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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Trees with Lights

Christmas 2013 is shaping up to be a very special one. Ben, Cassandra and one-year old grandson Jackson have made the long drive from Virginia Beach. Anna has finished her semester work and is home from NYC. Accompanying Anna is her friend Alissia on not only her first visit to Lovell, but her first trip to the United States. We are looking forward to Italian treats!

It truly is a blessing to have multiple generations under one roof! May your Christmas be as special.

2014 Kezar Realty Calendar

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The slightly larger (I haven't heard anyone say 'improved') Kezar Realty calendar is available and being mailed as fast as the envelopes are addressed. If you are not on the list, and would like one, please call or e-mail me at

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  1. Stanley Tupaj on

    Gail, I started with wordpress and have continued with them. I have upgraded to the first option but went for a long time on their free option which I believe is adequate and offers a number of formats. I would go to and follow the instructions. I don't know about transferring things over. Perhaps there is a way to do that once you have set-up. There is a tech forum available to answer questions. I also got confused reading the explanations. Good Luck. I don't know if this was helpful. I very much enjoy seeing the various pics and tales. Stan Tupaj Owner/Designated Broker Kezar Realty Serving Western Maine Office: 207-925-1500 Cell: 207-890-3834 Visit: Visit:


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    Very often, finding the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special can be very difficult. Going to the malls or outlet shops is not only a hassle, but who wants to deal with inattentive and rude clerks? Buying on-line may save time but it doesn't allow you to see or touch what you are buying.

    This Holiday season, why not consider shopping in Lovell? Here is a list of shops and shopping ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!

    * ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS, Lovell. For centuries, floorcloths have proven to be both durable and elegant. Art Underfoot Floorcloths handcrafted works are created in Maine with tradition in mind. We spend between eight to ten hours on each piece, skillfully crafting heirloom quality art that you will enjoy having underfoot. Paula and Tom Hughes create these artistic and functional floorcloths and would be happy to discuss designing a pattern to fit your home or office. Visit the website for more details and to view a gallery of floorcloths. ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS

    * 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.

    *How about a gift certificate to the '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.

    *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.

    * Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's two Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The WONDER STORE is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of DOYLE's ANTIQUES, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279.

    *HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington's new 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 Beth is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

    *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)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. 3)The Wicked Good Store. Stop in at the newest spot in town. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and pizzas! 207-925-3090. 4)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! 5)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.

    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, 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)! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

    2013 Gasping Gobbler Results

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    Early this morning it was COLD and the strong winds blowing from every direction made it much colder! But the sun stayed out and helped to make the day perfect for runners and walkers. A total of 61 participants crossed the finish line. The overall winner was Stephanie Wetzel with a winning time of 20:01 and Christian Bedell was the top male finisher with a time of 20:31. The top walker was Judith Yeary with a time of 38:26. The 'Middle of the Pack' award went to Debra Taylor. These four winners all received a frozen turkey!

    One of the real nice features of the Gasping Gobbler is the delicious lunch for all of the runners/walkers and spectators at the VFW Hall. A great group of volunteers work hard every year to cook-up some good chili, chowder, soup and treats. Not only is the Gasping Gobbler a healthy way to spend the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but it is a fundraiser for the Lovell Recreation Department. Thanks to everyone who participated!

    2013 Gasping Gobbler Overall Results

    2013 Gasping Gobbler Division Results

    8th Annual Gasping Gobbler

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    You know Thanksgiving is close when it is time for the Gasping Gobbler! Join the fun this Saturday at 10 am. The course, just three times (5k) around the Lovell Athletic Field, is flat and fast.

    There are numerous awards for both runners and walkers (NO RUNNING PERMITTED), various age group categories plus the following participants win a turkey: First Place Male and Female Runners, First Place Walker and "Middle of the Pack". New this year is a homemade Apple Pie for the first "teen" team!

    Sign-ups are at the Lovell Athletic Field ($15 with special Family Rates available). Each participant gets a great looking key chain! Awards and a delicious luncheon are at the VFW Hall immediately after the last runner/walker crosses the finish line.

    Call or e-mail me if you have any questions. See you at the starting line!

    2013 Lovell Chili Challenge Results

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    A great thank you to everyone who came to the Sixth Annual Chili Competition yesterday. There were 13 chili entrants and each chili was very different. From beef to vegetarian, from mild to smoking hot, the Challenge brought out the best in all of the cooks. The crowd was large and took their voting responsibilities seriously. Once again, The New Suncook School Art Class designed the aprons for the top vote recipients. Here are the winners with the table numbers in parenthesis: JUDGES' CHOICE First Place -- Caracciola Family (#7) Second Place -- Mary Heroux (#8) Third Place Tie -- The Wicked Good Store (#1) and Sherri Pratt/Peter Paulette (#10)

    PEOPLES' CHOICE First Place -- Adam & Paul Armington (#2) Second Place -- The Wicked Good Store (#1) Third Place -- Chris and Stacey Mills (#3)

    BEST TABLE DECOR -- Mary Heroux

    JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS -- Molly Ockett 7th Grade Class

    With more than $1,200 raised yesterday, it was a record day for the Chili Challenge! Every penny collected goes directly to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund. Special thanks to Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie for the use of the Center Lovell Fire House which is the perfect venue; all of the cooks who took the time to perfect their recipe and to enter the competition; the Lovell bakers who generously donated goodies to the very successful bake sale, the Old Saco Inn and Rosie's Lovell Village Store for donating auction prizes and to the many people who came for some good chow and a fun afternoon.

