Blog :: 02-2012

Moose Pond Ice Out

Something tells me that as we get closer to turning the page from February to March, that this year's ice-out (an accepted definition is when one can travel the entire body of water unimpeded) might be earlier than usual.

The Bridgton Community Center's annual fundraiser on Moose Pond has a new mascot this year. IC is a colorful snowman that is highly visible as you cross the causeway and will determine when ice out comes to the Pond. Entrants can try to win one-half of the net proceeds by predicting the correct date. Tickets are available at a number of locations around Bridgton including Beth's Kitchen Cafe.

For complete contest rules and previous ice out dates, please contact the Bridgton Community Center at 207-647-3116.

Here's an interesting link to a live webcam on the Naples Causeway.

Moose Pond Ice Out

Something tells me that as we get closer to turning the page from February to March, that this year's ice-out (an accepted definition is when one can travel the entire body of water unimpeded) might be earlier than usual.

The Bridgton Community Center's annual fundraiser on Moose Pond has a new mascot this year. IC is a colorful snowman that is highly visible as you cross the causeway and will determine when ice out comes to the Pond. Entrants can try to win one-half of the net proceeds by predicting the correct date. Tickets are available at a number of locations around Bridgton including Beth's Kitchen Cafe.

For complete contest rules and previous ice out dates, please contact the Bridgton Community Center at 207-647-3116.

Here's an interesting link to a live webcam on the Naples Causeway.

Comments

  1. Jim Rowe on

    Web cam really cool, so to speak. "Ice out" is a happening in rural Maine, a real conversation ice breaker.
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      An ice-breaker it is!

      Ice Fishing and Jeff's Bait Shop

      This winter's inconsistent weather has taken away one of my favorite activities--cross-country skiing and/or walking with the dogs on Kezar Lake. Although I see a few ice shacks on Kezar, there are far fewer than in other years. I know that there are charts available to let you know how much weight a certain thickness of ice can sustain, but my measuring stick has always been an extended period of freezing temperatures and a large number of fisherman and snowmobilers on the ice. So far this winter, I haven't seen that.

      It is clear that some people are not as concerned as I am. There are shacks on Kezar and other lakes in the area. And there are several big Ice Fishing Tournaments taking place over the next couple of weekends. Today and tomorrow is the Lovell Lions Club's Third Annual Ice Fishing Derby. There is a $10 Entry Fee and cash prizes for the heaviest Togue, Bass and Pickerel as well other raffles and other awards. Next Saturday is the annual John McKeen Day Kids Fishing Derby on Heald Pond in Lovell from 10 am to noon. This is an event for local kids with plenty of awards, free hot dogs and drinks and a great time to see who lands the biggest fish. And on March 3 & 4 on Kezar Lake is the 2nd Annual Fryeburg Rec Fishing Derby. This two-day contest has plenty of cash awards and some exceptional raffle prizes for both adults and children. Hopefully we will get a nice cold snap to keep everything safe for the fisherman. Send me an e-mail if you would like more information on any of these contests.

      And if you are going fishing, you are going to need something to catch the fish with. Jeff Roberts opened a great little bait shop conveniently located on Route 5 in Center Lovell. Jeff opens early and always has an ample supply of shiners, especially for the current and upcoming tournaments. This is Jeff's first season and he is filling a void as there has not been a bait shop in town for several years. So be sure to stop in and say hi to Jeff and support his efforts. Jeff's Bait Shop is on Route 5, just north of the Center Lovell Fire Department.

      Ice Fishing and Jeff's Bait Shop

      This winter's inconsistent weather has taken away one of my favorite activities--cross-country skiing and/or walking with the dogs on Kezar Lake. Although I see a few ice shacks on Kezar, there are far fewer than in other years. I know that there are charts available to let you know how much weight a certain thickness of ice can sustain, but my measuring stick has always been an extended period of freezing temperatures and a large number of fisherman and snowmobilers on the ice. So far this winter, I haven't seen that.

      It is clear that some people are not as concerned as I am. There are shacks on Kezar and other lakes in the area. And there are several big Ice Fishing Tournaments taking place over the next couple of weekends. Today and tomorrow is the Lovell Lions Club's Third Annual Ice Fishing Derby. There is a $10 Entry Fee and cash prizes for the heaviest Togue, Bass and Pickerel as well other raffles and other awards. Next Saturday is the annual John McKeen Day Kids Fishing Derby on Heald Pond in Lovell from 10 am to noon. This is an event for local kids with plenty of awards, free hot dogs and drinks and a great time to see who lands the biggest fish. And on March 3 & 4 on Kezar Lake is the 2nd Annual Fryeburg Rec Fishing Derby. This two-day contest has plenty of cash awards and some exceptional raffle prizes for both adults and children. Hopefully we will get a nice cold snap to keep everything safe for the fisherman. Send me an e-mail if you would like more information on any of these contests.

      And if you are going fishing, you are going to need something to catch the fish with. Jeff Roberts opened a great little bait shop conveniently located on Route 5 in Center Lovell. Jeff opens early and always has an ample supply of shiners, especially for the current and upcoming tournaments. This is Jeff's first season and he is filling a void as there has not been a bait shop in town for several years. So be sure to stop in and say hi to Jeff and support his efforts. Jeff's Bait Shop is on Route 5, just north of the Center Lovell Fire Department.

