Karl’s Kids Community Fundraiser 2023-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Flight to End Polio 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
District 7780 2nd Annual Recovery Conference 2023-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Response to Hawaii Fires 2023-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Joseph William Griffin, Jan. 19, 1934 - July 26, 2023

Joseph William Griffin, Jan. 19, 1934 - July 26, 2023


Joseph William Griffin, age 89, passed away on the morning of July 26, 2023 at his home in Damariscotta. Born in Damariscotta on Jan. 19, 1934, he was the youngest son of Martha (Tucker) and Ralph Griffin.

After attending local schools, he graduated from Hebron Academy and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He later attended the University of Maine, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after his discharge, graduated from Sewanee College in Sewanee, Tenn. In 1965 he graduated from Tufts Dental School and returned to Damariscotta to start a dental practice.

In Damariscotta, he was president of the Rotary Club, a member of the Mid-Coast Dental Society, and the New England Dental Society. In 2002 he received his master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, and was an instructor at the Harvard School of Dentistry. He was also a member of the Boothbay Yacht Club, the Friendship Sloop Society, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

He is survived by his wife, Lissette; his children, Marshall, Matthew, Joshua, and Martha; two grandchildren, Trevor and Maverick; and a cousin, Joanne Bailey Anderson Campbell.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m., with a sharing of words at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the 1812 Farm, in Bristol. He will be laid to rest privately with his parents in the Hillside Cemetery in Damariscotta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stepping Stones Housing, P.O. Box 21, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home at 612 Main St., Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.

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BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2023-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Rotary! 2023-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Presidential Theme 2023-2024 2023-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Pollinator Garden 2023-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Gordon McInally, Rotary Int'l 2023-2024 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Paddle Board Raffle 2023-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Character Development Award 2023-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Chief MacKenzie Speaks on Rotary Recovery Initiative 2023-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Alden McFarland, Local Lobsterman 2023-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Past District Governor Gary Speers 2023-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Peace Concert Free) 2023-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Busy Weekend, Holiday Prep

Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotarians were busy volunteering and supporting community activities.  At the Central Lincoln County Y they assisted with parking control at the annual holiday bazaar.  And others, along with friends from the local Lions Club,  braved the brisk temperatures and wind on the bridge over the Damariscotta River to decorate the bridge with fresh garlands and lights for the Villages of Light festivities..
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Venue Change Announced 2022-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

New Meeting Dates and Venue


     The Rotary of Damariscotta-Newcastle Maine has changed its meeting day-of-the-week and venue.  Effective November 1, 2022, the club will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 0730-0830, at the 2nd Congregational church social hall in Newcastle.  Cost is $10 (coffee, snack, use of the hall).  If there is a 5th Wednesday, something special will be planned. 

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25th ROTARY/LIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT 2022-08-15 04:00:00Z 0


Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been elected as  Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.


ROTARY INTERNATION PRESIDENT, 2022-23 2022-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
KAYAK RAFFLE RETURNS! 2022-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Critical Incident Stress Management Grant 2022-04-24 04:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to our L.E.G.S. group on another successful Spring Fling Raffle.  25 bright, colorful, fun baskets of goods, coupons, experiences, etc. donated by local merchants and individuals were displayed at Main Street Grocery, Damariscotta, with purchase of $1 tickets, folks entered the raffle for baskets they wanted to win.  A fun event, providing funds to help meet needs in our community and brightening winners' Spring.   
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Spring Fling Raffle Returns 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome 6 New Members since 1/1/2022 2022-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Proposal Chris Hamilton 2022-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

New Year Welcomes 2 New Members

Welcome to our two newest Rotarians: Claire Sommer and Angie Waltz, joining our L.E.G.S. satellite group. Claire is the Marketing Director for LCTV, Pumpkinfest and community volunteer. And Angie is Senior Relationship Banker with Camden National in Damariscotta. What an excellent way to start the new year! Looking forward to a future of Service Above Self
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FESTIVAL OF TREES 2021 2021-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Festival of Trees 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Festival of Trees Jane Gravel 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Donation for Relief Efforts in Haiti Lorraine Faherty 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Way 2021-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary-Lions Golf Tournament 2021-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
TRAINING/TOOLS-OF-THE-TRADE GRANTS Karen Filler 2021-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
First In-Person Meeting Since 3/10/2020 Lorraine Faherty 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
PADDLEBOARD RAFFLE RETURNS! 2021-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Larry Townley

Lawrence E. (Larry) Townley, 87, of Damariscotta, devoted husband of Barbara B. Townley (deceased, 2019), brother of Mary L. Townley (deceased, 2009) and father of Lawrence R. Townley of Ashland, Massachusetts and Mary L. Townley of North Chesterfield, Virginia passed away peacefully on March 7 at LincolnHealth Miles Campus Hospital after valiantly fighting a long illness.

