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Lakeside Chautauqua Wins National America in Bloom Award

Honors for the prestigious 2012 America in Bloom (AIB) national awards program were announced at the annual symposium held in Fayetteville, Ark., on September 22.

America in Bloom Executive Director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom participation is helping communities achieve their potential. The accomplishments and progress shown by this year's towns and cities is remarkable.”

Lakeside Chautauqua was judged on seven criteria: overall impression, community involvement, environmental awareness, heritage, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays, across three sectors: municipal, residential and commercial.

Specially trained judges visited towns of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents and volunteers. Additional competitors in this category were Slippery Rock, Pa.; Hummelstown, Pa.; and Gallipolis, Ohio.

Lakeside competed in the population category of 3,001-4,500, receiving a three bloom rating, and a special mention for its efforts in Community Involvement, and won in its population category.

The judges, Diane Clasen and Bill Hahn, commented, "Congratulations, Lakeside, for placing a high value on quality of life, and for embarking on a quest with America in Bloom which we hope will further enhance many facets of life for your residents and visitors. Lakeside is no traditional community, but is definitely a destination."

Registrations for the 2013 national awards program can be submitted until Feb. 28, 2013.

America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom provides educational programs, resources, and the challenge of a friendly competition between participating communities across the country. For more information, visit

Ocean Park to Host 35th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting

The 35th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting will be held in Ocean Park, Maine from July 27-30, 2018. Register for the Annual Meeting today! Please return the completed registration form and $150 per person to Frank Gwalthney, PO Box 7177, Ocean Park, ME 04063. Please make checks payable to Ocean Park Association by July 10, 2018. If you prefer to pay by credit card, call (207) 934-9068, ext. 0 and tell Sharon you're paying for the Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting

Chautauquas Featured in United Methodist Communications

We are extremely honored to be featured on the United Methodist Communications website. Read the article, "8 summer retreat ideas: UMC camp history and locations," written by Patricia Bates.

"Ministry's great minds often take learning vacations together during the summer at camps and Christian retreat centers. Yet, even if your family and friends cannot afford a trip this year, you can still offer one at (or near) your church that feels like a group getaway.

Research and find a camp, Christian retreat center or Chautauqua

So much thought goes into the programming every June through August by individual leaders of the 207 locations and offices within the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry. The ministry serves more than 1 million guests annually, and 17 faith-based facilities offer programs in the Chautauqua Network on the Chautauqua Trail. They arrange their schedules from six to 12 months ahead of time, but you could organize yours in hours by using many of the resources on their websites.

Chautauquas inspired by United Methodists

Chautauquas are spiritual learning centers, but they are not affiliated with any one denomination. They were inspired by Methodists in 1874, when John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller rented the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York after a Methodist camp meeting. They first wanted to train Sunday school teachers, but soon enrolled other students. Read more...

Bay View Named One of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America”

Bay View was awarded with a great honor of being selected as one of America's "Prettiest Painted Places" by the Paint Quality Institute.

The purpose of the competition is to give recognition to places that use paint to express pride in their communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building or exterior structure.

In late July, Carlin Smith, president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, forwarded the details of the competition to Catherine Sommerfeldt, Communications coordinator at the Bay View Association.

Upon reviewing the competition details with the Executive Director, John Stakoe, and other staff members, Sommerfeldt received approval to enter Bay View in the competition. The final entry was submitted in early August, with a total of 15 pictures of cottages and buildings on campus as well as a brief description of Bay View.

"I had only been working at Bay View for a short time, but I just knew Bay View fit the criteria of the competition perfectly." said Sommerfeldt. "It really comes down to the member's care and love of this place that made this possible."

A panel of judges with expertise in paint and exterior color schemes reviewed the entries and named two winners from each of six different geographic areas in the United States. Debbie Zimmer, North American director of Communications for the Paint Quality Institute, stated, “The truth is, we had so many worthy nominees that we could have presented many more awards. The field of entries in this year’s competition was truly exceptional and selecting just a dozen winners and only nine exceptional merit communities was daunting.”

This is the third time the Paint Quality Institute has conducted a search for the prettiest painted places in America. It held the first competition in the 1990s and another in year 2000.

Bay View would like to extend its gratitude to all of its members for their time and dedication to make Bay View a beautiful place. See the photos and learn more about this competition.