Blog :: 04-2011

Spring and Treehouse Farm Greenhouses

It is always a pretty sight to see the daffodils in full bloom along the stone walls but it is APRIL 30th, it would be really nice if this annual blossoming happened a little sooner than the first day of May.

Another popular annual ritual around Lovell is the opening of Treehouse Farm Greenhouses in Sweden. Located off the beaten path, the Farm is worth the drive. Owners Donald and Linda Bradley have been operating this business for many years and the majority of their annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables are seeded at the greenhouse. The selection is tremendous and the Bradleys are always available to provide helpful advice on how to grow healthy and beautiful plants. Treehouse Farm has earned their strong reputation and it is best to get there early in the season for the best selection. From May to July they are open every day, from 9:30 am to 6 pm.

One worthy note--The Bradleys are the only other couple that I have ever met who has the exact anniversary date as Rondi and I!

Spring and Treehouse Farm Greenhouses

It is always a pretty sight to see the daffodils in full bloom along the stone walls but it is APRIL 30th, it would be really nice if this annual blossoming happened a little sooner than the first day of May.

Another popular annual ritual around Lovell is the opening of Treehouse Farm Greenhouses in Sweden. Located off the beaten path, the Farm is worth the drive. Owners Donald and Linda Bradley have been operating this business for many years and the majority of their annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables are seeded at the greenhouse. The selection is tremendous and the Bradleys are always available to provide helpful advice on how to grow healthy and beautiful plants. Treehouse Farm has earned their strong reputation and it is best to get there early in the season for the best selection. From May to July they are open every day, from 9:30 am to 6 pm.

One worthy note--The Bradleys are the only other couple that I have ever met who has the exact anniversary date as Rondi and I!

Comments

  1. Linda Bradley on

    Thanks for the wonderful comment on your blog. We learned of it today when Anna's grandparents were here today. See you this Spring. Linda
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Looking forward to the visit!
      • Luck on

        Many many quatliy points there.

        Ethel Interrupts

        ...Who's Ethel?...

        ...There will be a spaghetti dinner at the Denmark Town Hall this Saturday, April 30th, from 5 to 7 pm to raise funds for Fryeburg Academy's Project Graduation. Here's an affordable dinner with the prices at $7 for adults and $3 for children under ten. There will also be a Chinese Auction Raffle of donated items...

        ...Congratulations to Allison Thomas, daughter of Angie and Scott, who will be taking part in a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Australia this July. Allison will be traveling for 17 days where she will be meeting with government officials, visit with Olympic athletes, hiking in the rain forest and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef! Not only a great opportunity but she will receive academic credit as well...

        ...Don't forget to get your Flatbread pizza orders in for the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library May 5th fundraiser. There will be plenty of extras at the North Conway restaurant but if you can't make the trip that evening, you can order a pizza and pick it up at the Library. How convenient! Call the Library at 925-3177 for full details...

        Ethel Interrupts

        ...Who's Ethel?...

        ...There will be a spaghetti dinner at the Denmark Town Hall this Saturday, April 30th, from 5 to 7 pm to raise funds for Fryeburg Academy's Project Graduation. Here's an affordable dinner with the prices at $7 for adults and $3 for children under ten. There will also be a Chinese Auction Raffle of donated items...

        ...Congratulations to Allison Thomas, daughter of Angie and Scott, who will be taking part in a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Australia this July. Allison will be traveling for 17 days where she will be meeting with government officials, visit with Olympic athletes, hiking in the rain forest and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef! Not only a great opportunity but she will receive academic credit as well...

        ...Don't forget to get your Flatbread pizza orders in for the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library May 5th fundraiser. There will be plenty of extras at the North Conway restaurant but if you can't make the trip that evening, you can order a pizza and pick it up at the Library. How convenient! Call the Library at 925-3177 for full details...

        Spring Break in Lovell with Team Vietnam

        Some students travel to far-away resorts for Spring Break. Now there may be a portion of the population that wants to get away to warm-weather climates like Florida or Texas, but for those in the know, Lovell is the place to be!

        Whenever Fryeburg Academy closes down for Christmas, winter or spring breaks, the dorms close as well and many students need a place to stay. For those not travelling to visit family or to other parts of the country, the Academy reaches out to local families to act as hosts to the students. One spring break several years ago my daughter invited two students to stay in Lovell. Everyone survived, the original pair of girls are now at college in the midwest and the group, affectionately called Team Vietnam, has grown to include siblings and new students to the Academy.

        One of the great benefits of Team Vietnam is their willingness to cook their favorite native dishes. Last night's dinner included Sticky Rice, shredded chicken, strips of cooked eggs, fish, a mountain of spring rolls and sweet black beans for dessert. It took them hours to prepare and was wonderful. And during the week, we have a varied menu and everyone works together on the preparation, cooking and cleaning. The perfect guests!

        With several members of Team Vietnam returning to Fryeburg next year, I'm sure that next year's Spring Break will be celebrated in Lovell.

        Spring Break in Lovell with Team Vietnam

        Some students travel to far-away resorts for Spring Break. Now there may be a portion of the population that wants to get away to warm-weather climates like Florida or Texas, but for those in the know, Lovell is the place to be!

