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2019 Bowls & Brews, Lovell, Maine

It isn't very often that one gets to help organize an event that not only provides an enjoyable evening but also raises awareness AND money for an important local charity--The Sunshine Backpack Food Program. Over $1,800 was raised for this important program. Even bigger is that this money is going to build next year's budget!

Here is the recipe for success: Invite people and local businesses to cook their favorite chili or chowder; solicit beer donations from Maine craft brewers for the beer tasting; have the powerful musical trio of Jed Wilson, Dave Kobrenski and Craig Bryan play, have the accomplished local bakers donate cookies, pies and bread and set-up tables and chairs for people to enjoy the evening. Thank you very much to the Lovell VFW for the use of their facilities.

This year's BOWLS & BREWS had close to an equal mix of chili and chowder entries. All of them were outstanding! There are two categories of winners. Judges and Peoples Choice. The first place winners are awarded a specially designed apron created by students at the Molly Ockett School in Fryeburg.

Janice Sage, Mark Moulton, Bob Drew and Ethel Hurst were this year's judges. Very hard work but they never complained and did a terrific job! The attendance for this year's event was probably double the number of last year. That created a lot of extra ballot counting for Jeanne Bonner and Sue Hamlin.

Exciting news for next year's event! The Lodge at Pleasant Point has agreed to host the 2020 Bowls and Brews! See you there next November!

Here are the winners:

Judges Choice for Chowder:

1) Pleasant Point Inn; 2) Paula Hughes; 3) TIE--Melissa Holden and Meg Dyer

Judges Choice for Chili:

1) Shelley Pilsbury/ KLWA; 2) Tom Hughes; 3) Stephen James

Peoples Choice for Chowder:

1) Pleasant Point Inn; 2) Jean Hunter; 3) AMC--Pinkhan Notch

Peoples Choice for Chili:

1) Stephen James; 2) Tom Hughes; 3) Shelley Pilsbury/KLWA

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    2019 Bowls & Brews!

    Calling all Chili and Chowder aficionados! The Second Annual Bowls & Brews will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 4-6 pm at the Lovell VFW Hall on Smart's Hill Road. This event will provide an opportunity for both professional and amateur chefs to compete for top awards and bragging rights.

    Bowls & Brews donates all profits to MSAD 72's Sunshine Backpack Food Program. This Program sends weekend food home to children in need in the three elementary schools within the system.

    Residents, businesses and organizations throughout western Maine and Mt Washington Valley are invited to participate. There are two distinct categories: People's Choice and Judges' Favorites. Special awards will be given to all winners.

    Building on last year's large and enthusiastic turnout, the well-known musical trio of Dave Kobrenski, Jed Wilson and Craig Bryan will be playing.

    Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for ages 12-17 and free for children 11 and under. In addition to the variety of great chili and chowder, a number of Maine craft breweries will have their beer available for tasting. This lineup includes: Atlantic Brewery -- Bar Harbor; Rock Harbor Brewing -- Rockland; Lake St. George Brewing -- Liberty; Norway Brewing -- Norway; Saco River Brewing -- Fryeburg and Oxbow Brewing-- Newcastle.

    And local bakers will be contributing delicious deserts for the popular bake sale!

    For more information regarding the Second Annual Bowls & Brews, please contact Stan Tupaj at 207-925-1500 or stan@kezarrealty.com. Click here to print an entry form.

          

    2019 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

     

    How could this be the 15th year! Come join the fun and sign up for the 15th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run Saturday, July 20th! As always, runners lead the parade on a fun and fast course down Route 5 and ending at the Lovell Athletic Field. 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. Register early to guarantee your t-shirt designed by Fryeburg Academy student Grace Marshall.

    Click here to register online.

    Memorial Day

    Thank you very much to the Lovell/Fryeburg VFW Post No. 6783 for conducting today's Memorial Day 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. It was great to see such a large turnout. Next time you visit the library, please take the time to visit the monument and reflect on the number of people who not only have served our country but lost their lives in battle.

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      2019 Kezar Lake Ice Out

      It is official — 2019 Ice-Out on Kezar Lake is today, April 29th. The determination is made by Lovell’s resident expert, John Bacchiocchi. Some sun and rain over the past few days helped to open up the North End.

      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 2003-2018, click here. For a historical New England list, including Kezar Lake, that dates back to 1901, click here.

      Now, who will be going for a swim on Memorial Day?

      2019 Red Sox Magnetic Calendars

      2019 sure doesn't look like a strong year for the Orioles but with a new manager, Brandon Hyde, Mike Elias as the new GM and lots of young players, hopefully there will be significant improvement from last year's historically bad team. Manny Machado stays on the west coast with the San Diego Padres and Bryce Harper travels north on I-95 to Philadelphia to play for monster money with the Phillies.

      Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the Boston Red Sox are the defending World Series Champions. Another pennant will soon be flying above Fenway Park. With their strong core of young stars, the Red Sox should have another solid year. Maybe not as dominant as last year, but still strong enough to take the AL East. It would be nice if they would let the O's win a series or two.

      Opening Day is approaching fast. The Sox open in Seattle on March 28th where the weather should be a little better than New England. The schedule magnets are here and are in various stores around Lovell. Don't hesitate to stop in at the office and pick one up or I would be happy to mail you a schedule. Just send me an email at stan@kezarrealty.com.

       

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      2019 Lovell Town Meeting

      Resident Steve Bender makes a point about Shoreland Zoning

      Lovell Town Meeting, March 2, 2019

      Nothing like a couple of hot-button issues to draw a record crowd to Lovell’s historic Town Hall for the Annual Town Meeting on March 2nd. Close to 150 people were in attendance with many forced to stand throughout the proceedings as all of the seats were occupied.

      Months of Planning Board meetings, a public hearing and a citizen’s petition led to a vote on whether the town should retain Lovell’s more restrictive shoreland zoning issue or to revert back to the state’s minimum standards. Moderator Jon Bliss orchestrated an orderly discussion in which proponents from each side of the issue were permitted to speak. Voting was by paper ballot and with a vote that was not very close (76-50), residents voted to retain the town’s more restrictive shoreland ordinance.

      A proposed zoning ordinance to prohibit all retail marijuana establishments generated some discussion but, in the end, was approved. The new ordinance prohibits all retail sales as well as any cultivation.

      There was a very close vote for the open selectman seat vacated by Turf Ramsden. A difference of only five votes separated the two candidates. Retired tax collector Janice Arsenault won with 68 votes while Jack Jones garnered 63. All in attendance gave Turf a rousing round of applause to thank him for his years of service.

      The remaining articles met with minimal discussion, were approved quickly and the meeting was over by 12:30. Still plenty of time to enjoy a beautiful winter’s afternoon.

      Another Lovell Town Meeting in the books.