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Bristol Area Lions hear from Bristol Consolidated School Principal 10/18/2019

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Bristol Area Lion David Kolodin thanks Bristol Consolidated School Principal Jennifer Ribeiro for her talk and presents her with a donation for the completion of the girls softball field.

Bristol Consolidated School Principal Jennifer Ribeiro addressed the Bristol Area Lions Club on Monday, Sept. 16. Ribeiro has been the school principal for 12 years and outlined her duties and responsibilities. She reports to A.O.S. 93 Superintendent Craig Jorgensen who is responsible for Bristol, South Bristol, Great Salt Bay, Nobleboro, and Jefferson schools.

Ribeiro is responsible for the school complying with government regulations, hiring and managing staff and their development, as well as coordinating curriculum. In cases of teacher, student, parent disagreements she is the arbitrator.

Bristol is the only A.O.S. 93 school with a Pre-K program which is open only to Bristol residents. Overall school population has increased from 190 last year to 197 as Bristol becomes recognized as a desirable place to live and raise a family.

Regarding the cost of the Girls Softball field, since the school parking lot project ended up costing less than anticipated, there was a surplus in the capital reserve fund that was used for the initial clearing of the site. Otherwise no tax payer funds have been expended for the construction of the girls softball field with the bulk of the cost covered by grants, and major gifts from individuals in the community. The field is expected to be completed in 2020 with the first game in 2021. It will also be utilized by the Little League.

In an earlier e-mail request, the club voted unanimously to donate $500 to the completion of the field. If you wish to contribute, checks should be made payable to the Bristol School Boosters mailed to the Bristol Consolidated School, 2153 Bristol Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558.

A moment of silence was held in memory of former member Steve Lord who for many years collected bottles and cans for the Lions at his Huddle Road redemption center to benefit the Bristol Area Lions Eye Fund.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be the President of Inn Along the Way, Sherrie Flint. 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 learn about Inn Along the Way 10/09/2019

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Inn Along the Way President Sherry Flint accepts a donation and thank you for her presentation from Bristol Area Lions V.P. Bobby Ives.

On Monday Oct. 7, Inn Along the Way President Sherry Flint explained the Inn Along the Way concept to the Bristol Area Lions Club. It began as a concept based upon how multi-generational farm families cared for their elderly members.
The vision for Inn Along the Way was defined in 2013, to build a vibrant, interdependent community where living and dying can be a richer, fuller, and more human experience.

In July 2014 the I.R.S. granted the Inn Along the Way a 501 (c) (3) status and on December 2014 the group signed a contract to purchase the Chapman Farm at 741 Main Street in Damariscotta, just before it ends at Route 1. Unfortunately, the group had no money and mutually agreed to raise the funds in a year and allow the family to clear out the farm which had been in the family for nine generations. The funds were raised in 2015 and the transaction completed on Jan. 1, 2016. The organization has no mortgage.

The farm consists of 31 acres of rolling fields and a pond, with a white farm house and huge red barn with a milking shed. The first phase was to build two fully accessible guestrooms on the first floor, each with its own private bath. These will be available to paying guests as well as to those seeking respite. In addition, there will be three more guestrooms upstairs, and a café with a commercial kitchen for preparing meals. Renovations have been completed including electrical and plumbing, and currently sprinklers are being installed.

Eventually, further additions and renovations will result in eight guest rooms and one managers apartment. Four of the guest rooms will be fully accessible on the ground floor; four others will be upstairs. The barn will serve as an events and arts center and for community gathering.

Future plans call for “a pocket neighborhood” of small accessible, environmentally friendly, long-term rental homes, active cultivation of the farm fields and an onsite farm stand, and public walking paths on the 31 acres.

Inn Along the Way has well over 90 volunteers, with many partners, and donations ranging from $5 to $750,000. To donate, make out a check payable to Inn Along the Way and mail to P.O. Box 1133, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6p.am. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Town Administrator Chris Hall who will update the club on various town projects and challenges. 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 Golf Tournament Results 09/04/2019

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The Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament trophy winners were Darryl Day for the closest to the pin on the eighth hole, Tom Farrell and Marilee Harris for the longest drive on the seventh hole.

The eleventh annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation Golf Tournament was held Aug. 31 at Wawenock Golf Club. It was a gorgeous day for playing golf and a good time was had by all.

No one won the 2019 Jeep Cherokee from Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the prize for a hole-in-one on the third hole, nor the 2020 Wawenock Golf Club membership for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole.

