Golf Fore Kids’ Sake nets $31,000 for BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Fore Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Fore Kids’ Sake raised over $31,000 for mentoring services that benefit local kids facing adversity in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Winning the first place gross prize in this year’s event was Charlie’s Family of Dealerships, from left to right, Charlie Shuman, Stephen Shuman, Ryan Madore and Roger Williams.
Photo by Monica Charette

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s 2016 Golf Fore Kids’ Sake, presented by Kennebec Savings Bank, raised  $31,186 to benefit school and community-based mentoring services for children in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Twenty-three teams competed in the 17th annual golf tournament, held September 2 at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. This year’s tournament was again chaired by Nicolas Patenaude, from Kennebec Savings Bank.

2016 Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Tournament Winners:

First gross – Charlie Shuman, Stephen Shuman, Ryan Madore, Roger Williams (Charlie’s Family of Dealerships).
Second gross – Jason Gall, Ed Gall, Mark Plummer, Jim Quinn (Wendy’s).
Third gross – Adam Moran, Mike Wilson, Scott Maccheyne, Gary Schewe (Great Falls Marketing).
First net – Cole Smith, Jacob Bernatchez, Conor Ferguson and Colby Charette (Messalonskee High School Big Brothers).
Second net – Marc Lacasse, Bill Purington, Will Purington, Chip Stevens (Augusta Fuel Company).
Third net – Randy Charette, Jeff Jolicoeur, Bert Languet and Troy Martin (Golden Pond Wealth Management/Century 21 Surette).

Messalonskee High School Big Brothers Team

First place net award was presented to Messalonskee High School Big Brothers Team, from left to right, Cole Smith, Jacob Bernatchez, Conor Ferguson and Colby Charette.
Photo by Monica Charette

Course Challenge Winners:

Straightest Drive – Scott Maccheyne (Great Falls Marketing)
Closest to the Pin Contest – Vito Proietti (Great Falls Marketing)
Putting Contest – Joe Dorazio (Aetna)
Hit the Green Contest – Chris Russell (G & E Roofing)
Chipping Contest – Randy Charette (State of Maine)

A hole-in-one challenge was sponsored by Charlie’s Family of Dealerships. Golfers were treated to breakfast, sponsored by Aroma Joe’s, snacks and water were provided by Pine State Trading and lobster rolls, salads and chowder were served throughout the day by BBBS partner The Red Barn. The event Beverage Sponsor, Valley Distributors, along with Rita’s Catering, sponsored the Awards Reception. An auction with sponsor-donated prizes raised nearly $6,000 and “ShineOnCass” sponsorships, in honor of Big Sister Cassidy Charette who died Oct. 11, 2014, raised $3,000 for local school-based mentoring programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine changes the lives of over 700 children facing adversity in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties, for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in Big Brother Big Sister programs have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success. For more information on volunteering or donating please call 236-BBBS (2227) or email

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Michael Achorn

Messalonskee Youth Football team member Michael Achorn (87) and Drake Brunelle (25) during a recent game vs. Waterville.
Photo by Kevin Giguere,
Central Maine Photography staff

Pelletier to perform with marching band

Kaitlynn Pelletier, of Waterville, will march with the 2016 Pride of The Valley Marching Band, of Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, Pennsylvania. Pelletier, a graduate of Messalonskee High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in music education and music at The Valley.

The marching band performs at all home football games as well as exhibitions including the Cavalcade of Bands Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the Collegiate Marching Band Festival held in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

During the upcoming football season, members of the 2016 Pride of The Valley Marching Band will present its show “Rhapsody.” The premise of this year’s show is to take three great pieces of music with the word ‘rhapsody’ in the name and make a great show. “Rhapsody” features music from and inspired by “Rhapsody in Blue,” by George Gershwin, “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen.

Local Students to attend Clarkson University

The following students will begin studying at Clarkson University this fall, in Pottsdam, New York, as members of the Class of 2020:

Dakota Bragg, of Oakland,  a graduate of Messalonskee High School, is majoring in environmental engineering.

Brooke Davis, of Oakland, a graduate of Messalonskee High School, is majoring in civil engineering.

Friends of Messalonskee Watershed summertime events announced

Submitted by Rachel Whitney, FOM Program Director

The milfoil harvest season is now underway in various parts of the lake. The Friends of Messalonskee (FOM) report that these areas are under control since they first began operations in 2012. They were awarded by Maine Community Foundation’s Fund for Maine Land Conservation to purchase and deploy burlap benthic barriers over areas affecting the Messalonskee Marsh and two coves in the lake.

They are now based out of Snow Pond Center for the Arts (SPCA), also known as the New England Music Camp, where FOM will be co-hosting some events and learning opportunities for the public and the new charter school.

Summer events include:

  • July 5-6: Ice Cream Social (on the water!). Swing on your boat to our float from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Music Camp for cold ice cream and beverages.
  • July 17: “All Belgrade Lakes” Fishing Derby. Register easily on their website or pick up a form at the Oakland, Sidney, or Belgrade town offices. $2,500 regular cash prizes plus  a $500 Grand Slam prize.
  • July 17: Maine Appreciation Day & Concert – 3 p.m., at SPCA. They will be selling FOM merchandise.
  • July 22:  Volunteer Day at their new office to fold informa-tional flyers to pass out on the Dock Hop day. 10 a.m. – noon, at SPCA.
  • July 23:  Oakfest! FOM will have a booth selling merchandise and providing information. In the children’s section, divers will assist the kids in making actual loon nests that we will deploy next spring.
  • July 24:  Dock Hop. Please join them by hopping on one of the boats and going dock-to dock informing lake home owners of programs and activities.
  • July 30:  Annual Meet-and-Greet at SPCA where all are wel-come to meet lake neighbors and to learn about FOM efforts on the water. Special speaker this year is Maggie Shannon, of Maine Lakes Society. 4:30 p.m. meeting time, followed by a BBQ at 5:30 p.m., then the Al Corey band at 7:30 p.m.
  • August 4:  Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop. Kayak/ Canoe coves of Messalonskee Lake to ID native and invasive plants!Learn how to be a responder! Some kayaks available, please RSVP.

For more information about the Friends of Messalonskee or any of their events and programs, please visit their website at They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of our precious water system and the education of its users.