Lovell

2019 Kezar Lake Ice Out

It is official — 2019 Ice-Out on Kezar Lake is today, April 29th. The determination is made by Lovell’s resident expert, John Bacchiocchi. Some sun and rain over the past few days helped to open up the North End.

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 2003-2018, click here. For a historical New England list, including Kezar Lake, that dates back to 1901, click here.

Now, who will be going for a swim on Memorial Day?

2019 Lovell Town Meeting

Resident Steve Bender makes a point about Shoreland Zoning

Lovell Town Meeting, March 2, 2019

Nothing like a couple of hot-button issues to draw a record crowd to Lovell’s historic Town Hall for the Annual Town Meeting on March 2nd. Close to 150 people were in attendance with many forced to stand throughout the proceedings as all of the seats were occupied.

Months of Planning Board meetings, a public hearing and a citizen’s petition led to a vote on whether the town should retain Lovell’s more restrictive shoreland zoning issue or to revert back to the state’s minimum standards. Moderator Jon Bliss orchestrated an orderly discussion in which proponents from each side of the issue were permitted to speak. Voting was by paper ballot and with a vote that was not very close (76-50), residents voted to retain the town’s more restrictive shoreland ordinance.

A proposed zoning ordinance to prohibit all retail marijuana establishments generated some discussion but, in the end, was approved. The new ordinance prohibits all retail sales as well as any cultivation.

There was a very close vote for the open selectman seat vacated by Turf Ramsden. A difference of only five votes separated the two candidates. Retired tax collector Janice Arsenault won with 68 votes while Jack Jones garnered 63. All in attendance gave Turf a rousing round of applause to thank him for his years of service.

The remaining articles met with minimal discussion, were approved quickly and the meeting was over by 12:30. Still plenty of time to enjoy a beautiful winter’s afternoon.

Another Lovell Town Meeting in the books.

 

Donna J. Snay

Photo of Donna J. Snay

Donna J. Snay

 

          I remember the day so well. It was back in the summer of 2015 that I received an unsolicited phone call from a Donna J. Snay in South Paris. Donna was a REALTOR® who was ‘interviewing’ real estate agencies after the one she was with closed down. We made an appointment for her to come to Kezar Realty for a visit.

          Based on our geographical distance, I thought it was a bit unusual for her to contact a Lovell Agency. She mentioned that she always took note of our four-color ads in the Buyer’s Guide and thought that we would be a good place for her to hang her hat.

          Donna was a person who never hesitated to go after business. She enthusiastically solicited FOR SALE BY OWNERS, expired listings in addition to letting everyone know that she could sell their home or assist them in buying a new one. Now, everyone who works in sales knows how difficult it can be to ask a stranger for their business! But she completed successfully a number of transactions which originated with such contacts.

          A very private person, Donna did not discuss too many things unrelated to business. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

          Rest in Peace Donna. You will be missed.

Donna's Obituary

 

2019 Kezar Realty Calendars

The 2019 'fully magnetic' Kezar Realty calendars are hot off the press! Feel free to stop by the office for your very own copy or pick one up at some of the local stores. Not in Lovell? Send me an email at stan@kezarrealty.com and I will be happy to send you one or two in the mail.

For the past two years, some eagle-eye folks have spotted an error or two on our calendars.Minor things like the dates starting on the wrong day of the week or November having an extra day but not very helpful if you want to use the calendar for planning purposes! Well, this year, our printer, Nat Beal at The Write Stuff and myself, took extra time to make sure that there were no mistakes. I can now certify that the 2019 Kezar Realty calendar is 100% accurate! The same cannot be said for a local bank that uses local photographers' photos each month (including Lovell's Pam Bliss in May). I was using their calendar to proof my draft and discovered that they cut December short by one day! I sure did enjoy pointing out to them their mistake.

As always, do you want your fridge to be without this calendar?

Lovell Bowls and Brews Winners

Our three judges--Mark Moulton, Ethel Hurst and Bob Drew

Sunshine Backpak for Kids Information

Sunshine Backpack for Kids Program

Lovell's First Annual Bowls and Brews took place on Saturday, November 10th. By every measure, it was a roaring success. More than $1,500 was raised for the MSAD 72 Sunshine Backpack Food Program. About 80 people came to the Lovell VFW Hall to enjoy 15 chilis and sample a variety of craft beers.