        Whenever Fryeburg Academy closes down for Christmas, winter or spring breaks, the dorms close as well and many students need a place to stay. For those not travelling to visit family or to other parts of the country, the Academy reaches out to local families to act as hosts to the students. One spring break several years ago my daughter invited two students to stay in Lovell. Everyone survived, the original pair of girls are now at college in the midwest and the group, affectionately called Team Vietnam, has grown to include siblings and new students to the Academy.

        One of the great benefits of Team Vietnam is their willingness to cook their favorite native dishes. Last night's dinner included Sticky Rice, shredded chicken, strips of cooked eggs, fish, a mountain of spring rolls and sweet black beans for dessert. It took them hours to prepare and was wonderful. And during the week, we have a varied menu and everyone works together on the preparation, cooking and cleaning. The perfect guests!

        With several members of Team Vietnam returning to Fryeburg next year, I'm sure that next year's Spring Break will be celebrated in Lovell.

        Farewell to Willie Don

        Woke up this morning to the news that William Donald Schaefer, former Mayor of Baltimore and both Governor and Comptroller of Maryland, passed away at age 89. When we moved to Maryland in 1984, Mr. Schaefer's reign as Mayor was nearing its end as he had his sights set on Annapolis. He was a master of leveraging state and federal funds to redevelop large areas of the city, including the Inner Harbor. One of his great urban renewal achievements was the One Dollar homes in the Otterbein section of downtown. Ambitious homesteaders were given abandoned homes to renovate. The neighborhood, sandwiched between the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, still thrives today.

        I got to meet him a few times while in Annapolis and a number of our friends worked for him while he was Mayor. He was larger than life and demanded the most out of his staff. His most famous saying was "Do It Now!" and he got angry when people didn't follow his orders. He was also known to write long letters both to supporters and to constituents who were not too fond of him. And he also appeared at more than one house, unannounced, to tell the resident that he did not agree with their point of view.

        Our old Baltimore friend, C. Fraser Smith, wrote the definitive biography of this larger than life politician, "William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography". Although a very driven man and with no wife or family, he ended up a lonely man. His work was his life. And he was crushed when he lost his 2006 reelection bid for Maryland Comptroller. He knew his public life was over.

        I know that not too many folks in Maine know of Mr. Schaefer, or perhaps care, but he was a man with great vision and worked hard to see that his vision was fulfilled. To see his legacy, one only needs to visit Baltimore where the Mayor transformed a dying industrial city into a vibrant one.

        Farewell to Willie Don

        Woke up this morning to the news that William Donald Schaefer, former Mayor of Baltimore and both Governor and Comptroller of Maryland, passed away at age 89. When we moved to Maryland in 1984, Mr. Schaefer's reign as Mayor was nearing its end as he had his sights set on Annapolis. He was a master of leveraging state and federal funds to redevelop large areas of the city, including the Inner Harbor. One of his great urban renewal achievements was the One Dollar homes in the Otterbein section of downtown. Ambitious homesteaders were given abandoned homes to renovate. The neighborhood, sandwiched between the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, still thrives today.

        I got to meet him a few times while in Annapolis and a number of our friends worked for him while he was Mayor. He was larger than life and demanded the most out of his staff. His most famous saying was "Do It Now!" and he got angry when people didn't follow his orders. He was also known to write long letters both to supporters and to constituents who were not too fond of him. And he also appeared at more than one house, unannounced, to tell the resident that he did not agree with their point of view.

        Our old Baltimore friend, C. Fraser Smith, wrote the definitive biography of this larger than life politician, "William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography". Although a very driven man and with no wife or family, he ended up a lonely man. His work was his life. And he was crushed when he lost his 2006 reelection bid for Maryland Comptroller. He knew his public life was over.

        I know that not too many folks in Maine know of Mr. Schaefer, or perhaps care, but he was a man with great vision and worked hard to see that his vision was fulfilled. To see his legacy, one only needs to visit Baltimore where the Mayor transformed a dying industrial city into a vibrant one.

        Comments

        1. Charlie on

          I lived in Hyattsville Md. for more than 40 years. Thanks for sharing because I did not know Mayor Schaefer he had passed.

          Kezar Realty Milestone

          October 1, 2009 was the official opening of Kezar Realty. In terms of timing, it probably wasn't the best month to open a real estate business. The housing market was depressed and there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the future. No question that 2010 was dismal but towards the end of the year, a slight improvement in attitude and activity began to appear.

          Fast forward to April 15th, 2011 and the Agency had its first-ever two settlement day. We have already surpassed last year's numbers and are looking forward to the upcoming summer season.

          For more information about the local housing market, please visit KezarRealty.com.

          Kezar Realty Milestone

          October 1, 2009 was the official opening of Kezar Realty. In terms of timing, it probably wasn't the best month to open a real estate business. The housing market was depressed and there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the future. No question that 2010 was dismal but towards the end of the year, a slight improvement in attitude and activity began to appear.

          Fast forward to April 15th, 2011 and the Agency had its first-ever two settlement day. We have already surpassed last year's numbers and are looking forward to the upcoming summer season.

          For more information about the local housing market, please visit KezarRealty.com.

          Comments

          1. Jim Rowe on

            Good for you, Stan, and good for Lovell. Keep up the good work.
            • guy on

              Congratulations on excellent work. The quality of your listings and featured properties is excellent.
              • Stanley Tupaj on

                Thanks for the kind words! We try hard.