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Bristol Area Lions Annual Meeting & American Red Cross Blood Drive 06/23/2017

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Bristol Area Lions scholarship winners and honor roll graduates from Lincoln Academy are from left: Julianna Preston, Kaden Pendleton, Constance Mullin and Evan Eckel.

On June 19, the Bristol Area Lions Club held their annual meeting at the Willing Workers Hall. Their $2,000 scholarship winners and one of their parents were dinner guests sponsored by individual club members.

After dinner, each graduate thanked the club and told them why they selected their college and their planned major course of study.

Julianna Preston, of South Bristol, plans a major in art history at Bard College. Kaden Pendleton, of New Harbor, plans a major in elementary education at the University of Maine at Farmington. Constance Mullin, of Bristol, plans to study nursing at S. Anselm College. Evan Eckel, of Pemaquid, plans to major in aviation and professional flight at Purdue University.

The Lincoln Academy graduates impressive scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities, and community service were detailed in that article.

The special dinner for the annual meeting consisted of an appetizer, tossed salad, a choice of steak with béarnaise sauce or baked stuffed haddock, followed by fresh strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream prepared by Deb’s Bristol Diner.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Willing Workers Hall on June 20 was disappointing. There were only thirteen successful donors, but two were the Power Red type, red blood cells only, which are the equivalent of two donations, making a total of fifteen. Two of the preregistrations did not appear and there were four rejections. Last year at the same time 23 pints were collected vs. the American Red Cross goal of 29. A pint has the potential to save three lives.

This year two Bristol Lions were successful donors, both over 80 years old. Next year the advertising will be increased along with a more extensive outreach to the community.
To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Lions Award $8,000 in Scholarships 06/04/2017

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The Bristol Area Lions Club congratulates four outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2017 who were each recently awarded $2,000 scholarships by the Bristol Area Lions Foundation and the 2016 Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament. Scholarships are awarded to recognize scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service.

Evan Eckel of Pemaquid was the 32nd recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. He plans to major in aviation/professional flight at Purdue University. Among his achievements are National Honor Society, Eagle award, published author, Maine Youth Leadership Program, Rotary Youth Leadership award, Julius Goodman award, YMCA board member, YMCA Teen Leaders Club founder, Science Café co-founder. Eckel is also a part-time lobster fisherman, Eagle scout and participated in the annual Elmer Tarr roadside cleanups.

Julianna Preston of South Bristol received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. She plans a major in art history at Bard College. Among her achievements are co-founder of LA Student Stewarts, Eagle award, top 20 in Maine National French exam for three years, four-time winner of LA art award, English award, Pumpkin Fest volunteer, public speaking and advocacy for blessing of the fleet in South Bristol.

Constance Mullin of Bristol received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She plans to study nursing St. Anselm College. Among her achievements were National Honor Society, Girls State, Mt. Holyoke book award, captain varsity field hockey, varsity lacrosse, dance, LA Volunteer Group, LA Ambassadors, freshman mentor and volunteer at Harbor Day Care and Bristol Consolidated School.

Kaden Pendleton of New Harbor received the Lions Golf tournament and Foundation Scholarship. He plans a major in elementary education at University of Maine Farmington. Among his achievements are LA Leadership Corp., National Honor Society, freshman mentor, YMCA Youth Leadership program, Boys State, Ruth Ives Humanitarian award, DARA Good Citizen, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, LA community fundraising, volunteer for Caring for Kids, and Bristol Fire and Rescue.

The Bristol Area Lions have awarded 65 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduating seniors from Bristol and South Bristol in the past 32 years. For more information about the nonprofit Bristol Area Lions Foundation contact, scholarship chairman, Michael Hope at 677-2193.

Bristol Lions Updated on Lincoln Academy’s Strategic Initiatives 04/04/2017

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Matthew Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs at Lincoln Academy (right) is thanked by Bristol Area Lions Club vice-president Alfred Ajami for his remarks about the school.

On March 20, Matthew (Matt) Goetting, the school’s Associate Head for External Affairs, joined the Bristol Area Lions Club for dinner and to talk about a topic of mutual interest. After a belated celebration of St. Patrick’s Day over corned beef and cabbage plus trimmings at Deb’s Bristol Diner, Goetting shared his views on how Lincoln Academy is now preparing students for careers with an expanded focus on technology.

