Blog :: 07-2012

2012 Tour de Lovell

What better way to spend a summer Saturday than to ride 20 miles through Lovell? You get a chance to cruise through town as well the opportunity to enjoy the mountain views and ride fast down the hills (I won't mention that you have to first ride up the hills!).

Saturday, August 11th, is the date for the Seventh Annual Tour de Lovell. The course starts at the New Suncook School, winds its way along Route 5 and Route 5A to the turnaround and finishes back at the school. There are Performance and Mountain Categories as well as age group awards. A 4-Mile Out and Back Course for kids starts two minutes after the adults. Lots of refreshments for all riders and the first 75 registered adult riders and first 20 youth registrants receive a t-shirt.

This event serves as a fundraiser for both the Lovell Recreation Department and the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. Click here for a copy of the brochure and visit BikeReg.com to register on-line.

2012 Tour de Lovell

What better way to spend a summer Saturday than to ride 20 miles through Lovell? You get a chance to cruise through town as well the opportunity to enjoy the mountain views and ride fast down the hills (I won't mention that you have to first ride up the hills!).

Saturday, August 11th, is the date for the Seventh Annual Tour de Lovell. The course starts at the New Suncook School, winds its way along Route 5 and Route 5A to the turnaround and finishes back at the school. There are Performance and Mountain Categories as well as age group awards. A 4-Mile Out and Back Course for kids starts two minutes after the adults. Lots of refreshments for all riders and the first 75 registered adult riders and first 20 youth registrants receive a t-shirt.

This event serves as a fundraiser for both the Lovell Recreation Department and the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. Click here for a copy of the brochure and visit BikeReg.com to register on-line.

2012 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Results

Congratulations to Silas Eastman and Terry Ballou, this year's winners of the Lovell OHD 5k. With a time of 15:37 (5:03), Silas blew right past previous winning marks and Terry, top female finisher, finished in the 11th overall spot with a time of 19:10!(6:11)

There were 128 finishers with a great mix of young and old running the 3.1 miles. As I get pictures sent to me, I will post them on Lovell5k.com. (If you attended the parade and have some great shots of runners, please contact me at stan@fairpoint.net).

Here is a link to the OVERALL FINISHERS and the AGE GROUP AWARDS.

2012 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Results

Congratulations to Silas Eastman and Terry Ballou, this year's winners of the Lovell OHD 5k. With a time of 15:37 (5:03), Silas blew right past previous winning marks and Terry, top female finisher, finished in the 11th overall spot with a time of 19:10!(6:11)

There were 128 finishers with a great mix of young and old running the 3.1 miles. As I get pictures sent to me, I will post them on Lovell5k.com. (If you attended the parade and have some great shots of runners, please contact me at stan@fairpoint.net).

Here is a link to the OVERALL FINISHERS and the AGE GROUP AWARDS.

Lovell Old Home Days and the 5k Run

Not having grown up in New England, I was very confused by the whole concept of "Old Home Days". The funny thing is, as I asked locals to define it, I got a lot of different answers including some "I have no idea". Turns out it originated in New Hampshire, way back in 1897. Here's a good summary from Yankee Magazine.

Lovell's Old Home Days celebration begins this Friday, July 20th, with the BBQ Chicken and Pig Roast (benefits the Kezar Trailbreakers' snowmobile club) at the Athletic Field. The 5k Run starts the festivities on Saturday morning, followed by the Grand Parade, led by the beautiful Draft Horses from Enchanted Acres, and then lots of activities and food at the Field. The Blue Willow Band will be playing in the gazebo, the Lovell Fire Department will be hosting an Open House, there will be more than 20 craft tables, non-profits will have tables and there will be plenty of games for children.

Come on out this Friday and Saturday to celebrate Lovell and small-town New England living! Check out KezarRealty.com for a more detailed information.

Lovell Old Home Days and the 5k Run

Not having grown up in New England, I was very confused by the whole concept of "Old Home Days". The funny thing is, as I asked locals to define it, I got a lot of different answers including some "I have no idea". Turns out it originated in New Hampshire, way back in 1897. Here's a good summary from Yankee Magazine.

Lovell's Old Home Days celebration begins this Friday, July 20th, with the BBQ Chicken and Pig Roast (benefits the Kezar Trailbreakers' snowmobile club) at the Athletic Field. The 5k Run starts the festivities on Saturday morning, followed by the Grand Parade, led by the beautiful Draft Horses from Enchanted Acres, and then lots of activities and food at the Field. The Blue Willow Band will be playing in the gazebo, the Lovell Fire Department will be hosting an Open House, there will be more than 20 craft tables, non-profits will have tables and there will be plenty of games for children.

Come on out this Friday and Saturday to celebrate Lovell and small-town New England living! Check out KezarRealty.com for a more detailed information.

Summer Road Races

Start of the Four on the Fourth

Overall 'Four on the Fourth' winner, Fryeburg Academy Senior Silas Eastman with his Dad, Steve.

Second place finisher, Tim Even.

T-shirt design for the 2012 Lovell OHD 5k Run

Come every July and August, you can always count on a number of popular road races in Maine. One of the biggest in the State is Bridgton's Four on the Fourth. More than 2,000 runners sign-up every year and with some significant hills along the way, this race is challenging. This year, an early morning shower kept the pavement wet and may also have kept a number of people home. Silas Eastman, a Fryeburg Academy senior and winner of the 2011 Lovell 5k, came in first place with a time of 21:33 while his running buddy, Tim Even, came in second with a time of 21:41. Emily Ward of Richmond VA was the top female runner with a time of 24:25.

