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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.

Driving Around Lovell

September was a busy month, October continues to be and it looks like the pace will spill over into November. No complaints here as that means showings, negotiations, inspections, appraisals, septic replacements, surveys, attorneys and much more. All of this means driving around town and on every ride you can't help but be in awe of what an outstanding foliage season it has been. Especially when all of the 'experts' kept saying that the colors would not be very strong this year due to the dry weather. However, it seems to me to be quite the opposite as I think this is the best overall color that I have ever seen. Here are some photos from today's drive around Lovell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Ice-Out (not yet)!

2016 Ice OutWhen asked about this year's Kezar Lake ice-out date, my response has been to ask when was there ice-in? (Here is something interesting to read -- scientists are now collecting ice-in dates) I know I saw many people ice-fishing on the lake this year and I talked to a number of people who did go out and Jeff's Bait Shop in Center Lovell said he ended up with a good year, but I never had a desire to venture out there this year. Pretty much, I like to leave my swimming to the summer months.

The widely-accepted definition of ice-out is when one can navigate from one end of a body of water to the other end without interruption. As you can see from the above picture taken this afternoon at the north end of the lake, there is still ice. And with a cold spell coming over the next few days, it might not be going away all that quickly!

Click here for a somewhat dated collection of ice-out dates in New England. Info for Kezar Lake is on page 13.

Snow Scenes, Part Two

What a difference a few hours make! The sun is out, the temps are warm (high 20's) and thanks to Scott Gardiner, the best snow plower in Oxford County, the roads are clean. (Here's a great video history of snow plowing in Maine) It looks like we will have a stretch of good weather so let's get out and enjoy the snow. How about a cross-country at the golf course? Thanks to the Lovell Recreation Department, it is free.

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  1. Melanie McGraw on

    Hi Stan, I just wanted to say these snow scene photos are great! They make me really miss Lovell and I was wondering if the 3rd photo down is West Lovell Rd....it sure looks like it! We've been inundated with snow here on the Cape and I must say I am looking forward to getting around a bit easier when the snow melts. I'd love to see any landscape scenes you have as I want to paint more of Lovell. Thanks again for such an enjoyable blog! Stay warm and best wishes, Melanie McGraw
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Good memory Melanie! That is West Lovell Road. I believe that you may have received as much snow as we have!

      Lovell Village Snow Scenes

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      Over the past two days we had about six-seven more inches of light, fluffy snow added to the existing base. This is great news for nordic and alpine skiers, snowmobilers and winter enthusiasts! Although this looks like a lot of snow, southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have more than we do. I think I heard the city of Boston 'cry uncle' because they have nowhere to put it and the streets are now very narrow. Subway service has been suspended temporarily and officials are asking people to stay home while crews work to get the roads clean.

      When you look out the window it is hard to imagine that one day the snow will be gone but remember, the first day of Spring isn't that far away--Friday, March 20th!

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      1. C. E. Robinson on

        Sorry, typo! Fun for us kids!
        • C. E. Robinson on

          Reminds me of Lovell, and especially Church Street way back when I was a kid. Snow, snow and more snow. One winter the snow drifted to the tops of telephone poles and we made tunnels from the front door to the road! No school of 3 weeks. Fun for us kinds, but not for the adults! Christine (Heim) Robinson

          Labor Day Weekend & Stoneham Rescue Breakfast

          Labor Day marks the traditional but unofficial end of summer. School has started so families have headed back home. The town slows down a little but this weekend begins my favorite time of year. Temperatures are cooler but you can still swim in the lake. The bugs are gone so going for a hike is a real pleasure. And the Fryeburg Fair is right around the corner!

          I recommend highly one local Labor Day tradition--the Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast. This Sunday, August 31st, from 7-10 am. Wonderful pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts, oj and fresh coffee. All for $5.00! All proceeds benefit the Rescue Service. Butters Hill Road, just off Route 5.

          Kezar Lake Ice-Out

          According to John Bacchiocchi, Lovell's resident ice-out expert, Thursday April 24th is the Ice-Out Date for 2014.

          When ice-out actually occurs is always debated but the State of Maine uses the following:  For the purposes of this web page, 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.

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

          It is Official

          Although not at all scientific, my numerous straw polls around town suggest that everyone wants the snow to melt away as quickly as possible. I have yet to meet a person who is looking for more snow.

          After all, in only 17 days, the Baltimore Orioles open at Camden Yards against the local New England team. The snow can't be here at the start of baseball season, can it?

          Even though two days ago we got about eight inches of some of the heaviest and wettest snow ever and were without power for quite some time, seeing vistas like the one below almost make it worthwhile.

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          Mount Washington from Christian Hill Road.

          AMC's 2014 International Dinner Schedule

          I'm often asked what does one do in the middle of a cold, long winter in rural western Maine. You sometimes get the feeling that people believe everything shuts down until ice-out on the lake.

          Here is one way to enjoy a winter evening with good food and information about exotic places. The Appalachian Mountain Club has kicked off the 2014 International Dinner and Adventure Series. This is the 24th year of Wednesday night dinners where the Pinkham Notch chefs craft a unique four-course menu related to that evening's country. The meal is followed by a presentation, with photos, detailing a visit to a far-away country. Diners are invited to BYOB!

          Dinners are $23 for AMC members and $28 for non-members. The programs are free and open to the public.

          Here is a special AMC International Dinner vacation package which includes:

          • The four-course dinner
          • The evening presentation
          • An overnight room
          • Morning breakfast
          • A Thursday Skiing or Tubing package at Great Glen Trails!
          • All for $49. Call 603-466-2727 Monday-Saturday between 9 & 5 and mention the International Dinner Series Special.

          Click here for the complete schedule and menusAMC Flyer Front AMCFlyerRear

          Late Winter Lovell Scenes

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          IMG_0328It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of syrup!

          It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of syrup!

          As the snow recedes and more and more of the fields reappear, you can feel the transition from winter to spring on a daily basis. Yes, we take some steps backwards as the temperatures drop and we may have a storm on Tuesday but the days are much longer and you know the daffodils will be popping up very soon. The cold nights and warm days are perfect for collecting sap and making maple syrup. Maine Maple Sunday is March 24th. Here's a link to a map of participating sugarhouses.

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          Mud Season!

          Another sign of the coming Spring will be the posting of the secondary roads for the purpose of prohibiting heavy trucks from doing additional damage to the soft road. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day and remember that Opening Day for the Red Sox and Major League baseball is April 1st.

          A snow octopus!

          A snow octopus!

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          1. Bob Patterson on

            What a treat to see Lovell as you fortunate year-rounders do, yet the last photo of the old store site is still shocking. Our daughter Beth was a cashier there in past summers, and we have fond memories of the Craigs and Knights.
            • Stanley Tupaj on

              Bob, I see the site everyday and it still has not registered completely. I always enjoyed the many people who would stop into the office and talk about their memories. The building was a special place for Lovell.
              • Beth Quinlan on

                I have some pictures from the late 1970s when it was Knights. It would be wonderful if the library, perhaps, would offer a way for folks to share memories and connect. It will be painful for many of us.
                • Stanley Tupaj on

                  I will speak to Cathy Stone of the Lovell Historical Society and see what she thinks. Perhaps a small exhibit this summer!