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Bristol Area Lions award $12,500 in scholarships 05/31/2018

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From left: Bristol Area Lions Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope stands with scholarship recipients (from left) Hannah E. Corson, Jacob S. Maker, Khloe M. Poland, Ashly M. Eugley, and Logan A. Eckel. (Photo courtesy Jenny Mayher)

The Bristol Area Lions Club congratulates five outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2018 who were each awarded $2,500 scholarships on Class Day, May 30 by the Bristol Area Lions Foundation. 

The Club increased their scholarships this year from $2,000 to $2,500.   Scholarships are awarded to recognize scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service.  

The Bristol Area Lions Club named the vocational scholarship the Al Rottner Memorial Scholarship in honor of their Melvin Jones Fellow who passed away at age 91 on October 28, 2017 at Cove’s Edge. Rottner was a 26-year member of the club who had received the Lions International highest award in 2008.   

Logan A. Eckel, of Pemaquid, was the 33rd recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship.  He plans a major in applied economics and management at Cornell University.  Among his achievements are: National Honor Society, Yale book award, LA Leadership Corp. and Maine Youth Leadership Program, Lacrosse Varsity captain, Soccer Varsity, Alpha Sigma Gamma a community service fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, Coats for Kids campaign leader, and Bristol Cemetery Veteran Flag Replacement with the VFW.  Eckel is also a part-time lobster fisherman, Eagle Scout, and participated in the annual Elmer Tarr roadside cleanups

Ashly M. Eugley, of South Bristol, received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship.  She plans a major in environmental science at Bard College. Among her achievements are: National Honor Society, Girls State, Girls State, Eagle Award, academic awards in English and Spanish, Peer tutor, freshman mentor, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Sigma Sigma Chi a community service sorority, co-president of Lincoln Area Community Fundraising Organization, and Out Maine Youth Policy Board.

Khloe M. Poland, of New Harbor, received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship.  She plans on majoring in health science and pursuing a pre-med. track at Husson University. Her achievements are National Honor Society, Sigma Sigma Chi, Peer tutor, freshman mentor, First Responders Interact Club, Varsity basketball, soccer, softball and jump rope demonstration team.  Poland has volunteered at The Lincoln Home, Coves Edge, Hodgdon Green, YMCA and Schooner Cove.    

Jacob S. Maker, of New Harbor, received the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship award.  He plans on majoring in History at Norwich University with the goal of becoming an Officer in the United States Airforce after his education is completed. His achievements are National Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Gamma, Maine Youth Honor Roll, has twice won the Bronze Presidential Service award, active in basketball, baseball and golf. His community service work includes a week of two summers at Camp Postcard, a camp for at risk 5th and 6th graders run by a volunteer staff of mostly current or aspiring police officers and military.

Hannah E. Corson, of New Harbor, received the Al Rottner Memorial Vocational Scholarship. She plans a major in the fire science program at Southern Maine Community College.  Among her achievements are becoming a volunteer for Bristol Fire & Rescue having completed her first basic fire class and has started a First Responder license EMS course, which when successfully completed will certify her to join Bristol’s First Responder group and render medical care for those in need of assistance. The highly regarded fire service program at SMCC will enhance her skills and hopefully allow her to share them with new younger members.   

The Bristol Area Lions Club has awarded 70 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduating seniors from Bristol and South Bristol in the past 33 years.  For more information about the nonprofit Bristol Area Lions Foundation, contact scholarship chairman Michael Hope at 677-2193.

Bristol Area Lions earn Four-Diamond Service Award   05/23/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Club Eyeglass Chairman Tom Rodrigues (left) presents 216 pair of eyeglasses and 20 cell phones to Maine District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson.

At the meeting on May 21, at the Willing Workers Hall, the Bristol Area Lions Club and guests enjoyed Shepard’s pie, salad, and biscuits followed by Whoopee pies and coffee served by caterer Deb Thibault, of Deb’s Bristol Diner. After dinner, the District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson was amazed at the amount of support given to the community by the small Lions club.  

The club was praised for its community service projects and financial support provided to local non-profits by Iverson. He presented the club with a four-diamond award for service provided to the community in four categories: youth, vision, environmental, and hunger. 

