News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 5, 2018
‘Dogged dedication’ honored by Halcyon Grange

Grange Award

Halcyon Grange Master Heather Retberg, left, presents Tim Semler and Lydia Moffet, owners of Tinder Heath Bakery in Brooksville, with the Community Citizen Award on Sunday, July 1.

Photo courtesy of Halcyon Grange

by Anne Berleant

Tim Semler and Lydia Moffet, owners of Brooksville’s Tinder Hearth Bakery, were honored at a ceremony Sunday, July 1, at the Halcyon Grange.

“On behalf of Halcyon Grange, I present you with our Community Citizen Award for exemplifying service to this community using every instrumentality at your disposal: your business, your home, your barn, your garden, your music, your family, your love and your dogged dedication to help build each other up, to fortify, to nourish us, and to inspire us,” Grange Master Heather Retberg said as she presented the award.

Semler, 34, is a Brooksville native who opened Tinder Hearth with Moffet, from Deer Isle. The Coastal Road bakery is well-known for its croissants, wood-fired pizza and bread and other baked goods, while Semler performs with local jazz and blues band The Soulbenders. The couple has donated time, services and goods to benefit a variety of Peninsula efforts.

Every year, the grange honors a community member for outstanding service to the community.