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  • December 15, 2017 6:27 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    December 14,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Winter made its official debut last weekend as Ocean Point and the Boothbay Region received their first snow of the season; we were actually in the region for the weekend enjoying some of the festivities and Christmas shopping.

    Our weekend began Friday evening with an incredible fireworks display followed by lots of great food and shopping that continued throughout our visit. The downtown area is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments, as are many residences.

    We’re always delighted when we unexpectedly meet Ocean Point friends during our stay.

    While shopping for gift items at the General Store on Saturday morning we met Jean Slayton. Jean had a surprise visit from Pete and Cary Crosby and Jean and John Webster last weekend, the Crosby family rent the Slayton cottage for several weeks each summer and have for many years.

    We had a nice chat with Daniel and Allison Boyd on Sunday who are preparing for the birth of their first baby next month; Annie (Fischer) and Matt Berg are also expecting their first child in January as well, all the best to both couples and their newborns.

    Marilyn Heise commented on how beautiful Ocean Point was after the first snowfall which we were able to experience first hand. We walked the shore on Sunday and it was truly beautiful, the sun was shining, the ocean sparkling and the rocks snowcapped. The scene was quite a contrast from summer yet just as beautiful.

    Marilyn Steane reports that Vail has no snow and the mountain has only 2 trails open. Jim had hip replacement surgery in August and is doing well, both Marilyn and Jim will spend some time in Maui with Jen and Dave and then Jen and Dave hope to do some skiing at Vail in January. Marilyn is anxious to come East next Christmas for Gardens-A-Glow.

    Check out all of the lovely gift items for sale at the General Store, in particular, Sue Clark’s unique drink coasters using photos from her book,” Past Images of Ocean Point”; they make great gifts for any occasion, as does her book.

    Congratulations to Fiona Dunlap and her partner Greg Warlo on another successful season at Harborside Tavern. We had the opportunity to have breakfast and lunch there over the weekend and both meals were delicious. You still have a small window of time to dine this week, as I understand they will close at the end of the weekend for the season.

    Have a great week!

  • December 07, 2017 6:22 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    December 7,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    I don’t have a lot of news to report this week although I did hear from some Ocean Pointers regarding their Thanksgiving holiday which I’m happy to share with you.

    Liz and Dick Colten spent Thanksgiving with the Dunn Family and Liz describes the weather at the Point as beautiful.

    Gail Ross travelled to her niece Susan Anderson’s home in Waseca, Minnesota where her brother Chris joined her. In addition to Gail and Chris, her nephew Peter his wife Jess and son Liam and Susan’s husband Luke and his family were there as well.

    Jean and John Webster and Jean’s sister Roni spent the holiday in Dallas Texas with Jean and John’s son Stephen, his wife Teresa and their daughter Nicole.  Jean, John, Roni and Steven attended the Dallas Stars/Calgary Flames hockey game one night and sat in the Mary Kay box.  John reports that he witnessed his first hat trick live. They also attended the Main Street theatre and had front row seats thanks to their daughter in law Teresa, who is an administrator for the theatre.  

    The day after Thanksgiving found many Ocean Pointers attending our dear friend and neighbor Bob Marden’s Memorial Service. The outpouring of family and friends gathered at his Alma Mater, Colby College was a fitting tribute to a beloved Ocean Pointer; the family is planning a memorial at Ocean Point this summer.

    Thank you to Rusty Court for the Thanksgiving photo and the beautiful sunset photo taken on December 1, a special day for Dianne Eakin her twin brother Denny and myself as we all share the same birthday!

    Enjoy your holiday shopping and have a great week!

  • November 09, 2017 3:07 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    November 9,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Sadly, Ocean Point has lost another beloved resident; Bob Marden passed away October 29 at his home in Waterville with all of his family by his side. Bob was a dear and cherished friend and neighbor to all in the Ocean Point Community.

     Throughout his life Bob’s experiences and interests were wide and varied and included law and politics. In his early life he was an Eagle Scout and a Naval Veteran. Bob served on many Boards and Charitable organizations throughout his career.  He loved reading, music and sports.