Youth focused activities included a Speak Out contest involving high school students speaking in competition on a topic of their choice; sponsoring the Bristol Lions Little League team for 51 years, awarding four scholarships to Bristol and South Bristol residents graduating from Lincoln Academy, and donations to Healthy Kids, the Lincoln County Dental clinic, and CLC YMCA. 

Vision activities included the collection of eyeglasses and donations to Lions International Sight & Hearing Foundation and to The Iris Network, serving the entire state of Maine. 

Environment activities include participation in the Elmer Tarr roadside cleanup with the Bristol Little League team and the Bristol Masonic Lodge which has been turned over to the Pemaquid Watershed Association’s TarrNation committee.  Elmer Tarr was a Bristol Lion and a Mason who would pick up trash on his walks to Pemaquid Point. Keeping the Pemaquid peninsula beautiful is more in keeping with PWA’s mission. This year more individuals and organizations were involved which resulted in more miles of road being cleaned. 

Hunger activities include an annual Christmas food-basket distribution to Bristol and South Bristol and donations to the New Harbor Food Pantry and Caring for Kids weekend snack backpack program.  

The speaker for the next meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 4 at the Willing Workers Hall will be Walter Wales a former member and yacht designer who will do a presentation on the design and building of the “Scheherazade” by Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay.  To make a dinner reservation 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 Lions Little League 05/21/2018

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The Bristol Lions Little League team: (front row from left) Ryan Foster. Porter Brewer, Jordan Blanc, Abe Blanc, Paul Leeman, Hamilton Pierpan and (back row from left) coach Tim Stiles, Blake Gamage, Logan Willey, Tucker Stiles, Aidan Bryant, Tyler Blanc, and coach Adam Gamage. Missing from photo: Kaleb Churchill. The Bristol Area Lions Club sponsors the team and has done so for 51 years.

Bristol Area Lions Host Annual Speak Out Contest 04/15/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Speak Out contestants, from left Page Camp, Phoebe Pugh, Gus Hunt, Liam Cullina, Scott Peterson, and Victoria Melehov. (Photo courtesy Tom Rodrigues)

The Bristol Area Lions held its annual Speak Out contest on March 5 at the fellowship hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church. A delicious dinner of veggie lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread followed by raspberry filled cookies was served by Deb’s Bristol Diner.  The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members.

After dinner, the six Lincoln Academy students participating in the contest were introduced only by a previously drawn number by Lion David Kolodin, who had coordinated the event with the Lincoln Academy debate advisor Matt Leland.  Seven other students from the debate team will speak at the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions Speak Out.  Since only two clubs will be at the regional competition at Lincoln Academy this year it was decided to select two winners from each club.  

The contestants chose their own topic and spoke on an issue they felt strongly about in a talk 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, they were each asked two questions worded in such a way that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject by Lion Tom Rodrigues and Bristol Town Administrator Chris Hall.   

The two winners were Liam Cullina, a junior, whose topic was “the electoral college of America” and Scott Peterson, a freshman, whose topic was “the artistic complexity of modern music.”  Third place was awarded to Victoria Melehov, a freshman, who advocated for “comprehensive national service.”   Page Camp, a junior, spoke on “the importance of public transportation;” Phoebe Pugh, a senior, addressed “the global gag rule,” and Gus Hunt, a junior, topic was “the power of music.” 

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. The winner of the regional Speak Out contest at Lincoln Academy, will compete at the state Speak Out at the Samoset Resort in Rockport on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. 

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on March 19 and will take place at Deb’s Diner in Bristol Mills.  The meal will be corned beef and cabbage, with a salad, rolls, dessert, and coffee. The speaker will be Leslie Livingston, Executive Director of Healthy Kids. To make dinner reservations, 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.

Hearty Roots Director Addresses Bristol Area Lions 04/04/2018

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Hearty Roots Director Haley Bezon accepts a donation and thank you from Bristol Area Lions Foundation Secretary John Janell after her interesting presentation.

On Monday, April 2, Hearty Roots Director Haley Bezon explained the unique program of the organization to the Bristol Area Lions Club. 

