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2018 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

Be sure to sign up for the 14th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run this Saturday,  July 21st! As always, it is a fun and fast course down Route 5 and ending at Lovell Athletic Field. This year a second water table will be on the course, just past the VFW on Smarts Hill Road. Great prizes and t-shirts to the first 100 registered runners.

Visit www.Lovell5k.com for more details.

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    2018 Lovell Old Home Days

    2018 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design by Fryeburg Academy Student Grace Marshall

    2018 Parade Grand Marshals Jon and Pam Bliss

    Bios Here

    Be sure to be around Lovell this weekend. Lots of exciting events taking place all around town starting on Thursday and continuing through Sunday. The big event, of course, is the parade and 5k run on Saturday morning starting at 9:45 am on Route 5. See the list of events below:

    THURSDAY

    • Don & Cindy Roy (2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Winners) at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts. Christian Hill, Lovell. 7:00 pm. $10 per ticket. Click here to visit web site

    FRIDAY

    • 3 pm. Harvest Gold Gallery Artist Reception and Open House. Free to the public. Click here to visit Harvest Gold's web site
    • 4:30-6:30 5k Race Registration & Packet Pick-Up Lovell Athletic Field.
    • 5:00 Pm Burgers, Hot Dogs and Music under the tent. Proceeds benefit the Lovell Old Home Days Program.

    SATURDAY

    • 7 am. Hearty Breakfast at the Masonic Hall in Village
    • 9 am. Parade Entries Gather at the Wicked Good
    • 9:45 am. Run Begins!!!
    • 10 am. Parade Begins!!!
    • 11 am OLD HOME ACTIVITIES at the Lovell Athletic Field. The Jerry Hobson Band at the Gazebo
    • 2 pm. Children's Theater Camp Performance at the Brick Church

    SUNDAY

     

    Maine Vacation Rentals and the Importance of Service

    It wasn’t too long ago that, when travelling to a big city like Boston, New York or Washington, you would take a licensed cab from the airport to your hotel.  Or, when leaving a restaurant, you would go curbside to hail a passing cab.

    However, with the advent of mobile technology, travel patterns have changed dramatically. Pull up your UBER or LYFT app on your phone and you will soon have a choice of drivers offering their car to take you to your destination. And people sure do like the service of Air B n B where you have choices of renting houses, condo units or rooms directly from the owners, with prices somewhat cheaper than a hotel of large part of their appeal.

    On the surface, this all seems very attractive. However, many communities are having issues with the short-term rentals. Problems such as too many occupants, loud parties with the renters showing no respect for the neighborhood. And from the renters’ perspective, there are stories of renter’s not finding the residence as advertised or not being told that they need to bring a supply of their own linens.

    Which leads me to the following:

    Since Kezar Realty opened in 2009, we have offered Vacation Rentals in Lovell and surrounding towns. In addition to listing and selling property, Broker Jeanne Bonner manages our Vacation Rentals. Jeanne has been matching vacationers with the perfect Maine cottage for more than 25 years.

    In January 2018, Down East Magazine published an article “Home Advantage” that highlighted the positive resources that many local Vacation Rental Agencies in Maine provide, such as handling bookings, greeting incoming renters, coordinating Saturday morning cleaning, making sure the trash was taken to the transfer station and not left at the cottage, replacing misplaced/lost keys and much more. Kezar Realty is a member of the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, a group of about 30 Maine Vacation Rental companies and provides support and lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry.

    An important element of renters arriving in Lovell is that they have a friendly place greeting them when they arrive and are provided with a packet of information about their cottage as well as local merchants and recreational activities. And if they need something during the week, they know that Jeanne is just a phone call away.

    As we inch closer to the summer season, be sure to contact Jeanne for assistance on vacation rentals. And remember, you will be pleased that the personal touch is still considered important here at Kezar Realty. And that includes having extensive local knowledge as well as caring that you have a great experience.

    Technology is great and we all benefit from the tools that it provides but hopefully it will never eliminate the Jeanne Bonners of the world.

    2018 Kezar Lake Ice Out

    It is official -- 2018 Ice-Out on Kezar Lake is today, April 25th. The determination is made by Lovell's resident expert, John Bacchiocchi.

    The State of Maine's Bureau of Parks and Land uses the following to establish the date: "Ice Out" is defined for this webpage as when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other. There may still be ice in coves or along the shoreline in some areas, but when a person can traverse the entire waterbody without being stopped by ice floes we will consider the ice to be out.

