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  • 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.


  • August 10, 2017 4:50 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    August 10,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wilson Chapel was a beautiful service with a very large crowd in attendance; Rev. Thomas Kerr presided over the ceremony. Nat Wilson spoke of his family’s involvement in building the Chapel and President Stan Martin gave a brief history of the chapel. Several Ocean Pointers recalled their own personal memories of the chapel through the years; it was a memorable day for all.

    Activities coming up at the end of the week of August 6 include the kid’s Capture The Flag with Nick on Thursday the 10th at 7:00 and the Food Sale on Friday August 11 beginning at 9:30. Please bring your food items to the Casino by 9:00 and stay and enjoy coffee, donuts and good conversation.

    Saturday morning August 12 the Hamblett Family along with Maureen Driscoll will be cooking up everyone’s favorite breakfast, pancakes, from 8:30-10:00.

    Later that evening Matt and Kathy Lindley will host the second Porch Party of the summer beginning at 5:30. Bring your beverage of choice and an appetizer to share.

     Rev. Edward J. Wynne, Jr. United Methodist Minister (Ret.) Damariscotta, ME will conduct Sunday Services at the Wilson Chapel on August 13 beginning at 9:30, all are welcome.

    Liz and Paul Holland will organize the Ball Game Grill to be held after the softball game on Sunday August 13. Please bring a salad or dessert, burgers and hotdogs provided.

    For all of the fishing enthusiasts the Saltwater Tournament will take place all day on Saturday and Sunday August 12 and 13 at the Boothbay Lobster Wharf. An adult ticket is $20.00 and children are free. The weigh in is Sunday from 5-7. Tickets are available at Oak Street Outdoors, 43 Oak Street or call 633-1290 for more information.

    Monday August 14 Ginna Yerrall is arranging another kid’s game night beginning at 7:00.

    Susan Anderson is organizing the Adult Tennis Scramble on Tuesday the 15th and she and I will host the ladies Porch Party on the 16th,bring an appetizer and your beverage for that event.

    The second of the kid’s Tennis Scramble and Pizza night is happening on the 17th at 5:00 and the Scavenger Hunt will follow on Friday the 18th,both of these activities are thanks to Ginna Yerrall.

    I’m Sad to report that our activities schedule will end on Saturday the 19th with the Annual Meeting beginning at 9:30 A.M. Please be sure to pay your membership dues prior to that date in order to vote on some important issues.

    Leroy’s Seafood is available on Friday mornings in front of the Inn. Along with fresh lobster meat and crabmeat his wife Brenda’s homemade sauce, relishes and salsa are available for purchase and they are delicious. While there stop by the Inn to browse in their gift shop, they have many great hand made gift items.

    Have a great week!

  • August 07, 2017 10:49 AM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Beach Picnic scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening Aug. 8 at 5P.M.

  • August 06, 2017 8:10 AM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Sunday Aug. 6 100 Anniversary Celebration of Wilson Chapel 1:30  All Welcome!!


    Monday Aug. 7  Yoga  8:00       Family Beach Party and Picnic  5:00 


    Tuesday Aug 8 Senior Exercise 9:30    Kids Arts and Crafts  4:00    Kids Field Games 5:00


    Wednesday Aug 9 Adult Tennis 9-Noon     Kids Softball 5-6    Mexican Train Game 6:00


    Thursday Aug. 10 Kids Tennis Clinic 9-11    Senior Exercise 9:30    Capture The Flag 7:00


    Friday Aug.11  Food Sale 9:30-11  Kids Kickball 5-6    Kids Movie Night  8:00


    Saturday Aug.12  Pancake Breakfast 8:30-10:00   Adult Tennis 9-Noon      Porch Party  5:30

    Sunday Aug. 13 Ball Game Grill after the game. Bring a salad or dessert to share Burgers and Hot Dogs provided.



    Another Reminder to all: Membership dues must be paid in advance in order to vote at the Annual Meeting on the 19th.


    Thanks for your continued support of activities!

  • August 03, 2017 5:13 PM | Maryellen Bertrand (Administrator)

    Ocean Point Column

    August 3,2017

    By Maryellen Bertrand

    This past week was a bit quiet with just the regular weekly activities being held, next week we will resume with special events.

    Thank you to Maureen Driscoll and Liz Holland for a wonderful family beach picnic held on the 24th and to Sue Clark for an incredibly informative tour of the Grimes Cove area on the 26th. If you do not have a copy of Sue’s book,” Past Images” it is well worth purchasing and makes a great gift; her book is currently being sold at EBGS and the Ocean Point Inn.

    Mark your calendars for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wilson Memorial Chapel to be held on Sunday August 6th at 1:30 P.M. with a reception to follow, all are welcome. That morning Rev. Bradbury J. Mitchell Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick Maine will conduct regular Sunday Services at the usual time of 9:30.

    Mary Rush and Sarah Dawson will host the next Family Beach Picnic on Monday August 7th at Grimes Cove. You are asked to bring your own food and come join the fun.

    Mexican Train Game is on the schedule for Wednesday August 9 and is being organized by Connie Saindon. I personally have never played this game but I’m told it is a great time, so please join Connie for this event.

    Unfortunately, the Clamshell Golf Tournament had to be cancelled as many of our Ocean Point golfers who would normally play have scheduling conflicts and are not available on that day.

    The August vacation crowd is beginning to arrive; Rick and Claudette Ford are here at their cottage and are enjoying the beautiful weather. Rick and Claudette’s son Ben recently graduated from U Mass Boston, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Environmental Science. Ben is working for the Army Corps of Engineers.

    It is great to see David Ripley and his wife Pam of Houston Texas vacationing in the Merton Cottage.

    Many of the Hamblett Family, Andy and Meaghan and John and Barb and their children are here enjoying the great boating weather with Suzie and Pete. They will be hosting the second Pancake Breakfast in the middle of this month that will be more details in next week’s column.

    I want to again remind Ocean Pointers regarding membership dues. If you plan to vote at the Annual Meeting on August 19 then your membership must be current and your dues paid, preferably before that date. Our Treasurer Jen Klein will accept dues the morning of the meeting but you must come early in order to do that.

    Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a great week!

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