Blog :: 11-2011

Benefit Dinner for Paul McLaughlin

When clients ask me who is a fair and reliable plumber in Lovell, Paul McLaughlin's name is always at the top of the list. The feedback from customers is that his work is always done on time and within budget!

Paul has been diagnosed with throat cancer and currently is undergoing treatment. A hard worker, Paul and his wife have seven children. As you can imagine, the cost of treatments is expensive and the health insurance deductibles are large. This Saturday, December 3rd, from 4 to 7 pm, The Lovell Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit dinner for the McLaughlin family. The menu consists of spaghetti (with or without meat sauce), salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. The cost is $8 per person and there will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a donation boot.

It is always heartwarming to see the strong response from the local community for every benefit dinner. Be sure to come to the Center Lovell Fire House this Saturday evening. If you can't make the dinner but would like to contribute, you may send checks to: Norway Savings Bank, One Harrison Road, Bridgton, ME 04009. Be sure to make checks to the Paul McLaughlin Benefit Fund.

Here are two stories from the current issue of The Bridgton News: Lovell Man and Helping a Friend Photo courtesy of The Bridgton News.

Benefit Dinner for Paul McLaughlin

When clients ask me who is a fair and reliable plumber in Lovell, Paul McLaughlin's name is always at the top of the list. The feedback from customers is that his work is always done on time and within budget!

Paul has been diagnosed with throat cancer and currently is undergoing treatment. A hard worker, Paul and his wife have seven children. As you can imagine, the cost of treatments is expensive and the health insurance deductibles are large. This Saturday, December 3rd, from 4 to 7 pm, The Lovell Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit dinner for the McLaughlin family. The menu consists of spaghetti (with or without meat sauce), salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. The cost is $8 per person and there will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a donation boot.

It is always heartwarming to see the strong response from the local community for every benefit dinner. Be sure to come to the Center Lovell Fire House this Saturday evening. If you can't make the dinner but would like to contribute, you may send checks to: Norway Savings Bank, One Harrison Road, Bridgton, ME 04009. Be sure to make checks to the Paul McLaughlin Benefit Fund.

Here are two stories from the current issue of The Bridgton News: Lovell Man and Helping a Friend Photo courtesy of The Bridgton News.

Beijing Update...

Anna is busy studying hard at the No. 80 High School in Beijing. Since meeting President Hu Jintao in September, Anna has been able to explore the city and the larger metropolitan area. The program has high expectations and the students are tested frequently which means plenty of evening studying. Anna's roommate Perry's native language is Russian so they are forced to communicate in Mandarin. That helps to sharpen their language skills! Anna gets to leave the dorms on weekends when she visits her host family.

She has had a visit from Christopher Hibbard,Fryeburg Academy's Director of Admission, who was in Beijing to attend educational conferences. Mr. Hibbard was also kind enough to carry a suitcase of items that Anna forgot to pack! She also met up with her old FA friend Eliza who is in Beijing for a semester.

Street vendors are everywhere and Anna enjoys the variety of foods that are available. She also says that she is now quite adventurous in restaurants--that is frog on the end of her chopsticks!

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in China so today is another day of classes and studies. One thing she is thankful for is that now that November 15th has passed, the heat in the buildings has been turned on. Unlike her last stay, we are now able to Skype with her regularly as well as chat on the phone.

Anna passes along "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes to everyone back home.

Beijing Update...

Anna is busy studying hard at the No. 80 High School in Beijing. Since meeting President Hu Jintao in September, Anna has been able to explore the city and the larger metropolitan area. The program has high expectations and the students are tested frequently which means plenty of evening studying. Anna's roommate Perry's native language is Russian so they are forced to communicate in Mandarin. That helps to sharpen their language skills! Anna gets to leave the dorms on weekends when she visits her host family.

She has had a visit from Christopher Hibbard,Fryeburg Academy's Director of Admission, who was in Beijing to attend educational conferences. Mr. Hibbard was also kind enough to carry a suitcase of items that Anna forgot to pack! She also met up with her old FA friend Eliza who is in Beijing for a semester.

Street vendors are everywhere and Anna enjoys the variety of foods that are available. She also says that she is now quite adventurous in restaurants--that is frog on the end of her chopsticks!

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in China so today is another day of classes and studies. One thing she is thankful for is that now that November 15th has passed, the heat in the buildings has been turned on. Unlike her last stay, we are now able to Skype with her regularly as well as chat on the phone.

Anna passes along "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes to everyone back home.