At the top of the “to do” list is financial sustainability. As a non-traditional public school, LA must rely on fund raising for capital expenditures. The residential program, with 94 students from 20 different countries, is also a driver in the school’s financial health, especially as it expands to accommodate more foreign students interested in Maine’s seacoast experience. Curriculum and campus are all undergoing upgrades to encourage and facilitate a collaborative learning environment.

Plans for staff development are also underway to make greater use of the retiree and alumni(ae) community of professionals as mentors.

The centerpiece of LA’s strategy to train students, and retain them in Maine’s workforce, is the Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, known as the ATEC. It offers trimester and full year courses on both career avenues of the technology landscape.

On the high tech side, emphasis is placed on computer science, digital media and robotics. Traditional technology also retains its status as an important component with offerings in the metal, woodworking and automotive shop trades. Future plans call for related entrepreneurial courses and a push toward marine studies, the latter intended to leverage community connections with Lincoln County’s growing aquaculture industry and proximity to marine research institutes.

Goetting’s pitch proved compelling, especially since the Bristol Area Lion’s Club has an active scholarship program for LA students. His experience in fundraising, admissions, communications and community relations, gained from strategic educational initiatives in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco, are a welcome addition in sustaining LA’s growth.

In closing remarks, Goetting concluded by inviting all interested parties to visit the school and to join him, as stated in the closing sentence of his web site bio-sketch, in “finding ways to participate in the life of this incomparable region and community.”

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on May 1 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner and staff. First District Governor Norm Hart will be joining the Bristol Area Lions Club for an annual visit. The discussion focus will be on getting new members and member retention. To make reservations, please contact John Janell at 207-563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Host Annual Speak Out Contest 03/13/2017

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Bristol Area Lions Speak Out contestants, from left contestants Nathan McIvor and Hannah Davis, Lion David Kolodin, club speak out coordinator, contestants Liam Cullina and Anne Jensdatter

The Bristol Area Lions held their annual Speak Out contest on March 6 at the Fellowship Hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church. The church had decorated the tables with a St. Patrick’s Day theme with green tablecloths and decorative center pieces. A delicious dinner of veggie lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread was served by caterer, Debbie Thibault of Deb’s Bristol Diner. The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members.

After dinner, the four Lincoln Academy students spoke on an issue they felt strongly about in a talk from four to six minutes long, with penalties for going over or under the allotted time. The speech 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 Lions Tom Rodrigues and Brendan Donegan.

First prize was awarded to Liam Cullina, a sophomore, whose topic was “The need to get rid of the penny”. Second place was awarded to Anne Jensdatter, a sophomore from Copenhagen, Denmark, whose topic was “Pursuing the American dream.” Third place ended up being a tie between Hannah Davis and Nathan McIvor. Davis, a junior spoke on “Why we need feminism” and McIvor, a senior addressed “The decline of reading in the video era.”

The performance of the speakers in several different categories was judged by Lions Michael Hope, Bill Byrnes and Pastor Kelly Harvell of the New Harbor church, an honorary Lion for this event. The Speak Out timekeeper was Lion Walt Johansson. The winner of the contest, Liam Cullina will now compete with winners from other Lions clubs at the regional level at Lincoln Academy. The winner of that event will compete at the State Speak Out at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono on April 30 as part of the Lions annual state convention.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on March 20, will take place at Deb’s Diner in Bristol Mills. The meal will be corned beef & cabbage, with a salad, rolls and dessert and coffee. The speaker will be Matthew Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs at Lincoln Academy whose topic is “Preparing students for a career in technology.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Learn About Project Earth 11/15/2016

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Ethan Wajer (right), from Project Earth, is thanked for his presentation by Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan.

“Saving the earth one bucket at a time” is Ethan Wajer’s tag line. As a young landscaper and stone sculptor working from Newcastle, he became interested in the “Garbage to Garden” business model introduced by Tyler Frank to the Portland area in 2012. Two years ago, after studying the opportunity, Wajer decided to bring curbside composting to his home town and neighboring areas.

