large print books & tapes at the Bristol Library.

We are one of the few clubs in Maine that have had a Liberty Day with our local state senator reviewing the constitution with fifth graders.

We hold a Speak-Out with our three Ph.D.s as judges and the local county television station recording the event for later broadcast. Last year our members sponsored the dinners for the speakers, a parent, the Debate team advisor and his wife, and the television crew. This was all coordinated by a member who serves on the School Committee and is a former educator.

We organize an April roadside clean-up partnering with the local Masonic Lodge and enlisting the assistance of the local watershed association, little league team and scout troops and other community organizations to supplement our ageing and declining membership with a noon hot dog lunch for all participants. Last year we had 61 people from eight organizations participating.

Our local weekly newspaper puts our news releases of each meeting or event with accompanying photo on the same page nine each week, so folks know where to look for it. Plus we have a website and FaceBook page.

Last but no least, we have a collection box for eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones at our Transfer Station and an Eyeglass Chair.

(John Janell, 11-3-14)

Bristol Area Lions Club learn about role of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Maine 10/26/2014

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Lion John Janell (left) thanks Peter Tischbein for his enlightening talk.

Lion John Janell (left) thanks Peter Tischbein for his enlightening talk.

Peter Tischbein Project Manager, New England District, Maine Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the speaker at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club.

He obtained a bachelors degree in biology from Susquehanna University and subsequently obtained a masters degree in environmental science from Rutgers University in l983.

Tischbein was hired as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District,
Manhattan and became supervisor of the New York Harbor. While working in Manhattan he obtained his MBA from Pace University.

He moved to Maine in 1989 and worked for 14 years for various Maine engineering and environmental
consulting firms. In 2003, he rejoined the Corps, New England District, Maine Project Office headquartered in Manchester, Maine with five other engineers. Tischbein serves Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties.

Tischbein gave a brief history the Corps going back to General Washington when it was created to shore up the Bunker Hill defenses. The Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate branch in 1802. From the beginning the Corps contributed to both military and works of a civil nature.

In 1899, the Army Corps took on regulation of navigable rivers and harbor tidewaters were added. In 1972, with the Clean Water Act, all rivers and bodies of water, including any dredged materials and their disposal. Tischbein gave Bath Iron Works as an example – in that before any new vessel is launched the Kennebec River channel has to be dredged.

Other projects include permitting private and commercial piers, aquaculture, gas pipelines across water, Maine Turnpike Authority’s request to relocate the York toll plaza near a wetland, as well as residential subdivisions and commercial buildings near wetlands, and even a private driveway crossing a stream.

There are many factors considered in approving permits: conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environments concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use, navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, wetland values, energy needs, safety, food production and the needs and welfare of the people. It is a real balancing process.

Of the many permits submitted 80 percent are completed in 60 days. Of those, 80 percent of permits are not appealable and 20 percent of larger projects will have public input. Many times it is a matter of suggesting modification of the scope or boundaries of a project.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions is Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. To make dinner reservations call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, please contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584 or visit

Hanna’s history shared with Bristol Area Lions Club 10/16/2014

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Hanna’s General Store and Garage, New Harbor, Maine. (photo: Visions of America, LLC)

Hanna’s in New Harbor owner David DeLong was the speaker at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club. He is originally from Westborough, MA and started coming to the area in 1958 with his parents. They rented a cabin named “Slabwood” which was on the shore next to the Fort House.

DeLong attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Calais and married Cindy Hanna. He moved permanently to the area in 1976 and worked at Poole Brothers and Konitzy’s Boat Yard. In 1991 he took over ownership of Hanna’s from his father-in-law Paul Hanna.

The building housing the business was acquired by Paul Hanna’s father in the early 1930’s. At that time they sold a diverse number of products including dynamite, black powder, firearms, hunting and fishing gear, clothes and did engine repairs on boats and automobiles. There was a dance hall upstairs and a soda fountain downstairs in the store.

Initially Hanna’s sold Sacony Gasoline, which later became Mobil. In 2008, when Mobil requested that they add an island, install new digital pumps to allow credit card payment at the pumps, they switched to Apex which allowed existing pumps to continue to be used.

Lion President Brendon Donegan thanks speaker David DeLong of Hanna’s for his presentation.

Lion President Brendon Donegan thanks speaker David DeLong of Hanna’s for his presentation.

Toda, Hanna’s no longer sells firearms, but it is licensed to accept firearms ordered on line for customers. It still sells ammunition and hunting gear, marine hoses, chain, line, paints and supplies, fishing boots, rods and reels, and fishing lures, selling over 800 of the latter each summer. Hanna’s stocks flannel hunting shirts, sweat shirts, t-shirts and work gloves; plumbing parts and supplies, light bulbs and electrical supplies, auto cleaners, waxes and polishes; brooms, rakes and shovels; duct, masking and electrical tapes; and even candy, newspapers and coffee to go. It still is a real old-fashioned general store with a bit of everything.

Before you drive up to Damariscotta, see if Hanna’s has what you need. Or stop by sometime to see the variety of products in stock.

The next meeting of the Bristol Lions takes place on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, featuring Alna resident Peter Tischbein speaking on the role of the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers in Maine. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

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

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