The Lions are grateful for all the guidance and help from the Wawenock Golf Club staff: Cassandra Van Winkler, Linda Cosgrove, and R.J. Ochs for making the tournament successful. Also, thank go to Jill Harrison and her staff of the White Owl Restaurant for preparing a delicious lunch of lobster, baked potato, pasta salad and corn on the cob served buffet style outside on the lawn. Those who did not eat lobster were served prime rib with bearnaise sauce instead of burgers with no complaints.

R.J. Ochs compiled the scores and announced to the winners. The first low gross winners were the Paul Sproul team with Dereck Hanna, Mitch Beck, and Wai Houngl. The first net winners were the Darryl Day team with Ron Storer, Mike Prentice, and Eric Morgner.

The second low gross winners were the Pete Farrell team with Tom Farrell, Matt Farrell, and Kevin Murphy. The second net winners were the Dewey Chase team with Tim Mateosian, Ken Wertz, and Shawn Pellerin.

Other prize winners were Ken Wertz for the closest to the lobster trap (22”), Wai Houngl for closest to the train, Darryl Day for the closest to the to the pin in the eighth hole (3’9”), and Tom Farrell and Marilee Harris for longest drive on #7.

Tournament proceeds will benefit the Bristol Area Lions Foundation endowment scholarship fund, the Bristol Area Lions Christmas food baskets and other local charities.

Next year’s Bristol Area Lions tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 Labor Day weekend. 


Bristol Area Lions Raffle Winners 09/04/2019

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Alan F. Shea (left) prepares to draw the winning Bristol Area Lion Club raffle ticket at the Willing Worker Hall in New Harbor on Labor Day. Star ticket salesman Lion Walt Johansson closely watches.

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

The first prize, a $250 L. L. Bean gift card, was won by John Merrill, of Chamberlain. The second prize, a dozen lobsters courtesy of Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, went to Michelle Rodrigues, of New Harbor. Barney Ireland, of Pemaquid, won the third prize, a $50 gift card for The Anchor restaurant.
The Bristol Area Lions Club acknowledged its oldest member, 86-year-old Lion Walt Johansson, who sold $1,300 of tickets by walking u and down the driveways and roads off Pemaquid Harbor Road. He sold one of the winning tickets this year.

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

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept.16 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Principal Jennifer Ribereio of the Bristol Consolidated School who will update the club on the school’s activities including rising attendance and the girl’s softball field. The meal will be Shepard’s pie, salad, and biscuits followed by coffee and whoppie pies.

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

Bristol Area Lions Golf tournament Prize is a new 2019 Jeep Cherokee 08/07/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan (left) stands with Newcastle Chrysler President Randy Miller. Newcastle Chrysler is offering a new 2019 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for a hole-in-one on the third hole in the Bristol Area Lions Foundation 11th Annual Golf Tournament. (photo: courtesy Mike Elwell)

Newcastle Chrysler will offer a 2019 Jeep Cherokee as the prize for a hole-in-one at the eleventh annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation at the Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole on Saturday, Aug. 31, with a rain date of Sept. 1.

Other prizes are a Wawenock golf membership for next year for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. A Wawenock shirt and towel for members of the first and second low gross and net team and two four-packs of golf balls for members of the second low gross and net team.

Trophies will be awarded to the player who is the closest to the pin on the eighth hole and longest drive on the seventh hole. A gift card from Round Pond Lobster for closest to the lobster trap and two gift cards from Reunion Station for closest to the train.

Registration forms are available at Wawenock Golf Club or may be emailed by calling John Janell at 563-7402 or emailing janell@tidewater.net. The cost is $50 per person for nine holes, and includes a cart and lunch prepared by The White Owl restaurant. Lunch includes a whole lobster with corn on the cob, potato salad, and coleslaw with a roll. Burgers are available for those who do not eat lobster.

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 C.H.I.P, Caring for Kids, The Community Energy Fund, and other local charities. This year the Foundation awarded five $2,500 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates.

Bristol Area Lions Scholarship Dinner 07/21/2019

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From left: William Shaffer, Christopher Burrows, Jenna Gilbert, Aspen Dyer, and Jayden Gilbert, Bristol Area Lion David Kolodin. (photo: Rachel Bizzaro).

The Bristol Area Lions met on Monday, June 17 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. All five of the $2,500 scholarship winners and two parents were dinner guests sponsored by individual club members.

The gathering enjoyed appetizers before the meeting. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lions prayer, and the Lions toast. Dinner was served by Deb Thibault of Deb’s Bristol Diner, consisting of a tossed salad, rolls, roast pork, mashed potato and gravy, followed by strawberry shortcake on Deb’s biscuits and whipped cream and coffee.

