Blog :: 11-2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on things to be grateful for. In no particular order, here are a few of mine: Thanks to Ben and Cassandra for our first grandchild, Jackson...for Ben moving to Virginia Beach for the next two years rather than back to Afghanistan... for being able to see our daughter Anna experience living in two of the world's vibrant cities, New York and Beijing and to hear her speak Mandarin ...for having the good fortune to live in Lovell with my wife, Rondi... for the long morning and evening walks with the dogs...for the opportunity to work with many fine organizations on numerous events where not only do we raise funds but we have a grand time doing so...for living in a section of the country where, except for an occasional blizzard, we don't have to worry about destructive hurricanes or tornadoes...for the Baltimore Orioles finally putting 13 ugly losing seasons behind them...for talking to my Mom every night...for living next to the 100-acre woods and learning the tree-cutting process--from taking it down, dragging it out, splitting and stacking the logs--from Albert on the land he grew up on...for being able to enjoy my mother-in-law Jacky's never-ending smiles...for having family access to Kezar Lake and living in a place where people from around the world like to visit every summer...for our continued friendships with so many people from our 20 years in the Baltimore/Annapolis/DC region ...grateful that the Ravens go to the playoffs on a regular basis...for having the luxury of a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

And last, but not least, I am very thankful for Kezar Realty, the three wonderful agents in the office and the many customers who have become friends. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog!

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on things to be grateful for. In no particular order, here are a few of mine: Thanks to Ben and Cassandra for our first grandchild, Jackson...for Ben moving to Virginia Beach for the next two years rather than back to Afghanistan... for being able to see our daughter Anna experience living in two of the world's vibrant cities, New York and Beijing and to hear her speak Mandarin ...for having the good fortune to live in Lovell with my wife, Rondi... for the long morning and evening walks with the dogs...for the opportunity to work with many fine organizations on numerous events where not only do we raise funds but we have a grand time doing so...for living in a section of the country where, except for an occasional blizzard, we don't have to worry about destructive hurricanes or tornadoes...for the Baltimore Orioles finally putting 13 ugly losing seasons behind them...for talking to my Mom every night...for living next to the 100-acre woods and learning the tree-cutting process--from taking it down, dragging it out, splitting and stacking the logs--from Albert on the land he grew up on...for being able to enjoy my mother-in-law Jacky's never-ending smiles...for having family access to Kezar Lake and living in a place where people from around the world like to visit every summer...for our continued friendships with so many people from our 20 years in the Baltimore/Annapolis/DC region ...grateful that the Ravens go to the playoffs on a regular basis...for having the luxury of a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

And last, but not least, I am very thankful for Kezar Realty, the three wonderful agents in the office and the many customers who have become friends. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog!

Comments

  1. Jan on

    Nicely done and happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Lovell!--Janice and Howard
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving in northern California!
      • Bob Patterson on

        Thanks, Stan, for the spirited blogs that keep us many folk 'from away' in touch with the town and people we enjoy each spring, summer and fall.
        • Jim Rowe on

          We all have much to be thankful for! I'm thankful for our friendship and hope you and your family have a good winter. Keep those blog notes and photos coming!
          • Stanley Tupaj on

            Thanks Jim! Enjoy the holiday. I'm sure you won't have access to roasted turkey.
            • Essence on

              At last, somonee comes up with the "right" answer!

              2012 Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk

              It was a perfect fall day for the 82 runners and walkers completing the 3.1 miles around the Lovell Athletic Field at the 7th Annual Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk. There was a great mix of young and old participants enjoying the event and raising funds for the Lovell Recreation Department. All entrants received a 'Gasping Gobbler' scarf (complimenting hats and headbands from previous years) and a delicious lunch at the Lovell VFW Hall. As always, a great big thanks to all of our many sponsors and volunteers.

              Congratulations and turkeys to overall winner Silas Eastman (16:27.1), top female Diane Bessey (23:42.0) and top walker Tamylea Guptill (41:08.7). Anna Romer also won a turkey for finishing in the 'Middle of the Pack'. All photos courtesy of Roger Williams.

              OVERALL RESULTS MALE RESULTS FEMALE RESULTS AGE GROUPS & WALKERS

              2012 Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk

              It was a perfect fall day for the 82 runners and walkers completing the 3.1 miles around the Lovell Athletic Field at the 7th Annual Gasping Gobbler 5k Run/Walk. There was a great mix of young and old participants enjoying the event and raising funds for the Lovell Recreation Department. All entrants received a 'Gasping Gobbler' scarf (complimenting hats and headbands from previous years) and a delicious lunch at the Lovell VFW Hall. As always, a great big thanks to all of our many sponsors and volunteers.

              Congratulations and turkeys to overall winner Silas Eastman (16:27.1), top female Diane Bessey (23:42.0) and top walker Tamylea Guptill (41:08.7). Anna Romer also won a turkey for finishing in the 'Middle of the Pack'. All photos courtesy of Roger Williams.

              OVERALL RESULTS MALE RESULTS FEMALE RESULTS AGE GROUPS & WALKERS

              5th Annual Chili Competition Winners

              We knew that we were in for a good afternoon when the judges declared that this year's collection of chilis was the best ever! Twelve entrants cooked their specialty and shared it with 100 voters. People tasted, mingled and enjoyed a fun afternoon all while raising funds for a special local charity--Lovell Friends Helping Friends. LFHF provides heating assistance (oil, gas, wood) to needy local families.

