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Super Saturday is Coming!!!

August in Lovell always starts with a bang. The Dave Mason Tennis Tournament is the first weekend of the month. Next comes the annual Tour de Lovell, a popular bike tour through the town including the many hills up in the north end. But for more than 40 years, the third weekend of August means the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library's Arts and Artisans Fair from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon and from 4-7 the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Chicken BBQ. What could be better?

A number of new artisans will be at the show this year joining returning favorites from previous fairs. Be sure to enjoy some wonderful homemade lunches and desserts, the popular used book sale and don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance to win one of ten prizes donated by the artists. Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine! All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library.

After a swim in the lake and a quick nap, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Chicken BBQ meal at the Center Lovell Fire House. From 4-7, the Fire Department will be serving barbecued chicken, fresh corn on the cob, salads, rolls, watermelon and ice cream! Enjoy your meal inside or outside or take it to go. A great bargain for only $10. Stop in and support the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

In Jordan's Honor

In Jordan’s Honor

I tend not to get too personal in these pages. Maybe a couple of posts about various trips or family updates but, for the most part, I like to keep things focused on Lovell and Kezar Lake. However, this past weekend was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. We have always been proud of our son Benjamin, but over the last few days, Rondi and I discovered quite a bit more about his commitment to others, the commitment to his country and the overall respect he has earned from his peers.

In early 2008, Benjamin was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq. His station was comprised of United States Marines and Iraqi police. In the early morning of April 22, 2008, two Marines, Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale and LCpl. Jordan Haerter, standing guard at their posts, stopped a suicide bomber from killing 50 US Marines and additional Iraqi police officers. Our son was one of those Marines saved.

Over the years, there have been several memorial bike rides in Jordan’s honor but 2017 marked the inaugural “Jordan’s Run: Veterans’ Memorial 5k Run” which is part of a Veteran’s series on Long Island. Having run in, worked in and organized multiple races over the years, I was very impressed by what this race committee put together. Major sponsors (Macy’s), great t-shirts, lots of food, friendly volunteers, support from police, fire and rescue service departments. It was clear, as the participants went through residential neighborhoods as well as the downtown commercial area, that the entire town of Sag Harbor was there to support the event.

One of the realities of having a child serve in the military is that they will be placed in harm’s way. There is no avoiding this. Over the weekend, we met several Gold Star parents and it is difficult to express my gratitude to their sacrifices. In addition to meeting the Platoon Commander, we also met a number of Marines who were with Ben on that dark day. But most important to me, was meeting Jordan’s mother JoAnne Lyles. It is amazing that she has worked so hard over the past nine years, through the memory of her son Jordan, to help many others. And that is her vision, that every year runners and walkers will come together to not only honor Jordan, but to help many others. With 358 finishers in the very first race, I am confident that it will continue to grow for many, many years.

As the proud parent of a Marine, I ask every reader of KezarLife to take a few minutes to read the transcript of the speech given by Lt. General John Kelly about these two brave Marines. And to then take a moment and reflect on what this great country means to you and the people who protect our way of life.

Click here to read Lt. General Kelly’s speech.

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    1. Lisa Thompson on

      Thank you for sharing this. It is a tribute to those brave Marines who sacrificed their lives for their brothers in arms. As the mother of a Marine I understand some of the emotions involved and admire the strength of Jordan's mother.

      Celebrate Demme -- 'Stop Making Sense'

      Jonathan Demme, noted producer, director and screenwriter, passed away on April 26th. To celebrate the life of Mr. Demme, art house theaters across the country will screen his ground-breaking 1984 documentary, 'Stop Making Sense'.

      The town of Lovell, where Jonathan spent many years at the family's summer residence, will participate in the celebration by screening his film outdoors at the historic Hewn Oaks. Show time is 8:30. Seating is casual so bring your own blankets and chairs as well as any refreshments (and maybe some bug spray).

      Special thanks to the Fryeburg Academy Film Workshop, Hewnoaks Art Colony and Palm Pictures Entertainment. For more information visit celebratedemme.com

       

       

      2017 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

      Congratulations to Finn Lane! Finn is the winner of the 2017 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run t-shirt design contest. Finn has just finished her junior year at the Fryeburg Academy, lives in Brownfield and has a passion for drawing. Her future plans include studying art at a school out west with a goal of becoming a teacher.

