Fryeburg Academy

2015 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

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July 18th is the date for the 11th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run. With the help of Steve Pullan, Fryeburg Academy art teacher, a contest is held each year to draw the winning design for the race’s t-shirt. And every year, the students come through with tremendous drawings, making for a tough selection process. As part of the competition, students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running into their artwork.

This year’s winner is Phoebe Crowe, a Lovell resident who is finishing her junior year at the Academy. She enjoys graphic design and will be taking some pre-college courses this summer at the Maine College of Art.

In the first few years of the design competition, I always hesitated to ask for a change here or there. I didn’t want to insult the artist but Mr. Pullan said that it was important for the student to have some real-world experiences where a client rarely is satisfied with the first or second submission. We asked Phoebe to make some minor adjustments to her original design and she did them well. Last year, Phoebe’s design came in second place and I am sure she was disappointed but she displayed a level of determination by trying again. Tenacity pays off!

So thanks to Phoebe, this year’s 5k run t-shirt will continue the tradition of having a unique and quality design. Not only does she see her drawing on t-shirts around town but she earned the $100 prize!

Remember, only the first 100 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt! Click here to register on-line. Paper registrations, as well as previous race records, can be downloaded at Lovell5k.com.

2013 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

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The Ninth Annual Lovell OHD 5k Run is in the books! Congratulations to Silas Eastman, 18, of Chatham, NH who won for the third consecutive year with a time of 16:33 and Terry Ballou, 45, from Staten Island, won for the fourth time in five years with a time of 19:18. Both runners received a colorful vase made by Nathan Macomber, glass blower from Conway, NH.

129 runners crossed the finish line. It is always great to see family members running together and the great number of young runners who always participate. Very impressed with family friend Alfie Walker from Fryeburg! He finished 20th overall with a time of 21:39. I'm sure that in a few more years he will be running for the Fryeburg Academy cross-country team.

Here are the complete results: OVERALL RESULTS AGE GROUP AWARDS AGE GROUP RESULTS

Next year will be the tenth year and I'm looking forward to it. A great big thank you to all of the volunteers along the course and at the finish line as well as the Oxford County Sheriff's Department and the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department.

As more pictures come in, I will post them here and on Lovell5k.com

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 5k Run

Approaching the turn!

Approaching the turn!

FA's Track Coach Kevin McDonald

FA's Track Coach Kevin McDonald

We all know that this sad return to cold weather will be brief and that warm days are not far away. That means it is time to start thinking about all of the fun activities of summer--fishing, swimming, riding bikes, eating ice cream and running in the Lovell Old Home Days 5k!

This year's run is on Saturday, July 20th and the race starts at 9:45 am with the runners leading the parade down Main Street to the Athletic Field. This year's run is the Ninth Annual and it is always a fun event for both participants and spectators. Great awards for the top runners and plenty of random prizes.

Remember that the first 100 registrants get a t-shirt designed by a Fryeburg Academy art student, so be sure to sign-up early. On-line registration is at Running4Free.com or you can download an application here.

Visit Lovell5k.com for more information, pictures and past times.

Beijing Update, Part Two

The New Year is a major celebration in China and it provides the opportunity for families to get together and celebrate over several days. Schools and businesses are closed for an extended period of time and Anna has been off from school for almost one month. She took full advantage of her free time and traveled to several different parts of the country.

Anna flew by herself from Beijing Airport to the city of Chongqing, China's fourth largest province in the southern part of the country where she went to visit Te and his family. Te worked for the Red Parka Pub in the summer of 2010 and spent quite a bit of time in Lovell. She was able to tour much of the city and even had a fancy boat ride one night. Te always bragged at how good "hot pot" was in his city and that it was much spicier than in the north. After sweating through one meal, Anna confirmed that Te is correct!

After about ten days, Anna flew back to Beijing and spent the night with her former Mandarin teacher from the Fryeburg Academy. Early the next morning she took a train ride to Shijiazhuang where she spent six months in her junior year of high school. She visited her old high school, sat in on many classes, helped students with their English, participated in the Chinese Literature class and stayed with her former host family. She celebrated New Year's Eve in Shijiazhuang and was amazed (frightened?) by how many large fireworks were being set off throughout the city. The picture with the large number of fireworks represents only part of the total amount set off by her family.

Anna is now back at the dorms at the No. 80 High School and is preparing for classes which restart on the 13th of February. Although Beijing is halfway around the world, Anna has had a number of visitors from back home in Fryeburg. This weekend she had a very special lunch with Mr. Hibbard, Director of Admissions at Fryeburg Academy, and Miao Wang, director of the award-winning documentary Beijing Taxi. Ms. Wang now is working on a film that explores the experiences of Chinese students who come to Maine for high school studies. Anna was filmed and interviewed regarding her exposure to the students at Fryeburg Academy, the friendships formed and her unique reverse experience of studying in China.