              Judges' Choice: First Place -- Stephen James Second Place -- Tie -- Bobby Collins and Ryan Caracciolo Third Place -- Tie -- Al Stearns and Center Lovell Market

              People's Choice: First Place -- Stow Corner Store Second Place -- Bobby Collins Third Place -- Ryan Caracciolo

              Best Table Design -- Bobby Collins

              A big thank you to the judges: Janice Sage of the Center Lovell Inn, Marc Moulton, Bob Drew and Ethel Hurst. And thanks to all the bakers who contributed to the overflowing bake sale table, to those who donated items to the auction table and to the Lovell Fire Department for the use of the Center Lovell Firehouse. A total of $1,143 dollars was raised.

              Here's the good news--if you were unable to attend the Chili Competition and would like to contribute much-needed funds, please send your check to LOVELL FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS, c/o the Lovell Town Office, PO Box 236, Ctr Lovell, ME 04016.

              5th Annual Chili Competition Winners

              We knew that we were in for a good afternoon when the judges declared that this year's collection of chilis was the best ever! Twelve entrants cooked their specialty and shared it with 100 voters. People tasted, mingled and enjoyed a fun afternoon all while raising funds for a special local charity--Lovell Friends Helping Friends. LFHF provides heating assistance (oil, gas, wood) to needy local families.

              Judges' Choice: First Place -- Stephen James Second Place -- Tie -- Bobby Collins and Ryan Caracciolo Third Place -- Tie -- Al Stearns and Center Lovell Market

              People's Choice: First Place -- Stow Corner Store Second Place -- Bobby Collins Third Place -- Ryan Caracciolo

              Best Table Design -- Bobby Collins

              A big thank you to the judges: Janice Sage of the Center Lovell Inn, Marc Moulton, Bob Drew and Ethel Hurst. And thanks to all the bakers who contributed to the overflowing bake sale table, to those who donated items to the auction table and to the Lovell Fire Department for the use of the Center Lovell Firehouse. A total of $1,143 dollars was raised.

              Here's the good news--if you were unable to attend the Chili Competition and would like to contribute much-needed funds, please send your check to LOVELL FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS, c/o the Lovell Town Office, PO Box 236, Ctr Lovell, ME 04016.

              Comments

              1. Maureen Duggan on

                I have a suggestion: Some of us knowing the winners only by number.. next year could you put the # next to the winners names. Not all voters know THE CHILI CHEFS! It was delicious. thank you for all the hard work everyone put in.
                • Jim Rowe on

                  Fun event. Thank you Stan, Karen, and others who made it happen.

                  Sandy and Nomadic Anna

                  When we received notice from our daughter Anna that her dormitory building, located on East 25th Street between First Avenue and the FDR Drive, was being evacuated, I was somewhat skeptical. Just how much water could reach her building and besides, she was on the ninth floor! Boy, was I wrong! We accompanied Anna to her dorm this past Monday, November 5th, for her to pick-up needed items. The damage to the first floor and basement were extensive with salt water damaging all types of cables and electrical wires. The school is hoping for students to return sometime next week.

                  I believe that the Brookdale dorm houses around 1,000 students. Each student has been impacted in a major way with many being forced to stay at different homes. One thing that I keep focusing on is that Anna's dorm is but one building and when you consider all of the buildings throughout the region, it is hard to calculate the extent of damage and the number of people impacted.

                  Houses lost or extensively damaged; living without power for more than a week with evening temperatures hovering near freezing; public transportation systems knocked out and gas station lines stretching for miles. It was a humbling experience for us to see just a small portion of Sandy's destruction. It was clear that people were exhausted but you didn't hear much complaining. It is going to be a long time for the communities along the shore to recover. Some of them will be forever different.

                  On a personal note, I'm proud of Anna's coping with Sandy. With mid-terms here, she has been bouncing around different houses and has finally settled in at with a friend and her family in Leonia, NJ, a short bus ride from mid-town Manhattan. Classes resumed on Monday morning and she is back in the grind.

                  Before and After Photos, courtesy of the New York Daily News.

                  Sandy and Nomadic Anna

                  When we received notice from our daughter Anna that her dormitory building, located on East 25th Street between First Avenue and the FDR Drive, was being evacuated, I was somewhat skeptical. Just how much water could reach her building and besides, she was on the ninth floor! Boy, was I wrong! We accompanied Anna to her dorm this past Monday, November 5th, for her to pick-up needed items. The damage to the first floor and basement were extensive with salt water damaging all types of cables and electrical wires. The school is hoping for students to return sometime next week.

                  I believe that the Brookdale dorm houses around 1,000 students. Each student has been impacted in a major way with many being forced to stay at different homes. One thing that I keep focusing on is that Anna's dorm is but one building and when you consider all of the buildings throughout the region, it is hard to calculate the extent of damage and the number of people impacted.

                  Houses lost or extensively damaged; living without power for more than a week with evening temperatures hovering near freezing; public transportation systems knocked out and gas station lines stretching for miles. It was a humbling experience for us to see just a small portion of Sandy's destruction. It was clear that people were exhausted but you didn't hear much complaining. It is going to be a long time for the communities along the shore to recover. Some of them will be forever different.

                  On a personal note, I'm proud of Anna's coping with Sandy. With mid-terms here, she has been bouncing around different houses and has finally settled in at with a friend and her family in Leonia, NJ, a short bus ride from mid-town Manhattan. Classes resumed on Monday morning and she is back in the grind.

                  Before and After Photos, courtesy of the New York Daily News.

                  Comments

                  1. Paula Prevost on

                    Very glad to hear that Anna has a new home and can get to her classes! Hope the Nor'easter doesn't make things worse in NYC!