Following dinner, Lion David Kolodin introduced the scholarship winners who thanked the Lions and telling the club of their future plans. William Shaffer will attend Vassar College and major in economics and would like to assist African countries and speaks French. Christopher Burrows will major in woodwind performance at New York Institute and plays clarinet, bassoon, flute, oboe, and tenor saxophone and plans a career in music. Aspen Dyer will major in biology with a minor in neuroscience/animal husbandry at Davidson College and plans to be a veterinarian. Twin sisters Jenna and Jayden Gilbert will attend Husson University and major in nursing to help others.

The Bristol Area Lions Foundation is a dedicated scholarship fund invested
with Fidelity Investments and funded by bequests and major gifts from club
and community members. The fund can not be used to aid the club or any 501
(C) (3) organization. The Bristol Area Lions have two summer fund raisers:
selling raffle tickets and seeking sponsors for an annual golf tournament
which benefits the scholarship fund and other local charities.

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

Bristol Area Lions learn about Stepping Stones Housing, Inc. 06/12/2019

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Stepping Stones Housing Executive Director Marilee Harris, is thanked by Lion John Janell for her presentation.

On Monday, April 1, Stepping Stones Housing Executive Director Marilee Harris explained their program to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

Marilee Harris was introduced as a local who grew up in Woolwich and graduated from Morse High School. She has a bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s degree from Cornell University, where she studied horticulture, floriculture and agricultural education. She returned to Maine and became the director of a after school program, focusing on “latch-key” kids. When Chop Point opened their school, she taught graded 4 thru 6.

Harris spent time traveling and teaching in Thailand and Bolivia and returned to complete a master’s degree of divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. Today she works as a part-time Pastor of the Damariscotta Baptist Church, a part-time middle school math teacher at Bristol Consolidated School and as part-time executive director of Stepping Stones Housing. A true Mainer with three part-time jobs.

Stepping Stones Housing, Inc. is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation that has been providing affordable transitional and permanent housing for individuals and families in Lincoln County since 2013 and helped 20 individuals this past year.

SSHI is a local, volunteer run, grassroots program dedicated to helping those who earn less than a living wage find housing as a “stepping stone” to an improved living situation. They own several properties in Bremen and Damariscotta.

SSHI provides housing for individuals who were previously homeless and works in conjunction with Telford Housing who provides a case manager at the Ecumenical Food Pantry each week, SSHI also works with New Hope for Women and has offered several women a “safe” place to live. SSHI charges less than 30% of their take home income.

SSHI works hard to tackle the growing problem of homelessness in Maine. Over 48,000 people in Maine live below the poverty line, and about 50% of those are children who go to bed hungry. The State of Maine ranks 9th in least affordable housing available. One in nine people in Lincoln County live below the poverty line and can’t afford available rental housing. Damariscotta rentals are $800 to $1,000 per month for a one-bedroom unit and even at 40% of their income are unaffordable by single parents.

SSHI current project is to develop their Biscay Road property to assist more individuals. They are currently using a $10,000 grant to connect to town sewer and digging a second well. The property consists of a commercial unit currently rented to Custom Fitness Personal Training, a separate house and a six-bay garage. After construction these buildings will increase the family units from 2 to 8. This site is within walking distance to prospective employers.

Bristol Area Lion Chris Leeman and his wife Heather have been assisting with fund-raising and repairs to existing housing units. If you would like to help support this program, one can send a check to: Stepping Stones Housing Inc., P.O. Box 21, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club is on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. 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. The meal will be bowls of beef stew, salad, and biscuits followed by carrot cake and coffee catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 53-7402.

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

Leeman earns 10-year Lions service award 06/11/2019

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Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan (left) presents a 10-year service chevron to Lion Chris Leeman.

At the Bristol Area Lions Club meeting on April 1, Lion Chris Leeman received his 10-year chevron from Club President Brendan Donegan.

Leeman’s service is notable in that he and his family maintain the parking lot, landscaping and lawn at the club’s Willing Workers Hall. The Leeman family and friends help distribute the club’s Christmas Food Baskets. Leeman is a Platinum Golf Tournament sponsor and fields three foursomes at the club’s annual event.

He and his wife Heather do business as Chris Leeman, Contractor and Maine Home Networking Inc. located in New Harbor.

Bristol Area Lions award $12,500 in Scholarships 06/06/2019

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Scholarship recipients from left: Aspen Dyer, William Shaffer, Jenna Gilbert, Jayden Gilbert, and Christopher Burrows with Bristol Area Lions Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope. (Photo courtesy Jenny Mayer)

The Bristol Area Lions Club congratulates five outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2019 who were each awarded $2,500 scholarships on Class Day, Tuesday, June 4, from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to recognize scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service.

