Camden Lions star shines over the midcoast

Posted Dec. 13, 2011, at 1:11 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Each year since the early 1960s, the Camden Lions Club has installed the star atop the Mount Battie tower. It glows each night from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve. Over the years it has missed broadcasting its shining beam only one night — because of a blizzard.

Members of the Camden Lions under the direction of Bob Oxton go to the top of Mount Battie

just before Thanksgiving to install the star. Currently, Tommy Jackson shares that responsibility. Many who are not members of the Lion’s Club also have shown up over the years to help erect the star.

A generator is used to power the star with enough gas to operate it from 3:30 p.m. to approximately 2 a.m. “It’s with great pride that we support the star,” said Lions president Frank

Carr. “Most people don’t know that it is a Lions Club project.”

The star can be seen for miles. Even the residents of Islesboro, North Haven and Vinalhaven notice the star when it’s lit. Camden historian Barbara Dyer said, “Camden has a star that does not appear in the heavens anywhere else in the world.”

To celebrate 50 years of involvement with the Mount Battie Christmas Star, the Lions have

created a poster and brief history that is available for purchase in the Camden-Rockport area.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see exactly what the star looked like back then and how it looks currently,” Carr said.

The 19-by-27-inch posters cost $5.95, including a mailing tube and a printed history, and are available at French and Brawn, Maine Sport, Once a Tree, Owl and Turtle Bookstore, Renys and the Stop and Go convenience store. Proceeds will help fund Camden Lions charitable programs.

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