      Every year, art teacher Steve Pullan conducts a competition where students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running. For creating the winning design, Finn receives a $100 prize, a t-shirt and seeing her artwork around town.

      This year’s run is on July 15th at 9:45 am. Only the first 100 registered runners are guaranteed a shirt, so please sign-up early. Visit Lovell5k.com for more information, a registration form, photos and records. Or sign-up online at Running4Free.com.

      The 5k run precedes the Old Home Days Parade and begins the day’s festivities.

       

      2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

      The rain contributed to a small turnout at today's Memorial Day Ceremony at the Lovell Village Monument. Thank you very much to the Lovell/Fryeburg VFW Post No. 6783 for conducting the service. Please do not forget that Memorial Day is observed so that we can remember all the men and women who died in active military service. Next time you are at the Library, take the time to note the many names on the Memorial of those who have served our country.

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      2017 Kezar Lake Ice-Out

      When ice-out actually occurs is always debated but the State of Maine uses the following definition: "...we will consider “ice-out” to be 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 water body without being stopped by ice floes, we will consider the ice to be out.

      John Bacchiocchi, Lovell's resident ice-out expert, has declared Wednesday, April 26th, to be 2017's Ice-Out date!

      Click here to see Ice-Out dates for various lakes around the state. Kezar Lake should appear on it soon.

      Furtado Benefit Dinner

      Come on out this Saturday afternoon to the Center Lovell Firehouse for a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. All proceeds and donations will go directly to Karl and Joyce Furtado. Joyce has had an extended hospital stay spanning several months and this has led to some difficult times for the family. This has also had an impact on Karl's Auto Repair business. Karl is a member of the Lovell Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge and the family attends the Lovell UCC.

      So, do stop by this Saturday from 4-7 pm. Dinner is $10 per person (a reduced price for children), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, coffee and a variety of delicious desserts. There will be a 50/50 raffle and lots of great auction items. The long winter is over (I know there is snow still on the ground but the calendar says SPRING) and it stays lighter longer.

      Please don't hesitate to call me (207-925-1500) or email me (stan@fairpoint.net) if you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation.

      What a great opportunity to not only spend time with friends and neighbors but to help a real nice Lovell family!

      2017 Boston Red Sox Schedule Magnet

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      What better time to get prepared for the upcoming baseball season than in the middle of a heavy snow storm? Instead of looking out the window at the snow piling up, think about being at the ball park with the green grass, blue skies, warm temps, cold beers and hot dogs.

      Last year, the Red Sox finished in first place in the always competitive American League East and didn't go too far in the playoffs. Two big questions for this year. How will they manage to replace the production of David Ortiz in the lineup and how long will the Number One starter David Price be on the disabled list? Tampa Bay has great pitching, the Yankees have gotten younger, the Orioles play good defense and pound the ball while Toronto is always strong.

      Now, how do you know who the Sox are playing? Pick up one of Kezar Realty's magnetic calendars at the office or local stores. As always, call me at 207-925-1500 or write me at stan@fairpoint.net and I will be happy to send one in the mail!

      Opening Day is April 3rd against Pittsburgh!

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        2017 Lovell Town Meeting

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        Forty-six town residents were in attendance at Lovell's Annual Town Meeting where a total of 85 articles were voted on. The first order of business was to nominate Jonathan Bliss as the meeting's moderator. Stephen Goldsmith was reelected to a three-year term as Selectman and a number of people were nominated and elected to fill vacancies on a variety of boards. Mr. Bliss opened the meeting with a thank you to Larry Fox and the Lovell road crew for doing a great job of keeping the streets plowed during the winter storms.

        Reflecting the hard work of the Selectmen and the Budget Committee, there was minimal discussion on the amount of monies requested. There was, however, a considerable amount of time spent debating the question of allowing recreation departments from other towns to use the Narrows Beach. A written ballot was requested and the article was voted down. (35 no to 9 yes).

        State Senator Lisa Keim came to the meeting to make an announcement about various state issues and to present Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie with a commemorative snow shovel. One member of the audience commented that it was the first time in 42 years of attending town meeting that a State Senator made an appearance.

        This year’s Annual Report was dedicated to the Delta Masonic Lodge #153 A.F.& A.M.

        Click here for a copy of the 2017 Lovell Annual Report.