Larry, the only son of Earl E. and Jessie (Barnes) Townley was born in Schenectady, New York and grew up in the rural hamlet of Burnt Hills. He attended first through twelfth grades in the same school building. During his formative years, Larry‘s life revolved around outdoor recreational pursuits, and a growing number of farming activities, including fruit and vegetable harvesting as well as raising chickens for egg sales. Nearly 50 years later, these experiences inspired Larry and Barbara to pursue life in retirement in Damariscotta on a parcel of waterfront land with forested acres and rolling fields which they dubbed The Farm at Hollyhock Inn. 
Following high school graduation, Larry attended New York University on a full academic scholarship, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army and underwent signal corps training. He was stationed in Japan, serving as a cryptographer. He left active duty in 1957, returning to New York City in search of fulltime employment, and to marry Barbara whom he had dated while in college. 

The couple married shortly after Larry secured his first position as a group claim representative with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University in 1964. Larry spent his entire 35-year professional career with the Hancock, working in group claims, sales, marketing, underwriting, health policy and health programs, a diversified experience which included seven relocations with his family to various offices around the U.S. He eventually rose to the position of second vice president, based in the Boston home office. Larry retired from John Hancock in 1992.
After a multi-year, multi-state search for property upon which to build their retirement home, Larry and Barbara settled upon the Damariscotta property historically known as the Freeman Farm. While still living in Dover, Massachusetts, Larry made weekly trips to the 29-acre parcel to oversee and supervise virtually every aspect of the farm’s development. Located on a point at the confluence of Great Salt Bay and Oyster Creek, the farm eventually featured extensive flower and vegetable gardens, a fruit orchard, fish pond and acres of rolling fields. 

Once settled in Damariscotta, Larry also entered a new phase of life devoted to community service. He held various volunteer leadership positions with the Damariscotta River Association, now known at the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle UCC. Larry repeatedly remarked how fulfilling and rewarding he found his work which ranged from fundraising for scholarships for college bound students, recruiting rosters of weekly Rotary Club speakers and holiday bell ringers, helping to implement creation of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, organizing Rotary fundraisers and many other initiatives. In addition to his active volunteerism, Larry also found time to train for, and participate in, multiple Trek Across Maine bicycle tours. He frequently rode with his Rotary Club colleagues and inspired his son to begin his own decades-long streak of Trek participation.

Larry and Barbara also found great joy and personal satisfaction in globetrotting, visiting such far flung locales as Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America, Central America, eastern and western Europe, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. Even after Barbara passed away, Larry continued to travel, making solo trips and other journeys with educational tour groups. He never satisfied his need for knowledge about some of the most remote corners of the globe. 

Yet, with all the farm work, volunteer activity and world-wide travel, Larry was never happier than when surrounded by family, friends and his loyal Sheltie Peter on a summer’s evening overlooking the Great Salt Bay, indulging in harbor side meals at Muscongus Bay Lobster and frequenting Round Top Ice Cream. In addition to his son and daughter, Larry is survived by his daughter-in-law Carol Schall and granddaughter Emily. 

In lieu of flowers, Larry’s family requests that donations be made to the Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle, PO Box 565 Damariscotta, ME 04543, https://www.dnmrotary.org or the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle UCC, 51 Main St., Newcastle, ME 04553, https://secondcongo.org.
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SPRING FLING (L.E.G.S. Event) 2021-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to New Member DAN PLOWDEN 2021-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member REVEN OLIVER 2021-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Veggies to Table

