Blog :: 07-2011

North Conway Dental Associates

Going to the dentist has never been in my "Top Ten Things to Do" list. The thoughts of people poking around your mouth and the loud noise of the drill were not pleasant. However, a regular trip to the dentist's office is one of life's necessities. Not too long ago, I made my first trip to Dr. John Low at North Conway Dental Associates and was pleased by the office's bright and cheery atmosphere. In addition to regular cleaning, I needed to have a filling replaced and the process was quick and painless. What more could one ask for on their trip to the dentist!

After building two thriving practices in Massachusetts, Dr. Low moved to the Mount Washington Valley where he became a partner with Dr. Bob Bechtold (now retired) at North Conway Dental Associates. Dr. Low and his staff keep up to date on the advances in the ever-changing field of dentistry and always welcome new patients.

For me, the best part of my visit to North Conway Dental Associates is when Dr. Low enters your room, ready to work, wearing his magical headlamp! He explained that it provides direct illumination on the tooth being worked on. Maybe so, but for a moment I thought I was in a West Virginia coal mine.

You can reach Dr. Low and North Conway Dental Associates at 603-356-3355.

North Conway Dental Associates

Going to the dentist has never been in my "Top Ten Things to Do" list. The thoughts of people poking around your mouth and the loud noise of the drill were not pleasant. However, a regular trip to the dentist's office is one of life's necessities. Not too long ago, I made my first trip to Dr. John Low at North Conway Dental Associates and was pleased by the office's bright and cheery atmosphere. In addition to regular cleaning, I needed to have a filling replaced and the process was quick and painless. What more could one ask for on their trip to the dentist!

After building two thriving practices in Massachusetts, Dr. Low moved to the Mount Washington Valley where he became a partner with Dr. Bob Bechtold (now retired) at North Conway Dental Associates. Dr. Low and his staff keep up to date on the advances in the ever-changing field of dentistry and always welcome new patients.

For me, the best part of my visit to North Conway Dental Associates is when Dr. Low enters your room, ready to work, wearing his magical headlamp! He explained that it provides direct illumination on the tooth being worked on. Maybe so, but for a moment I thought I was in a West Virginia coal mine.

You can reach Dr. Low and North Conway Dental Associates at 603-356-3355.

The Vacation Home Market

As bad as the primary housing market has been over the past four years, the second home market has been been far worse. If people are worried about their job and their incomes, and they have been, the last thing that they will do is invest in a second or vacation home. All levels of the local second home market have suffered, even the upper-end waterfront homes. The traditional wisdom was that recessions may come and go but the upper-income households were not impacted and there would always be a market for waterfront homes. Well, we now know how false that assumption was!

Is the market returning? In western Maine there is plenty of inventory, buyers continue to be in the "driver's seat" and prices are soft. All of which may encourage buyers to return. However, it can no longer be seen as a short-term investment! If it makes sense in terms of personal usage and/or rental purposes, now may be the time to buy. A July 23rd article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that many vacation markets are beginning to see a rebound. The article, Vacation Homes: Why It May Be Time to Buy, states that in many resort towns where prices were once sky-high, activity has picked-up as the prices have come down. We may soon see that in this region.

Much has also been said about the tougher underwriting standards in today's mortgage market (some of it accurate), but if you are qualified, a second home can still be purchased with just 5% down. I confirmed that yesterday with one of our local lenders, Norway Savings.

If you are interested in seeing the wide variety of homes currently on the market, please visit KezarRealty.com. From there, you may also visit all Maine properties.

The Vacation Home Market

As bad as the primary housing market has been over the past four years, the second home market has been been far worse. If people are worried about their job and their incomes, and they have been, the last thing that they will do is invest in a second or vacation home. All levels of the local second home market have suffered, even the upper-end waterfront homes. The traditional wisdom was that recessions may come and go but the upper-income households were not impacted and there would always be a market for waterfront homes. Well, we now know how false that assumption was!

Is the market returning? In western Maine there is plenty of inventory, buyers continue to be in the "driver's seat" and prices are soft. All of which may encourage buyers to return. However, it can no longer be seen as a short-term investment! If it makes sense in terms of personal usage and/or rental purposes, now may be the time to buy. A July 23rd article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that many vacation markets are beginning to see a rebound. The article, Vacation Homes: Why It May Be Time to Buy, states that in many resort towns where prices were once sky-high, activity has picked-up as the prices have come down. We may soon see that in this region.

Much has also been said about the tougher underwriting standards in today's mortgage market (some of it accurate), but if you are qualified, a second home can still be purchased with just 5% down. I confirmed that yesterday with one of our local lenders, Norway Savings.

If you are interested in seeing the wide variety of homes currently on the market, please visit KezarRealty.com. From there, you may also visit all Maine properties.

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    Western Maine BBQ and Open Farm Day

    Summer time and there are always things to do but here are two events that will be worth the effort to attend:

    1) On Saturday and Sunday, the inaugural Western Maine BBQ Festival will be at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds and it looks like a winner. Set-up as a fundraiser by the Denmark Lions Club to raise funds for their various charitable programs, there will be plenty of beef, pork and ribs as well as music, vendors, cooking clinics, classic car shows and more. On Saturday there will be a barbecue competition sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society and another competition on Sunday sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Thirty-five teams are competing for prizes and awards worth more than $12,000. There is a $5.00 admission fee to the Fairgrounds.