      Beijing Update, Part Two

      The New Year is a major celebration in China and it provides the opportunity for families to get together and celebrate over several days. Schools and businesses are closed for an extended period of time and Anna has been off from school for almost one month. She took full advantage of her free time and traveled to several different parts of the country.

      Anna flew by herself from Beijing Airport to the city of Chongqing, China's fourth largest province in the southern part of the country where she went to visit Te and his family. Te worked for the Red Parka Pub in the summer of 2010 and spent quite a bit of time in Lovell. She was able to tour much of the city and even had a fancy boat ride one night. Te always bragged at how good "hot pot" was in his city and that it was much spicier than in the north. After sweating through one meal, Anna confirmed that Te is correct!

      After about ten days, Anna flew back to Beijing and spent the night with her former Mandarin teacher from the Fryeburg Academy. Early the next morning she took a train ride to Shijiazhuang where she spent six months in her junior year of high school. She visited her old high school, sat in on many classes, helped students with their English, participated in the Chinese Literature class and stayed with her former host family. She celebrated New Year's Eve in Shijiazhuang and was amazed (frightened?) by how many large fireworks were being set off throughout the city. The picture with the large number of fireworks represents only part of the total amount set off by her family.

      Anna is now back at the dorms at the No. 80 High School and is preparing for classes which restart on the 13th of February. Although Beijing is halfway around the world, Anna has had a number of visitors from back home in Fryeburg. This weekend she had a very special lunch with Mr. Hibbard, Director of Admissions at Fryeburg Academy, and Miao Wang, director of the award-winning documentary Beijing Taxi. Ms. Wang now is working on a film that explores the experiences of Chinese students who come to Maine for high school studies. Anna was filmed and interviewed regarding her exposure to the students at Fryeburg Academy, the friendships formed and her unique reverse experience of studying in China.

      Beijing Update, Part Two

      The New Year is a major celebration in China and it provides the opportunity for families to get together and celebrate over several days. Schools and businesses are closed for an extended period of time and Anna has been off from school for almost one month. She took full advantage of her free time and traveled to several different parts of the country.

      Anna flew by herself from Beijing Airport to the city of Chongqing, China's fourth largest province in the southern part of the country where she went to visit Te and his family. Te worked for the Red Parka Pub in the summer of 2010 and spent quite a bit of time in Lovell. She was able to tour much of the city and even had a fancy boat ride one night. Te always bragged at how good "hot pot" was in his city and that it was much spicier than in the north. After sweating through one meal, Anna confirmed that Te is correct!

      After about ten days, Anna flew back to Beijing and spent the night with her former Mandarin teacher from the Fryeburg Academy. Early the next morning she took a train ride to Shijiazhuang where she spent six months in her junior year of high school. She visited her old high school, sat in on many classes, helped students with their English, participated in the Chinese Literature class and stayed with her former host family. She celebrated New Year's Eve in Shijiazhuang and was amazed (frightened?) by how many large fireworks were being set off throughout the city. The picture with the large number of fireworks represents only part of the total amount set off by her family.

      Anna is now back at the dorms at the No. 80 High School and is preparing for classes which restart on the 13th of February. Although Beijing is halfway around the world, Anna has had a number of visitors from back home in Fryeburg. This weekend she had a very special lunch with Mr. Hibbard, Director of Admissions at Fryeburg Academy, and Miao Wang, director of the award-winning documentary Beijing Taxi. Ms. Wang now is working on a film that explores the experiences of Chinese students who come to Maine for high school studies. Anna was filmed and interviewed regarding her exposure to the students at Fryeburg Academy, the friendships formed and her unique reverse experience of studying in China.

      12th Annual TASTE OF LOVELL

      It doesn't take too long to realize that the town of Lovell is populated with exceptional cooks and bakers. And the best place to see, and taste, the goodies on full display is this Sunday, February 12th, at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library from 2-4 pm.

      Every winter, this special event raises funds for the Library's programs. But it is also a fun afternoon with tables and chairs provided to enjoy your treats while you chat with friends or listen to the music of Davy Sturtevant. Or you can put together a "to go" plate to enjoy at home. Prices are $5 for five treats or $8 for ten!

      While the emphasis is on chocolate, there are plenty of appetizers and fruits to enjoy as well. If you would like to contribute your favorite treat and compete for a special prize, call the Library at 207-925-3177.

      12th Annual TASTE OF LOVELL

      It doesn't take too long to realize that the town of Lovell is populated with exceptional cooks and bakers. And the best place to see, and taste, the goodies on full display is this Sunday, February 12th, at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library from 2-4 pm.

      Every winter, this special event raises funds for the Library's programs. But it is also a fun afternoon with tables and chairs provided to enjoy your treats while you chat with friends or listen to the music of Davy Sturtevant. Or you can put together a "to go" plate to enjoy at home. Prices are $5 for five treats or $8 for ten!

      While the emphasis is on chocolate, there are plenty of appetizers and fruits to enjoy as well. If you would like to contribute your favorite treat and compete for a special prize, call the Library at 207-925-3177.