Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

Taste of Lovell

Anyone who has ever attended a local event at the Historical Society, the Chili Competition or a bake sale the UCC, knows first-hand the quality of the bakers living in Lovell. From chocolate chip cookies to peanut butter squares to elaborate cakes and pies, the treats are not only visually appealing but are delicious.

This Sunday, February 14th, is not only Valentine’s Day but from 2-4 pm the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will be hosting the 16th Annual Taste of Lovell. What started out as ‘Death by Chocolate’ in the beginning has now evolved into a collection of appetizers, fruits and desserts that visitors can sample and then vote on their favorite entry. There are five servings for $5 and ten servings for $8. Takeout boxes are available! Voting for your favorite dish is encouraged and the winning baker will receive an autographed Stephen King book. All proceeds benefit the library!

And to help set the mood, Elizabeth Roth will be playing music. Known as the Harp Lady, Elizabeth will be entertaining everyone with classical instrumental harp selections as well as some seafaring songs and Broadway tunes. I have known Elizabeth for many years in her other job, a real estate appraiser (a very good one in case you are in need of one), but I have never heard her play the harp so I am looking forward to it.  A great way to spend an afternoon!

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Mid-Winter Musings

A look at the calendar indicates that we are about half-way through winter. The afternoons are now longer. It is pretty neat how the increase in light is incremental and goes unnoticed until you realize at the end of the work day that it is not completely dark.

  • We haven't had much snow this year and what is on the ground took awhile to get here. It would be nice to have another storm or two for the skiers and snowmobile riders.
  • Our daughter in Brooklyn and friends in Maryland have more snow on the ground than we do in Lovell. Although their snow will probably all be gone in a week or so.
  • I see people ice-fishing on the lakes and ponds and I'm thinking that it hasn't been cold enough to go out there. I know they measure the ice thickness as they go but I hope everyone is cautious and stays safe.
  • As if on cue, the annoying big dip in the pavement on Route 5 just before the Wicked Good Store (going north) has reappeared. And once the warm weather returns, the dip disappears.
  • Ethel Hurst has returned from Florida and I am pretty sure that people were reading the Conway Daily Sun and the Bridgton News wondering what happened to her column. Welcome back!
  • It seems to me that interest around here in this year's Super Bowl has declined sharply after last Sunday's playoff game. It is always fun to watch the game and without your team in it, you can sit back and relax.
  • This year's Super Bowl is in Santa Clara at the new Levi's Stadium. I had the pleasure of watching the Ravens lose to the 49'ers there in October. What a tremendous facility--easy access via light rail and close to downtown San Jose. But it will be a busy area with all of the required security. It would be nice to see Peyton Manning win one more but the Panthers look pretty tough.
  • The Fryeburg Academy's girls' basketball team is having a good year so far. Tonight they host rival Lake Region who is also having a strong year. Expect a packed gym tonight!
  • Isn't it nice that Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year. The 16th Annual Taste of Lovell, from 2pm to 4pm will be at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. Appetizers, chocolate and live music. Get some unbelievable food for just $5 or $8 with all proceeds benefitting the library.
Business continues to be steady and we look forward to 2016. Don't forget to check out KezarRealty.com if you are interested in homes or land or perhaps thinking of renting a cottage on the lake this summer.

Shop Local -- Shop Lovell

 

With a little more than a week left until Christmas, avoid the hassles of traffic and rude salespeople and shoppers by going local. There are lots of local merchants, artisans and shops that would love to help you select the perfect gift.

This Holiday season, shop in Lovell! Here's a list of shops and ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!

* 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.

* 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

*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. Can't beat this special offer on Gift Certificates: 'Buy $50, get $10 free; buy $25, get $5 free' The store is open every day. Call 925-9053 for hours.

* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell’s three 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. FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES, located at Swain Road and 5A, is owned by Shoo Hale. She would be happy to help and can be reached at 925-1017.

*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. 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.

*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 Center Lovell Market. Open on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051.
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.                                                                              6)‘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)!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

 

Lovell's SUPER SATURDAY

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DSCF9028DSCF9021Be prepared to have a fun day in Lovell this Saturday, August 15th while supporting two local institutions!

The day starts at 9 am with the 40th Annual Lovell Arts and Artisans at the New Suncook School on Route 5. Every exhibitor's wares are reviewed by a jury so the quality of the merchandise is high. 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, watermelon and ice cream! Enjoy your meal inside or outside or take it to go. A great bargain for only $9. Stop in and support the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

SHOP LOCAL--SHOP LOVELL

With a little more than a week left until Christmas, I'm sure that everyone does not have all of their gifts picked-out. Avoid the hassles of traffic and rude people by looking local. There is a wealth of local merchants, artisans and shops that would love to help you select the perfect gift.

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

* 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.

* 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

*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.

*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.

* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's three 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. FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES, located at Swain Road and 5A, is owned by Shoo Hale. She would be happy to help and can be reached at 925-1017.

*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.

*SUSAN SIDWELL. Located at the top of Route 5A in Center Lovell, Susan is well-known for not only for her ability to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers but also produces beautiful artisan prints. Ready for framing, these prints make a wonderful gift. You may reach Susan at 925-1006.

*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.

*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 Center Lovell Market. Open again on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051. 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, 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)! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

SHOP Local--SHOP LOVELL

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 Tour de Lovell Results

At the moment I'm not too sure but I think there was a record number of finishers in the 2013 Tour de Lovell. Wayne Rivet, publisher of the Bridgton News, took photos and I will post some here as soon as I get them. He also mentioned that some people had asked for photos so people can contact me and I would be happy to forward an individual photo if it is in the file. A great big thanks to all of the volunteers from the Lovell Rec Dept, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept! 2013 Tour de Lovell Results (Overall, Division, Female, Male) 2013 Tour de Lovell Kids' Results.

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  1. Stanley Tupaj on

    It was a great effort by them and I hope they had a good time!
    • Lynne Pelletier on

      My family bought me a bicycle for Mother's Day and I have enjoyed riding ever since. The Tour De Lovell was a challenging course, and I am happy I finished. My daughter just learned to ride on two wheels during the spring and she raced with the other kids and is proud of herself for finishing. We both enjoyed the challenge that Lovell gave to both of us and look forward to faster times next year! We would love to see/buy any pictures from the race. Thank you!

      Memorial Day Weekend--Let the Summer Begin

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      Seems to me that the daily pace has picked-up considerably. The color green is everywhere, camps on the lake are opening, fishing has been good, traffic around town is busier and everyone is looking forward to a busy season. And the Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the return of Lovell's summer residents. IMG_0565 On Saturday, May 25th, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will be holding its annual Plant Sale. Not only is this an opportunity to purchase some beautiful outdoor plants, all proceeds go directly to the Library. I am real happy with the variety of plants that I purchased last year and look forward to adding more to our garden.

      Sunday morning, from 7-10 am, is the breakfast for the Stoneham Rescue Service at the Stoneham Rescue Facility on Butters Hill Road. Lots of people attend and you won't go away hungry. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast and homemade donuts. A great way to start the day and to support the volunteer service as well.

      Later on Sunday, Fryeburg Academy's Class of 2013 will be graduating. Always a proud day for students and families and there are always plenty of cook-outs and parties to attend. Congratulations to all!

      It would be great if everyone could attend the Memorial Day Celebration in Lovell at 11 am. It takes place at the Memorial Monument in the Village. The Fryeburg/Lovell VFW Post No. 6783 conducts the service. It is important to honor all the men and women who have lost their lives defending our great nation.

      I would also like to acknowledge the Lovell Conservation Committee for the hard work that went into pulling moss and scrubbing clean the stone markers that surround the Memorial. A job well done and a big thank you!

      Lovell's Busy, Busy Saturday August 18th

      Prior to the 9 am opening of the 37th Annual Arts and Artisans Fair, many volunteers are busy unloading artists' cars as they pull up to the New Suncook School. And throughout the day, many people are working hard to keep things running smoothly at this popular Fair that benefits the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and has something for everyone. More than 50 artisans will be present and there will be artist demonstrations as well as a Book Sale, homemade refreshments and a raffle where you have a chance to win one of ten artist-donated prizes. Stop by the New Suncook School on Route 5 in Lovell between 9 - 3.

      Later in the afternoon, from 4-7, is the always crowded Chicken BBQ Benefit Dinner held by the Lovell Fire Department. Where else can you get 1/2 chicken, fresh corn, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and dessert for just $8.50? Stop by the Center Lovell Fire House to eat-in or take home! Show your support for the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

      And to top off the day, it is Rondi's Birthday and our 28th wedding anniversary!

      Lovell's Busy, Busy Saturday August 18th

      Prior to the 9 am opening of the 37th Annual Arts and Artisans Fair, many volunteers are busy unloading artists' cars as they pull up to the New Suncook School. And throughout the day, many people are working hard to keep things running smoothly at this popular Fair that benefits the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and has something for everyone. More than 50 artisans will be present and there will be artist demonstrations as well as a Book Sale, homemade refreshments and a raffle where you have a chance to win one of ten artist-donated prizes. Stop by the New Suncook School on Route 5 in Lovell between 9 - 3.

      Later in the afternoon, from 4-7, is the always crowded Chicken BBQ Benefit Dinner held by the Lovell Fire Department. Where else can you get 1/2 chicken, fresh corn, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and dessert for just $8.50? Stop by the Center Lovell Fire House to eat-in or take home! Show your support for the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

      And to top off the day, it is Rondi's Birthday and our 28th wedding anniversary!