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Bristol Lions hear from WCSH-6 & WLBZ-2 News Reporter Don Carrigan 10/18/2017

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell (left) thanks Midcoast bureau news reporter Don Carrigan for discussing “Goings on at the State House.”

On Monday, Oct. 16, WCSH 6 & WLBZ 2 Midcoast bureau news reporter Don Carrigan discussed “Goings on at the State House” a topic chosen by the Bristol Area Lions. In addition to Midcoast news, Carrigan covers political campaigns and other issues.

In 1991, Carrigan joined the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Cohen, working on a variety of issues affecting Maine. In 1994, he returned to broadcasting, becoming Executive Producer of Public Affairs for Maine Public Television.

Carrigan anchored the weekly MaineWatch and monthly Capitol Connections programs and moderated dozens of political debates, as well as producing a number of documentaries and other specials.

Carrigan talked about Maine’s problem with an aging population and that Lincoln County is setting the pace with the oldest population. As employees retire from the workforce there is a lack of qualified replacements. When looking for work, the younger generation are attracted to an urban setting. Maine only has two such places, Portland and Bangor, which are thriving. That is not the case in the Damariscotta region or other places in Maine.

Carrigan cited Masters Machine in Round Pond needing help to do precision machining and Volk Packaging in Biddeford making cardboard boxes, where much simpler skills are needed. A lack of help is restricting their growth.

How do we keep young people here? What programs will the new candidates for governor offer?

Now that Susan Collins has decided not to run for Governor, there are nine Democrats running, four Republicans (including Shawn Moody), two Green Party candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent (rumored to be backed by Elliot Cutler). However not all of them will obtain the necessary financing to run in the June primary.

A discussion of rank-choice voting followed, which is the current law voted in by referendum. The majority of the Lions supported it, having heard a presentation on its merits in 2016.

Two of the ballot questions in the upcoming Nov.7 election were discussed – building a casino in York County and expanding Medicare. There appears to be a lot of advertising for the casino with little opposition. Has Bangor reaped the promised benefits from its casino? On the Medicare question, it will cover those aged 18-65 who meet a certain income requirement and opinions appear to be split along party lines.

The next club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be Jack Kennedy, a Nobleboro resident who winters in Bali who will discuss his program to eliminate malaria.

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.

“Parts, parts, parts!”: Bristol Area Lions Club Visits Masters Machine 04/11/2012

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To learn more about the community it serves, the Bristol Area Lions Club hit the road recently, touring Masters Machine Company in Round Pond. Hosted by company vice president George Masters, Jr., the Lions saw firsthand why Masters Machine’s tag line is “a measure of precision.”

Started by George Masters Sr. and his sons in 1957 in the historic Washington Schoolhouse in Round Pond Village, this “working machine shop” has grown into a facility that takes up over 100,000 square feet and employs nearly 100 people, including a third generation of the Masters family.

George Masters, Jr. explained that his company manufactures precision turned components for other companies’ products, most of which end up being used outside of New England. Certified as an ISO 9001 registered company, Masters Machine produces everything from truck transmission gears to fire extinguisher valves, and from cell tower cable connectors to military ship cargo storage system components.

The standard measuring guides found on every lobsterman’s vessel come from Masters Machine as well.

The scope of Masters Machine’s impact can be appreciated by the fact that its products find use in trucks, cars, jets, trains, ships, motorcycles, traffic lights, on Hoover Dam in Nevada, and even in France’s Eiffel Tower.

On any given day, one hundred different components are manufactured at the Masters plant. Each piece produced, and there are thousands manufactured each week, is inspected, washed, and double-checked for precise measurement before being shipped to the customer.

All design and building is done in-house. The company recycles as much as possible, from scrap metal cast off during manufacture to cleaning solution for machine parts to the cutting oil used to lubricate tools. George Masters emphasized that the success of his company is based on the collaborative effort of its employees, who undergo rigorous technical training to operate the facility’s complex machinery.

Following their tour, the Bristol Lions met back at Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Plans are set for the annual Elmer Tarr Roadside Clean Up on Saturday, April 21 at 8 AM. Any interested residents and organizations are welcome to meet at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor and to join the effort to keep the greater Bristol Peninsula free of litter. For more information, please contact Lion Stan Benner at 563-7172.

Also discussed was the 4th Annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for Saturday, August 11. Proceeds from this important annual fundraiser support the Club’s academic scholarship fund and local charities. At the next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, on Monday, April 16, Lincoln County News’ “coastal economist” Marcus Hutchins will be the featured speaker.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-2095. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact John Janell at 563-7402.

Bristol Lions learn about Central Maine Community College 12/10/2011

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From left: Special guest George Masters of Masters Machine Co. and Mark Gosselin the Director of Admissions for Central Maine Community College receiving a certificate of appreciation for his informative talk from Lion David Kolodin.

At their most recent meeting the Bristol Area Lions heard about Central Maine Community College (CMCC). CMCC is the fifth largest college in the state and is based in Auburn on a 135-acre campus on Lake Auburn.

The school has grown from about 1,300 students in year 2000 to 3,000 today. Most students are commuters, although 120 are housed on the campus and some telecommuting is available. Among the many programs of study offered which lead to a certificate or Associate Degree are: automotive technology, building construction technology, culinary arts, computer technology, criminal justice, education, electromechanical technology, nursing and precision machine technology.

The latter was of special interest to the evening’s guest, George Masters of Masters Machine in Round Pond. CMCC already has an established co-operative program with Maine Machine in South Paris and is hoping to develop a similar program with Masters Machine.

Full tuition scholarships are available for Precision Machine Technology studies plus financial aid to help with housing. One of the most popular courses of study at CMCC is Nursing. Although there are approximately 400 applicants annually, only 32 are accepted due to limitations in the number of instructors and dedicated facilities. Nursing lab equipment includes four training simulators, which respond to students’ care and can be used to draw fluids and practice CPR; there is even a female simulator that emulates giving birth. Graduates from this program have had a 100% success rate passing their boards.

This is a program that is given locally in conjunction with Lincoln County Healthcare in Damariscotta. In Damariscotta, CMCC offers many core classes for a variety of programs. In addition, last year, graduates with Associates degrees transferred to 120 different schools for their bachelors’ degree.

Interested students and their parents are urged to visit the campus and talk with an admissions representative visit, or visit their website at: http://www.cmcc.edu

The Bristol Area Lions Club awards scholarships annually to graduating Lincoln Academy students, and up to two of these can be vocational scholarships.

The Bristol Area Lions will be distributing their annual Christmas Food Baskets on Sat., Dec. 17 and members are requested to meet at the back of Reilly’s Market at 9 a.m. for their assignments. The next meeting of the Bristol Lions will be their Annual Christmas Party on Mon., Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Members who are planning to attend are requested to call Herb Watson at 677-6191 for dinner reservations and meal choices.

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