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2014 Mushers Bowl

Mushers BowlFor football fans, the two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl is an awful long time. For the first time since September, there are no weekend football games to watch. And many Patriot fans just might say the heck with the Super Bowl. So, what does one do with all of the free time?...

This Saturday and Sunday, January 25th & 26th, the Down East Sled Dog Club presents The Mushers Bowl, where you will find competitive Sled Dog Racing and Skijoring Races at Bridgton's Five Field Apple Orchards. This five-mile course is considered the most technically challenging sled dog course in the Northeast but its design also makes it very spectator-friendly.

Admission to the Mushers Bowl is only $5 for both days (parking included). Children five and under are free. Races start at 10 am each day. The South Bridgton Congregational Church hosts a warming hut where soups and baked goods will be sold.

Click on the links below for more information:

www.desdc.org The Bridgton News, January 9, 2014 Story The Bridgton News, December 27, 2013 Story

Photo Courtesy of Down East Sled Dog Club's web site.

L.L.Bean

I would bet that if you were to ask most people from away, what they think of when you mention Maine, L.L.Bean would be right up there with lobsters, mountains and lighthouses. I am not a big customer of L.L.Bean but about once a year or so we find ourselves in Freeport where the flagship store is located.

L.L.Bean is known for hunting boots, clothing and outdoor equipment. The company is also famous for its liberal return policy where it guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. Until recently, I never paid much attention to it nor did I ever have a need to test it.

About three years ago I purchased a pair of Gore-Tex hiking shoes which proved to be comfortable and durable. However, over the past month or so, the Vibram sole began tearing away from the shoe. A few days ago we visited Freeport and I brought my hiking shoes. It was my intention to buy a new pair outright but showed my old shoes to the clerk and he said that I needed to bring them to Customer Service. The line was long but the wait was short and to my amazement the clerk behind the counter looked at the shoes, never asked any questions and arranged for a clean swap! The store did not have my size in stock so they delivered, without cost, the shoes to Lovell.

In this world where most establishments have abandoned any pretense of customer service, I must say that I was quite impressed leaving the store. One of the many reasons why L.L.Bean continues to grow!

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  1. Bob Patterson on

    Stan- I have had the same experience on the few occasions I needed to make a return. When visiting the store, it amazes me how consistently friendly and helpful the staff is, and that is another plus for L. L. Bean.
    • Jim Rowe on

      Went there as a kid over 60 years ago. Amazing company!

      Four Cedars Antiques

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      One of Center Lovell's prettiest roads is Old Stage (aka 5A). No matter which direction you are heading, you always end up at Route 5. The southern end is anchored by the Historical Society with the Post Office and the former Dutton office at the opposite end. In addition to a wonderful variety of older farmhouses and new homes, a ride along Old Stage always provides stunning views of Lovell, Baldface and the White Mountains. As we approach foliage season, it is ok to stop and enjoy the view.

      One of Lovell's newest businesses, Four Cedars Antiques, is at the corner of Old Stage and Swain Road. Tucked into the woods and between beautiful stone walls, is a small white building with green shutters that contains a great collection of folk art, architectural pieces, country furniture, vintage garden accessories and more. I must say, the way everything is displayed, it is almost like walking into a museum.

      Owner Shoo Hale opened Four Cedars this June and is open on weekends from 10-5. Although she plans on having the store open through the fall season, it might be best to call her at 207-925-1017 to be sure.

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      After visiting the store, you are invited to walk the grounds of the well-landscaped Four Cedar Farm! Be sure to enjoy this special part of Lovell!

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      1. Charlie on

        I am glad you are there to keep me up to date of the current events of my hometown . I am down here in Georgia but I still know what is going on in Lovell. THANKS STAN!!