    2) Sunday is Open Farm Day throughout the State. This is the 22nd year and it allows people to visit local farms for demonstrations, displays and the opportunity to purchase locally made goods. My favorite place to visit is Michelle Delucia and Eric Fisher's Sunshine Daydream Farm and Gardens on Center Conway Road in Brownfield. Their flower gardens and studios will be open and you could visit their sheep. Sunday's hours are from 10 - 4.

    Western Maine BBQ and Open Farm Day

    Summer time and there are always things to do but here are two events that will be worth the effort to attend:

    1) On Saturday and Sunday, the inaugural Western Maine BBQ Festival will be at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds and it looks like a winner. Set-up as a fundraiser by the Denmark Lions Club to raise funds for their various charitable programs, there will be plenty of beef, pork and ribs as well as music, vendors, cooking clinics, classic car shows and more. On Saturday there will be a barbecue competition sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society and another competition on Sunday sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Thirty-five teams are competing for prizes and awards worth more than $12,000. There is a $5.00 admission fee to the Fairgrounds.

    2) Sunday is Open Farm Day throughout the State. This is the 22nd year and it allows people to visit local farms for demonstrations, displays and the opportunity to purchase locally made goods. My favorite place to visit is Michelle Delucia and Eric Fisher's Sunshine Daydream Farm and Gardens on Center Conway Road in Brownfield. Their flower gardens and studios will be open and you could visit their sheep. Sunday's hours are from 10 - 4.

    Sunday's Antique Show

    The 12th Annual Antique Show & Auction at the Lovell Historical Society, held this past Sunday, was a success. The new format, with the Live Auction held earlier in the day, seemed to work for everyone. The antique dealers were scattered throughout the historic Kimball-Stanford House and in the field. The dealers provided a variety of attractive and affordable goods for sale.

    The auction began just after 11 under sunny skies and all seats were filled. Jay Hanson, Fryeburg Fair Auctioneer, successfully sold a number of exiting items, all of which were donated to the Society. Some of the more enticing prizes were Red Sox tickets, an airplane ride over Kezar Lake, Harvest Gold Jewelry, dinner at the Center Lovell Inn and a private dinner and beer cellar tour at Ebenezer's Pub. Molloy Energy donated 200 gallons of heating oil and Harry Nyberg had his truck filled with two cords of wood waiting to be delivered to the winning bidder.

    After the auction, the dealers were busy with browsers and people lined up to buy lunch and to eat under the shady trees. In all aspects, the day was spectacular and successful!

    Sunday's Antique Show

    The 12th Annual Antique Show & Auction at the Lovell Historical Society, held this past Sunday, was a success. The new format, with the Live Auction held earlier in the day, seemed to work for everyone. The antique dealers were scattered throughout the historic Kimball-Stanford House and in the field. The dealers provided a variety of attractive and affordable goods for sale.

    The auction began just after 11 under sunny skies and all seats were filled. Jay Hanson, Fryeburg Fair Auctioneer, successfully sold a number of exiting items, all of which were donated to the Society. Some of the more enticing prizes were Red Sox tickets, an airplane ride over Kezar Lake, Harvest Gold Jewelry, dinner at the Center Lovell Inn and a private dinner and beer cellar tour at Ebenezer's Pub. Molloy Energy donated 200 gallons of heating oil and Harry Nyberg had his truck filled with two cords of wood waiting to be delivered to the winning bidder.

    After the auction, the dealers were busy with browsers and people lined up to buy lunch and to eat under the shady trees. In all aspects, the day was spectacular and successful!

    2011 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

    Oh What a Day! Not only did pre-registered entrants surpass the previous race high, but the numbers kept increasing as the time for the race was getting closer. 150 people started on Kimball Road and 150 crossed the finish line for a new race record. In between there was plenty of fun and excitement as the lead runners, Timothy Even and Silas Eastman, separated from the pack and stayed with each other until Silas pulled ahead on the approach to the finish line.

    The Wicked Good Store parking lot was full with the parade participants waiting to start after the last runner passed, Lovell Village was lined with spectators cheering the runners on as they made their way up the quiet rural road to the turnaround and to the finish line.

    Congrats to Terry Ballou, the Top Female Finisher with a time of 21:28, and to Silas Eastman, the Overall Winner with a time of 16:29. After finishing a close second for several years, Silas has won his first Lovell OHD 5k. Terry has won for the third time!

    A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this possible.

    OVERALL RESULTS AGE GROUP AWARDS AGE GROUP RESULTS FINISH LINE VIDEO TOP FEMALE FINISHER

    2011 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

    Oh What a Day! Not only did pre-registered entrants surpass the previous race high, but the numbers kept increasing as the time for the race was getting closer. 150 people started on Kimball Road and 150 crossed the finish line for a new race record. In between there was plenty of fun and excitement as the lead runners, Timothy Even and Silas Eastman, separated from the pack and stayed with each other until Silas pulled ahead on the approach to the finish line.

    The Wicked Good Store parking lot was full with the parade participants waiting to start after the last runner passed, Lovell Village was lined with spectators cheering the runners on as they made their way up the quiet rural road to the turnaround and to the finish line.

    Congrats to Terry Ballou, the Top Female Finisher with a time of 21:28, and to Silas Eastman, the Overall Winner with a time of 16:29. After finishing a close second for several years, Silas has won his first Lovell OHD 5k. Terry has won for the third time!

    A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this possible.

    OVERALL RESULTS AGE GROUP AWARDS AGE GROUP RESULTS FINISH LINE VIDEO TOP FEMALE FINISHER