Lovell

The Story of Severance Lodge

The story of Lovell in the 20th century cannot be told without a considerable amount of attention paid to Severance Lodge. Located on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake's Middle Bay, Severance Lodge has majestic views up and down the lake as well as the White Mountains to the west. Over the decades, Severance Lodge served as an introduction to the region for many guests with some deciding to have a primary or second home in Lovell.

Carol Severance Taylor's new book, Woodsmoke, The Story of Severance Lodge, tells the historic development of the Lodge with wonderful pictures and stories from her father, Harold. Looking at a Rate Schedule from the 1950's, you have to wonder how the family was able to treat the guests with such luxury on a daily rate of $13-16 per person!

My father-in-law, Al Stearns, worked as a waiter in his teen years and his favorite Severance story is about the time he received a canvas canoe as a tip rather than cash from a Lodge customer. He didn't appreciate it then but he now treasures the canoe. Severance Lodge served as an employment center for many of the local youth. By no means was it cushy job. Harold Severance and his management team had high expectations and you didn't last long if you didn't perform. Strong life lessons!

Carol grew up in Lovell at the Lodge and attended the Fryeburg Academy. She and her husband Hal still have a home in Lovell and are active members of the community. This book is a perfect addition to your library. In addition, Carol is donating proceeds to Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham.

Woodsmoke is available for purchase for $20 at the Lovell Historical Society, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Kezar Realty, Bridgton Books and White Birch Bookstore. Or contact Carol at halandsev@aol.com.

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2018 Lovell Old Home Days

2018 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design by Fryeburg Academy Student Grace Marshall

2018 Parade Grand Marshals Jon and Pam Bliss

Bios Here

Be sure to be around Lovell this weekend. Lots of exciting events taking place all around town starting on Thursday and continuing through Sunday. The big event, of course, is the parade and 5k run on Saturday morning starting at 9:45 am on Route 5. See the list of events below:

THURSDAY

  • Don & Cindy Roy (2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Winners) at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts. Christian Hill, Lovell. 7:00 pm. $10 per ticket. Click here to visit web site

FRIDAY

  • 3 pm. Harvest Gold Gallery Artist Reception and Open House. Free to the public. Click here to visit Harvest Gold's web site
  • 4:30-6:30 5k Race Registration & Packet Pick-Up Lovell Athletic Field.
  • 5:00 Pm Burgers, Hot Dogs and Music under the tent. Proceeds benefit the Lovell Old Home Days Program.

SATURDAY

  • 7 am. Hearty Breakfast at the Masonic Hall in Village
  • 9 am. Parade Entries Gather at the Wicked Good
  • 9:45 am. Run Begins!!!
  • 10 am. Parade Begins!!!
  • 11 am OLD HOME ACTIVITIES at the Lovell Athletic Field. The Jerry Hobson Band at the Gazebo
  • 2 pm. Children's Theater Camp Performance at the Brick Church

SUNDAY

 

Maine Vacation Rentals and the Importance of Service

It wasn’t too long ago that, when travelling to a big city like Boston, New York or Washington, you would take a licensed cab from the airport to your hotel.  Or, when leaving a restaurant, you would go curbside to hail a passing cab.

However, with the advent of mobile technology, travel patterns have changed dramatically. Pull up your UBER or LYFT app on your phone and you will soon have a choice of drivers offering their car to take you to your destination. And people sure do like the service of Air B n B where you have choices of renting houses, condo units or rooms directly from the owners, with prices somewhat cheaper than a hotel of large part of their appeal.

On the surface, this all seems very attractive. However, many communities are having issues with the short-term rentals. Problems such as too many occupants, loud parties with the renters showing no respect for the neighborhood. And from the renters’ perspective, there are stories of renter’s not finding the residence as advertised or not being told that they need to bring a supply of their own linens.

Which leads me to the following:

Since Kezar Realty opened in 2009, we have offered Vacation Rentals in Lovell and surrounding towns. In addition to listing and selling property, Broker Jeanne Bonner manages our Vacation Rentals. Jeanne has been matching vacationers with the perfect Maine cottage for more than 25 years.