        OUR KEZAR

        2013 Our Kezar

        Recently published, 'our kezar' collects images taken by three photographers, all with long-times to Kezar Lake, Lovell and western Maine. Starting with Spring, the photos are grouped by the four seasons and capture scenes that are both familiar yet presented with a fresh twist. (perhaps a slight bias here, but I sure do love the Old Home Days' photos). 2013 our kezar 2

        The three photographers (Lee Conary, Kenneth Goldman and Kelly Rickards) bring their different perspectives to produce a book that everyone will enjoy and appreciate. The assortment of photos reinforces in a magnificent way the beauty of our region.

        'our kezar' is available for purchase at stores around town as well as through the Lovell Historical Society's website (10% of the price will be donated to the Society). Perfect for gifts as well as your camp's coffee table!

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        All photos courtesy of 'our kezar'

        Stow's First Annual Chowd'a Fest

        What better way to raise funds for the restoration of Stow's Town Hall (circa 1841) than to have a Chowd'a Fest? On Saturday, April 14th, from 4:30-6:30 pm, the Stow Historical Society is holding its First Annual Competition. The judging is not limited to the classic clam variety but could be a haddock, lobster, corn or vegetarian recipe. The challenge is being extended to the Cold River Valley and all of the surrounding communities and anyone who wants to compete for that special trophy and 2012 bragging rights.

        In addition to the winning chowder chosen by judges (I'm happy to say that I am a judge :)), there will be a special "People's Choice" award chosen by the general public. Come on out to the Saco Valley Fire Station on Route 113 in North Fryeburg to not only support a great cause and taste some outstanding food but to socialize with neighbors and friends!

        Dale Temm is the organizer of the Chowd'a Fest and she may be reached at 207-233-4162 or daletemm@gmail.com. Chowd'a Fest Information Flyer Chowd'a Fest Entry Form

        It is my understanding that the lobster pictured above will be making an appearance at the Competition and just might be the Official Mascot of the Stow Historical Society's Chowd'a Fest!

        Stow's First Annual Chowd'a Fest

        What better way to raise funds for the restoration of Stow's Town Hall (circa 1841) than to have a Chowd'a Fest? On Saturday, April 14th, from 4:30-6:30 pm, the Stow Historical Society is holding its First Annual Competition. The judging is not limited to the classic clam variety but could be a haddock, lobster, corn or vegetarian recipe. The challenge is being extended to the Cold River Valley and all of the surrounding communities and anyone who wants to compete for that special trophy and 2012 bragging rights.

        In addition to the winning chowder chosen by judges (I'm happy to say that I am a judge :)), there will be a special "People's Choice" award chosen by the general public. Come on out to the Saco Valley Fire Station on Route 113 in North Fryeburg to not only support a great cause and taste some outstanding food but to socialize with neighbors and friends!

        Dale Temm is the organizer of the Chowd'a Fest and she may be reached at 207-233-4162 or daletemm@gmail.com. Chowd'a Fest Information Flyer Chowd'a Fest Entry Form

        It is my understanding that the lobster pictured above will be making an appearance at the Competition and just might be the Official Mascot of the Stow Historical Society's Chowd'a Fest!

        Moose Pond Ice Out

        Something tells me that as we get closer to turning the page from February to March, that this year's ice-out (an accepted definition is when one can travel the entire body of water unimpeded) might be earlier than usual.

        The Bridgton Community Center's annual fundraiser on Moose Pond has a new mascot this year. IC is a colorful snowman that is highly visible as you cross the causeway and will determine when ice out comes to the Pond. Entrants can try to win one-half of the net proceeds by predicting the correct date. Tickets are available at a number of locations around Bridgton including Beth's Kitchen Cafe.

        For complete contest rules and previous ice out dates, please contact the Bridgton Community Center at 207-647-3116.

        Here's an interesting link to a live webcam on the Naples Causeway.

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        1. Jim Rowe on

          Web cam really cool, so to speak. "Ice out" is a happening in rural Maine, a real conversation ice breaker.
          • Stanley Tupaj on

            An ice-breaker it is!

            Moose Pond Ice Out

            Something tells me that as we get closer to turning the page from February to March, that this year's ice-out (an accepted definition is when one can travel the entire body of water unimpeded) might be earlier than usual.

