Blog :: 05-2011

Raising the Barn

I am always pleased when someone puts the time, effort and money into preserving an older building rather than just knocking it down and erecting something new. Especially when it is an older barn that blends in with the original farmhouse. New England is filled with barns that, due to neglect or abandonment, are in danger of collapsing and the more that can be preserved, the better.

I also just love watching the process of lifting the fragile buildings off the ground without falling apart. This type of work requires a skilled crew with strength and experience and the company that does most, if not all, of this work is located in Fryeburg--Fox and Sons, 207-697-2233. I'm not sure, but it appears that the owner will be replacing some of the boards and pouring a concrete foundation for the barn. It is fun being a sidewalk superintendent on these jobs.

Here's a web site for a Vermont company that has great info on barns: The Barn People I have included two photos of an entire farmhouse that was lifted a few years ago as the the owners installed a poured concrete foundation and basement. That house is across the Center Lovell Post Office on Route 5a.

Raising the Barn

I am always pleased when someone puts the time, effort and money into preserving an older building rather than just knocking it down and erecting something new. Especially when it is an older barn that blends in with the original farmhouse. New England is filled with barns that, due to neglect or abandonment, are in danger of collapsing and the more that can be preserved, the better.

I also just love watching the process of lifting the fragile buildings off the ground without falling apart. This type of work requires a skilled crew with strength and experience and the company that does most, if not all, of this work is located in Fryeburg--Fox and Sons, 207-697-2233. I'm not sure, but it appears that the owner will be replacing some of the boards and pouring a concrete foundation for the barn. It is fun being a sidewalk superintendent on these jobs.

Here's a web site for a Vermont company that has great info on barns: The Barn People I have included two photos of an entire farmhouse that was lifted a few years ago as the the owners installed a poured concrete foundation and basement. That house is across the Center Lovell Post Office on Route 5a.

Comments

  1. Stanley Tupaj on

    Mike, Thanks for the info. I think it is great that you are doing the work on the barn. Now you won't have to worry about it for another 100 years or so! If you don't mind, I would like to do a follow-up when everything is finished.
    • Michael on

      My wife and I own the barn featured in your article. You are correct. We will be pouring a concrete foundation and it will be necessary to replace some of the boards. We plan to use reclaimed lumber, taken from the floor and interior walls, to rebuild as much of it as possible. Fox and Sons have done an excellent job in jacking the barn and Drew Corporation, of Lovell, Me, is doing a fantastic job with the excavation. Dunlea Concrete of Lovell will be handling all of the concrete work. We are very fortunate to have such talented folks in our commnuity.

      Memorial Day Weekend

      The American flags have reappeared on the streets of Lovell so it must mean the start of summer. Even though the weather has not been very cooperative, there is an increased level of activity around town, including a lot of cars pulling boats behind them. I love swimming in the lake but I just might wait to it warms up a bit.

      This is also graduation weekend at Fryeburg Academy which means lots of parties and family guests. Dinner and Class Night on Saturday with graduation on Sunday afternoon. It would be great if the rain stays away on Sunday so that there could be an outdoor ceremony. Congratulations to Anna and the entire Class of 2011.

      Let's not forget that Monday is Memorial Day and to please remember all of the men and woman who have died while serving our country. There is a service at the Veteran's Memorial in Lovell Village on Monday at 10:30.

      Memorial Day Weekend

      The American flags have reappeared on the streets of Lovell so it must mean the start of summer. Even though the weather has not been very cooperative, there is an increased level of activity around town, including a lot of cars pulling boats behind them. I love swimming in the lake but I just might wait to it warms up a bit.

      This is also graduation weekend at Fryeburg Academy which means lots of parties and family guests. Dinner and Class Night on Saturday with graduation on Sunday afternoon. It would be great if the rain stays away on Sunday so that there could be an outdoor ceremony. Congratulations to Anna and the entire Class of 2011.

      Let's not forget that Monday is Memorial Day and to please remember all of the men and woman who have died while serving our country. There is a service at the Veteran's Memorial in Lovell Village on Monday at 10:30.