Aspen Dyer, of Bristol, was the 34th recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. She plans a major in biology with a minor in neuroscience/animal science at Davidson College. Among Dyer’s achievements are: president of the Young Women’s Club, softball team manager, officer of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Sigma Chi, mentor of Unified Sports and of Freshmen Mentors and Ambassadors, member of the Interact Club and of Muddy Mustangs 4-H, kennel attendant at Haggett Hill Kennels, and sales clerk at the Granite Hall store.

Honors received by Dyer include Spanish Excellence, AP Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Award, National Honor Society, Eagle Award, and Ekls Most Valuable Student. Her community services include raising money for cancer patients and low-income families, assisting the elderly, a local food pantry, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, suicide awareness, a refugee center, a local animal shelter, and collecting crutches for polio patients.

William Shaffer, of New Harbor, received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. He plans a major in economics at Vassar College. Among his achievements are: captain of the soccer team, vice president of the Ambassadors Club, National Honor Society, freshman mentor, mentor and counselor at Kieve-Wavus, sailing counselor at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, teacher and mentor at LA China Institute, co-founder and president of the Lincoln Area Community Fundraising Organization, a group that has raised thousands over the past three years for local charities. He has also worked for the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, and volunteered for the National Honor Society and the Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup.

Jenna Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She plans majoring in nursing at Husson University. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball, dietary aide, nanny, and ice cream scooper. Her volunteer work includes food drives and fundraising that support local efforts, such as creating Thanksgiving baskets for the needy and planting Arbor Day saplings around the baseball field at Lincoln Academy.

Jayden Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Al Rottner Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Husson University, majoring in nursing. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball. Gilbert’s work experience includes Schooner Cove Retirement Community and Round Top Ice Cream. Her volunteer work through the Interact Club has involved fundraising and various activities such as bake sales for toys donated to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and raffles to help families in need.

Christopher Burrow, of New Harbor, received the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship. He will major in woodwind performance at New York Institute. He excelled scholastically with six Advanced Placement courses and eight honors courses.

Burrow is a member of the Lincoln Academy jazz band, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble Orchestra, the Seacoast Community Orchestra, and the Bowdoin Concert Band. He has been accepted three times to the Honors Band and the Maine Music Educators Association All-State Band. Twice he has been a member of the Sousa National Honors Band and a pit member of the orchestra for Lincoln Academy musical productions. He participated in a summer program for the New York University Broadway Winds group.

Burrow is the high school representative of Healthy Lincoln County. He has been an entry-level teaching assistant and participated in a community service trip to Haiti through Maine Music Outreach, where he taught Haitians to play musical instruments.

The Bristol Area Lions Club has awarded 75 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduating seniors from Bristol and South Bristol in the past 34 years. For more information about the nonprofit Bristol Area Lions Foundation, contact Michael Hope at 677-2193.

Bristol Area Lions learn about Healthy Lincoln County 06/05/2019

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell thanks Healthy Lincoln County Project Manager Jess Breithaupt for her presentation on preventing drug abuse.

Jess Breithaupt, the project coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County, spoke to the Bristol Area Lions on Monday, June 3. She spoke on preventing drug abuse, addressing alcohol, marijuana, vaping, smoking, and prescription drug misuse.

In Lincoln County two out of five students feel they don’t matter in the community. Two big focuses are food insecurity and feeling despair. Healthy Lincoln County Gleaners made up of ten volunteers go to local farms and harvest unpicked or imperfect produce as well as home gardens. Last year they collected 5,895 pounds of produce and redistributed it back into the community at various convenient locations for anyone to take and use at no charge.

Maine is the most food insecure state in New England and the 9th in the nation. 1 in 5 children in Maine are hungry. There is a connection between food insecurity and drug abuse. At Lincoln Academy one in four students felt depressed. Families have lost togetherness by not sharing a meal. Two out of five don’t eat meals with their families and share their day.

The agency strives to prevent and reduce substance abuse in our youth by promoting health and resilience. They focus on root causes of this issue as they discovered that scare tactics are not effective. Healthy Lincoln County works with our towns to make policies that protect our kids from underage drinking, or collaborating with the schools, farms, and libraries to bring fresh produce to the people that need it. They bring members of our community together to share ideas and resources to have the greatest collective impact. They promote leaving technological devices and taking a walk on many of our community and conservation trust trails and breathe in clean air.

They are funded by a combination of state, federal, local grants, and donations. The Bristol Area Lions encourages others to donate to this 501 (c) (3) nonprofit by sending a check to Healthy Lincoln County, P.O. Box 1287, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. This will be the club’s annual meeting and the five scholarship winners and a parent will be guests, along with spouses and friends.

Dinner will be roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, and salad, followed by strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and coffee. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 53-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584, or like the club on Facebook.

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