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2014 Signs of Spring

First Boat Ride on Kezar?

First Boat Ride on Kezar?

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Opening Mid-May

Opening Mid-May

The annual reappearance of boats at the Marina

The annual reappearance of boats at the Marina

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Ice Cream & more at Beth's Shop!

Ice Cream & more at Beth's Shop!

The tennis nets are up.

The tennis nets are up.

The greens are almost ready for the May 10th opening.

The greens are almost ready for the May 10th opening.

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.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Trees with Lights

Christmas 2013 is shaping up to be a very special one. Ben, Cassandra and one-year old grandson Jackson have made the long drive from Virginia Beach. Anna has finished her semester work and is home from NYC. Accompanying Anna is her friend Alissia on not only her first visit to Lovell, but her first trip to the United States. We are looking forward to Italian treats!

It truly is a blessing to have multiple generations under one roof! May your Christmas be as special.

SHOP Local--SHOP LOVELL

Very often, finding the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special can be very difficult. Going to the malls or outlet shops is not only a hassle, but who wants to deal with inattentive and rude clerks? Buying on-line may save time but it doesn't allow you to see or touch what you are buying.

This Holiday season, why not consider shopping in Lovell? Here is a list of shops and shopping ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!

* ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS, Lovell. For centuries, floorcloths have proven to be both durable and elegant. Art Underfoot Floorcloths handcrafted works are created in Maine with tradition in mind. We spend between eight to ten hours on each piece, skillfully crafting heirloom quality art that you will enjoy having underfoot. Paula and Tom Hughes create these artistic and functional floorcloths and would be happy to discuss designing a pattern to fit your home or office. Visit the website for more details and to view a gallery of floorcloths. ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS

* 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.

*How about a gift certificate to the '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.

*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.

* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's two Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The WONDER STORE is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of DOYLE's ANTIQUES, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279.

*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington's new 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 Beth is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

*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)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. 3)The Wicked Good Store. Stop in at the newest spot in town. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and pizzas! 207-925-3090. 4)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! 5)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.

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, 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)! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Lovell Town Meeting

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Lovell's annual Town Meeting was held yesterday, March 2nd, 2013. Anticipating a close election for the Selectman seat held by John Ramsden, the large crowd gathered early to jockey for a seat for the 9am start. John Ramsden was being challenged by Rose McKenzie, owner of the Lovell Village Store (aka Rosie's). Although Rosie ran a strong campaign, focusing on her Lovell roots as well as her strong accounting and business experience, she came up short when the votes were counted. The incumbent John was elected to a new three-year term and we wish him well. The three selectmen do a tremendous job throughout the year by keeping their budget pencils sharp, spending our money wisely and keeping the tax rate as low as possible.

Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie received an extended round of applause for the Department's successful effort in containing the recent Lovell Village fire and preventing it from spreading to other buildings. There was limited discussion on a few articles, questions from the audience as why certain dollars were or were not spent on some programs and the longest discussion was on Article 80 which would amend the Lovell Zoning Ordinance so that the existing 20' building setback on private roads would be increased to 50'. Exciting stuff, no? The change did pass narrowly.

And as always seems to happen, the last vote was done by noon, just in time for lunch!

This year's town report was dedicated to Janice Arsenault and Sherry Bois who have both served the town of Lovell for more than 20 years. Janice is the tax collector and Sherry is the Treasurer and Town Clerk. Together they make the Town Office a friendly place to go for information and they always have a smile and a kind word. Even to folks like me who are Baltimore Ravens' fans. No question that this recognition is long overdue!

Lovell Village Update...

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Saturday, February 23rd, marks two weeks since the fire that leveled Lovell's Main Street landmark. Visually and emotionally, it is still hard not to see the building as I drive by. The Association has moved quickly to remove the debris and to clear the site. Thanks to Norris Bennett and Robbie Drew for doing a great job that to me, looked like it would have taken weeks. During this period, I quickly went from the 'dazed' period to taking the many steps needed to move forward. I have learned more than I have ever wanted to know about the insurance process (which will be going on for quite some time). And that all of the little office supplies that one uses on a daily basis are no longer within easy reach in my desk drawer. For better or worse, I am now way too familiar with the location of every item in Staples!