     Bob was an avid skier and golfer and loved a competitive game of tennis. If you happened by the tennis courts early on a Sunday morning you would witness a hard fought (and often boisterous and entertaining) doubles match with friends. He also loved being on the water in his boat the Recess enjoying beautiful summer days.

    Bob’s love for music was witnessed by all of Ocean Point each 4th of July as he led our Horribles Parade with his band. He later took on the role of “chauffeuring” our parade Grand Marshall in one of his many convertibles. I do believe the 4th of July celebration was one of his favorite events of the summer.

    Bob’s musical talent was not limited to the Horribles Parade; Bob was a member of a well-known group of jazz musicians known as the Elders. Each summer they would perform a Dixieland Jazz concert at the Casino that would bring the house down! I’m sure if you attended you would agree that his concert was without a doubt one of the highlights of the summer.

    Many a summer evening, sunset enthusiasts would gather on the rocks while Bob delighted the crowd with a cannon salute and lowering of his flag assisted, of course, by Scoop.

    Bob was a very important part of the Ocean Point Community serving as Secretary to the Colony Trust for many years for which we are all so appreciative; he helped shape this special community into what it is today. If you were fortunate enough to have known Bob Marden than you were truly very lucky.

    Our community will be at a loss without Bob’s many and varied talents, his quick wit, his enormous sense of humor, his love of family, friends, community and of course, Ocean Point. Our condolences to his wife Scoop, his daughter Sharon and husband Bob Johnson, his son Bob Jr. and wife Lydia, his daughter Holly and husband Pace, his son Eric and wife Jenny, his grandchildren: Hannah, Brad, Sadie, Ileana, Anna, Lindsay and Zachary, and 3 great grandchildren Maddox, Renn and Molly on the loss of their beloved husband, father, father- in- law and grandfather and to Bob’s surviving siblings, brothers Harry and Don and sister Roberta Alden along with many nieces and nephews.

    A Memorial service will be held on Friday November 24 at the Colby College Millet Alumni House at 11:00 a.m. A gathering is also being planned next summer at Ocean Point.

    Last week’s storm knocked out power not only at Ocean Point but also all around the Region for nearly a week. There are several pictures on line of the many downed trees and limbs around the Point, hopefully no one sustained damage.

    Coco Webber took advantage of the outage and drove to Massachusetts to visit with Chris, Hannah and grandson Chip while awaiting power to be restored.

    Veterans Day is being celebrated this year on Saturday November 11 th and is a time to not only be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy but also to say thanks to those who serve our country and put themselves in harms way each and every day. Please take this opportunity to reach out to a Veteran and offer your thanks and support.

    Have a great week!

  • October 26, 2017 4:43 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    October 26,,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    It’s always difficult to begin a column with sad news; Ocean Point has lost another member of its community. Barbara Stockwell passed away suddenly last week at her home in Beverly, Massachusetts. Barbara, her late husband Don and their 4 children were residents of the Ocean Point Community for many many summers.

    Barbara loved a good round of golf, a competvite tennis match and vacationing at Ocean Point with her family and friends. Barbara will be remembered for her fun spirit, her winning smile and her devotion to family and friends. Our condolences to Barbara’s 4 children Susan, Todd, Kim and Holly, their spouses Jimmy Gomes, Mark Andrews and Melinda Stockwell as well as her 10 grandchildren Andrew, Allison, Daniel, Conor, Riley, Abby, Emma, Taylor, Matthew and Ella.

     A memorial service was held on September 30 at the Wilson Chapel for longtime resident Charlon Clark who passed away on August 31. Charlon and her late husband Stan and their children Bayard, Brooks and daughter Cathryn Salmon also vacationed for many summers at Ocean Point. Charlon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Charlon loved music, the beauty of Ocean Point and her many summer friends, our condolences to her son Brooks, his wife Tina and their son Andrew as well as her daughter Cathryn, husband Michael and their daughter Charlotte.