Comments

  1. Jim Rowe on

    Thank you for update. Glad Anna's experience in China going well. It will open up many doors for her in the future.
    • bj80sucks on

      The following is a statement of my experience while working at Beijing No. 80 High School (北京第八十中学). If you are thinking about working there or find someone named Li Dequan (李德泉) as part of any organization you have been made an offer from then you should consider working elsewhere. I was told by Director Li that I would be teaching A-level or AP classes, but was made to teach other classes despite my pointing out the lie on his part. I was not picked up from the airport, had to take a taxi, and was not reimbursed for the cost. I was locked in the building overnight by Li Dequan then threatened with death afterwards and yet he claimed he didn't know I was even locked in the international department. The teachers were required to participate in a “voluntary” Marzano teacher training conference and were never paid for attending the whole weekend event. The air quality is extremely poor due to poor ventilation, abundance of dust, and formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals that are released from constant remodeling. Because of the poor air I got headaches within 1 hour of being in the building and sometimes my hands would start shaking within a few hours and other times my tongue would tingle and I would have a bad taste in my mouth from breathing the air. While on sick leave, I was fired and told I needed to leave the dormitory within a few hours. I returned all the school property and was taken to a hotel which the school paid for, but on the way there I was told that I needed to give the school over my passport such that they could cancel my residence permit. I did not hand over my passport and over 3 weeks I was repeatedly told that if I did not give my passport to the school then I would be breaking the law and may be blacklisted, if I did not cancel my residence permit with the Exit and Entry Bureau then I would be breaking the law, and finally that if I did not shorten my residence permit then the school would cancel my residence permit. They lied about it all. The school promised to give me a new release letter (since the old one was false), my cancellation of FEC (foreign experts certificate), not to cancel my residence permit, and to transfer all the documents to my new employer; but, they lied about that as well. My lawyer and I finally filed a case against the school, won the case, and now the school is appealing it. The suit includes request for payment of violations of my contract, of violations of labor law towards me, and of violation of labor law towards the Chinese government. The school has prevented me from fulfilling the contract of my new employer by not giving me the documents that they are legally required to give. As I wrote in the beginning, if you are thinking about working at Beijing No. 80 High School (北京第八十中学) or find someone named Li Dequan (李德泉) as part of the organization then you should consider working elsewhere. Also at the school are secretaries such as Zhang Jing/Selina (张静) and Xu Lei/Ethan, Director Wang Jing (王瑾), old Vice Principal Li Xiaojun (李晓君), new Vice Principal Jordan and Principal Tian Shulin (田树林) all of which you should avoid as well since they seem nice in the beginning but if they think you will expose their lies and deceit they will do everything in their power to fire you or harm you another way. The complete story can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/459rx1kl3ox5o2l/AADaeI7dyPyu7832yzVCZQ7ca?dl=0

      2011 Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk Results

      Just a great morning at the Lovell Athletic Field this morning. The air was crisp and the sun was bright which made for a perfect day to do a 5k run or walk. Congrats to the overall Male Winner--Seth Eastman; top Female Winner--Cathleen Livingston and First Place Walker--Judith Yeary. Thanks to the race committee and all of the volunteers at both the field and the VFW Hall who made the event a success.

      Thanks to John Weston and Seth Burnell for a smooth finish line operation. All proceeds from the race support the Lovell Recreation Department. Thanks to Roger Williams for the terrific photos.

      Overall Finishers Division Results

      2011 Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk Results

      Just a great morning at the Lovell Athletic Field this morning. The air was crisp and the sun was bright which made for a perfect day to do a 5k run or walk. Congrats to the overall Male Winner--Seth Eastman; top Female Winner--Cathleen Livingston and First Place Walker--Judith Yeary. Thanks to the race committee and all of the volunteers at both the field and the VFW Hall who made the event a success.

      Thanks to John Weston and Seth Burnell for a smooth finish line operation. All proceeds from the race support the Lovell Recreation Department. Thanks to Roger Williams for the terrific photos.

      Overall Finishers Division Results

      Comments

      1. David Colby Young on

        We posted a link from our blog about your event & we also posted to coolrunning the results of your event. We hope this is okay with you. http://www.coolrunning.com/results/11/me/Nov19_Gaspin_set1.shtml http://mainerunningphotos.com/lovell/lovell-gasping-gobbler-xc-run/
        • David Colby Young on

          http://mainerunningphotos.com/lovell/lovell-gasping-gobbler-xc-run/ http://www.coolrunning.com/results/11/me/Nov19_Gaspin_set1.shtml We have posted &/or linked to your results. We have given you a link back. We hope this is okay with you. Please let us know if you change your web site.