Joining the Bristol Area Lions Club as the after dinner speaker on November 7 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, Wajer explained his entrepreneurial approach to a new business called Project Earth. Lincoln County already had established a successful bulk composting operation at the recycling facility in Wiscasset. With infrastructure in place, the next logical step became organizing collection of approved “green” food scraps, adding them to the composting workflow in Wiscasset, and then distributing finished product back to the client base.

With 150 residential accounts, several restaurants, and Rising Tide already contributing to Project Earth, Wajer’s goal is to double every year, employ on one or more assistants and expand the coverage area. He also intends to make a credible pitch for business from large supermarkets to recycle their waste produce into organic fertilizer. “Our compost is in demand because it is high quality material and tested to meet strict standards,” he said, giving credit to the unique features of the Wiscasset operation.

Horse manure is the secret. It contains higher nutrient levels than cow manure and supports more efficient degradation of the food scraps mixed with it. Wajer explained that a doughnut hole is dug into a small manure pile placed on a concrete pad. Barrels of food scraps are emptied into the center, and covered over with more manure. The process is then repeated several times to achieve large, layered piles. These are turned over ever few days and sifted as needed to insure uniformity.

Within weeks, especially during warm weather, the compost is ready. Residential clients, whose foods scraps are collected weekly in 5 gallon pails for a modest fee, receive 40 lbs. of compost in exchange and can buy larger amounts. Special arrangements are made with commercial clients depending on volume.

A Lincoln Academy graduate, Wajer attended Curry College in Massachusetts. Project Earth has given him a reason to stay firmly rooted in Maine. Prospective clients wishing to learn more can call Wajer at 207-522-8224.

For information on Lincoln County’s composting operation, please visit http://www.lincolncountymaine.me/pg_compost.htm. Information about food scrap recycling and composting in general is also available at https://garbagetogarden.org/.

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on November 21 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Diner and staff. Representative Mick Devin will speak about renewable marine resources with an update on activities at the Darling Center. To make reservations, please contact John Janell at 207-563-7402.

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

Bristol Lions Award $8,000 in Scholarships 06/03/2016

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation Chairman Michael Hope stands with recipients, from left: Nettie Hoagland, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cayleigh Hearth and Kayla Dighton.

The Bristol Area Lions congratulates four outstanding seniors of the Lincoln Academy Class of 2016 as recipients of $2,000 scholarships at Class Night May 31 from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation.

Nettie Hoagland, of Walpole, was awarded the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. She will attend St Michaels College and major in journalism and communications.

Elizabeth Gilbert, of Walpole, received the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship, first awarded in 1985. She will attend Bentley University, and has not decided on a major.

Cayleigh Hearth, of Walpole, was awarded The Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She will attend the University of New York with a major planned in psychology.

Kayla Dighton, of Bristol, received the Golf Tournament Vocational Scholarship. She plans to attend Capilo’s Institute for Cosmetology.

Over the past 31 years, a total of 61 scholarships have been awarded by the Bristol Area Lions. For more information on the Bristol Area Lions Foundation contact Michael Hope, Scholarship Chairman at 677-2193.

Bristol Area Lions hear about the “Local First” Philosophy 10/09/2015

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From left Jenny Mayher, Lion host David Kolodin and Mary Kate Reny

From left Jenny Mayher, Lion host David Kolodin and Mary Kate Reny

At their Oct. 5 meeting, the Bristol Area Lions heard from Mary Kate Reny, chair of the Twin Villages Alliance, and Jenny Mayher, communications and community engagement manager at Lincoln Academy.

Mary Kate Reny received her bachelors degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and masters degree in community planning and development from the Muskie School in Portland, Maine.

Reny chairs the Twin Villages Alliance, is V.P. of the Retail Association of Maine’s board and is a newly appointed member of the Topsham Development, Inc. board. She is currently, the manager of Waltz Soda Fountain and the landlord for the Professional Building at 165 Main Street located over Reny’s Underground.

She lives in Bremen with her husband Bob. One club member commented that when she married into the Reny family she discovered that community planning meant where to locate the next store.