    If you were unable to attend yesterday's Chili Challenge but would like to donate, please send a check to: FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS Town Of Lovell PO Box 236 Center Lovell, ME 0416

    Honoring Lovell's Veterans

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    November 11th is when our nation honors the veterans of all wars. Originally, the holiday was to mark the end of the First World War but was changed in 1954 to include veterans of all wars. Pat Foley and Lynn Hurd have organized a very special exhibit at the Lovell Historical Society's Kimball Stanford House. Nicely arranged are photographs, documents and uniforms that will help celebrate the lives of all Lovell's veterans who have served and continue to serve our country.

    Everyone is invited to visit this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served and it is invited that many veterans, as well as their family and friends, will attend. Please feel free to bring any special items to share.

    Here's a great idea for Sunday Afternoon--Come at noon to the Center Lovell Fire House for the Chili Challenge (all proceeds go directly to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Fuel Fund) and then make your way to this wonderful exhibit at the Historical Society!

    Please don't forget to attend the Veterans Day service in Lovell Village. After stops in East Conway and Fryeburg, members will arrive in Lovell around noon. Immediately following the ceremony, the VFW's Ladies Auxilary invites everyone to the VFW on Smarts Hill Road for lunch.

    2013 Chili Challenge

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    The Sixth Annual Battle of the Bowls will be held on Sunday, November 10th! Every year both professional and amateur chefs compete for top awards and, most importantly, bragging rights.

    The Chili Challenge donates all proceeds to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fund. This important program provides heating assistance for local residents. Last year's Challenge raised more than $1,000.

    The Battle of the Bowls will once again be at the Center Lovell Fire House from Noon to 2 pm. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under. In addition to tasting a variety of chili, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be available as well as the popular bake sale. Plus, you might win some nice gifts in the raffle.

    If you are unable to attend the Chili Challenge but would still like to support the program, personal donations may be sent to Friends Helping Friends, Town of Lovell, PO Box 236, Center Lovell, ME 04016. 2013 Chili Challenge Registration Form 2013 Chili Challenge Flyer

    There is plenty of time for you to perfect your favorite Chili recipe. Be creative and make a chicken or a vegetarian chili. A fun time is guaranteed and the Patriots have a BYE.

    Here are some photos from last year:


    Stepping Back In Time...

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    Severance 1983 Property Guide 205Severance 1983 Property Guide 2 206Severance 1983 Property Guide 3 207Severance 1983 Property Guide 4 208Severance 1983 Property Guide 5 209Severance 1983 Property Guide 6 210 For many years, the dominant real estate firm was William E. Severance in Center Lovell (located in what is now the Harvest Gold Gallery). Not only did they sell properties on Kezar Lake but they had listings throughout western Maine and New Hampshire.

    Before the age of the internet and information spreading internationally within seconds, Severance published an annual 'Property Guide' that included not only listing details but info on local attractions and activities. It is my understanding that this booklet, filled with photos, was anticipated by many and was mailed throughout the country.

    It is a lot of fun to look through the booklet and see properties that we recently sold or have listed currently and see the significant increases in prices. Just might show that an investment in housing, over the long haul, does pay! Buy a four-season home, with 200' of frontage on Kezar Lake, for $82,500. Listing No. 2593J--Call before someone else scoops it up.

    I also enjoyed the firm's proud announcement of their new up-to-date computer system which will help them plot maps and calculate acreage.

    One other interesting property was found in the 'Commercial' section--The Lovell Village Olde Country Store! Real estate and all equipment for $98,000.

    Thanks to Sue Hamlin for sharing this gem from the family archives.


    1. Charlie on

      Thanks for sharing..
      • Lynda on

        That is so cool!! I will have to come down and see the original!!
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          Fall Scenes

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          Fryeburg Fair 2013 is over, a sense of normalcy returns and now it is time to enjoy the autumn weather. Before you know it, we will have our skis on! Here are some Fryeburg and Lovell snapshots. IMG_0999IMG_1030IMG_1027IMG_1023IMG_1028IMG_1009IMG_1001IMG_1032IMG_1025IMG_1008IMG_1022IMG_1014IMG_1035IMG_1038IMG_1000


          1. Gail Rowe on

            Great collection of photos, Stan - thanks!