Lovell

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.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I MEAN LOVELL

Lovell's Minuteman sits in a prominent spot in the middle of the Village park, right next to the flagpole. Eric Gulbrandsen and Lynn Hurd do a wonderful job every year maintaining the flower bed right in front of him. For the most part, he sees people coming and going into the library, kids running and laughing on the playground and hears the sound of the tennis balls going back and forth over the nets. As 'they' say, a pretty good gig!

Until today, when dump trucks suddenly arrived and left a pile of crushed gravel and a second pile of rocks. Not long after that, a tree arrived strapped into the bucket of a tractor. What the heck was happening? As you can see from the pictures below, a foundation was created by the town crew of Larry Fox, Steve Fox and Scott Gardiner.  The tree was lifted onto the top of the pile and the rocks were put into place to hold everything together.

How, and why, the tree is in the park is an interesting story to be told at another time. Right now, our Minuteman has asked me to solicit everyone's opinion of the tree. Even though he carries a rifle, he is a friendly guy but is still wondering about the new addition. Through my office window, I am looking at it right now and I am sure that over time, I will get used to it. So, next time you are in the Village, take a walk around the tree and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

David W. Mason, 1917-2017

Dave Mason passed away this past week. Always had many enthusiastic and encouraging words for young and old and took the time to thank people for their contributions. I still have a voice mail on my office phone from Dave thanking me for the "Great" Old Home Days parade and related festivities. He also mentioned that I should make sure to acknowledge everyone who contributed. You can see Dave in the picture above. For many years, he was the official starter for the Lovell OHD 5k and he always received a strong round of applause. On his hat was the word "STARTER" in black magic marker.  Dave Mason was a special person.

Please take a moment to read about his life here.

 

Super Saturday is Coming!!!

August in Lovell always starts with a bang. The Dave Mason Tennis Tournament is the first weekend of the month. Next comes the annual Tour de Lovell, a popular bike tour through the town including the many hills up in the north end. But for more than 40 years, the third weekend of August means the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library's Arts and Artisans Fair from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon and from 4-7 the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Chicken BBQ. What could be better?

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, rolls, watermelon and ice cream! Enjoy your meal inside or outside or take it to go. A great bargain for only $10. Stop in and support the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

Celebrate Demme -- 'Stop Making Sense'

Jonathan Demme, noted producer, director and screenwriter, passed away on April 26th. To celebrate the life of Mr. Demme, art house theaters across the country will screen his ground-breaking 1984 documentary, 'Stop Making Sense'.

The town of Lovell, where Jonathan spent many years at the family's summer residence, will participate in the celebration by screening his film outdoors at the historic Hewn Oaks. Show time is 8:30. Seating is casual so bring your own blankets and chairs as well as any refreshments (and maybe some bug spray).

Special thanks to the Fryeburg Academy Film Workshop, Hewnoaks Art Colony and Palm Pictures Entertainment. For more information visit celebratedemme.com

 

 

2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

The rain contributed to a small turnout at today's Memorial Day Ceremony at the Lovell Village Monument. Thank you very much to the Lovell/Fryeburg VFW Post No. 6783 for conducting the service. Please do not forget that Memorial Day is observed so that we can remember all the men and women who died in active military service. Next time you are at the Library, take the time to note the many names on the Memorial of those who have served our country.

IMG_3211IMG_3213

 

IMG_3215

 

 

2017 Kezar Lake Ice-Out

When ice-out actually occurs is always debated but the State of Maine uses the following definition: "...we will consider “ice-out” to be 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 water body without being stopped by ice floes, we will consider the ice to be out.

John Bacchiocchi, Lovell's resident ice-out expert, has declared Wednesday, April 26th, to be 2017's Ice-Out date!

Click here to see Ice-Out dates for various lakes around the state. Kezar Lake should appear on it soon.

Furtado Benefit Dinner

Come on out this Saturday afternoon to the Center Lovell Firehouse for a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. All proceeds and donations will go directly to Karl and Joyce Furtado. Joyce has had an extended hospital stay spanning several months and this has led to some difficult times for the family. This has also had an impact on Karl's Auto Repair business. Karl is a member of the Lovell Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge and the family attends the Lovell UCC.

So, do stop by this Saturday from 4-7 pm. Dinner is $10 per person (a reduced price for children), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, coffee and a variety of delicious desserts. There will be a 50/50 raffle and lots of great auction items. The long winter is over (I know there is snow still on the ground but the calendar says SPRING) and it stays lighter longer.

Please don't hesitate to call me (207-925-1500) or email me (stan@fairpoint.net) if you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation.

What a great opportunity to not only spend time with friends and neighbors but to help a real nice Lovell family!

2017 Lovell Town Meeting

img_3528img_3519img_35262017-lovell-town-meeting

Forty-six town residents were in attendance at Lovell's Annual Town Meeting where a total of 85 articles were voted on. The first order of business was to nominate Jonathan Bliss as the meeting's moderator. Stephen Goldsmith was reelected to a three-year term as Selectman and a number of people were nominated and elected to fill vacancies on a variety of boards. Mr. Bliss opened the meeting with a thank you to Larry Fox and the Lovell road crew for doing a great job of keeping the streets plowed during the winter storms.

Reflecting the hard work of the Selectmen and the Budget Committee, there was minimal discussion on the amount of monies requested. There was, however, a considerable amount of time spent debating the question of allowing recreation departments from other towns to use the Narrows Beach. A written ballot was requested and the article was voted down. (35 no to 9 yes).

State Senator Lisa Keim came to the meeting to make an announcement about various state issues and to present Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie with a commemorative snow shovel. One member of the audience commented that it was the first time in 42 years of attending town meeting that a State Senator made an appearance.

This year’s Annual Report was dedicated to the Delta Masonic Lodge #153 A.F.& A.M.

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Lovell Annual Report.