    On a happier note Dave and Pat McHold have become new grandparents, their daughter Mattie Byrd and her spouse are pleased to announce the birth of their baby daughter Parker Marion born October 10 weighing 7 ½ lbs. Congratulations to all of the McHold Family and Rist Family of Northhampton, Ma.

    It appears that Ocean Point is experiencing a mini baby boom as several of our younger residents are expecting their first child within the next several months, an exciting time for our community.

    The weather continues to be somewhat balmy so do enjoy and please keep in touch with your news. Have a great week!

  • October 20, 2017 3:23 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    October 19,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Many Ocean Pointers were on hand over the holiday weekend to close for the season and the weather was quite cooperative with almost summer like temperatures. Thanks to the BRWD several of us lucky cottage owners took advantage of an extra weekend and the temperatures continued to be warm and balmy. Sadly most of us have now returned to our winter homes with the hopes of returning to Ocean Point very soon.

    Lanny and Leslie Whitehouse are two of the few holdouts but will return home within in the next week or two. Lanny conveyed how difficult it is to say goodbye to Ocean Point after a fantastic summer of activities and sharing good times with friends, a sentiment I know we all share.

    Suzie and Pete Hamblett have just returned from a fabulous 2-week river cruise up the Danube River with Squirrel Island residents Susan and Art Veasey; Suzie and Pete were also here this past weekend closing.

    Doug Eakin spent a month at Ocean Point this fall and had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and swimming at the dock every day. Doug had not been to the Point for a number of years and was pleased to have the opportunity to return.

    Jean Slayton’s family was here for the holiday weekend. I had a chance to speak with her grandson Beckett who is enjoying his first year at Bowdoin, his sister Hattie is studying in Spain for the school year.

    Joan Libby celebrated her birthday recently with her family, happy belated birthday Joan.

    It has been reported that John King is out of the hospital and feeling better, so glad to hear that John!

    An AED has been installed at the Casino and will be serviced and maintained through the off-season by the ambulance service. There are now 2 AED’s available on the Point, the second location is at the Inn. There is an app on your phone called Pulse Point that tells you where the closest AED is located if needed, a big thanks to Lanny Whitehouse for organizing this for our community. We hope to have instruction on the correct use of the defibrillator by a member of the ambulance service sometime next summer.

    Should you happen to venture back to Ocean Point in the off-season the General Store has now changed its hours; Liz will be open Monday through Saturday and is now closed on Sunday. Kelly at the Carriage House has resumed his delicious Sunday Brunch and Fiona and Greg at Harborside Tavern will continue serving through the fall until sometime mid December.

    Have a wonderful healthy winter and a safe return home. I do hope to hear from many of you with all of your news.

  • September 28, 2017 4:02 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    September 28,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Despite the calendar, summer is still going strong. This past weekend was as warm and sunny as any mid-summer day and many were on hand to enjoy the balmy weather. Unfortunately most boat owners were not able to take advantage of the good weather as boats are now off their moorings at Grimes and the dock, I assume due to the threats of the hurricane season.

    Congratulations to Kelly Farrin chef/owner of the Carriage House who recently won the Chef’s Choice Award at the 2017 Clawdown held at Newagen this year and to his proud dad Pat.

    Ocean Point recently lost another beloved resident, Grace Ryder passed away with her family by her side in Camden Maine. Grace grew up enjoying summers with her parents George and Natalie Stover and her brother Robert. After her parent’s death Grace continued to summer at the Point with her family enjoying the beauty and serenity of the area.  Grace will be remembered by the Ocean Point community as a kind, loving, gentle lady who treasured family and good friends, our condolences to Grace’s brother Robert, her son Jim and wife Bernadette and her son David and his wife Mary as well as her 5 grandchildren and her niece Sharon Gleason.

    Please keep John King in your thoughts as I understand he is currently hospitalized at Maine Medical recuperating from an illness, we wish you a quick and speedy recovery John.

    On August 19th the Ocean Point community voted unanimously to proceed with fundraising efforts for the Casino Preservation Project; information regarding the project is now on the Ocean Point website. Please visit the website to download the informational brochure and view the giving and commitment opportunities available. Further information regarding the project will be updated regularly on the website so visit the site often. Please consider supporting this important and worthwhile effort for our community.

