Local Business

How Do You Move A Barn?

Western Maine is blessed to have so many skilled craft people living and working here and that they earn enough to make a living. Some of these crafts are not your everyday type of jobs. As many know, whenever I see a 'Fox & Sons' sign on the road, I like to pull over and be a 'sidewalk supervisor'. To see just a handful of people work at lifting a building off of its foundation and moving it to a temporary spot (usually for the construction of a new foundation) is just fascinating. Here's an example of a current job:

It was also an eye-opener to learn that a number of buildings around town were once in a different spot. So, it was not uncommon for a barn, a house or a section of a home to be moved across the field, across the street or across town. And often without the assistance of mechanical equipment. Just using strength, brains and animals. Which leads me to the Old Fox Barn on Slab City Road. After the passing of Fred Fox, the barn and farmhouse were slated for demolition. I am not certain of the exact sequence which resulted in the saving of the barn but along came J. Scott Campbell, owner of the Maine Mountain Post & Beam in Fryeburg, to purchase the building from the family. Along the way, he connected with a local resident looking to build a new residence. Over the years, I have seen some of Scott's work around the area. He just built a beautiful barn in my neighborhood but this is a special project and it brings new life to a structure that for a time was going to be torn down. Here are a few pictures of the frame before it was dismantled and a few pictures of it resurrected at its new location. In some of the pictures, you can see the simple system that is used to mark each piece.

Can't wait until the transformation of the old Fox Barn is complete. Until then, here are some photos.

Down East Magazine Reviews Maine's Best Burgers

The new issue of 'Down East' Magazine arrived in the mailbox the other day and I finally got around to looking through it last night. Unless you are a vegetarian, who wouldn't have an interest in reading about some of the best burgers in Maine. My only problem would be that I would not recognize any of the restaurants. Well, how surprised and pleased I was when I got to page 76 where not one, but two, local spots made the top 30! Ebenezer's Restaurant in Lovell where they are used to getting all kinds of Best Beer Bar Awards and Melby's Market and Eatery in Waterford.

Thank you 'Down East' for traveling out to western Maine and recognizing some great food spots!

 

2017 KEZAR REALTY CALENDAR

Just in time for the Holidays! The 2017 edition of the Kezar Realty calendar is now available. After experimenting with different formats over the years, we have gone back to the full magnet backing. Perfect for throwing it at the refrigerator and having it stick.

I will be sending some calendars out via mail but they will also be available in the local stores as well as the Kezar Realty office. You may also send me an email at stan@fairpoint.net and I will be happy to send you one (or two).

As always, not only is the calendar functional but what better way to dress up your kitchen appliances.

SHOP LOCAL -- SHOP LOVELL

It happens every year! Thanksgiving has come and gone and we all think that we have plenty of time for decorating, baking, party-going and gift shopping. And before we know it, it is almost mid-December. And then the panic kicks in!

This Holiday season, shop in Lovell and surrounding towns! Here's a list of shops and ideas where you not only get a great gift 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.

* You need to check out the great things that Brent Legere is creating at the Lovell Box Company. Wonderful, one-of-a kind boxes and creates made from pine grown on the family land. Perfect for wine, beer, storage, produce, etc. Brent would be happy to make something from your own specs. Check out his Facebook page here or call him at 207-432-2900.

*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.

*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.

Karl's Auto Repair, located at 118 Cushman Pond Road in Lovell. Get rid of that winter grime inside and out for your special person's car with an auto detailing package from Karl. Call for more details at 207-928-3132 or visit their Facebook page here.

*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)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.

3)The Stow Corner Store. Original menu, great portions, a warm environment and a local institution! Check out their Facebook page here for updates on specials or call 207-697-2255. Don't miss the award-winning chili and seafood chowder!


4)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.

5)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!

6)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.

7)‘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)!

Please let me know of any additions to this list.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Corn Will Soon Be Here

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The 'Sweet Kids Corn' is getting ready for the season. The new stand debuts attractive and colorful signs, is painted, is in place and is ready to be filled with delicious ears.

Now, it won't be long before people stop at the stand to bring home a dozen ears or so. Be sure to keep an eye out for the cars lined up across from Lake Kezar Country Club. As it is an honor system, remember to bring cash with you and pay for the proper number of ears!

Lovell and Kezar Lake at Your Local Newstands

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When both Vacation Renters and prospective homebuyers come to Kezar Realty, I always have a packet of information prepared for them. In addition to local publications such as Lake Living, West Coast Maine and the Buyer's Guide to Real Estate, I also include information about hiking trails, Greater Lovell Land Trust activities and articles that have appeared in local newspapers over the past few years. All of them highlight the many diverse activities that are available in our western Maine region.

It is, however, surprising to have lengthy stories about Lovell appear in two different magazines in the very same month. The first is in Down East magazine, available everywhere, and the second is in a not so widely-distributed publication called Maine Townsman. The latter journal is made available to municipal officials throughout the state.

Both articles approach our town from two very different angles and they are both very accurate. Click here for the Down East magazine article (starting on page 94). Click here for the Maine Townsman article (starting on page 19).

BTW, let me know if you happen to come across any newsstands!  

WMBOR Realtor of the Year Dinner

Thought it would be nice to post some photos from the recent Realtor of the Year dinner at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield. I certainly had a great time with the wonderful dinner, great company, lots of laughs and a funny song written and sung by Carol Noonan. Thanks to everyone for their effort in making this a special evening, especially our sponsors and to Michael Berube of Maine Virtual Home Tours for bringing his camera and taking photos.

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Best Gallery in the State of Maine

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Looking forward to reading the upcoming issue of Yankee Magazine' s Best of New England where the editors selected Harvest Gold Gallery as Maine's Best Gallery! Located in Center Lovell for almost 20 years, Bill and Lynda have a large showroom where they showcase not only their own jewelry but the fine arts and crafts of over 200 artists.

 

Be sure to make a trip to Lovell soon to visit the Gallery at 1082 Main Street. Ring the bell at the front door, step inside and explore. I am sure that you will find something that's perfect for you. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502 or harvestgold@fairpoint.net.