At our February 16 meeting (via ZOOM) Erica Berman told a wonderful tale of VEGGIES TO TABLE in Newcastle.  Colorful, unusual veggies and flowers grown and distributed through food pantries, Lincoln County Food Initiative, the Y (children learning to enjoy and prepare veggies).  On a cold, snow/ice-falling-from-the-sky day it was warming to learn more about this program (which we have supported thru our Community Service Committee).  To learn more, please view their video at :https://youtu.be/xPQ6wCq1mks
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Bill Shuman Jan. 1925-December 2020 lorraine faherty 2021-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Bell Ringing 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Mary Jane Tigert 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Past President Bill Murdoch Lorraine Faherty 2020-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2020-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Million Mask Challenge Tour 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Community Service Organization of the Year

Brigit Cavanaugh (President Bath Rotary), Peggy Belanger (District 7780 Governor) and Lorraine Faherty (District 7780 AG and Damariscotta-Newcastle Past President) attended the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at The 1812 Farm in Bristol
Community Service Organization of the Year 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
D-N Rotary has LEGS 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Paddleboard and Paddle Raffle 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Paddle Board Raffle 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Paddleboard and Paddle Raffle 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President 2020-2021 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
StepUp Boots 2019-2020 2020-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Damariscotta Open Air Market 2020-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
ADAPTING: Sign of the Times 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Virtual Meetings

We continue to stay safer at home, observing physical distancing.  Our next bi-weekly meeting, via Zoom, will be Tuesday, May 12 at 0830.  Please contact us if you’d like to visit....members check your emails about 0730 for link that morning.
Virtual Meetings 2020-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2020-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Fill the Bus 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0


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Due to Covid-19, we are all maintaining safe distance and staying home, staying safe.  We will meet again in person  before too long.  Be well!
NO MEETINGS Lorraine Faherty 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
13th ANNUAL KARL'S KIDS SKI WEEKEND 2020-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
World Rotary Day 2020-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Inducted 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Maine State Labor Commissioner to Speak 2019-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Steve Burton, Rotarian Extraordinaire 2019-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Continues 2019-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Lobster Bake 2019

Our annual lobster bake (paid for by collecting happy dollars from members each week)... a club tradition, hosted by PP Linda and Dirk Brunner at Clark's Cove on the Damariscotta River.
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Back to School Bash at CLC Y

Our club provided logistical support for traffic control, in torrential rains, and also a Karl'sKids information table. The event was attended by over 200 parents and elementary school children seeking information on community resources, healthy snacks and back-to-school haircuts.
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Karls Kids 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Fundraiser Dance for Karl's Kids 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Kayak Raffle 2019 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Areas of Focus 2019-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

E-Waste Collection

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E-Waste Collection, Saturday May 18th, 8 am to 12 pm, at Floor Magic, 45 Biscay Road, Damariscotta.  Anything with a board and a cord, $$$ donations help us meet community needs such as educational grants, youth services, food insecurity, literacy, etc.  
E-Waste Collection Lorraine Faherty 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Saudi Women-Challenge and Change Bob Stephan 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0


Change of Officers
MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019
5:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.
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SAVE THE DATE 2019-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Local Food, Local Hunger Paul Tenan 2019-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Karl's Kids Ski/Auction/Bowl Event

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Our 12th Annual Ski/Silent Auction/Bowl Weekend at Sugarloaf will be March 1-2, 2019.  Beginning at the Sugar Bowl on Friday at 6 pm, then skiing on the mountain all day Saturday, family fun race in the afternoon.  Silent auction items available for bidding all day Saturday in the hotel until 6 pm.  Always a fun weekend, come, bid often, have fun, support a great program and enjoy winter.  Snow bunnies will find lots to do on the mountain also 
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Welcome to our Newest Member 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
SNOW DAY 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING JANUARY 1ST. 2018-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Festival of Trees 2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0


SNOW DAY CANCELLATION 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

50th Anniversary

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Found Coast Journal insert in Lincoln County News from 1974:  Club 50th Anniversary.  Note that times and statistics have changed:  1.2 million Rotarians in 35,000 Clubs in almost 200 countries and territories.  And WOMEN as well as men.  
50th Anniversary 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0


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A stunned Billy Claflin won the $10,000 on 9/4/2018.  He promptly donated $2,000 to the Club Foundation.  Congratulations and Thank You!
Raffle 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Lions/Rotary Aiuction 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Mobility Device Collection 2018-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Annual/Changeover Dinner

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Change of Officers
MONDAY JUNE 18, 2017
5:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.
$15 members/$25 non-members
(pay at event)
1297 Bistol Rd (route 130), Bristol Maine
R.S.V.P. to Townsend13@aol.comby June 13th
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A Decade of Support

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The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle has supported the Ready To Read Program at Skidompha Library for 10 years.  Our first donation at our first breakfast/meeting at our new venue was to support this local literacy program. And Director Pam Gormley updated us on happenings on our local library which has been serving our communities since 1885.
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We Have Moved!

