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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 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 Annual Activities 11/04/2014

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The Bristol Area Lions Club was sponsored by the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions in 1958 and serves the Bristol and South Bristol peninsulas. We have all our fundraisers in the summer as we have a number of tourists and summer folk visiting our historical and scenic area.

The fundraisers we hold are raffle ticket and book sales for 13 Saturdays in front of our local market, two trunk sales in our school parking lot, a golf tournament with sponsors, and a lobster lunch with a silent auction. Plus year round one of our members runs the local bottle return and we have a box there to deposit bottles for donation to the Club.

Altogether this brings in about $10,000. That allows us to:

Award four $2,000 scholarships to Lincoln Academy (our high school) graduates who live in Bristol or South Bristol. Three of those are endowments which have been supplemented.

Distribute almost 60 food baskets the Saturday before Christmas to folks that use the local food pantry serving both towns, they include a turkey for families and a small chicken for singles.

Be a major supporter of C.H.I.P. (a local community home improvements program) that provided needed assistance to 270 area families residing in Lincoln County, including teams doing home repairs and providing fuel assistance.

Sponsor our own Little League team

Donate to the local Food Pantry, Eldercare Housing, all of the cubs, boys and girls scout troops in our communities, as well as other local 501 (c) 3 charities. Plus donations to Lions Sight & Hearing, Diabetes, Iris and a large print books & tapes at the Bristol Library.

We are one of the few clubs in Maine that have had a Liberty Day with our local state senator reviewing the constitution with fifth graders.

We hold a Speak-Out with our three Ph.D.s as judges and the local county television station recording the event for later broadcast. Last year our members sponsored the dinners for the speakers, a parent, the Debate team advisor and his wife, and the television crew. This was all coordinated by a member who serves on the School Committee and is a former educator.

We organize an April roadside clean-up partnering with the local Masonic Lodge and enlisting the assistance of the local watershed association, little league team and scout troops and other community organizations to supplement our ageing and declining membership with a noon hot dog lunch for all participants. Last year we had 61 people from eight organizations participating.

Our local weekly newspaper puts our news releases of each meeting or event with accompanying photo on the same page nine each week, so folks know where to look for it. Plus we have a website and FaceBook page.

Last but no least, we have a collection box for eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones at our Transfer Station and an Eyeglass Chair.

(John Janell, 11-3-14)

Bristol Lions Scholarships 2012 08/18/2012

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The Bristol Area Lions congratulates four outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2012 who were each recently awarded $1500 scholarships by the Bristol Area Lions Foundation.

Emily Crider of New Harbor was the 27th recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. She plans to major in Early Childhood Education at University of Maine, Farmington. She graduated with honors, 15th in her Class, had a GPA of 90.64 with honors and Advanced Placement classes.

Extracurricular and community service activities include: class secretary, student council, National Honor Society, Honor Role, twice voted student of the month, Ballet, Lincolnaires, Big Brothers Big Sisters, trail clean-up, peer tutoring and a four year mentor .

Kelsey Leeman of Walpole received the Ralph and Peggy Hunt Scholarship. She plans a Sociology major at University of Southern Maine leading to pre-med. Graduating with honors, she challenged herself with AP classes, was 23rd in her class with a 89.92 GPA.

Her list of extracurricular and community service include: International Club, LA Players, Student Council, Tech Team, Medical Explorers, Senior mentor, Peer tutoring,
Golf team, Tennis team, Theater, One Acts, National Honor Society, and volunteering at
Colonial Pemaquid, Miles Memorial benefits and Schooner Cove Retirement Community.

Merritt Wotton of Bristol received the Pat Harrison Scholarship. He plans a two part program to earn a degree in Environmental Science with three years at UMaine- Farmington and a degree in Civil Engineering with the final two years at UMaine-Orono.

A three sport athlete, Merritt was goalie of the soccer team, captain of the basketball team, and captain of the baseball team. Throughout his high school career Merritt devoted many hours volunteering at CLC YMCA assisting coaches with basketball clinics and helping refereeing. He has also helped with basketball clinics in Jefferson and with youth baseball at LA and Little League. Merritt has earned the respect of his coaches and peers by his hard work, athleticism and ability to lead. Outside of school he is a self-employed lobsterman.