          The Gasping Gobbler & The Snowflake Fair

          This Saturday, at 10 am, is the Sixth Annual Gasping Gobbler. Come on out to the Lovell Athletic Field and participate in a level 5k course. There are categories for both runners and walkers. This being the week before Thanksgiving, turkeys will be awarded to the top overall Male runner, top Female runner, top walker and the "Middle of the Pack"! Ribbons will be awarded for winners of various age categories as well as middle and high school teams and the top family team. After the race, refreshments and hot lunch (for donation) will be available for all. Plus RAFFLE PRIZES! For more information, you may email me at stan@fairpoint.net or view the brochure here! The weather forecast is calling for a perfect fall day. All proceeds benefit the Lovell Recreation Department.

          Take advantage of the annual Snowflake Fair at the Center Lovell UCC to get a big chunk of your Christmas shopping done. There will be lots of handmade gifts, Berry Bowls, a Christmas Boutique, Raffles for an Afghan and a Thanksgiving dinner basket. And don't forget the Fresh Balsam Wreaths to decorate your windows and doors. The fun begins at 10 am and continues until 1 pm. In between, lunch will be served! The Center Lovell Church is located on Route 5

          The Gasping Gobbler & The Snowflake Fair

          This Saturday, at 10 am, is the Sixth Annual Gasping Gobbler. Come on out to the Lovell Athletic Field and participate in a level 5k course. There are categories for both runners and walkers. This being the week before Thanksgiving, turkeys will be awarded to the top overall Male runner, top Female runner, top walker and the "Middle of the Pack"! Ribbons will be awarded for winners of various age categories as well as middle and high school teams and the top family team. After the race, refreshments and hot lunch (for donation) will be available for all. Plus RAFFLE PRIZES! For more information, you may email me at stan@fairpoint.net or view the brochure here! The weather forecast is calling for a perfect fall day. All proceeds benefit the Lovell Recreation Department.

          Take advantage of the annual Snowflake Fair at the Center Lovell UCC to get a big chunk of your Christmas shopping done. There will be lots of handmade gifts, Berry Bowls, a Christmas Boutique, Raffles for an Afghan and a Thanksgiving dinner basket. And don't forget the Fresh Balsam Wreaths to decorate your windows and doors. The fun begins at 10 am and continues until 1 pm. In between, lunch will be served! The Center Lovell Church is located on Route 5

          Comments

          1. Jim Rowe on

            Hard to believe Thanksgiving around the corner. My favorite holiday and they don't celebrate it over here. Oh, well.

            2011 Lovell Chili Competition Results

            What a great afternoon at the Center Lovell Fire House! The crisp fall afternoon was the perfect day for everyone to enjoy a variety of chilis. A large crowd came to sample some very tasty recipes cooked up by local chefs. All for a worthy cause--Lovell Friends Helping Friends--which provides heating assistance to Lovell residents in need. We even had a visit by members of the Mount Washington Valley Bicycle Club who started in Fryeburg Harbor and rode over the hills to Lovell!

            Congratulations to the following winners:

            JUDGE'S CHOICE--PAUL & ADAM ARMINGTON PEOPLE'S CHOICE--THE STOW CORNER STORE BEST DRESSED TABLE--MARY HEROUX

            If you would like to contribute to Lovell Friends Helping Friends, please contact me at stan@fairpoint.net. All funds raised goes directly to helping people in need of emergency heating assistance.

            A great big thank you to everyone who made this year's event successful!

            2011 Lovell Chili Competition Results

            What a great afternoon at the Center Lovell Fire House! The crisp fall afternoon was the perfect day for everyone to enjoy a variety of chilis. A large crowd came to sample some very tasty recipes cooked up by local chefs. All for a worthy cause--Lovell Friends Helping Friends--which provides heating assistance to Lovell residents in need. We even had a visit by members of the Mount Washington Valley Bicycle Club who started in Fryeburg Harbor and rode over the hills to Lovell!

            Congratulations to the following winners:

            JUDGE'S CHOICE--PAUL & ADAM ARMINGTON PEOPLE'S CHOICE--THE STOW CORNER STORE BEST DRESSED TABLE--MARY HEROUX

            If you would like to contribute to Lovell Friends Helping Friends, please contact me at stan@fairpoint.net. All funds raised goes directly to helping people in need of emergency heating assistance.

            A great big thank you to everyone who made this year's event successful!

            Comments

            1. Jim Rowe on

              Sorry I missed it. Wish chili was on the menu here.
              • Stanley Tupaj on

                There were more diverse recipes this year! All of them very good plus we had a great turnout and people were very generous!
                • Kethan on

                  Unblilevabee how well-written and informative this was.