Beijing Update, Part Two

The New Year is a major celebration in China and it provides the opportunity for families to get together and celebrate over several days. Schools and businesses are closed for an extended period of time and Anna has been off from school for almost one month. She took full advantage of her free time and traveled to several different parts of the country.

Anna flew by herself from Beijing Airport to the city of Chongqing, China's fourth largest province in the southern part of the country where she went to visit Te and his family. Te worked for the Red Parka Pub in the summer of 2010 and spent quite a bit of time in Lovell. She was able to tour much of the city and even had a fancy boat ride one night. Te always bragged at how good "hot pot" was in his city and that it was much spicier than in the north. After sweating through one meal, Anna confirmed that Te is correct!

After about ten days, Anna flew back to Beijing and spent the night with her former Mandarin teacher from the Fryeburg Academy. Early the next morning she took a train ride to Shijiazhuang where she spent six months in her junior year of high school. She visited her old high school, sat in on many classes, helped students with their English, participated in the Chinese Literature class and stayed with her former host family. She celebrated New Year's Eve in Shijiazhuang and was amazed (frightened?) by how many large fireworks were being set off throughout the city. The picture with the large number of fireworks represents only part of the total amount set off by her family.

Anna is now back at the dorms at the No. 80 High School and is preparing for classes which restart on the 13th of February. Although Beijing is halfway around the world, Anna has had a number of visitors from back home in Fryeburg. This weekend she had a very special lunch with Mr. Hibbard, Director of Admissions at Fryeburg Academy, and Miao Wang, director of the award-winning documentary Beijing Taxi. Ms. Wang now is working on a film that explores the experiences of Chinese students who come to Maine for high school studies. Anna was filmed and interviewed regarding her exposure to the students at Fryeburg Academy, the friendships formed and her unique reverse experience of studying in China.

State Champs Again

Like Fryeburg Academy's Music Program, the school's softball team seems to come out on top every year. There's no magic to it. Good coaching, lots of practice, hard work, indoor winter leagues and pre-season training trips. With the loss of a number of seniors from last season and a freshman pitcher along with younger position players, this wasn't suppose to be Fryeburg's year. What makes this season so special is that not only are they champs but they did not lose a game all year! 20-0. Nothing lucky about that.

Fryeburg Academy had to beat a very good Bucksport team. The final score was 5-2 and a Big Congratulations to all of the players.

Full details here. Photo courtesy of the Portland Press Herald.

Comments

  1. Jim Rowe on

    Huge achievement! Glad for players, coach, and Academy!
    • Jotham Oliver on

      It all starts with great grammar! Great job!
      • Stanley Tupaj on

        Exactly, where would they be without it?

        State Champs Again

        Like Fryeburg Academy's Music Program, the school's softball team seems to come out on top every year. There's no magic to it. Good coaching, lots of practice, hard work, indoor winter leagues and pre-season training trips. With the loss of a number of seniors from last season and a freshman pitcher along with younger position players, this wasn't suppose to be Fryeburg's year. What makes this season so special is that not only are they champs but they did not lose a game all year! 20-0. Nothing lucky about that.

        Fryeburg Academy had to beat a very good Bucksport team. The final score was 5-2 and a Big Congratulations to all of the players.

        Full details here. Photo courtesy of the Portland Press Herald.

        Fryeburg Academy Softball

        If it is mid-June, then Fryeburg Academy's Softball team must be playing for the State Championship. The team is now undefeated and will be playing Bucksport tomorrow at 11 am at St. Joseph's College's Bailey Field. Be there early to support the team and watch as Fred Apt's team goes for their third state title in four years. A great group of girls who work hard and play well as a team. Go Raiders!

        Here are two Portland Press Herald stories on the team and the softball tourney: Tuesday Friday. Thanks to the Portland Press Herald for the photo.

        Fryeburg Academy Softball

        If it is mid-June, then Fryeburg Academy's Softball team must be playing for the State Championship. The team is now undefeated and will be playing Bucksport tomorrow at 11 am at St. Joseph's College's Bailey Field. Be there early to support the team and watch as Fred Apt's team goes for their third state title in four years. A great group of girls who work hard and play well as a team. Go Raiders!

        Here are two Portland Press Herald stories on the team and the softball tourney: Tuesday Friday. Thanks to the Portland Press Herald for the photo.