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Shop Local -- Shop Lovell

Here we are, in the middle of December, and I am sure that you still have lots of presents to buy. And then you start planning a quick trip to North Conway or to South Portland. Sometimes we overlook all of the wonderful merchants, artists and non-profits that we have living in and around Lovell.  Here are some ideas:

* Lots to choose from at the HARVEST GOLD GALLERY in Center Lovell. Custom designed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. Inside their large gallery is a wide variety of American-made art work (much of it local) that will brighten every home. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502.Visit their website here.

* You need to check out the great things that Brent Legere is creating at the LOVELL BOX COMPANY. Wonderful, one-of-a kind boxes and creates made from pine grown on the family land. Perfect for wine, beer, storage, produce, etc. Brent would be happy to make something from your own specs. Check out his Facebook page here or call him at 207-432-2900.

* How about taking that old couch with the ragged threads to HEIRLOOMUP for updated upholstery? Visit Martha Livingston's new shop at 222 Main Street in the Village. She can help you with design and fabric choices and then do a fantastic job of bringing your favorite furniture back to life. And Martha can help spruce up your ripped boat seats. Call her at 207-595-1539.

* HILLTOP HANDSPUN, located in North Lovell, Maine, is owned and operated by fiber artist and designer, Lucy Rogers. Lucy enjoys creating and selling hand made yarn to hand knitters and fiber and roving to hand spinners and felters. The yarn and spinning fibers are made from alpaca, mohair, wool and angora fleeces that she hand selects from Maine and New England fiber farms. Many of her designer yarns are hand spun and a number are spun at a local mini-mill often on a fleece by fleece basis. Beautiful colors in the yarns, which are inspired by the local mountain environment, come to life during the hand dyeing process in Lucy’s kitchen. Here is a link to Lucy’s webpage where you will find yarn and kits for sale.

* LOVELL HARDWARE, located at 411 Main Street is up and running! Great selection of lumber, paint, nuts and bolts, mulch, pellets, pet and horse feed, propane and much more. Call 925-9053 for hours.

* HOMESTEAD SCOOP. Beth Armington’s store sells much more than ice cream, coffee, hot dogs and stew! She also has two floors of local artisans’ work ranging from small crafts, iron pieces and quilts. A great spot for unique gifts at affordable prices. And don't forget that Homestead is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

* PIETREE ORCHARD. Located on the top Waterford Road in Sweden, this Orchard is a great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and pizza. The ‘Pick-Your-Own’ season is over but there is lots to choose from in the store. Visit PietreeOrchards.com for more detailed information. 207-647-9419.

* KARL'S AUTO REPAIR, located at 118 Cushman Pond Road in Lovell. Get rid of that winter grime inside and out for your special person's car with an auto detailing package from Karl. Call for more details at 207-928-3132 or visit their Facebook page here.

* How about some great handmade jewelry, bags, t-shirts, in addition to some honey and maple syrup? All from Justin and Jenn's 'off the grid' FLY AWAY FARM, a family operation in Stow.  Visit their website here. Give them a call at 207-466-7352.

* How about a Gift Certificate to some local eating establishments?


1)Rosie’s Lovell Village Store. Stop in or call Rosie at 207-925-1255.

2)The Center Lovell Market. Open on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051.

3)The Stow Corner Store. Original menu, great portions, a warm environment and a local institution! Check out their Facebook page here for updates on specials or call 207-697-2255. Don't miss the award-winning chili and seafood chowder!

4)The Wicked Good Store. Be sure to try out some great food at the new store in town! 207-925-9087 is their number and they are located at 360 Main Street. Visit their Facebook page here.

5)AJ’s Everything Store at 409 Maine Street in Stoneham. A small convenience store upfront and a nice restaurant out back. Great food at great prices! 207-928-2454.

6)THE CENTER LOVELL INN. The Inn offers 10 large comfortable guestrooms each appointed with family antiques and sitting areas for relaxing and reading. A full country breakfast is served piping hot each morning. Enjoy gourmet dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the evening. The forty-seat dining room offers a crackling fire on cold winter nights. In the summer, enjoy breakfast and dinner on the screened-in wrap-around porch. In the evening enjoy the sunset over the White Mountains. Visit the website here!

6)THE OLD SACO INN. Pete and Sandi welcome you to their pub, restaurant and inn on the banks of the Old Saco River. Good food and cocktails in a friendly setting. Great access to the snowmobile trails as well! Old Saco Inn.

7)‘Best Beer Bar in America‘, EBENEZER’s PUB During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub’s phone number is 207-925-3200.

Still can’t figure out what to give to someone who has everything? How about a gift in their name to some of our local organizations? The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Lovell’s United Church of Christ or Lovell Friends Helping Friends (winter fuel assistance for the needy)!

Please let me know of any additions to this list.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

How Do You Move A Barn?