Jenny Mayher moved with her family to Maine in 2003, purposefully seeking a small vibrant community, and finding it in the Damariscotta area. Soon after settling here, she and a friend responded to the threat of a Wal-Mart Super Center locating in Damariscotta by organizing the Our Town campaign to pass size caps on retail stores in several Midcoast towns.

Since then she has worked as a children’s librarian at Skidompha library and is currently with the Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. She holds a bachelors degree from Harvard College and masters degree from Columbia Teacher’s College.

Reny said: “Strong local economies make vibrant and livable communities. It is no secret that Maine’s population is getting older, and that we want to keep and recruit more young entrepreneurs to “set up shop” in Maine. Did you know that many Maine communities are benefitting from the national trend of young professionals choosing to live, work and raise a family in the communities of their choice or where they grew up? It’s true!”

Reny and Mayher brought interesting examples of how the local economies of Newcastle and Damariscotta are affected by this trend, and how place making proponents can support and learn from the young Mainers who get the “local first” philosophy, and are building their lives around it.

The Professional Building houses a number of companies of out of state corporations. The offices have been updated, served by the Reny’s elevator, have free parking and share a common meeting room. The occupants are young professionals making good salaries, some serving the local communities, others doing business nationwide and internationally.

The tenants are: Wells Fargo Advisors, Tenji Inc. (responsible for L. L. Bean’s Freeport 3,500 gallon aquarium), Deerfield Consulting, Midcoast Economic Development District, Twin Village Alliances, Inter-Fluve Inc., Gartley & Dorsky, and Nannies & Tutors.

Jenny Mayher listed recent Lincoln Academy graduates who have gone away for training, degrees or experience and returned to the area to join their family business or start their own business. The examples she gave were Nate Bryant, The Riverside Boat Company in Newcastle; Peter Drum, attorney at law in Damariscotta; Ross Bradley, Uprising Solar and Electric in Bristol; Brady Hatch, Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle; Ellen Sabina, outreach director of Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast, Christa Thorpe, English for speakers of other languages teacher at L.A.; and August DeLisle, Van Lloyd’s Bistro in Damariscotta.

Contrary to the trend in Maine, many young graduates are returning to raise their families and start their own venture in an area they know to be a very special place.

In the business meeting that followed, Steve Hawks owner of Hawks House Inn in Walpole was introduced as the clubs new caterer. He served a delicious chicken stew with biscuits and a unique beet salad.

Our speaker for the next meeting on Oct. 19 will be Jenny Pendleton speaking on Caring for Kids, a local non-profit helping kids in the Bristol and South Bristol area.

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

Bristol Area Lions Annual Meeting 2015 06/23/2015

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation scholarship winners,

Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Winners,

At the Bristol Area Lions annual meeting on Monday June 22, returning officers were sworn in by Lion Bill Byrnes filling in for hospitalized parliamentarian Al Sears.

Other members of the board of directors for the 2015-2016 year include: David Kolodin, 3rd vice president-school coordinator, Walt Johansson membership chairman, Stan Galvin eyeglass chairman and Herb Watson lion tamer.

In addressing the members and guests for the evening, Lion Byrnes explained that the Bristol Area Lions Club is a member of the International Association of Lions Clubs. They are one of 46,000 other Lions clubs around the world, with over 1.3 million members in over 200 countries.

The Bristol Area Lions Club is made up of members who volunteer their time and effort to carry out charitable community service. The club organizes summer fund raising projects to support the local community, including the villages in Bristol and South Bristol.

Special guests at the meeting were three of the four $2,000 Bristol Area Lions Foundation scholarship winners, each with a parent. Cassandra Leeman who plans to major in marine science at Eckerd College in Florida; Ashley Mason will study nursing at the University of Maine; and Norma Kindell -Leeman will be taking pre-med courses at the University of New Hampshire.

Each of them thanked the club for their scholarship and explained why they chose to pursue their respective careers.

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

Bristol Lions Scholarships 06/02/2015

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Bristol Area Lion's Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope, with recipients Cassandra Leeman, Thomas Rushton, Ashley Mason and Norma Kindell-Leeman.

Bristol Area Lion’s Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope, with recipients Cassandra Leeman, Thomas Rushton, Ashley Mason and Norma Kindell-Leeman.