Kara-Lyn Poland of New Harbor received a vocational scholarship funded by the 2011 Bristol Area Lions Golf Tournament. She will attend Husson University to become a nurse. She has recently taken a Health Science Careers class at Bath Regional Career &Technology Center to learn basics of nursing.

She has been employed at Cove’s Edge as a dietary aide, while also playing sports and maintaining good grades. While at LA she has participated in soccer, tennis and cheerleading (cheer captain). She has served as a volunteer coach for Lincoln Academy Special Olympics Team.

The Bristol Area Lions have presented a total of 45 scholarships to graduating Seniors at Lincoln Academy over the past 27 years. For more information on the non-profit Bristol Area Lions Foundation, contact Scholarship Chairman, Michael Hope at 677-2193.

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 Lion’s Club Golf Tournament 08/14/2011

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The third annual, Bristol Lion’s Club golf tournament was a great success again this year. It was held on Saturday morning, August 13th at the Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole. Proceeds, which were almost double past year’s, will greatly help local charities and fund scholarships. Winners include Jim Spinney, closest to the lobster trap; Mark Morin, closest to the pin; Ken Seiders, longest drive and Jim Spinney & Sy Kagen, closest to the Reunion Station train. Hope to see you there next year.

Lincoln Academy Head of School speaks to Bristol Lions 01/01/2010

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On Jan. 4 the Bristol Lions enjoyed a beef stew dinner prepared by their new caterer David Atwater, of Atwater and Stir Catering in Damariscotta.

After dinner, they welcomed as their speaker Jay Pinkerton, Head of School of Lincoln Academy and a resident of New Harbor.

A true Mainer, Pinkerton was born in Dover-Foxcroft, holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Maine and taught at Foxcroft Academy for 10 years before coming to the Midcoast area.

Hired as Associate Head of School at Lincoln Academy in 1996, Jay Pinkerton was named Maine’s Assistant Principal of the year in 2003. He took over as the Head of School in 2006 when his long-term friend and mentor, Howard Ryder, retired due to health reasons. This is Pinkerton’s 14th year with Lincoln Academy.

Currently president of the Maine Association of Independent Schools, Jay Pinkerton serves on the Legislative Committee for the Maine Principal’s Association. His wife, Kathy, is a teacher at Lincoln Academy and all three of his daughters are graduates.

LA is a “town academy” established in 1891, one of only 10 left in the state. Ninety-nine percent of the 547 enrolled students are public tuition students from the area towns. The remaining 1% are private students including two on foreign exchange.

The school’s “Third Century Capital Campaign” completed in 2001, has raised $4.5 million, with $1 million of that coming from a single donor. Using a plot plan of the LA land, Pinkerton outlined some of the projects that had been completed with those funds: The Poe Theater, Dining Commons, new science labs, four tennis courts, fire and safety upgrades and an additional elevator to make the campus more accessible.

There is still a lot to be done, including a new library/learning center that can be accessed after school hours. Also, changing rooms and parking next to the Poe Theater, reconstruction of the technical shop to provide better ventilation and light, and a four-lane Olympic sized track and athletic field.

The impact of the state’s recent budget, explained in the Dec. 31 issue of The Lincoln County News, will have a considerable impact on the timetable for such plans.

Pinkerton went on to highlight some of the many awards and the recognition won by the school, its programs, staff members, individual students and extra curricula activities. Seventy-five percent of LA’s graduating seniors go on to post-secondary schools, including two- and four-year colleges, technical schools and branches of the military.

One Lion asked: “How many starting freshmen graduate after four years at Lincoln Academy?” What amazed the group was his answer of 97- ½%. Pinkerton explained the staff strives to offer programs to meet every student’s individual needs. The hope of many Lions is that the students truly appreciate how fortunate they are to be attending Lincoln Academy.

Pinkerton thanked the Bristol Lions for their “Lions Speak-Out program for LA students, which is slated this year for the club’s March 1 meeting. He also thanked them for the generous scholarships that are awarded to each year to graduating seniors of LA.

At the business meeting that followed recognition was given to Eileen Parent for organizing the club’s annual Christmas party. Thanks went out as well to all who provided financial assistance for the recent Bristol Lions Christmas Food Basket program. These additional donations totaled over $500.

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