Enthusiasm was high on both sides of the tables as people walked around trying to decide which chili was their favorite. And in between their samples, they were able to enjoy small portions of craft beer. Two top awards, aprons decorated by New Suncook School art students, were given to the first-place winners of the 'Judges Choice' and the 'Peoples Choice'.

Here are the Results:

Judges Choice --

  1. Diane Caracciolo
  2. TIE, Al & Irene Whittemore and the Appalachian Mountain Club
  3. Jean Hunter

Peoples Choice --

  1. Diane Caracciolo
  2. Rosie's Lovell Village Store
  3. John Hendrickson, the Old Saco Inn

Best Decorated Table -- Robert Jackson's Action Chili

The $1,500 raised will go a very long way in helping the hungry children in MSAD 72. For more information about this program and how you might be able to help, please visit their Facebook page here.

A special big thank you to the following: The VFW Hall for the use of their hall, Paula Hughes for working hard to secure the local and state liquor licenses, Chris Hughes for securing beer, our three judges, Mark Moulton, Ethel Hurst and Bob Drew as well as Jeanne Bonner for organizing the judging process.

Be ready for next year's Bowls & Brews where there will be a greater selection of craft beers to sample and a new chowder division!

Lovell Bowls and Brews

For those that remember, Lovell's Chili Challenge always was a popular event. Not only did it attract local chefs entering their 'special' recipe, people came from all over to taste a variety of very good chili. And to top it all off, significant funds were raised for the Fuel Fund.

Every year, however, there were a number of people who would suggest that a beer tasting would be the perfect compliment to the chili. As in many parts of New England, there has been a wonderful explosion of local craft breweries. Why not take the opportunity to showcase them!

So, this November 10th, we will have Lovell's First Annual BOWLS & BREWS. It will be at the VFW Hall on Smart's Hill Road from 2-5 pm. This year's charity will be MSAD 72’s Sunshine Backpack Food Program which sends weekend food home to children in need in the three elementary schools within the District. All proceeds will be donated to the Program. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

As before, there will be two categories, Judges' Favorites and People's Choice. A special prize will also be awarded to the Best Decorated Table and the always popular Bake Sale table will be full of goodies!

Whether you would like to cook or taste, be sure to come to the VFW Hall on November 10th. Please note that the event is now on a Saturday so you won't have to worry about whether the Patriots are winning or losing. 

Click here for an application form. For more information, please contact either Stan Tupaj at 207-925-1500/stan@fairpoint.net or Paula Hughes at 207-925-6846/hughes.paula@yahoo.com. And a special thank you goes to Paula for her effort on soliciting the breweries and doing the necessary liquor license paperwork with the town and state.

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Lovell's Local Health Officer

Prior to receiving a recent phone call, I was completely unaware of the important role that the Local Health Officer plays in the rural communities throughout Maine. Every year, I see the position listed under Town Officers in the Annual Report but never gave it much thought.

Lovell resident Lucinda (Lucy) Rogers called me recently to let me know about an incident that may have been prevented if she had been made aware of it. I asked Lucy to provide me with a summary of the incident as well as the role of the Local Health Officer.

"Hello, I'm Lucy Rogers, your Local Health Officer. On Saturday, September 15th, I received a call from the local Animal Control Officer who made me aware of a home in Lovell that really surprised me and appalled me. A neighbor of ours was living in squalid conditions. He is no longer there, thankfully, and he is being cared for by his family in Massachusetts. His two cats are being cared for at the animal shelter in Fryeburg.

From speaking with a few people in town, it became clear to me that many folks are unaware of this service. Here is some information about Local Health Officers. Every town has one. If you know of a situation that is unhealthy or unsafe, please call the town office (207-925-6272) or me.

Click here for more detailed information: maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/lho

Thanks, Lucy Rogers"

In our small towns, we tend to respect our neighbor's privacy and rightly so but we should also make an effort to be aware of someone who might need help; especially if they are elderly and live alone.

Please note that the Maine site lists three Lovell names as Local Health Officers but that currently, only Lucy Rogers is serving as one.

 

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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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