Bezon has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in school counseling and elementary education.  She moved to Maine seven years ago from Alaska, where she worked in the wilderness therapy behavioral health field taking at-risk teenagers on 50-day paddling and mountaineering expeditions. 

As the school counselor and guidance teacher at Edgecomb Eddy School, working with kids everyday to tackle problems and strengthen social and emotional skills, she saw a need.  Bezon formed Hearty Roots just last year aiming to empower kids to disconnect from devices and reconnect through authentic relationships, mindfulness practices, and exciting outdoor adventures. 

Hearty Roots is a fusion of mindfulness programming and outdoor adventures, collaborating with the Boothbay Region Land Trust and Hidden Valley Nature Center. The plan for the summer of 2018 is to use the restorative powers of nature; youth age 10-13 will be immersed in exceptional programming that builds esteem, strengthens social and emotional skill development, and encourages a connection to the natural playground that surrounds our area.   There are nine youths with three counselors spending four days and a one-night campout sessions paddle boarding, hiking and yoga with two sessions for boys and three sessions for girls.  

Sessions are led by professional counselors and backcountry experts who introduce kids to outdoor sports on local public lands that they will return to for future healthy outlet pursuits.  Hearty Roots guiding principles: relationships + outdoor adventures + mindfulness programming = resilience.  

To enable Hearty Roots a 501 (c) (3) organization to expand and serve more youth with scholarships for the program one can send a check to: Hearty Roots, P.O. Box 302, Bristol, ME 04539     

The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor.  This will be the annual business meeting to nominate officers and directors for the coming fiscal year and plan the club’s summer fund-raising events and annual activities. 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

Healthy Kids Executive Director addresses Bristol Lions 03/30/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan presents a check to Healthy Kids Executive Director Leslie Livingston after her informative talk. (Photo courtesy Michael Hope)

On Monday, March 19, Healthy Kids Executive Director Leslie Livingston explained their various programs to the Bristol Area Lions Club.  

Healthy Kids, with state funding, began serving Lincoln County in 1985 as the Lincoln County Child Abuse and Neglected Council.  State legislation required there be a council in every county. State funding was discontinued to all councils in the early 2000’s causing all, but 4 county’s councils to dissolve their 501c(3) statuses. Healthy Kids was one of the four councils who continued as its own non-profit with a diverse funding base.  Today, the 501c(3) organization’s annual budget is approximately $185,000 and has one state funded grant for $36,000 from the Maine Children’s Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by donations from United Way, members of the community, and fundraising including the upcoming Healthy Kids Chocolate Fest to be held at the 1812 Farm in Bristol on Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 p.m.  

Healthy Kids is the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Lincoln County.  It is a community-based family and professional network offering support and educational outreach, to enhance and improve the lives of children and parents in Lincoln County. They provide a wide variety of programs designed to help parents, caregivers and professionals in raising emotionally, physically and cognitively healthy children. 

Healthy Kids provides individualized parenting support to any family in Lincoln County through our home visitation program.  There are no restrictions on the number of children in the family, when one has to enroll, or children’s ages.  Parents may learn about child development, brain development, cognitive and emotional growth, explore discipline strategies, communication techniques.  Parent ask questions and get connected to other resources.  

The many varied programs range from playgroups and coffee talk for parents to programs with dads to be a nurturing father, extending to prison visits to teach inmates to be the real father they never had. Health classes are held at all 4 Lincoln County high schools where teens learn basic infant care, how to deal with a crying baby and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and how drugs and alcohol affect babies. 

One can assist children in their community with a check to: Healthy Kids, P.O. Box 689, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  

The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 2 at the Deb’s Bristol Diner in Bristol Mills. The guest speaker will be Bristol resident Haley Bezon Director of Hearty Roots. 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 Donate to Library 02/21/2018

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Bristol Area Library board member Mary Stevens accepts Bristol Area Lions Foundation’s annual donation from Lion Herb Watson. The library uses the contribution to provide large-print books and other services for the visually hearing impaired or limited hearing patrons. Residents are urged to leave their used eyeglasses, hearing aids or cell phones in the Bristol Area Lions collection box at the library. Other collection sites are the Bristol – South Bristol Transfer Station, with a box next to the plastic sorting table, and Schooner Cove, with a box near the resident mailboxes.Bristol Lions Donate to Library

Bristol Lions Learn about the Bristol Mills Dam Study 02/14/2018

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Bristol Lions President Brendan Donegan shown with the Bristol Mills Dam Advisory Committee Chair Claire Enterline.

