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 (email@example.com) 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.
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:
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.
The 2018 Kezar Realty calendars have arrived and they are now available for pick-up at our office and in stores all around town. Not in Lovell? Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be sure to send one (or two) in the mail.
Now I ask, what better way to dress up your fridge?
In my list of local places to Christmas shop, I inadvertently omitted a new business in town. Please be sure to check out Ann Williams' handmade crafts at ONCE IN A BLUE MOON. Ann specializes in Knitwear and Accessories as well as Decorative Arts. Her studio is located 1298 Main Street in Lovell at the corner of Dragonfly Road. It is best to call ahead for hours. Phone number is 207-925-1124 and her email is email@example.com
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