North Lovell General Store
Kezar Realty is pleased to have one of its
listings featured in the current issue of
'Maine Homes by DownEast'.
The 'Save This Place' column highlights an older property that is worth preserving.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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.
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.
Sunrise on Top of Yellow Mountain
Here we are at the end of December and it is shaping up to be a classic New England winter -- COLD and SNOWY! With well over a foot on the ground already, we now have a great base of snow for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. From skiing to ice skating to snowshoeing to ice fishing, go outside and have some fun!
Starting Wednesday January 3rd, the Appalachian Mountain Club kicks off its 28th year of hosting the International Dinner and Adventure Series. Each week there will be a different four-course menu related to that evening's country. The meal is followed by a presentation (by local and regional guides, explorers and travelers), with photos, that detail a visit to a far-away place. Responsible BYOB is welcome! What better way to enjoy a winter evening with good food and information about exotic places?
Take special note of the presentation for March 7th! "Cuisine of China, followed by SUNRISE ON TOP OF YELLOW MOUNTAIN with Stan Tupaj!"
Dinners are $21 for AMC members and $24 for non-members (group rates also available). The programs are free and open to the public.
Here is a special AMC International Dinner VACATION PACKAGE which includes:
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 (email@example.com) and I will be sure to send one (or two) in the mail.
Now I ask, what better way to dress up your fridge?
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.
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.
Some days my ride to the office is consumed by what I should put on the sign. People often stop and ask me to announce a local event or to honor someone's passing and I am more than happy to post it. Over the years, the sign has evolved into my own form of local social media.
However, some days the writing is easier than others; especially after hearing yesterday's press release from Major League Baseball.
Perhaps a little unfair, but who could resist?