            The Bridgton Community Center's annual fundraiser on Moose Pond has a new mascot this year. IC is a colorful snowman that is highly visible as you cross the causeway and will determine when ice out comes to the Pond. Entrants can try to win one-half of the net proceeds by predicting the correct date. Tickets are available at a number of locations around Bridgton including Beth's Kitchen Cafe.

            For complete contest rules and previous ice out dates, please contact the Bridgton Community Center at 207-647-3116.

            Here's an interesting link to a live webcam on the Naples Causeway.

            Portland Harbor

            It isn't too often that I get to walk around downtown Portland on a sunny winter day and when I do, I always try to make the most of it. The Portland waterfront is still very much a working one. Sure, there is a mixture of expensive condos, tourist restaurants and more recently, a major law firm has taken over an old warehouse, but for the most part it is a winning mixture of small businesses, boats, ferries and fishing-related services.

            Had a great lunch at the Sapporo Restaurant on Commercial Street. They offer a number of sushi and roll combination options that are not only filling but affordable. Plus, it always is a treat to watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you!

            Did a lot of window shopping and stopped at two places to purchase items for dinner. Got three pounds of fresh cold water Maine shrimp at the Harbor Fish Market. Located at 9 Custom House Wharf, this fish market is the real thing and worth a visit on your next trip to Portland. Filled with giant lobster tanks and cases of fresh fish on ice, you get the sense that you are stepping back in time. And the staff is very helpful and patient. Picked-up three pounds ($2.50 per) of the unpeeled shrimp (heads and tails still on) for a linguini dish. Next time I might opt to spend a few dollars more for the already peeled shrimp.

            Stopped at the Standard Baking Company on the way back to the car. I successfully avoided all the pastries and purchased a baguette. By far breads are their primary product but they also offer coffee and treats. Well-worth a visit.

            Having a great city like Portland so accessible is one more reason western Maine is a great place to be!

            (Waterfront photo courtesy of Harbor Fish Market)

            Comments

            1. sweetmeow on

              Nice pictures of Portland -- loved our one trip there several years ago seeing the Portland Light, walking the wharf, then having dinner at DiMillos - a restaurant inside of a ferry. Yeah - it's a tourist trap but fun. Thanks for the good idea of where to get some fresh Maine seafood to bring back to camp. Yeah ... peeled shrimp is a lot easier *g*
              • Stanley Tupaj on

                The season for the Maine shrimp is short and since the annual 'catch' total has been reduced, the season will be even shorter. But there always is great local fish available year-round. I know it is hard to leave camp when you are here but a trip to the coast is worthwhile! Thanks

                Portland Harbor

                It isn't too often that I get to walk around downtown Portland on a sunny winter day and when I do, I always try to make the most of it. The Portland waterfront is still very much a working one. Sure, there is a mixture of expensive condos, tourist restaurants and more recently, a major law firm has taken over an old warehouse, but for the most part it is a winning mixture of small businesses, boats, ferries and fishing-related services.

                Had a great lunch at the Sapporo Restaurant on Commercial Street. They offer a number of sushi and roll combination options that are not only filling but affordable. Plus, it always is a treat to watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you!

                Did a lot of window shopping and stopped at two places to purchase items for dinner. Got three pounds of fresh cold water Maine shrimp at the Harbor Fish Market. Located at 9 Custom House Wharf, this fish market is the real thing and worth a visit on your next trip to Portland. Filled with giant lobster tanks and cases of fresh fish on ice, you get the sense that you are stepping back in time. And the staff is very helpful and patient. Picked-up three pounds ($2.50 per) of the unpeeled shrimp (heads and tails still on) for a linguini dish. Next time I might opt to spend a few dollars more for the already peeled shrimp.

                Stopped at the Standard Baking Company on the way back to the car. I successfully avoided all the pastries and purchased a baguette. By far breads are their primary product but they also offer coffee and treats. Well-worth a visit.

                Having a great city like Portland so accessible is one more reason western Maine is a great place to be!

                (Waterfront photo courtesy of Harbor Fish Market)