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Kieve -Wavus hosts 4th Annual 9/11 Family Camp

September 7, 2005

Abe Scott who lost his wife on 9/11 at The Pentagon presents a special Pentagon Memory Book and a poster outlining the details of the new Pentagon Memorial to Maine's First Lady Karen Baldacci.

Kieve-Wavus hosted their 4th Annual Family Camp for families affected by the September 11th tragedies. Individuals and families from FDNY Ladder Company 3, FDNY Battalion 6 and Cantor Fitzgerald in New York as well as The Pentagon all arrived at Kieve for a week of laughter, tears, hugs, support, and lots of fun, games and entertainment. Rain and showers early in the week from Hurricane Katrina presented a few challenges but all the families who attended had a wonderful time anyway.
Kieve sends thanks to the many local corporate sponsors including: Yellowfront Grocery, Big Al?s Super Values, The Pemaquid Fisherman?s Co-op, Weatherbird, Hannaford, Artsake Framing & Alan Baldwin, Judy & Louis Doe, The Nobleboro Village Store, Sarah's Caf?, The Bigelow Labs' Aquarium, O'Hara Ice, Owls Head Transportation Museum, The Schooner Appledore, Sysco of Northern New England, North Center Foods, Awshucks Oyster Shucker and Larry Schneider.
Kieve would also like to recognize and thank the volunteers who helped make this year's camp a special success: Bill & Ann Mallory, Rich & Mimi Roughgarden, Ron Gerard, Steve Peters, Gail Turner, Jack Montgomery, Alan Baldwin, Bill McCook, Henry Chance, Mark Robinson and Gary Stone. These individuals along with the staff at Kieve-Wavus helped make this year's camp very rewarding and special for everyone.
September 11th, 2001 changed the world we live in and changed our lives in ways we could never imagine. Kieve had an opportunity to share some of our abundant natural beauty and relative safety with our heroic comrades in New York and Washington DC. Over the last 4 years, caring and lasting friendships have developed and grown out of Kieve's Family Camp.
This year, families went fishing with avid bass fisherman & Maine Guide Ron Gerard, water skiing and sightseeing on the lake with Bill Mallory and Russ Williams. Kieve opened the high ropes and adventure course so families could play on the High Trapeze, Aqua Zip, HS Swing and the Vertical Playpen. Daily outings were organized for shopping in Freeport, Camden and Damariscotta, The Owls Head Transportation Museum, Bigelow Lab Touch Tank & Aquarium, and an afternoon sail on the Schooner Appledore from Camden. The evenings were filled with fun and laughter enthusiastically performed by magicians, jugglers and comedians. The final evening included a spectacular fireworks display over the lake and music by Bruce Marshall who played with the leader of the Marshall Tucker Band. For the 4th year the Pemaquid Fisherman's Co-op provided a great authentic lobster bake including clams, onions, corn and eggs and wonderful blueberry cake.

The week was filled with an out-pouring of love, emotion, kindness and friendships grew deeper by families who met last year at Family Camp. There were new families who attended this year, a few of whom it was their first visit to Maine. FDNY Battalion 6 Chief Tom Danz said, "it was unimaginable what we went through on 9/11 and over the past 4 years, but your offering this opportunity to our families allowed us to meet a lot of very special people who shared similar experiences. I can?t begin to tell you what it means to all of us.?
Families are already making plans for the 5th Annual 9/11 Family Camp next August where new and old friends will laugh, play and share life?s common threads on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.

For more information please contact Russ Williams


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