Next on the local circuit is Harrison's 5k Race by the Lake. This run typically gets a good turnout with its course through town and along Long Lake. In addition to a t-shirt (for the first 100 pre-registered), each finisher gets a Whoopie Pie! Start time is 7:00 pm. Register here. I'll be working the finish line so say hi as I pull your number off!

July 21st is Lovell's Old Home Days 5k Run. The race starts at 9:45 am and kicks off the annual parade. The finish line is at the Athletic Field and where there are plenty of refreshments and the Old Home Days activities. Go to Lovell5k.com for more information.

The Main Attraction, the Beach to Beacon, takes place on August 4th. This point-to-point race attracts world-class runners and finishes in picturesque Fort Williams with its views of Casco Bay and the historic Portland Head Light. If you haven't signed-up yet for this race, you will have to wait until next year as it fills up on-line within minutes!

Summer Road Races

Start of the Four on the Fourth

Overall 'Four on the Fourth' winner, Fryeburg Academy Senior Silas Eastman with his Dad, Steve.

Second place finisher, Tim Even.

T-shirt design for the 2012 Lovell OHD 5k Run

Come every July and August, you can always count on a number of popular road races in Maine. One of the biggest in the State is Bridgton's Four on the Fourth. More than 2,000 runners sign-up every year and with some significant hills along the way, this race is challenging. This year, an early morning shower kept the pavement wet and may also have kept a number of people home. Silas Eastman, a Fryeburg Academy senior and winner of the 2011 Lovell 5k, came in first place with a time of 21:33 while his running buddy, Tim Even, came in second with a time of 21:41. Emily Ward of Richmond VA was the top female runner with a time of 24:25.

Next on the local circuit is Harrison's 5k Race by the Lake. This run typically gets a good turnout with its course through town and along Long Lake. In addition to a t-shirt (for the first 100 pre-registered), each finisher gets a Whoopie Pie! Start time is 7:00 pm. Register here. I'll be working the finish line so say hi as I pull your number off!

July 21st is Lovell's Old Home Days 5k Run. The race starts at 9:45 am and kicks off the annual parade. The finish line is at the Athletic Field and where there are plenty of refreshments and the Old Home Days activities. Go to Lovell5k.com for more information.

The Main Attraction, the Beach to Beacon, takes place on August 4th. This point-to-point race attracts world-class runners and finishes in picturesque Fort Williams with its views of Casco Bay and the historic Portland Head Light. If you haven't signed-up yet for this race, you will have to wait until next year as it fills up on-line within minutes!

North Lovell Conversations

The Lovell Historical Society is proud to present "North Lovell Conversations" this Sunday, July 8th at 1 pm.

Five members of North Lovell's community will participate in a roundtable discussion about the development of this unique area of town. Until the advancement of transportation, North Lovell was an isolated community with its own industry and schools. The area has witnessed major changes over time, particularly as a result of the growth of tourism.

Jo Radner, past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network, will moderate the discussion. Panel members include Fred Fox, Jack Hawley, Cliff Hill, Bill Lord & Ruth Mitchell.

Come listen to these five storytellers recount life in North Lovell. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion. The program will be held at the Grange Hall on Route 5 next to the Lewis Dana Memorial Library. Admission is FREE!

Thanks to Pam Bliss for her hard work in organizing this discussion. Refreshments, courtesy of Kezar Realty, will be served after the event. For more information, call 207-925-3234.

North Lovell Conversations

The Lovell Historical Society is proud to present "North Lovell Conversations" this Sunday, July 8th at 1 pm.

Five members of North Lovell's community will participate in a roundtable discussion about the development of this unique area of town. Until the advancement of transportation, North Lovell was an isolated community with its own industry and schools. The area has witnessed major changes over time, particularly as a result of the growth of tourism.

Jo Radner, past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network, will moderate the discussion. Panel members include Fred Fox, Jack Hawley, Cliff Hill, Bill Lord & Ruth Mitchell.

Come listen to these five storytellers recount life in North Lovell. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion. The program will be held at the Grange Hall on Route 5 next to the Lewis Dana Memorial Library. Admission is FREE!

Thanks to Pam Bliss for her hard work in organizing this discussion. Refreshments, courtesy of Kezar Realty, will be served after the event. For more information, call 207-925-3234.

Comments

  1. sweetmeow on

    I wish I'd been there for these discussions, as it might have brought back interesting memories of my childhood coming up to North Lovell. Our cabins are on the north end of the lake in north bay. we would shop for groceries at the North Lovell store, sometimes taking our motor boat over to the town landing and walking to the store with the little red wagon to carry the groceries back to the boat. I remember taking books out of the library when it first opened, and picking up our mail at the North Lovell post office, where it was forwarded from home. I wish I could remember the post mistress' name... But I can't. Maybe my sisters can...? We will be up for 10 days as of July 18th. I can't wait to feel Kezar's refreshing waters....!
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      I was very pleased with how it came out. There were plenty of good stories and Jo Radner, the moderator, did a terrific job of weaving the stories together. The Historical Society will be putting DVD's together for sale. Perfect time to be coming to town. The weather has been outstanding! (which we deserve after several weeks of steady rain)