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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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Comments

  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!

          January 2013

          2013 January Temp

          Most of the country has been experiencing a cold snap and it got pretty cold here earlier this week. Our house had a -7 reading one morning while a number of people at Rosie's said they had a low of -12. Either number, with the wind blowing hard, meant it was wicked cold outside. The good news is that I will now feel safe going onto Kezar Lake to walk with the dogs or go for a ski.

          The Lovell Lions is sponsoring a two-day Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th. The 4th Annual Derby uses all lakes and ponds over 100 acres in Oxford County with a weigh-in at 4pm each day at the North Lovell Grange Hall. Lots of prizes for heaviest fish plus additional raffles prizes. Entry fee is $10. Click here for more information.

          On the home sales front, 2012 finished strong with a busy December. Sales increased 11.84% from December 2012 to December 2011 with the median sales price increasing 6.25% to $170,000. For the 2012 calendar year, Maine REALTORS sold a total of 11,521 homes, a jump of 1,684 homes with the median sales price increasing 3.03%! Click here for complete details. With two January 2013 settlements already in the books and one scheduled for early February, Kezar Realty is optimistic and ready for the upcoming year.

          Not only is WordPress a great platform for blogs and websites, but the company provides access to great stats as to how many people are viewing your posts, what they are reading and just how did they come to KezarLife. Here is a summary of KezarLife's 2012 activity:

          The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

          Here's an excerpt:

          600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

          Click here to see the complete report.

          Comments

          1. Jim Rowe on

            Stan, good news about the real estate market showing signs of life. Hope 2013 will be a good one for you and your business!

            Sandy and Nomadic Anna

            When we received notice from our daughter Anna that her dormitory building, located on East 25th Street between First Avenue and the FDR Drive, was being evacuated, I was somewhat skeptical. Just how much water could reach her building and besides, she was on the ninth floor! Boy, was I wrong! We accompanied Anna to her dorm this past Monday, November 5th, for her to pick-up needed items. The damage to the first floor and basement were extensive with salt water damaging all types of cables and electrical wires. The school is hoping for students to return sometime next week.

            I believe that the Brookdale dorm houses around 1,000 students. Each student has been impacted in a major way with many being forced to stay at different homes. One thing that I keep focusing on is that Anna's dorm is but one building and when you consider all of the buildings throughout the region, it is hard to calculate the extent of damage and the number of people impacted.

            Houses lost or extensively damaged; living without power for more than a week with evening temperatures hovering near freezing; public transportation systems knocked out and gas station lines stretching for miles. It was a humbling experience for us to see just a small portion of Sandy's destruction. It was clear that people were exhausted but you didn't hear much complaining. It is going to be a long time for the communities along the shore to recover. Some of them will be forever different.

            On a personal note, I'm proud of Anna's coping with Sandy. With mid-terms here, she has been bouncing around different houses and has finally settled in at with a friend and her family in Leonia, NJ, a short bus ride from mid-town Manhattan. Classes resumed on Monday morning and she is back in the grind.

            Before and After Photos, courtesy of the New York Daily News.

            Comments

            1. Paula Prevost on

              Very glad to hear that Anna has a new home and can get to her classes! Hope the Nor'easter doesn't make things worse in NYC!

              Sandy and Nomadic Anna

              When we received notice from our daughter Anna that her dormitory building, located on East 25th Street between First Avenue and the FDR Drive, was being evacuated, I was somewhat skeptical. Just how much water could reach her building and besides, she was on the ninth floor! Boy, was I wrong! We accompanied Anna to her dorm this past Monday, November 5th, for her to pick-up needed items. The damage to the first floor and basement were extensive with salt water damaging all types of cables and electrical wires. The school is hoping for students to return sometime next week.

              I believe that the Brookdale dorm houses around 1,000 students. Each student has been impacted in a major way with many being forced to stay at different homes. One thing that I keep focusing on is that Anna's dorm is but one building and when you consider all of the buildings throughout the region, it is hard to calculate the extent of damage and the number of people impacted.

              Houses lost or extensively damaged; living without power for more than a week with evening temperatures hovering near freezing; public transportation systems knocked out and gas station lines stretching for miles. It was a humbling experience for us to see just a small portion of Sandy's destruction. It was clear that people were exhausted but you didn't hear much complaining. It is going to be a long time for the communities along the shore to recover. Some of them will be forever different.

              On a personal note, I'm proud of Anna's coping with Sandy. With mid-terms here, she has been bouncing around different houses and has finally settled in at with a friend and her family in Leonia, NJ, a short bus ride from mid-town Manhattan. Classes resumed on Monday morning and she is back in the grind.

              Before and After Photos, courtesy of the New York Daily News.

              Out Like a Lion

              Lovell, and much of western Maine, was hit by a fierce snowstorm overnight. Just when the daffodils were blooming, almost a foot of snow covered the ground. Lulled by eighty degree weather just last week, Road Commissioner Larry Fox had ordered his town crew to take the plows off of the trucks for summer maintenance. The roads are a mess and may remain so for a few days. When reached by phone, Mr. Fox said that "...Mother Nature will move the snow as well as fast as we could. In these tough economic times, it is critical that we save money for the taxpayers. Is it really that inconvenient?"

              One prominent West Lovell resident welcomes the snow as it will provide the perfect fertilizer for his large vegetable garden and doesn't think that it is that unusual. He likes to tell the story that his championship Fryeburg Academy baseball game was delayed for several days due to snowstorms adding that Al Gore is the goofy one.

              Happy April's Fool Day!

              Out Like a Lion

              Lovell, and much of western Maine, was hit by a fierce snowstorm overnight. Just when the daffodils were blooming, almost a foot of snow covered the ground. Lulled by eighty degree weather just last week, Road Commissioner Larry Fox had ordered his town crew to take the plows off of the trucks for summer maintenance. The roads are a mess and may remain so for a few days. When reached by phone, Mr. Fox said that "...Mother Nature will move the snow as well as fast as we could. In these tough economic times, it is critical that we save money for the taxpayers. Is it really that inconvenient?"

              One prominent West Lovell resident welcomes the snow as it will provide the perfect fertilizer for his large vegetable garden and doesn't think that it is that unusual. He likes to tell the story that his championship Fryeburg Academy baseball game was delayed for several days due to snowstorms adding that Al Gore is the goofy one.

              Happy April's Fool Day!

              Moose Pond and Kezar Lake Ice-Out Dates

              It is official! Assisted by several days of temperatures in the 80's, Moose Pond's mascot, IC, announced that March 23rd was the official date for ice-out (Bridgton News, March 29, 2012). According to the Lovell Town Office, ice-out on Kezar Lake occurred on March 26th.

              Here are two informative sites regarding Ice-Out dates in Maine and New England. Lake Ice-Out Data for New England (Kezar Lake is # 10) and the State of Maine's Department of Conservation.

              Time to get the boat ready!

              Comments

              1. Jim Rowe on

                Ice-Out on my BD. Great!
                • Stanley Tupaj on

                  Jim, We aim to please!
                  • Savion on

                    If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I'd say "Kuowbanga, dude!"

                    Moose Pond and Kezar Lake Ice-Out Dates

                    It is official! Assisted by several days of temperatures in the 80's, Moose Pond's mascot, IC, announced that March 23rd was the official date for ice-out (Bridgton News, March 29, 2012). According to the Lovell Town Office, ice-out on Kezar Lake occurred on March 26th.

                    Here are two informative sites regarding Ice-Out dates in Maine and New England. Lake Ice-Out Data for New England (Kezar Lake is # 10) and the State of Maine's Department of Conservation.

                    Time to get the boat ready!