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WE HAVE MOVED OUR MEETING VENUE!  Beginning April 3rd 2018, we say goodbye and thanks for the memories to our most recent venue in Newcastle.  New site is the dining room at Schooner Cover, 35 Schooner Street, Damariscotta Maine 04543.  Still 0645-0715 coffee and socializing, 0715 buffet breakfast ($15) and meeting.  Program/speaker 0800-0830.  Welcome to visitors and visiting Rotarians!.  (from Route 1 north: exit into Newcastle/Damariscotta, go over the river and thru the village, bearing right at traffic light onto 129/130 Bristol Rd.  0.4 miles, blinking orange overhead light, turn right towards Miles Hospital, first left is Schooner street, building is on the right.
From Route 1 south, exit onto Route 1B towards business area, turn left at 2nd light onto Route 129/130 Bristol Road and then as above.
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Once again, blizzard/snow predicted for Damariscotta-Newcastle on Tuesday, March 13.  President Rick has cancelled meeting due to safety concerns.  Keep off the roads and enjoy the last gasp (we hope) of this Winter.
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For more than 90 years  the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Scholarship program has supported educational scholarships to deserving local students who plan to study for an accredited college degree, or certification-oriented post-high school education.

The scholarships are competitive, and members of the Rotary Scholarship committee review applications through a rigorous and equitable process. Funding is determined on an annual basis, subject to availability of funds, and is at the discretion of the club. These scholarships provide financial assistance to successful applicants to help defray educational costs during the student’s first semester.

Applications are due by April 6th 2018.  Detailed information about the program, including requirements and application form are available on the club’s website (see links for Talking Points and Applications)  or from local school counseling offices.

SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation

Children at Dharmarama Kanishta Vidyalaya School in Ahangama, Sri Lanka.
General Secretary John Hewko provides an update on activities throughout the organization during the past year during the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!



The Rotary Foundation 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Damariscotta River from Newcastle Maine Lisa Sproul Hagen 2017-12-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary On The Road Again 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Light Up the Newcastle-Damariscotta Bridge

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Led by President Rick Hagen, the Rotary of Damariscotta-Newcastle Maine decorated the bridge over the Damariscotta River that connects the twin villages....as part of the new holiday tradition of Villages of Light. (our club lit up the bridge 25 years ago by installing the four lights that brighten the bridge every night since)...the garlands are up and will be lit as part of the parade Saturday 430 pm when Santa will arrive on a horse drawn carriage.  Come enjoy the fun and a cup of cheer served all over the villages.  
Light Up the Newcastle-Damariscotta Bridge 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Being Rotary 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Lincoln Academy Interact Club Plants Tulips 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Lorraine Faherty 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lobster Bake 2017

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Past Presidents Linda Brunner and Dirk Brunner of Walpole, Maine, once again created a magical, traditional Maine lobster bake with all the fixings: lobster, clams, corn, potatoes, onions and eggs all baked in seaweed in a fire pit right on the rocks by Clarks Cove on the shore of the Damariscotta River.  Club members and family enjoy this treat every late summer/early fall, paid for with their happy dollars collected all year at meetings.  Weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.  Including our hostess, Linda Brunner, and dog Fenway.  
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Back to School with New Backpacks and Supplies

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117 young students in Lincoln County Maine started off the new school year with new backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies.  Thanx to donations by Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotarians, President Elect Jane Gravel and her team at Supplies Unltd (as well as some of their suppliers) and the CLC Y, students whose families could not afford to buy all necessary supplies have the same opportunity as all the other youngsters. 
Back to School with New Backpacks and Supplies 2017-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Feed the Kids Summer Program 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
District 7780 Dave Underhill Visits Club 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary-Lions Golf Tournament 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Fill the Bus/Feed the Kids This Summer 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Internation President Message Lorraine Faherty 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Feeding Hungry Children in Lincoln County Maine Lorraine Faherty 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0