In January 2018, Down East Magazine published an article “Home Advantage” that highlighted the positive resources that many local Vacation Rental Agencies in Maine provide, such as handling bookings, greeting incoming renters, coordinating Saturday morning cleaning, making sure the trash was taken to the transfer station and not left at the cottage, replacing misplaced/lost keys and much more. Kezar Realty is a member of the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, a group of about 30 Maine Vacation Rental companies and provides support and lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry.

An important element of renters arriving in Lovell is that they have a friendly place greeting them when they arrive and are provided with a packet of information about their cottage as well as local merchants and recreational activities. And if they need something during the week, they know that Jeanne is just a phone call away.

As we inch closer to the summer season, be sure to contact Jeanne for assistance on vacation rentals. And remember, you will be pleased that the personal touch is still considered important here at Kezar Realty. And that includes having extensive local knowledge as well as caring that you have a great experience.

Technology is great and we all benefit from the tools that it provides but hopefully it will never eliminate the Jeanne Bonners of the world.

2018 Kezar Lake Ice Out

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 hereFor 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.

 

Rest In Peace, Tom Henderson

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.

 
 
 

 

 

Tom Henderson, September 6, 1962 - April 17, 2018

 

 

 

An Elegy in Blue and Green

Rare are those who leave a lasting legacy,

for generations yet to come;

beyond the stone inscriptions weathering in lonely plots,

or the solemn commentaries posted briefly in the local press.

 

And graced is one whose life has focused 

not on momentary fame or fortune, 

but on a purpose far more elemental:

preservation of the Earth, which gave us origin. 

 

Tom Henderson’s true monuments are blue and green; 

the watersheds and forests he protected 

by way of what he called his dream job:

preserving ecosystems with all the varied forms of life

that populate Maine’s mountain spines of wooded slopes,

its wild meadows, and its waters.

 

For we, the fortunate who’ve known him well, 

he’ll be an absent presence,

welcomely returning to our minds,

when summoned by a pilgrimage 

through fields and forests,

or a journey on the lakes or down the rivers. 

 

He was among the quintessential pillars of this land trust 

since well before the current century. 

He’s been its first and only Executive Director.

 

Grievously diminished by his passing though we are, 

he’s bequeathed to us his inspiration.

It’s more than bright enough to light our path, 

and certify our dedication to the mission

that defined his life. 

~Burgess Smith, GLLT Board President

 
 
 

Into the forest he goes, his cycle of life complete.
~ Teresa Melanson-Geronaitis, Tom's partner

 

 

 

In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to benefit Tom's biggest legacy of all, his son Aidan and his future educational goals. 
https://www.youcaring.com/aidanhenderson-1165410

 
 
 
 

The Tree Revisited

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.

Here's a link to the full story on Tom's blog.

2018 Lovell Town Meeting

 

 

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.

Click here for a copy of this year's Annual Report

2018 KEZAR REALTY CALENDAR

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 (stan@fairpoint.net) and I will be sure to send one (or two) in the mail.

Now I ask, what better way to dress up your fridge?

Shop Local -- Shop Lovell UPDATE

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 annwill1@frontier.com

Shop Local -- Shop Lovell

Here we are, in the middle of December, and I am sure that you still have lots of presents to buy. And then you start planning a quick trip to North Conway or to South Portland. Sometimes we overlook all of the wonderful merchants, artists and non-profits that we have living in and around Lovell.  Here are some ideas:

* 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.

* How about taking that old couch with the ragged threads to HEIRLOOMUP for updated upholstery? Visit Martha Livingston's new shop at 222 Main Street in the Village. She can help you with design and fabric choices and then do a fantastic job of bringing your favorite furniture back to life. And Martha can help spruce up your ripped boat seats. Call her at 207-595-1539.

* 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. Call 925-9053 for hours.

* HOMESTEAD SCOOP. 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 some great handmade jewelry, bags, t-shirts, in addition to some honey and maple syrup? All from Justin and Jenn's 'off the grid' FLY AWAY FARM, a family operation in Stow.  Visit their website here. Give them a call at 207-466-7352.

* 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)The Wicked Good Store. Be sure to try out some great food at the new store in town! 207-925-9087 is their number and they are located at 360 Main Street. Visit their Facebook page here.

5)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.

6)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!