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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.


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 donate to Community Energy Fund 01/05/2017

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Todd Maurer Community Energy Fund President accepts check from Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan. The Community Energy Fund partners with the towns of Lincoln County to identify families in need, especially those not served by assistance programs. The Community Energy Fund then contacts their local energy supplier to schedule and pay for a delivery. For assistance contact your local town office. (Photo courtesy Brendan Donegan).

Bristol Area Lions Christmas Baskets 12/29/2016

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With snowflakes falling and single digit temperatures the Bristol Area Lions Club and friends distributed 54 Christmas food baskets to Bristol and South Bristol homes on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Thanks to the efforts of Bristol Lion project manager Michael Hope; and Paul Yates of C. E. Reilly & Son Inc. in New Harbor.

The Lions thank Rising Tide Community Market 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. Eleven club members participated the event: Alfred Ajami, Bill Byrnes, Bill Crider, Brendan Donegan, Michael Hope, John Janell, Walt Johansson, David Kolodin, Chris Leeman, Tom Rodrigues, and Jock Winchester. The were assisted by five family members and friends: Jay Bryant, Julie Crider, Stan Galvin, Craig Leeman and Tim Leeman.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Hawks House Inn, 349 State Road 129, Walpole. To make reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402.

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

Bristol Area Lions donate $1,600 to CHIP 12/22/2016

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Brittany Gill, the Coordinator for CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Project) receives a $1,600 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer and CHIP board member for home repair projects. The CHIP home repair program has been assisting families helping to make their homes warm, safe, and dry since 1984. The Lions urge all residents of Lincoln County to support their efforts with their own donations to: CHIP, Inc., P.O. Box 6, New Harbor, ME 04854. (Photo courtesy of Melody Tracy, Waldoboro Town Hall.)

Bristol Area Lions donate to New Harbor Food Pantry. 12/10/2016

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Donna Hart, director of the New Harbor Food Pantry, receives the annual donation from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation from Treasurer Michael Hope. The food pantry had just filled Thanksgiving boxes for 50 area families in Bristol and South Bristol.

Bristol Area Lions Learn About Archoil 09/27/2016

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Allen Millett (right), from RJ Energy Solutions, is thanked for his informative presentation by Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan.

At the meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on September 19, the members, a guest and their speaker enjoyed dinner at the Willing Workers Hall catered by Deb’s Diner. After dinner, Allen Millett, Director of Sales for RJ Energy Solutions LLC of Damariscotta, presented his latest venture to promote Archoil applications in Maine’s various markets for diesel engines and generators.

Archoil is a novel, nano-engineered lubricant and fuel additive designed to enhance combustion efficiency while reducing engine wear and carbon emissions. Nanoparticles are of great scientific and commercial interest because they have been shown to modify the interaction between bulk materials, such as metal parts and hydrocarbon fuels, at the level of their molecular structures.

The active ingredient in Archoil is potassium borate manufactured into an oil-soluble nanoparticle that binds to an engine’s metal surfaces. The resulting chemical reaction effectively prevents corrosion while decreasing friction between moving parts. An added benefit is that the metal-to-Archoil interface also catalyzes combustion so that fuel “burns” more efficiently at a lower temperature. The end results are engine life extension and reduced stack emissions. Archoil’s place in a “green” energy economy is also complemented by the fact that it is biodegradable.

Millett discussed several case studies, bringing to light notable observations from applied research. For example, adding Archoil, priced at 6 cents per gallon, to 265 gallons of diesel fuel, allows a locomotive to operate 20 degrees cooler and with an 11% lower total operating cost.

Findings along these lines in automotive applications are proving to be equally convincing, and Millett cited the work on Archoil done by Jay Leno. Leno’s YouTube videos tell a compelling story, which can be found by searching for “Nano Lubrication – Jay Leno’s Garage” or at the Archoil website (www.archoil.com) under the “Media” menu heading.

On a personal note during the evening’s conversation, Millett described his career and gravitation towards “green” technologies. Born and bred in Massachusetts, he spent 17 years in the computer industry at Digital Equipment Corp, 10 years in software sales at CollegeLink and Monster.com, 5 years at a non-profit organization, and the last 10 years on product branding and sales in new technologies.

In 1998, he relocated to Maine for life-style reasons. He now resides in Newcastle, where he has raised 4 boys (including triplets), all graduates of Lincoln Academy. When not pursuing technology, one of his many avocations is restoring Victorian barns.

The next meeting will be on October 3 at the Willing Worker’s Hall in New Harbor. The Bristol Area Lions Club will be hosting the first get together of Lions from Zone 10. To make reservations for that meeting at 6 p.m., please contact Herb Watson at 207-677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Club Holds Blood Drive 07/01/2016

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The Bristol Area Lions Club held a successful blood drive on June 21st. Twenty three pints vs. the American Red Cross goal of twenty nine were collected. It was still declared it a success. The Club
thanked the donors for their time, and gift of life to others. A pint has the potential to save three lives. Four of the donors were Club members, three of them were over 80 years old. Two other members were rejected due to their time in the United Kingdom.

Bristol Area Little League 05/05/2016

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Bristol Lions Little League team. Front row from left: Eben Lord, Aiden Seiders, Wade Lane, and James Usher. Second row from left: Ethan Pendleton, Hunter Brewer, Logan Willey, and Matt Hanna. Third row from left: Tucker Stiles, Aidan Bryant, Spencer Gamage, and Tyler McFarland. Back row from left: Lion club member Steve Lord, assistant coaches C.J. Pendleton and Kenny Seiders, and coach Adam Gamage.

The Bristol Lions Little League team won their opening game against Masters Machine in a nail biter playing a closely matched team. Alden Seiders and Matt Hanna scored two runs in overtime. They were hit home by Tyler McFarland.
The Bristol Area Lions sponsors this team and has for 49 years.
In 1939, the first four Little League teams were formed and one of them was sponsored by the Williamsport Lions Club. In the rhythm of the life of a community, Little League flows down a middle passageway. Playing baseball is a kind of a rite of passage. A baseball diamond is a good place to be, and multitudes of Lions Club continue to sponsor teams in Little League

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