The story of Lovell in the 20th century cannot be told without a considerable amount of attention paid to Severance Lodge. Located on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake's Middle Bay, Severance Lodge has majestic views up and down the lake as well as the White Mountains to the west. Over the decades, Severance Lodge served as an introduction to the region for many guests with some deciding to have a primary or second home in Lovell.
Carol Severance Taylor's new book, Woodsmoke, The Story of Severance Lodge, tells the historic development of the Lodge with wonderful pictures and stories from her father, Harold. Looking at a Rate Schedule from the 1950's, you have to wonder how the family was able to treat the guests with such luxury on a daily rate of $13-16 per person!
My father-in-law, Al Stearns, worked as a waiter in his teen years and his favorite Severance story is about the time he received a canvas canoe as a tip rather than cash from a Lodge customer. He didn't appreciate it then but he now treasures the canoe. Severance Lodge served as an employment center for many of the local youth. By no means was it cushy job. Harold Severance and his management team had high expectations and you didn't last long if you didn't perform. Strong life lessons!
Carol grew up in Lovell at the Lodge and attended the Fryeburg Academy. She and her husband Hal still have a home in Lovell and are active members of the community. This book is a perfect addition to your library. In addition, Carol is donating proceeds to Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham.
Woodsmoke is available for purchase for $20 at the Lovell Historical Society, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Kezar Realty, Bridgton Books and White Birch Bookstore. Or contact Carol at email@example.com.
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.
2018 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design by Fryeburg Academy Student Grace Marshall
2018 Parade Grand Marshals Jon and Pam Bliss
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 10 am to 3 pm Lovell Historical Society's Summer Fair
- Live Auction at 11 am
- Antique Dealers & Antique Car Display
- Live Music
- Delicious Food
- Free Admission
- Click here to visit Historical Society's web site
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.
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 here. For 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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me if you would like me to send one via USPS.
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.
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