      2011 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design

      Congratulations to Kim Hurst for submitting the winning design for this year's Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run! As part of the competition, Fryeburg Academy art students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running into their artwork. Kim is a senior at the Academy, lives in Chatham, NH. and will be attending Wheaton College in Norton, MA. For drawing the winning design, Kim receives a $100 prize, as well as seeing her artwork on shirts around town! Steve Pullan, the Academy's art teacher, assisted the committee in making the selection.

      This year's run is on July 16th at 9:45 am. Sign-up early as only the first 100 registered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration is available online at runreg.com or Lovell5k.com.

      The 5k run precedes the annual Old Home Days Parade and begins the day's festivities. Plan to come to Lovell that day to have a great time!

      2011 Lovell Old Home Days T-Shirt Design

      Congratulations to Kim Hurst for submitting the winning design for this year's Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run! As part of the competition, Fryeburg Academy art students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running into their artwork. Kim is a senior at the Academy, lives in Chatham, NH. and will be attending Wheaton College in Norton, MA. For drawing the winning design, Kim receives a $100 prize, as well as seeing her artwork on shirts around town! Steve Pullan, the Academy's art teacher, assisted the committee in making the selection.

      This year's run is on July 16th at 9:45 am. Sign-up early as only the first 100 registered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration is available online at runreg.com or Lovell5k.com.

      The 5k run precedes the annual Old Home Days Parade and begins the day's festivities. Plan to come to Lovell that day to have a great time!

      Comments

      1. Stanley Tupaj on

        Kim continues the tradition of great, original designs for the Lovell Old Home Days 5k t-shirt!
        • Jotham Oliver on

          CONGRATS KIM.

          Sunday Visitor

          I am not an expert on moose migration, but having lived in our current house for seven years, I do know that every spring a few moose come out of our woods and up through the field. Almost like clockwork! It might be slightly later than in previous years but the moose are here and we should see them frequently over the next few days before they head back into the woods. Thanks to Jacky Stearns for the photos.

          Drive Carefully!

          Sunday Visitor

          I am not an expert on moose migration, but having lived in our current house for seven years, I do know that every spring a few moose come out of our woods and up through the field. Almost like clockwork! It might be slightly later than in previous years but the moose are here and we should see them frequently over the next few days before they head back into the woods. Thanks to Jacky Stearns for the photos.

          Drive Carefully!

          Comments

          1. Jim Rowe on

            Amazing creatures!
            • Lynda on

              Fun to see:)

              Ethel Interrupts

              ...Who's Ethel?...

              ...Fresh at home recuperating from a heart attack! It is important for women not to ignore symptoms that you may not attribute to the heart. My initial diagnosis was "acid reflux". I am very appreciative to the EMT's and the staff at Damariscotta hospital which prepared me for my trip to the Maine Medical Center in Portland. Dr. Thomas Ryan cleaned the artery and he gave a guarantee of 20 more years!...

              ...Monday, May 30th, is Memorial Day and the Fryeburg/Lovell Memorial Post #6783 VFW invite everyone to a service at the Lovell Village Memorial at 10:30. Following the Lovell service, post members will travel to Fryeburg to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade. Please take the time to remember our fallen heroes...

              ...Kezar Lake Country Club is open and the first Ladies' Day will be on Thursday, June 2nd, at 9:00 am. Nine holes of golf and a meeting afterwards. Let's get this rain out-of-the-way and bring on the sun!...

              Ethel Interrupts

              ...Who's Ethel?...

              ...Fresh at home recuperating from a heart attack! It is important for women not to ignore symptoms that you may not attribute to the heart. My initial diagnosis was "acid reflux". I am very appreciative to the EMT's and the staff at Damariscotta hospital which prepared me for my trip to the Maine Medical Center in Portland. Dr. Thomas Ryan cleaned the artery and he gave a guarantee of 20 more years!...

              ...Monday, May 30th, is Memorial Day and the Fryeburg/Lovell Memorial Post #6783 VFW invite everyone to a service at the Lovell Village Memorial at 10:30. Following the Lovell service, post members will travel to Fryeburg to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade. Please take the time to remember our fallen heroes...

              ...Kezar Lake Country Club is open and the first Ladies' Day will be on Thursday, June 2nd, at 9:00 am. Nine holes of golf and a meeting afterwards. Let's get this rain out-of-the-way and bring on the sun!...