LAWNA Newsletter Summer/Fall 2014

There is a lot going on at the Lake Auburn Community Center (LACC) this summer with two grant awards in full swing! Project Canopy, a Maine Forestry Service initiative brings well irrigation, an educational sign kiosk; a tree nursery and property forest plans, surveyed easements and more to the community. Another grant by the Federal & State Recreational Trail Program rebuilds the “Conservation Trail” for year round public use accessing Lake Auburn for generations to come.

The lake association, through generous donations, has also funded many other improvements to the property, horse shoe pits, tether ball, and now disc golf. This picnic area is a perfect destination for gatherings, work related outings or just fun with friends and family. Also many structure improvements to insure public safety including a barn make-over is well underway. LAWNA would like to thank the outstanding volunteers that make up the management team for the LACC property, they unselfishly provide the means to improve neighborhood access and share that with the general public.

LAWNA stands for the Lake Auburn Watershed Neighborhood Association and if you own property in the Lake Auburn watershed you’re automatically a member. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance with your residential project including permitting of new and replacement structures, septic system inspections and general advice on the dos and don’ts on projects to insure minimum environmental impact. This year marks our 8th year anniversary and always more information at

2014 Community Center Sponsors Announced! We would like to thank all our corporate sponsors and this year we have these major sponsors to be recognized on our advertisement bill-board:

  • Procter & Gamble Tambrands
  • Summit Geoengineering Services
  • Hemond Excavation
  • Bissonnette Plumbing & Heating
  • Champagne Lawn Care 6. Main-Land Development Corp
  • G.A. Downing

The 2014 Phosphorus Plan for the LACC explores many new opportunities for LAWNA as a public benefit corporation. Ice House storage building renovations, a basketball court and expanded parking are all in the works for the 2015 season!

We (at the LACC) are in the process of exploring options for a youth group involving young adults from Edward Little High School, Lewiston High School and other schools in Androscoggin County. More on this to follow as we pull together a group of young men and woman to join together on the outdoor fun.
The City of Auburn, Auburn Police Department announces neighborhood crime watch support groups and West Auburn has been under organization by Lt. Tim Cougle. He can be contacted at: for more information.

Finally we are sad to report a great neighbor has passed away, Mr. Clifford “Cliff” Damon joins the Heavenly Sno-Travelers and his neighborhood kindness should be an example to all!

Obituaries | Sunday, August 3, 2014
Clifford Leroy Damon Jr. 1920 - 2014
AUBURN — Clifford Leroy Damon Jr., 93, died Thursday, July 31, at his home in North Auburn following several months of declining health.

Clifford Leroy Damon

He was the son of Clifford Leroy Damon and Isabelle Gould Damon. He was born in Buckfield on Oct. 11, 1920. His early schooling was in a one-room schoolhouse in North Buckfield, and he graduated from Buckfield High School in 1940.

He spent some time working at the Foster manufacturing company in Dixfield, as a machinist at Southworth Machine Co. in South Portland, and at the Harold O’Brien Die Co. in Lewiston.

In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of Machinist Mate First Class while serving aboard the USS Wyoming out of Norfolk, Va. He married Clarissa Titus on Dec. 30, 1945 at the High Street Methodist Church in Auburn.
After his discharge from the service, he attended the Central Trade School in Auburn to learn refrigeration and air conditioning repair. He worked for Northeastern Refrigeration before he established his own business as Damon Refrigeration in the early 1950s. He operated the family business with his wife out of their home for more than 30 years.

He was a man who had to be busy, becoming the Mr. Fix-it for neighbors and friends, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He took great pride in keeping his lawns mowed and neatly trimmed and his driveway cleared of snow.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the many family trips to Rangeley Lake for Fouth of July with his extended family. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Perkins Ridge Snowmobile Club.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Clarissa Titus Damon; his sons Douglas and wife, Donna, of Chebeague Island, and Bruce and wife, Marcia Baxter, of Lewiston; his daughter, Judith and husband, Charles Burns, of Milford, N.H.; five grandchildren, Kate Damon and husband, Bill Denney, of Somerville, Mass., Laura Damon-Theriault and husband, Jean-Luc Theriault, of Farmington, Jonathan Damon and wife, Molly Stuart, of Groton, Mass., Rachel Damon of Cincinnati and Thomas Damon and wife, Iva, of Buckfield; and two great-grandchildren, Neika Theriault and Harvey Damon.
He was predeceased by his four brothers and one sister, Robert, Charles, Richard, Howard and Jeannette.

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