Blog :: 03-2011

Ice Out

I'm not sure who makes the final determination for the official ice-out date every year but it is an annual event that helps to mark the passage from winter to spring. Maine's Department of Conservation says that ice-out is "...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 but when a person can traverse the entire water body without being stopped by ice flows, we will consider the ice to be out." Records have been kept for many years and you quickly see that the dates jump around quite a bit from year-to-year. Follow the link to Kezar Lake's records on this United States Geological Survey page.

Just how does the ice melt anyway?

Ice-out also is used for fund-raising purposes. A local favorite, Frosty, is on Moose Pond in Bridgton and can be seen from the Route 302 causeway. New this year is the Town of Naples Causeway Restoration Committee. For both of these contests, you must select the correct date to win 1/2 of the proceeds that are collected. I've also heard of restaurants providing the winner with a free meal and I'm sure there are other fun contests out there!

Thanks to the Midge Silvio, Stoneham's Town Clerk, for this Ice-Out request from the State of Maine.

Ice Out

I'm not sure who makes the final determination for the official ice-out date every year but it is an annual event that helps to mark the passage from winter to spring. Maine's Department of Conservation says that ice-out is "...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 but when a person can traverse the entire water body without being stopped by ice flows, we will consider the ice to be out." Records have been kept for many years and you quickly see that the dates jump around quite a bit from year-to-year. Follow the link to Kezar Lake's records on this United States Geological Survey page.

Just how does the ice melt anyway?

Ice-out also is used for fund-raising purposes. A local favorite, Frosty, is on Moose Pond in Bridgton and can be seen from the Route 302 causeway. New this year is the Town of Naples Causeway Restoration Committee. For both of these contests, you must select the correct date to win 1/2 of the proceeds that are collected. I've also heard of restaurants providing the winner with a free meal and I'm sure there are other fun contests out there!

Thanks to the Midge Silvio, Stoneham's Town Clerk, for this Ice-Out request from the State of Maine.

Fryeburg Academy Music

Photo Courtesy of WCSH6

I'm sure that High School Music Directors throughout Maine, New England and beyond have to wonder just what is in Fryeburg's drinking water. What else can contribute to their perennial status as Champions at various state, regional and national music festivals?

Perhaps it is the hard work of not only Brent LaCasce, Fryeburg Academy's Music Director and Chair of the Fine Arts Department, but the commitment by a number of talented students. Senior Jon Dana sums it up best when he said that "Fryeburg Academy has an outstanding music program. That is why it is so successful. The kids work hard; the teachers work harder; and in the end, a polished jazz machine emerges. The hours of work are long, but they are fun and definitely pay off in the end."

Their most recent title was captured at The State Instrumental Jazz Festival at Mount Desert Island where over 80 schools from across Maine were represented. They also did very well at the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston.

Brent LaCasce and his assistant Chris Forbes have been working their 'magic' for a long time. During that period, many students come and go as they move from the freshman class to seniors but the constant sharp focus on hard work and practices keeps paying off. Local folks can see the students perform on Wednesday, May 18th at Brownfield's Stone Mountain Arts Center.

Check out the following links for videos, stories and pictures: WCSH, Berklee Jazz Festival video, The Bridgton News

Fryeburg Academy Music

Photo Courtesy of WCSH6

I'm sure that High School Music Directors throughout Maine, New England and beyond have to wonder just what is in Fryeburg's drinking water. What else can contribute to their perennial status as Champions at various state, regional and national music festivals?

Perhaps it is the hard work of not only Brent LaCasce, Fryeburg Academy's Music Director and Chair of the Fine Arts Department, but the commitment by a number of talented students. Senior Jon Dana sums it up best when he said that "Fryeburg Academy has an outstanding music program. That is why it is so successful. The kids work hard; the teachers work harder; and in the end, a polished jazz machine emerges. The hours of work are long, but they are fun and definitely pay off in the end."

Their most recent title was captured at The State Instrumental Jazz Festival at Mount Desert Island where over 80 schools from across Maine were represented. They also did very well at the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston.

Brent LaCasce and his assistant Chris Forbes have been working their 'magic' for a long time. During that period, many students come and go as they move from the freshman class to seniors but the constant sharp focus on hard work and practices keeps paying off. Local folks can see the students perform on Wednesday, May 18th at Brownfield's Stone Mountain Arts Center.

Check out the following links for videos, stories and pictures: WCSH, Berklee Jazz Festival video, The Bridgton News

Ethel Interrupts

...Who's Ethel?...

...Congratulations to Alfie Walker for winning the lifetime hunting and fishing license at the first annual Fryeburg Recreation Fishing Derby on Kezar Lake. Since Alfie is a young guy, he will have many years of outdoor recreation. The Derby was a great success!...

...The Lewis Dana Hill Library of North Lovell will be holding a Cabin Fever Breakout Breakfast in the North Lovell Grange Hall tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee/tea will be available. The price is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. See you there!...

...Two great dinners tomorrow night (Saturday, March 26th). From 5 to 6:30 pm, there is a free spaghetti dinner at the VFW Hall courtesy of the Lovell Neighborhood Watch. The Lovell United Church of Christ will be holding the first Ron Ashworth Baked Bean Cook Off at 5 pm. Entry is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Pilgrim Lodge Campership Fund...

...March 27th is Maine Maple Sunday. The cold nights and warm days of early spring bring the sap that leads to Maple Syrup. A number of sugarhouses throughout the state hold an open house where they offer tastings of their sweet product and demonstrations on how the syrup is produced. Two local favorites are McAllister's Farms Sugarhouse on Five Kezars Road in North Waterford and Weston's Farm at 48 River Street in Fryeburg...

Ethel Interrupts

...Who's Ethel?...