    To see the list of Ice-Out dates around the state, click hereFor a list of ice-out dates in Maine from 2003-2017, click here. For a historical New England list, including Kezar Lake, that dates back to 1901, click here.

     

    Rest In Peace, Tom Henderson

    Tom Henderson, the Executive Director of the Greater Lovell Land Trust, passed away this week. His vision and legacy will survive well into the future.

    Over the years, Tom and I had many discussions and not all about the woods and the watershed. Baseball, a passion of his, was a frequent topic. A number of years ago, Tom and I served as judges for a local chowder competition where I learned he had quite a cooking background. And on that day, I learned a bit more about chowders, what he thought about the mix of ingredients, even if we didn't agree on which one was the best tasting. 

    I often thought about how funny it was that his job was to preserve land while my job is to sell it. I would like to think that there was some mutual respect and many times he would refer people to me while I would not hesitate to ask him to take a look at a parcel to see if the Land Trust would have an interest in it.

    We also had a number of conversations about the Land Trust's rustic camp on Whitney Pond in Stoneham. Tom was proud of the number of renters he was able to get for the rustic camp and we would often compare notes on the vacation rental business.

    Lovell and the surrounding towns are in a better place because of Tom Henderson.

     
     
     

     

     

    Tom Henderson, September 6, 1962 - April 17, 2018

     

     

     

    An Elegy in Blue and Green

    Rare are those who leave a lasting legacy,

    for generations yet to come;

    beyond the stone inscriptions weathering in lonely plots,

    or the solemn commentaries posted briefly in the local press.

     

    And graced is one whose life has focused 

    not on momentary fame or fortune, 

    but on a purpose far more elemental:

    preservation of the Earth, which gave us origin. 

     

    Tom Henderson’s true monuments are blue and green; 

    the watersheds and forests he protected 

    by way of what he called his dream job:

    preserving ecosystems with all the varied forms of life

    that populate Maine’s mountain spines of wooded slopes,

    its wild meadows, and its waters.

     

    For we, the fortunate who’ve known him well, 

    he’ll be an absent presence,

    welcomely returning to our minds,

    when summoned by a pilgrimage 

    through fields and forests,

    or a journey on the lakes or down the rivers. 

     

    He was among the quintessential pillars of this land trust 

    since well before the current century. 

    He’s been its first and only Executive Director.

     

    Grievously diminished by his passing though we are, 

    he’s bequeathed to us his inspiration.

    It’s more than bright enough to light our path, 

    and certify our dedication to the mission

    that defined his life. 

    ~Burgess Smith, GLLT Board President

     
     
     

    Into the forest he goes, his cycle of life complete.
    ~ Teresa Melanson-Geronaitis, Tom's partner

     

     

     

    In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to benefit Tom's biggest legacy of all, his son Aidan and his future educational goals. 
    https://www.youcaring.com/aidanhenderson-1165410

     
     
     
     

    The Tree Revisited

    Thanks to Tom McLaughlin for an informative column on Rod Blood, Merton Blood and the Lovell Village Tree! Back in September's KezarLife posting A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.., there was quite a bit of feedback received and questions asked. It seems that everyone has an opinion on this intricate work of art.

    Everyday I look out my office window and see the tree. Although the park is a good spot for the tree, I am still not certain that the current location is the best. Perhaps set back a bit further away from the Memorial, the Minuteman statue and the flag.

    Here's a link to the full story on Tom's blog.

    2018 Boston Red Sox Schedule Magnets

    Who cares if the fourth Nor'easter is heading our way! Opening day for the 2018 MLB season starts on March 29th. Spring training is almost over and all is right with the world. Have the Sox make enough moves to keep up with the power-backed Bronx Bombers? If you read the New York tabloids, probably not. Let's give the Yanks the World Series trophy right now! The Blue Jays are always tough and O's suddenly seem to have a strong pitching rotation.

    If you ask me, the World Champion Houston Astros are just as strong and look to be the favorites to repeat. 

    As always, the schedules will be available in my office and all of the local stores. Don't hesitate to send me an email (stan@fairpoint.net) or call me if you would like me to send one via USPS.

    2018 Lovell Town Meeting

     

     

    More than 60 people were in attendance at Lovell's Annual Town Meeting morning, a higher number than recent years. There were 87 articles voted on. As always, the first order of business was to nominate and elect Jonathan Bliss as the meeting's moderator. Robert Drew was reelected to a three-year term as Selectman. Several vacancies on the Planning Board, Budget Committee and School Board were quickly filled. Mr. Bliss opened the meeting acknowledging the recent retirement of Janice Arsenault as Lovell Tax Collector (after 29 years!) and introduced Laura Williams as her replacement.

