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Garden Club Announces Youth Award Winners

The Bar Harbor Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, has announced the State, Regional and National Youth Award winners during a recent state garden club convention.

The National Garden Clubs and their affiliate organizations offer educational contests for children at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels. The First-Place winners of the Bar Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) competitions went on to compete within the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM), New England Region (NER) and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC).

FIRST-PLACE (4th grade) POETRY WINNER OF BHGC, GCFM, NER & NGC. Taylor Ehrlich (a student at the Community School of Mount Desert) tied for the First-Place national poetry award.
National Poetry Contest Winner

Taylor Ehrlich won BHGC, state & regional First-Place awards (4th grade) and tied for the national First-Place award for her poetry entry. Taylor is a student at the Community School of Mount Desert (Bethany Anderson was Taylor’s teacher) and will enter fifth grade in September. Brody Fronczak won BHGC & state First-Place awards (1st grade) for his poetry entry. BHGC First-Place Honors were awarded to Sara Thurston. Brody and Sara are 1st grade students at Trenton Elementary.

In the national Youth Sculpture Contest, Shepperd Brown won BHGC, state & regional First-Place awards (6th grade), and an Honorable Mention at the national level. Shepperd is a student at Mount Desert Elementary (Carol Shutt was Shepperd’s teacher).

The BHGC also supports the efforts of the NGC and U.S. Forest Service to promote fire prevention and conservation principles through the sponsorship of the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contests. The BHGC and state First-Place poster awards (3rd grade) were presented to Grady Ames. Grady is a student at Pemetic Elementary (Robin Sattler was Grady’s teacher) in Southwest Harbor.

See the Winning Entries …

—BHGC Youth Activities, Co-Chairs are Pam Bowie and Cheryl Bowers.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
at 1 p.m.
Birch Bay Village Inn,
25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor

Courtney Hammond to Discuss Maine’s Cranberry Industry

Courtney Hammond of Lynch Hill Farms will address the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s meeting on Thursday Nov. 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the Birch Bay Village Inn.

Courtney will give a brief description for the rise and fall of the Cranberry Industry in Maine, followed by an explanation for how his family developed some of the first commercial cranberry beds in Maine.  Since then, their business has transitioned to a fresh-market operation specializing in high quality fruit.  He’ll also review the growing, harvesting, processing, and marketing of their products.

Courtney had a career working as a Maine Forest Ranger, while he continued to help out on the family farm.  In 2016, he retired to take over the operation of the farm, along with his youngest sister.  Currently, Lynch Hill Farms consists of nearly two hundred acres of wild blueberries, six acres of three different varieties of cranberries, and over 2,000 shiitake mushroom logs.  Three generations of the family now help out on the farm in varying capacities.  Courtney is also a member of the state board of directors for the Maine Farm Bureau representing Washington and Hancock Counties.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.   Photograph courtesy of Lynch Hill Farms.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat at rsvp@barharborgardenclub.com or call 460-8496.

All Club Program meetings are open to the community, unless indicated otherwise.

Check out our 2018 – 2019 Program schedule.

The Winner of The Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship

Wendy P. Dolliver, Kyffin Dolliver, Chelsea Alley, Thomas McIntyre (BHGC Scholarship Chair), Dianne McMullan (BHGC President), Amy D. Young.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is proud to announce the establishment of The Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship.  The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial aid to Applicants who have a strong interest in Farming & Horticulture and are graduates of a Maine high school, with a preference for MDI High School graduates.  Qualification details and Application forms for various scholarships can be found at www.barharborgardenclub.org.

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