...Congratulations to Alfie Walker for winning the lifetime hunting and fishing license at the first annual Fryeburg Recreation Fishing Derby on Kezar Lake. Since Alfie is a young guy, he will have many years of outdoor recreation. The Derby was a great success!...

...The Lewis Dana Hill Library of North Lovell will be holding a Cabin Fever Breakout Breakfast in the North Lovell Grange Hall tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee/tea will be available. The price is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. See you there!...

...Two great dinners tomorrow night (Saturday, March 26th). From 5 to 6:30 pm, there is a free spaghetti dinner at the VFW Hall courtesy of the Lovell Neighborhood Watch. The Lovell United Church of Christ will be holding the first Ron Ashworth Baked Bean Cook Off at 5 pm. Entry is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Pilgrim Lodge Campership Fund...

...March 27th is Maine Maple Sunday. The cold nights and warm days of early spring bring the sap that leads to Maple Syrup. A number of sugarhouses throughout the state hold an open house where they offer tastings of their sweet product and demonstrations on how the syrup is produced. Two local favorites are McAllister's Farms Sugarhouse on Five Kezars Road in North Waterford and Weston's Farm at 48 River Street in Fryeburg...

First Full Day of Spring

The crocuses have started pushing up through the cold ground, the bright Weight Limit Signs have been posted and we have had a couple of great days with the temperatures in the 60's. But oh how cruel Mother Nature can be! Here it is the first full day of Spring and there is a Winter Storm Warning with significant amounts of snow possible. Once you have turned the corner towards summer, you don't want to touch that shovel again.

I would like to share a "No-Knead" bread recipe that I found to be both easy and delicious. It is my understanding that this recipe is very familiar and popular with the home bread baking crowd. I love bread with a nice crust and this one fits the bill. Sullivan Street Bakery

First Full Day of Spring

The crocuses have started pushing up through the cold ground, the bright Weight Limit Signs have been posted and we have had a couple of great days with the temperatures in the 60's. But oh how cruel Mother Nature can be! Here it is the first full day of Spring and there is a Winter Storm Warning with significant amounts of snow possible. Once you have turned the corner towards summer, you don't want to touch that shovel again.

I would like to share a "No-Knead" bread recipe that I found to be both easy and delicious. It is my understanding that this recipe is very familiar and popular with the home bread baking crowd. I love bread with a nice crust and this one fits the bill. Sullivan Street Bakery

Comments

  1. Jean Royle on

    I thought the point of making bread was to knead it until your stress melted away? ;-) (Or perhaps this is why my bread is hard as a brick - over kneading!!!)
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      I thought the reason you played hockey was to relieve your stress by taking it out on others?
      • Lynda on

        Good thing I love skiing:)
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          And it won't be long before you will be skiing behind a boat!
          • Jim Rowe on

            There are sure signs that spring is on the way, but don't hold your breath. LOL

            Ethel Interrupts

            Who's Ethel?????

            ...Tomorrow, Saturday March 19th, will be busy day at the Lovell United Church of Christ as the Ladies Circle will be holding a flea market and bake sale. There will be lots of crafts, flea market items, antiques and furniture as well as lots of baked goods. The Youth Group will be putting on a lunch that's delicious and priced just right!...

            ...Fryeburg Academy's Jazz Cabaret will be performing at the Performing Arts Center this Tuesday, March 22nd, at 7:30. The award-winning groups will be performing and all monies raised will go toward the music department to defray the cost of the students traveling to the Maine State Jazz Festivals. Tickets are $10 and you may reserve your ticket by calling the box office at 935-9232 or send an e-mail to boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org...

            ...The annual Italian Dinner, sponsored by the New Suncook School PTA, will be held on Thursday March 24th. There are two seatings. One at 5:30 and the second at 6:30. As is the tradition, the fifth-grade students will be the servers. The menu consists of a fresh tossed salad, pasta with sauce, meatballs, rolls, beverages and desserts. There will be an art display, a book fair and a raffle for a handmade quilt. The price is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for all children five or younger!...

            ...Circle Saturday March 26th on your calendar as the Lovell Neighborhood Watch will be holding a complimentary spaghetti dinner at the Lovell VFW Hall from 5 to 6:30 pm. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the group's organizers and police officers. The group's purpose is to keep the community safe and they are doing a great job!...

            Ethel Interrupts

            Who's Ethel?????

            ...Tomorrow, Saturday March 19th, will be busy day at the Lovell United Church of Christ as the Ladies Circle will be holding a flea market and bake sale. There will be lots of crafts, flea market items, antiques and furniture as well as lots of baked goods. The Youth Group will be putting on a lunch that's delicious and priced just right!...

            ...Fryeburg Academy's Jazz Cabaret will be performing at the Performing Arts Center this Tuesday, March 22nd, at 7:30. The award-winning groups will be performing and all monies raised will go toward the music department to defray the cost of the students traveling to the Maine State Jazz Festivals. Tickets are $10 and you may reserve your ticket by calling the box office at 935-9232 or send an e-mail to boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org...

            ...The annual Italian Dinner, sponsored by the New Suncook School PTA, will be held on Thursday March 24th. There are two seatings. One at 5:30 and the second at 6:30. As is the tradition, the fifth-grade students will be the servers. The menu consists of a fresh tossed salad, pasta with sauce, meatballs, rolls, beverages and desserts. There will be an art display, a book fair and a raffle for a handmade quilt. The price is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for all children five or younger!...

            ...Circle Saturday March 26th on your calendar as the Lovell Neighborhood Watch will be holding a complimentary spaghetti dinner at the Lovell VFW Hall from 5 to 6:30 pm. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the group's organizers and police officers. The group's purpose is to keep the community safe and they are doing a great job!...