The Bristol Area Lions congratulates four outstanding seniors of the Lincoln Academy Class of 2015 as recipients of $2,000 scholarships at Class Night June 1 from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation.

Cassandra Leeman, of Walpole, was the 30th recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. She plans to major in marine science at Eckerd College. While overcoming the effects of chronic illness, Cassandra was able to achieve a remarkable record that included a semester at sea on the Harvey Gamage, 100 hours of volunteering, president of Clay Club, ceramic artist, Jazz Band, LA Sailing Club, College of The Atlantic Good Citizenship Award, Coaches Award for swim team, and KVAC All-Academic Athlete Award. Cassandra plans a career in aquaculture.

Thomas Rushton, of Pemaquid, received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. He plans a major in architecture at Cornell University. A three year member of student government and Alpha Sigma, LA’s service fraternity, he has helped organize events such as seniors helping seniors, the prom, and winter carnival and became an important member of an advisor group.

Ashley Mason, of New Harbor, received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She plans to study nursing at University of Maine, Orono. She was captain and Western Class B All-Star of the soccer team, varsity lacrosse, Basketball Leadership Corp, Youth Soccer referee at CLC, assistant coach for LA girls JV basketball and a member of student strategic planning. Ashley was instrumental in the care taking and nursing of her uncle and father during her high school years and in doing so developed a passion for caring for people and decided become a nurse.

Norma Kindell-Leeman, of New Harbor, received the Lions Golf Tournament-Foundation Scholarship. She anticipates taking Pre-Med at University of New Hampshire. Her outside interests include field hockey, International Club, mixed media art, traveling to Spain and Costa Rica with Lincoln Academy and working with her parents. Her community service consisted of Big Brothers Big Sisters for two years, roadside clean up, delivering Christmas food baskets and selling tickets on a beautiful shed built and donated by her father for charitable purposes.

Bristol Area Lions Club Welcomes Lincoln Academy Head of School David Sturdevant 04/24/2014

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Bristol Lion Tom Rodrigues, left, thanks David Sturdevant and Matt Goetting for their recent presentation about Lincoln Academy.

Bristol Lion Tom Rodrigues, left, thanks David Sturdevant and Matt Goetting for their recent presentation about Lincoln Academy.

Lincoln Academy’s new Head of School David Sturdevant is excited about the future of our town academy and it showed in a recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club. Helping all students to reach their highest potential is central to the school’s mission statement, emphasized Sturdevant, and the school’s curriculum reflects the wording on the Academy’s revised seal—independent, comprehensive, and global.

David Sturdevant came to Lincoln Academy in 2013 from Fryeburg Academy, where over the previous 28 years he had served as English teacher, dean of students, curriculum coordinator, founder of an alternative school, assistant head of school, and principal. With degrees from Wheaton College (Illinois), Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), and advanced studies at the University of Maine, he is a proponent of the town academy model of education and of experiential education for all students.

Begun in 1801 as a town academy, Lincoln Academy is one of the oldest private high schools in the country. With over 500 students from 18 towns and 6 different countries, the school was the last one of its kind in Maine to launch a boarding program. In addition to adding foreign students to the campus community, new programs in service learning, language immersion, and outreach programs are helping to promote global learning among the student body.

Lincoln Academy’s broad curriculum of 145 classes is expanding as well with new programs in marine studies, entrepreneurship studies and industrial arts. A new Applied Technology and Engineering Center, currently under construction, will house some of these exciting initiatives. Such innovations are helping students to maximize their potential and to consider post-graduate training or education.

Sturdevant commended the Bristol Area Lions Foundation for awarding three academic scholarships and one vocational scholarship annually to graduating seniors of Lincoln Academy. He was echoed by new Associate Head for Advancement Matt Goetting, who urged all present to support OUR regional high school.

A brief business meeting followed David Sturdevant’s presentation. In addition to committee reports, members discussed the upcoming Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup scheduled for Saturday morning, April 19. With the help of volunteers from the Masons, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League and PWA, the Bristol Lions should have over forty individuals cleaning up local roadsides that day.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club takes place on Monday, May 5. To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call 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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