    Many Ocean Pointers will be returning for the long holiday weekend to close however, we can all squeak out an extra weekend as the seasonal water will be turned off on the 3rd Thursday of October, good news for those of us (including myself) who struggle leaving our beautiful peninsula.

  • September 02, 2017 8:41 AM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    Aug.31, 2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Can you believe that Labor Day is here? It seems not too long ago that we were all arriving for the summer, how quickly time has passed.

    A sure sign that things are coming to a close is the declining number of boats from their moorings and the quiet of Grimes Cove and Shore Road.

    If you are headed home please don’t forget the Food Pantry. The box for donations is located on the Casino porch. Liz Colten is monitoring this effort and will deliver to the Food Pantry as needed.

    Several Ocean Pointers have been enjoying the great weather of late. Susan (Ross) and Luke Anderson were vacationing with Gail Ross for the week. Gail will once again host the Ross/Martin family reunion shortly after her brother Chris arrives.

    Bruce and Ellen Turpie were here with their family for a short stay as were Tom, Alexa, Brendan and John McGonegal; Ben Ford also spent some time at the Point.

    Alex and Dick Hall are back for the remaining days of August, as is Katy Brownell.

    Earlier this month the Pike Family spent several days together; Dottie, Betsy Pike O’Keefe and her husband Rich and daughter Melissa, David and Sharon Pike and Cheryl Pike. The Pike’s summered for many years in what is now the home of Linda and Suzette Gill.

    Their cousin David Ripley and his wife Pam enjoyed some vacation time away from the heat of Texas.

    The last service of the season will be held at the Chapel on Sunday September 3;Rev. Cannon John Mitman (Ret.) of the Episcopal Church will conduct the service. All are welcome!

  • August 24, 2017 5:16 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    August 24,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    Activities are over for the season at the Point. The kids had an exceptionally busy last week of activities with a Game Night, Tennis Scramble, Pizza and a Scavenger Hunt all thanks to Ginna Yerrall. The second of the season ladies Porch Party was hosted by Susan Anderson and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, thank you Susan.

    The Casino is now closed for the season; tennis courts will remain open, as will the playground. Playground bricks are available for purchase by calling Alison Butterworth; a 4x4 brick is priced at $145. and an 8x8 is priced at $175.

    An order form will be available on the website in the fall.

    The Annual Meeting of the OPCT was held Saturday morning with a standing room only crowd in attendance. Our new officers for the Trust are Mike Anderson President, Matt Lindley, Vice President, Jen Klein, Treasurer and Maryellen Bertrand Secretary. New Trustees of the Board are Maureen Driscoll and Jeff Slayton. Those remaining on the Board include Alex Hall, Dan Hare, Liz Holland and Lanny Whitehouse. The Nominating Committee remains the same, George Yerrall, Helene Cass and Alec Dun.

    The Membership approved the designs for the two new tennis courts and a sports court as well as a new Casino. The Board was authorized to begin a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to complete the project. If you are interested in joining the Finance Committee or the Building Committee please reach out to a Board member. More information regarding the new facility can be found on the website.

    Congratulations to Roy and Marian Hussey who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23.  The Hussey family will be gathering this weekend to celebrate Marian’s 92nd birthday, a very happy birthday to her.

    The weather certainly cooperated on Saturday August 19th for the wedding of Matt Whitehouse and Denise Shannon at the Wilson Chapel.  Family and friends gathered to witness the exchange of vows which was presided over by Rev. Thomas Kerr. A reception was held at the Gallery in Boothbay Harbor following the ceremony, congratulations to Matt and Denise.

    Enjoy the weather and have a great week!

  • August 18, 2017 9:05 AM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    August 17,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    After a 2-week respite activities have once again kept  us all busy. Thank you to Pat Landurand for hosting a very successful Food Sale on the 11th and thanks to her able bodied assistants Ginny Rush, Gail Ross, Connie Saindon, Leslie Whitehouse, Roseanne Bourassa, Kate Turpie and Cindy Raposa.