219 Main Street, Lovell. The new home of Kezar Realty.

219 Main Street, Lovell. The new home of Kezar Realty.

IMG_0223 Here is some exciting news: Kezar Realty will be in the Village. Starting Monday, February 25th, Kezar Realty's office will be at 219 Main Street. Just south of the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and across from our previous address. As the process of rebuilding begins, our full-service Agency has not missed a beat (thanks to Rosie's Lovell Village Store for the use of the back booth and our own locker)and we are looking forward to serving our clients in 2013 and beyond.

Although our physical location has changed, everything else remains the same. Visit KezarRealty.com for all of our contact information, our listings and our vacation rentals. Or better yet, stop in and visit.

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  1. Jim Rowe on

    Hope it goes well for you. Hang in there.
    • Jan on

      Congratulations, Stan. This is a great news! I am sure this is the result of great relationship building in Lovell!
      • Lynda on

        Amazing recovery. You are an inspiration to me.
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          Thank you very much!

          Odds & Ends...

          I think that a lot of my friends in New England don't realize just what an incredible run their Patriots have had over the past eleven years. It seems that they are now not satisfied if the team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl. Having an incredible string of winning seasons and playoff appearances is not enough. But all you need to do is look at the number of NFL teams that have either never made it to the big game or have made just one appearance without winning (list of Super Bowl Teams) to realize that getting to the big game, let alone winning it, is a difficult task. 2013 Lombardi trophy The Baltimore Ravens won the Lombardi Trophy this year after a season that many consider to have been less than stellar. However, they got all of their injured players back and went on an incredible run, knocking off the two top-seeded teams in their home ballparks. The Ravens have had many great teams since their 2000 Super Bowl win. They had been to several AFC Championship games but did not manage to get back to the game. So Patriot fans, enjoy your team's unbelievable decade of success because once Mr. Brady retires, it may be a loooooooong time before you get back to the playoffs and Super Bowl. 2013 Freedom Tower2013 Jane's Carousel2013 Downtonw Brooklyn2013 Barclay's Center2013 Brooklyn Bridge Locks20130105_110226 (2) One of my favorite outdoor activities has always been to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many years ago when walking across the Bridge, you would encounter just a handful of people. Now it is like Grand Central Station at rush hour but the trip is still spectacular and unique. (A recent addition to the bridge is the large clusters of padlocks--a romantic gesture started in Rome several years ago Daily News Story). And the transformation of downtown Brooklyn over the past 20+ years is staggering. Blocks that used to be filled with vacant and vandalized buildings are now vibrant with parks, residential and commercial buildings. This area is known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and I suggest a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to take in the view of the Freedom Tower rising as well as to ride Jane's Carousel. You wouldn't know that this gem opened in 2011 was under water during the Sandy surge. Even though they have reopened, they are still working on repairs. And the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, at Atlantic Avenue seems to have sparked additional investment. If you are visiting NYC in the near future, I recommend a detour to Brooklyn.

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          1. Mr. Oliver on

            Is it true Suggs is being traded to the Pats?
            • Stanley Tupaj on

              The Patriots could only dream!

              SHOP LOCAL--SHOP LOVELL

              Santa Comes to Roger & Jane Williams House!

              Santa Comes to Roger & Jane Williams House!

              Christmas is coming fast this year and there are always gifts to buy for that special someone. Wouldn't it be a great idea to skip Amazon.com, the Conway outlets or the Maine Mall and buy a wonderful present from a Lovell merchant that I'm sure would make the recipient very happy?

              Here are some local options: * Buy a quilt or some cloth from Martha at Rocky Ridge Quilters. Martha also offers lessons for beginners. 207-925-3088. * 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. * Who doesn't love having breakfast, lunch or dinner at Rosie's Lovell Village Store? It is the perfect place to catch up with what is happening around town. Gift certificates are always available. Call Rosie at 207-925-1255 or stop in. * Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's two Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The Wonder Store is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of Doyle's Antiques, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279 or at home, 207-925-3233. * How about a gift certificate to Ebenezer's Pub? During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub's phone number is 207-925-3200. * Next summer, surprise your family with a Kezar Lake vacation!. Check out all the fine camp rentals at Kezar Realty. Jeanne Bonner can help you find what is perfect for your budget and family. 207-925-1500.