On Monday, Feb. 5, the Bristol Area Lions Club heard from Bristol Mills resident Claire Enterline, chair of the Bristol Mills Dam Advisory Committee. Enterline is eminently qualified to lead this committee as she received a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Boston University, and a master’s degree in zoology focusing on fish behavior from the University of New Hampshire.  

Enterline was employed as a diadromous fish (migratory between salt and fresh waters) biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources from 2007-2015, and was part of the staff that made assessments in 2012-2015 of the fishway in the Bristol Mills dam.  Enterline did volunteer fish counts as a Bristol Mills resident as well as enjoying canoeing on the Pemaquid River up to the northern most point of Pemaquid Pond and back. She is very well aware of the unique habitat upstream from Ellingwood Park. 

The Bristol Mills Dam Advisory Committee was formed in December 2016, at the request of the Bristol selectmen to oversee the process of a feasibility study by Wright-Pierce Engineering to present various options for the future of the dam and fish passage at the site and important functions of the dam maintaining water levels, providing a firefighting water supply, and swimming area. 

After the completion of the first draft of the study, twenty members of the Bristol Fire and Rescue, as concerned citizens, in a signed statement urged our leaders to maintain the current location of the Bristol Mills Dam, which was submitted to the selectmen on Nov. 13, by the Town Administrator.

At a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 30, residents voiced support for the repair of the Bristol Mills Dam and fish ladders as well as the ecosystem of the Pemaquid River. At the close of the informative meeting on the three options: repair, partial removal, or complete removal of the dam, a non-binding straw poll was taken by Selectman Paul Yates to see what option the residents favored.  The vote was 84 for repair, 24 for partial removal and one vote for complete removal.  

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club is the annual Speak Out on Monday, Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of 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.  

Members of the debate team from Lincoln Academy will be speaking on a topic of their choice for approximately five minutes using a minimum of notes. Points will be deducted for excessive reading. At the conclusion of each talk the contestant will be asked two questions to test their knowledge of the subject.  A panel of three judges will score each contestant. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place. The winner will go on to the regional competition at Lincoln Academy, and that winner to the state competition at the Samoset Resort in Rockport the end of April.  

To make dinner reservations, please 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 donate $2,000 to CHIP 01/24/2018

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Chip Board Jan.18

The CHIP, Inc. Board of Directors (front row from left) CHIP Coordinator Brittany Gill, Bristol Lion Treasurer Michael Hope, CHIP Treasurer Susan Glueck, and Corresponding Secretary Hannah McGhee. (Back row from left) CHIP Rachel McGinness, Kay Whitner, Valdemar Skov, Ruth Piper, Cynthia Ross, Quinn Martin, Vice President James McGrath, Recording Secretary Stephen Busch, and President Rev. David Ray.

Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope presented CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Project) Treasurer Susan Glueck a $2,000 annual donation to the CHIP home repair program. During this past year CHIP provided $59,000 worth of heating fuel, including firewood, to warm 250 households. The home repair program totaled $114,000 on items such as: weatherization, roofing, ramps, doors, windows, flooring, skirting, basic plumbing, electrical work, and more, improving 60 homes in nine towns. Neighbors helping neighbors with hundreds of hours of volunteer time.  The Bristol Area Lions urge all residents of Lincoln County to donate to CHIP Inc., PO Box 6, Newcastle, ME 04553.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Deb’s Bristol Diner.  The speaker will be Claire Enterline, the chair of the Bristol Mills Dam Advisory Committee, who will discuss the three options being considered.   To make 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, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions Donate to Food Pantry 01/20/2018

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Donna Hart, director of the New Harbor food panty receives the annual donation from Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer Michael Hope at the New Harbor Methodist Church. The food pantry serves over 52 families in Bristol and South Bristol and has seen many new clients in need during this cold season. Bristol Area Lions encourage others to donate to the New Harbor Pantry, PO Box 100, New Harbor, ME 04554.

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