Western Maine is blessed to have so many skilled craft people living and working here and that they earn enough to make a living. Some of these crafts are not your everyday type of jobs. As many know, whenever I see a 'Fox & Sons' sign on the road, I like to pull over and be a 'sidewalk supervisor'. To see just a handful of people work at lifting a building off of its foundation and moving it to a temporary spot (usually for the construction of a new foundation) is just fascinating. Here's an example of a current job:

It was also an eye-opener to learn that a number of buildings around town were once in a different spot. So, it was not uncommon for a barn, a house or a section of a home to be moved across the field, across the street or across town. And often without the assistance of mechanical equipment. Just using strength, brains and animals. Which leads me to the Old Fox Barn on Slab City Road. After the passing of Fred Fox, the barn and farmhouse were slated for demolition. I am not certain of the exact sequence which resulted in the saving of the barn but along came J. Scott Campbell, owner of the Maine Mountain Post & Beam in Fryeburg, to purchase the building from the family. Along the way, he connected with a local resident looking to build a new residence. Over the years, I have seen some of Scott's work around the area. He just built a beautiful barn in my neighborhood but this is a special project and it brings new life to a structure that for a time was going to be torn down. Here are a few pictures of the frame before it was dismantled and a few pictures of it resurrected at its new location. In some of the pictures, you can see the simple system that is used to mark each piece.

Can't wait until the transformation of the old Fox Barn is complete. Until then, here are some photos.

Down East Magazine Reviews Maine's Best Burgers

The new issue of 'Down East' Magazine arrived in the mailbox the other day and I finally got around to looking through it last night. Unless you are a vegetarian, who wouldn't have an interest in reading about some of the best burgers in Maine. My only problem would be that I would not recognize any of the restaurants. Well, how surprised and pleased I was when I got to page 76 where not one, but two, local spots made the top 30! Ebenezer's Restaurant in Lovell where they are used to getting all kinds of Best Beer Bar Awards and Melby's Market and Eatery in Waterford.

Thank you 'Down East' for traveling out to western Maine and recognizing some great food spots!

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I MEAN LOVELL

Lovell's Minuteman sits in a prominent spot in the middle of the Village park, right next to the flagpole. Eric Gulbrandsen and Lynn Hurd do a wonderful job every year maintaining the flower bed right in front of him. For the most part, he sees people coming and going into the library, kids running and laughing on the playground and hears the sound of the tennis balls going back and forth over the nets. As 'they' say, a pretty good gig!

Until today, when dump trucks suddenly arrived and left a pile of crushed gravel and a second pile of rocks. Not long after that, a tree arrived strapped into the bucket of a tractor. What the heck was happening? As you can see from the pictures below, a foundation was created by the town crew of Larry Fox, Steve Fox and Scott Gardiner.  The tree was lifted onto the top of the pile and the rocks were put into place to hold everything together.

How, and why, the tree is in the park is an interesting story to be told at another time. Right now, our Minuteman has asked me to solicit everyone's opinion of the tree. Even though he carries a rifle, he is a friendly guy but is still wondering about the new addition. Through my office window, I am looking at it right now and I am sure that over time, I will get used to it. So, next time you are in the Village, take a walk around the tree and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

David W. Mason, 1917-2017

Dave Mason passed away this past week. Always had many enthusiastic and encouraging words for young and old and took the time to thank people for their contributions. I still have a voice mail on my office phone from Dave thanking me for the "Great" Old Home Days parade and related festivities. He also mentioned that I should make sure to acknowledge everyone who contributed. You can see Dave in the picture above. For many years, he was the official starter for the Lovell OHD 5k and he always received a strong round of applause. On his hat was the word "STARTER" in black magic marker.  Dave Mason was a special person.

Please take a moment to read about his life here.

 

Boston Red Sox and Apple Watch

Some days my ride to the office is consumed by what I should put on the sign. People often stop and ask me to announce a local event or to honor someone's passing and I am more than happy to post it. Over the years, the sign has evolved into my own form of local social media.

However, some days the writing is easier than others; especially after hearing yesterday's press release from Major League Baseball.

Perhaps a little unfair, but who could resist?

The VERY LAST Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast!

Here's a real bit of sad news. For so many years, every Memorial Day Sunday and every Labor Day Sunday, the place to go was the Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast. Upon entering the room, the smiling crew greeted you and the servers always heaped generous portions of scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon or sausage. Plus, delicious donuts, coffee and orange juice were at the tables. All for just $5!

It takes a lot of time and energy to put on such a successful event twice a year and that may be why the decision was made to end the breakfast. The men and women of the Rescue Service already devote a lot of time to the community and the holiday weekend meal takes several days of preparation and hours before and after. So, this Sunday from 7-10 am, come on out to the Stoneham Rescue Barn and thank the crew for the great emergency service they provide and also for all their years of giving the local community a great place to gather, see the neighbors and fill our bellies!

 

2017 New England Patriots' Magnetic Schedule

To date, the perennial Super Bowl favorite, the New England Patriots, have played three pre-season games. As we know, the record doesn't mean a thing until the real games start in early September. But their biggest loss so far this year may be the season-ending injury suffered by star receiver Julian Edelman. But I am sure that the Head Coach Bill Belichick is already scheming on adjustments. That's why they play the games as teams look quite different in December and January than they do in September.

 

 

The 2017 New England Patriots' Magnetic Football Schedule has arrived at Kezar Realty. As always, the schedules will be available in local stores. If you can't make it to Lovell, feel free to drop me an email at stan@fairpoint.net and I will send one your way.

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.