              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, 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)!

              MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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              1. Rondi Stearns on

                Very nice Rondi Stearns Occupancy Director Appalachian Mountain Club Office: 603-466-8121 Cell: 603-419-8808 www.outdoors.org
                • sweetmeow on

                  Even from far away, I have gotten a gift certificate for family members at Ebenezer's Pub so that they can have a meal on me when they return to Lovell for their summer vacation! They were so kind! :) I contacted them through their website (http://www.ebenezerspub.net) and made arrangements for the gift certificate to be sent to me.

                  SHOP LOCAL--SHOP LOVELL

                  Santa Comes to Roger & Jane Williams House!

                  Santa Comes to Roger & Jane Williams House!

                  Christmas is coming fast this year and there are always gifts to buy for that special someone. Wouldn't it be a great idea to skip Amazon.com, the Conway outlets or the Maine Mall and buy a wonderful present from a Lovell merchant that I'm sure would make the recipient very happy?

                  Here are some local options: * Buy a quilt or some cloth from Martha at Rocky Ridge Quilters. Martha also offers lessons for beginners. 207-925-3088. * 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. * Who doesn't love having breakfast, lunch or dinner at Rosie's Lovell Village Store? It is the perfect place to catch up with what is happening around town. Gift certificates are always available. Call Rosie at 207-925-1255 or stop in. * Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's two Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The Wonder Store is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of Doyle's Antiques, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279 or at home, 207-925-3233. * How about a gift certificate to Ebenezer's Pub? During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub's phone number is 207-925-3200. * Next summer, surprise your family with a Kezar Lake vacation!. Check out all the fine camp rentals at Kezar Realty. Jeanne Bonner can help you find what is perfect for your budget and family. 207-925-1500.

                  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, 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)!

                  MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

                  Thanksgiving 2012

                  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on things to be grateful for. In no particular order, here are a few of mine: Thanks to Ben and Cassandra for our first grandchild, Jackson...for Ben moving to Virginia Beach for the next two years rather than back to Afghanistan... for being able to see our daughter Anna experience living in two of the world's vibrant cities, New York and Beijing and to hear her speak Mandarin ...for having the good fortune to live in Lovell with my wife, Rondi... for the long morning and evening walks with the dogs...for the opportunity to work with many fine organizations on numerous events where not only do we raise funds but we have a grand time doing so...for living in a section of the country where, except for an occasional blizzard, we don't have to worry about destructive hurricanes or tornadoes...for the Baltimore Orioles finally putting 13 ugly losing seasons behind them...for talking to my Mom every night...for living next to the 100-acre woods and learning the tree-cutting process--from taking it down, dragging it out, splitting and stacking the logs--from Albert on the land he grew up on...for being able to enjoy my mother-in-law Jacky's never-ending smiles...for having family access to Kezar Lake and living in a place where people from around the world like to visit every summer...for our continued friendships with so many people from our 20 years in the Baltimore/Annapolis/DC region ...grateful that the Ravens go to the playoffs on a regular basis...for having the luxury of a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

                  And last, but not least, I am very thankful for Kezar Realty, the three wonderful agents in the office and the many customers who have become friends. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog!

                  Comments

                  1. Jan on

                    Nicely done and happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Lovell!--Janice and Howard
                    • Stanley Tupaj on

                      Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving in northern California!
                      • Bob Patterson on

                        Thanks, Stan, for the spirited blogs that keep us many folk 'from away' in touch with the town and people we enjoy each spring, summer and fall.
                        • Jim Rowe on

                          We all have much to be thankful for! I'm thankful for our friendship and hope you and your family have a good winter. Keep those blog notes and photos coming!
                          • Stanley Tupaj on

                            Thanks Jim! Enjoy the holiday. I'm sure you won't have access to roasted turkey.
                            • Essence on

                              At last, somonee comes up with the "right" answer!