Robert Neault Memorial Bridge
The biggest news of late has to be the renaming of the Causeway Bridge to honor the memory of Robert Neault. Bob was known for his community service, stewardship and the many hours he gave to projects for the betterment of Naples.

The official renaming to the Robert Neault Memorial Bridge will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

Neault, who passed away in November at age 56, was a longtime Naples attorney with deep ties to the community. He served on the Naples Planning Board and the Causeway Revitalization Committee and helped found the Naples/Casco Before and After Care Program. Neault’s work also helped establish the Singer Community Center, which will host a reception following the renaming ceremony. The reception will be catered by Crosswalk Community Outreach, where Neault served as vice president.

Thanking veterans with a cruise
The Naples Lion’s Club is doing something that to me, is just amazing and thoughtful. They are inviting all military, active and retired, along with immediate family members, on a free Memorial Day Cruise on Long Lake aboard the Songo River Queen II, from 3-4:30 p.m., rain or shine. The Lions ask that you inquire in advance if additional guests are desired and that you bring an ID or documentation to show active or prior military involvement. Boarding begins one half-hour before departure. Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be provided, and a snack bar and cash cocktail bar are available onboard.

For reservations, contact Arlene Stetson, 693-6365 or at [email protected]; Mike Papastavrou, 693-6690 or [email protected]; event coordinator Dave Gerrish at [email protected]

You can also reserve in person at the Naples Public Library or online at the Naples Lions Club website, The  Songo River Queen dock is at 841 Roosevelt Trail.

Wheels & Water
It’s almost June and that means it’s almost time for the Wheels & Water Antique Transportation Show. Held every Father’s Day weekend, this year June 17-19, and a great place to spend an hour or two with Dad, it features old cars, trucks, tractors, steam boats. antique boats and unusual farming equipment, and lots of odd things of interest, too. There’s a great chicken barbecue Saturday around 4 p.m., followed by music and fireworks in the evening. Come have fun, bring the camper for a small fee or tent for free, and dogs are allowed on leash. The event is located on State Park Road, off Route 114, on Brandy pond. FMI call 693-6879.

Umbrella Factory is a winner
If you haven’t had the pizza at Tony’s – sorry, The Umbrella Factory – you should. They just won the Pizza Challenge at Sebago Lake Rotary’s Pizza Challenge Event. They offer so many creative pizzas, you will have a hard time choosing. I may visit there this evening. Congrats to them for this victory and making Naples proud.

Western Maine Conference
This is a big deal! Lake Region High School hosts the Track and Field Western Maine Conference this Saturday, May 28. Rumor has it over 750 will be in attendance. This is an all-day event, so stop by anytime to cheer our Lakers on.

Free fishing weekend
The weekend of June 4-5 is free fishing weekend across the state. Anybody may fish uspended or revoked. For more information, visit the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s website,

The late Robert Neault was one of the speakers during a celebration in 2012 at the opening of the redesigned Naples Causeway. Neault played the leading role on a committee that worked with the state on the project.

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