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Elmar Tarr Roadside Clean-Up Day 04/17/2016

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Bristol Lion Walt Johansson displays trash retrieved from roadside deep ditches.

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”.

Summer Trunk Sales 08/30/2011

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We LOVE car trunk sales. It’s a special person who gets up unbelievably early on a bright Saturday or Sunday morning when the rest of the world is laying in bed. Car trunk sales (known as car boot sales in the U.K.) are a way of focusing a large group of people in one place to recycle still useful but unwanted domestic items that previously might have been thrown away. Car trunk sales generally take place within the summer months. Items sold can include antiques and collectables, anything in fact that the person wishes to sell, rather like a flea market. Sellers will pay a nominal fee for their pitch, and arrive with their goods in the trunk of their car, hence the name. Usually the items are then unpacked onto folding trestle tables, a blanket or tarpaulin, or the ground. Entry to the general public is usually free, although sometimes a small admission charge is made. Advertised opening times are often not strictly adhered to, and in many cases the nature of the venue itself makes it impossible to prevent keen bargain hunters from wandering in as soon as the first stallholders arrive.

Bristol Area Lions hold their car trunk sales every year in August in the parking lot of the Bristol Consolidated School, Bristol Road, New Harbor. Proceeds from pitching fees greatly help local charities and fund scholarships. Please come and join in the fun next year and tell your friends and neighbors. This is a great way to tidy up your closets, make a little pocket money and contribute back to your community.

Bristol Area Lions Visit Local Treasure 10/21/2010

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Last Monday the Bristol Area Lions paid a visit to a local facility that they helped to launch nearly 50 years ago—the Bristol Area Library. Librarian Jackie Bennett gave the Lions a tour of the collection of approximately 20,000 volumes and explained some of the many programs that the Bristol Area Library offers to the community.

Among those, the summer reading program is a hit along with a year-round book discussion group supported by the Maine Humanities Council. A growing collection of audio books and large-print books is becoming popular, and an LCD Reader that enlarges an image or text is available for anyone needing magnification. Monthly art displays, a small in-house bookstore and a planned Bristol area author series keep the Bristol Area Library a busy place.

The Bristol Area Library grew out of the ideas and imagination of three local teachers in the late 1950s. After a year of collecting books and funds, of acquiring a former Methodist Church, and of forming a board of trustees, the Bristol Area Library opened its doors in April 1962. Librarian Bennett acknowledged the Bristol Area Lions Club for their assistance in preparing the former church building for library use—building shelves, assisting with wiring and cleaning away debris from the property. Today, with a strong membership and board of trustees, and an enviable volunteer corps, the Bristol Area Library recently has been awarded a generous grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to upgrade climate control and to purchase computers for patron use. A matching grant from the Libra Foundation also has been awarded to the Bristol Area Library for the purchase children’s books. This privately supported institution welcomes anyone to join for a nominal annual membership fee.

At their next meeting on November 1, members of the Bristol Area Lions Club will hear a presentation by local area ecological consultant Mark Ward, who will discuss the natural history of coastal Maine with an emphasis on how its features have influenced human history in this region. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, or to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

Bristol Area Lions tour Carpenter’s Boat Shop 10/26/2009

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The Bristol Area Lions gathered at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop for their meeting on Oct. 19. The group marveled at the spacious, well appointed new workshop in the post and beam barn. Welcomed by instructor, Kenneth Kortemeier the apprenticeship program was explained.

The boat shop’s program is open to anyone over age 18 and is for people who are in life transition.

Those wishing to enter the program must first spend three days living at the boat shop, enabling them to experience boat shop life, after which they may apply.

Of the approximately two-dozen applicants who apply each year, only 10 who will benefit the most are selected. Apprentices are from all walks of life and from all across the United States and other countries as well.

It is a nine month in-residence program beginning each September. There is no tuition, nor is there any pay for work done. The aim is to live in creative simplicity based upon the Benedictine monks’ values. The life of the boat shop is supported by the sale of the boats and furniture built by the apprentices and by the generous gifts of many people each year.

Kortemeier showed the group the first item an apprentice makes: a toolbox. Then they build two boats. The group saw a Monhegan skiff in the process of completion ordered by a fisherman on the island. They also restore boats and learn other woodworking skills, but he noted that the purpose of the program is not to make wooden boat builders, but to provide living and carpentry skills.

Apprentices live in community and share weekly chores including meal preparation, decision making and volunteer for community service projects. There is time for sailing, rowing, meditation, study and personal reflection to prepare people for the next step in their life’s journey.

The group was led across the road to the former workshop, now the showroom, to see finished boats, various sized shaker boxes, post and rung chairs, stools and rockers, and Adirondack furniture, all of which is for sale.

The Lions reconvened at the Willing Workers Hall for dinner catered by the Samoset Restaurant and a brief business meeting.

The next meeting will be Mon., Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. The speaker will be the recently retired Director of Orbiter Production and Operations, United Space Alliance, Edward J. Polewarczyk who now resides in Wiscasset. He will present a PowerPoint Presentation on the Space Shuttle Program.

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