    A hearty round of applause was given when Mr. Bliss mentioned that this year's report was dedicated to Bruce "Hoss" Thurston, who was in attendance. Mr. Bill Doyle took a moment to make a heartfelt statement on Hoss and what he meant to him personally and to many others in the town. Later in the morning, guest District 70 Representative, Nathan J. Wadsworth, asked for, and was granted, permission to make a presentation. Mr. Wadsworth read a statement from the Maine Legislature praising Hoss. It was a very touching moment and a well-deserved honor!

    Reflecting the hard work of the Selectmen and the Budget Committee, there was minimal discussion on the amount of monies to be budgeted. There was a request to permit a discussion of the Mill Pond Dam issue but that was voted down, 18-15. The Selectmen explained that they are in the process of approving a study to determine the scope and the cost of a dam replacement. A public meeting could then take place when that information is available; hopefully later this year.

    The meeting was over in about two hours! Plenty of time left in the day to take care of chores.

    Click here for a copy of this year's Annual Report

    The End of the 'No Questions Asked' Return Policy

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    Way back in January 2014, I posted about my very happy, one and only experience with L.L. Bean's famous 100% liberal return policy (KezarLife post here) Even though I am not a big customer of Bean's products, you buy with the knowledge that it will last for a very long time. So even though you might pay more for a similar item than at another store, you are getting the L.L. Bean value!

    It is so sad that a high number of people took advantage of this longstanding option! The Company's Chairman suggests that people were exchanging items that they acquired at yard sales. So here is another example of how the majority suffers because of the actions of a greedy minority. And according to a Boston.com article, social media may have spread the word on just how to take advantage of the store's goodwill.

    Here is the letter from Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman that was sent to the store's customers:

    A Letter to Our Customers

    Since 1912, our mission has been to sell high-quality products that inspire and enable people to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to customer service has earned us your trust and respect, as has our guarantee, which ensures that we stand behind everything we sell.

    Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers has been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent. Some view it as a lifetime product replacement program, expecting refunds for heavily worn products used over many years. Others seek refunds for products that have been purchased through third parties, such as at yard sales.

    Based on these experiences, we have updated our policy. Customers will have one year after purchasing an item to return it, accompanied by proof of purchase. After one year, we will work with our customers to reach a fair solution if a product is defective in any way.

    This update adds clarity to our policy and will only affect a small percentage of returns. It will also ensure we can continue to honor one of the best guarantees in retail, with no impact for the vast majority of our customers. To learn more, please view our full return policy at llbean.com.

    L.L.Bean has stood for quality, service, trust, and getting people outdoors ever since my great-grandfather founded our company over 100 years ago - and that will never change. Thank you for being a loyal customer and we look forward to continuing to inspire and enable you to Be an Outsider.

    Sincerely,


    Shawn O. Gorman
    Executive Chairman

     

    Appalachian Mountain Club's 2018 International Dinner & Adventure Series

    Sunrise on Top of Yellow Mountain

    Sunrise on Top of Yellow Mountain

    Here we are at the end of December and it is shaping up to be a classic New England winter -- COLD and SNOWY! With well over a foot on the ground already, we now have a great base of snow for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. From skiing to ice skating to snowshoeing to ice fishing, go outside and have some fun!

    Starting Wednesday January 3rd, the Appalachian Mountain Club kicks off its 28th year of hosting the International Dinner and Adventure Series. Each week there will be a different four-course menu related to that evening's country. The meal is followed by a presentation (by local and regional guides, explorers and travelers), with photos, that detail a visit to a far-away place. Responsible BYOB is welcome! What better way to enjoy a winter evening with good food and information about exotic places?

    Take special note of the presentation for March 7th! "Cuisine of China, followed by SUNRISE ON TOP OF YELLOW MOUNTAIN with Stan Tupaj!"

    Dinners are $21 for AMC members and $24 for non-members (group rates also available). The programs are free and open to the public.

    Here is a special AMC International Dinner VACATION PACKAGE which includes:

    • A four-course dinner
    • The evening presentation
    • An overnight room in the Joe Dodge Lodge
    • Morning breakfast
    • A Thursday Skiing or Tubing package at Great Glen Trails!
    • All for $49. Call 603-466-2727 Monday-Saturday between 9 & 5 and mention the International Dinner Series Special.

    Click here for for the complete Schedule and Menus:  AMC Information Flyer              AMC Menu