    The Hamblett Family Cooked up a storm on Saturday morning and treated us all to some delicious pancakes. Suzie’s assistants were her husband Pete, her son Andy and daughter in law Meaghan Andy and Meaghan Hamblett, daughter Leslie Gamache and Robert and Maureen Driscoll. The wait staff performed so professionally and they included Jonathan and Luke Yerral, Luke and Zack Arnpriester, Katy Lindley, Al Dawson, and Jefferson, Caroline, Luke and Dylan Driscoll.

    Matt and Kathy Lindley were instrumental in providing us with a fantastic Porch Party, our second of the season. We thoroughly enjoyed great food and spirited conversation.

    Liz and Paul Holland along with Kate Dawson served up burgers and hotdogs at our Ball Game Grill on Sunday with a big crowd in attendance. Thank you to all of these Ocean Pointers for providing us with some fabulous activities!

    Unfortunately we are in the middle of our last week of activities. Ginna Yerrall will close out our season of activities with a Kid’s Tennis Scramble and Pizza on Thursday evening at 5:00 and then organize a Scavenger Hunt on Friday evening also beginning at 5.

    Saturday morning we will gather at the Casino for our Annual Meeting beginning promptly at 9:30. If you have not paid your membership you will have the opportunity to do so from 8:30-9:15 on that morning.

    Lisa Burger, Former Pastor of East Boothbay and Southport Methodist Churches, will conduct Sunday services at the Wilson Chapel on August 20 beginning at 9:30,all are welcome

    The Card Cove Association letter has been delivered to Ocean Pointers reminding us of our contribution to the organization in maintaining the dock.

    Many Ocean Pointers are back vacationing, so good to see the Gamache Family, Yerrall Family, Slayton Family, Arnpriester Family, Lindleys and Rush’s to name just a few. It was wonderful to see the Pike/Ripley Family all gathered to celebrate the life of Lee Ripley last weekend.

    Enjoy the great weather, and the last days of activities. Have a great week!

  • August 13, 2017 10:15 AM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Sunday Aug. 13 Softball 11-1      Ball Game grill  After the game Bring a salad/dessert to share Burgers and Hot Dogs provided


    Monday Aug. 14 Yoga 8:00     Kids Game Night  7:00


    Tuesday Aug.15 Senior Exercise 9:30    Arts and Crafts 4-5      Kids Field Games 5-6        Adult Tennis Scramble 4:30-6:30


    Wednesday Aug. 16 Adult Tennis 9-Noon   Kids Softball  5-6     Ladies Porch Party 5:30


    Thursday Aug. 17 Kids Tennis Clinic  9-11   Senior Exercise  9:30    Kids Tennis Scramble and Pizza  5:00


    Friday Aug. 18  Scavenger Hunt 5:00


    Saturday Aug. 19  Adult Tennis 9-Noon     ANNUAL MEETING 9:30 Your membership dues must be paid in order to vote!!!!!!!!! (Please pay prior to the 9:30 meeting start)


    Sunday Aug. 20 Sunday Services 9:30 A.M.


    Activities are over on Saturday Aug 19. Thanks to all who chaired,volunteered and participated in this years events,it was a great season!


    Thank you to the following people who chaired an activity this past week:   Mary Rush and Sarah Dawson the Beach Picnic,Pat Landurand for the Food Sale along with her volunteers Gail Ross Ginny Rush,Leslie Whitehouse,Connie Saindon, Donna Logan,Kate Turpie,Cindy Raposa and Roseanne Bourassa.

    Pete and Suzie Hamblett for the Pancake Breakfast along with Andy and Meaghan Hamblett,Leslie Gamache,Maureen and Robert Driscoll and the waiters and waitresses Katy Lindley,Jonathan and Luke Yerrall,Luke and Zach Arnpriester, Al Dawson, Jefferson,Caroline,Luke and Dylan Driscoll.

    Kathy and Matt Lindley for the Porch Party.


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