Blog :: 09-2011

Lovell Town Hall

The work of Fox and Sons is on prominent display on Route 5 in Center Lovell. The Town Hall, built in 1796 and used for town meetings since 1801 (Lovewell's Town: From Howling Wilderness to Vacationland in Trust Robert C. Williams p197), has been in need of serious restoration for years. Constructing a foundation and resetting the building is just the first step in the process which will proceed as funds become available. Note that the solid red brick safe is still standing on its own.

Hopefully, the building will be ready for the 2012 town meeting, held on the first Saturday in March!

From the Lovell Historical Society: The Lovell Town Meetinghouse in 1938. The photo was used in the publication "The Lovell News" with the following caption: "The Meeting House, pictured above, was completed in 1796. Designed as a church, its original height was two and one-half stories. The building was deemed too high and drafty for winter use and in 1827 it was cut down to its present height. In 1852, it was no longer used as a church as separate church buildings had been constructed. The pews were removed and around 1890 the old pulpit and balcony were taken down. Today, the building continues to be used for town meetings."

Lovell Town Hall

The work of Fox and Sons is on prominent display on Route 5 in Center Lovell. The Town Hall, built in 1796 and used for town meetings since 1801 (Lovewell's Town: From Howling Wilderness to Vacationland in Trust Robert C. Williams p197), has been in need of serious restoration for years. Constructing a foundation and resetting the building is just the first step in the process which will proceed as funds become available. Note that the solid red brick safe is still standing on its own.

Hopefully, the building will be ready for the 2012 town meeting, held on the first Saturday in March!

From the Lovell Historical Society: The Lovell Town Meetinghouse in 1938. The photo was used in the publication "The Lovell News" with the following caption: "The Meeting House, pictured above, was completed in 1796. Designed as a church, its original height was two and one-half stories. The building was deemed too high and drafty for winter use and in 1827 it was cut down to its present height. In 1852, it was no longer used as a church as separate church buildings had been constructed. The pews were removed and around 1890 the old pulpit and balcony were taken down. Today, the building continues to be used for town meetings."

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  1. Jim Rowe on

    interesting, Stan.
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Jim, Thanks. I've been thinking that it would be nice to show photos of all the different barn work that has been done in Lovell this summer--including yours!

      Sun Journal's article on Lovell

      One unfortunate aspect of Hurricane Irene appearance on Sunday (August 28, 2011) is that it overshadowed a nice article on Lovell and Kezar Lake in Lewiston's SUN JOURNAL. Written by Joie Crockett, the article touches on the various natural and man-made features that makes our region a special place to live and visit. Road Trip: Lovell and its Kezar Lake (a world-class lake, officially or not)

      Sun Journal's article on Lovell

      One unfortunate aspect of Hurricane Irene appearance on Sunday (August 28, 2011) is that it overshadowed a nice article on Lovell and Kezar Lake in Lewiston's SUN JOURNAL. Written by Joie Crockett, the article touches on the various natural and man-made features that makes our region a special place to live and visit. Road Trip: Lovell and its Kezar Lake (a world-class lake, officially or not)

      Hurricane Irene, The Final Chapter

      A small section of Center Lovell, where the telephone pole was hovering over the street, was restored last night. That provided hope for today. Except there was still an absence of utility trucks around town during the early part of the day. Until around noon. I heard that Slab City Road was up and running. Then Eastman Hill. As I was leaving the office around 6:30, a Christian Hill resident with the biggest smile, told me that their power came back. Then, on the way home on West Lovell Road there where several utility trucks, from New Brunswick, Canada, and they were stringing wires. I thought maybe, just maybe, I would be able to watch the Red Sox-Yankee game.

      Well, at 7:30 pm, while I was outside picking up loose branches, I looked inside the living room window and the floor lamp was on!

      It is my understanding that the Rudy Vallee line will be restored tomorrow, no later than Friday. It looks like most of the town has had their power restored. I don't believe anyone was happy to be without electricity for such an extended period of time. However, most folks, residents and vacationers, took it in stride knowing that they couldn't do anything about it and were understanding as they realized just how extensive the damage was throughout the region.

      To all of the Central Maine Power workers and their utility "cousins" from Canada--THANK YOU!

      Hurricane Irene, The Final Chapter

      A small section of Center Lovell, where the telephone pole was hovering over the street, was restored last night. That provided hope for today. Except there was still an absence of utility trucks around town during the early part of the day. Until around noon. I heard that Slab City Road was up and running. Then Eastman Hill. As I was leaving the office around 6:30, a Christian Hill resident with the biggest smile, told me that their power came back. Then, on the way home on West Lovell Road there where several utility trucks, from New Brunswick, Canada, and they were stringing wires. I thought maybe, just maybe, I would be able to watch the Red Sox-Yankee game.

      Well, at 7:30 pm, while I was outside picking up loose branches, I looked inside the living room window and the floor lamp was on!

      It is my understanding that the Rudy Vallee line will be restored tomorrow, no later than Friday. It looks like most of the town has had their power restored. I don't believe anyone was happy to be without electricity for such an extended period of time. However, most folks, residents and vacationers, took it in stride knowing that they couldn't do anything about it and were understanding as they realized just how extensive the damage was throughout the region.

      To all of the Central Maine Power workers and their utility "cousins" from Canada--THANK YOU!

      Comments

      1. Karen Epranian on

        Happy to hear you're back on electric! Florida crews also headed north some where to help out. It is a good feeling when everyone pulls together. We can surely feel for the victims of this storm. Tropical systems can reek unexpected havoc, even though there was plenty of warning, we are often sadly unprepared.
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          It was a relief to see lights on! I much prefer blizzards--you pretty much know what you are getting.