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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.

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      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!

        KezarLife's New Addition

        Grandson Jackson was born to Benjamin and Cassandra Tupaj on Saturday, October 27th at 3:04 am in North Carolina. Jackson was a healthy 6 lbs, 13.2 oz and 20 inches long. Rondi and I are thrilled to be grandparents and are looking forward to seeing the handsome guy!

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        KezarLife's New Addition

        Grandson Jackson was born to Benjamin and Cassandra Tupaj on Saturday, October 27th at 3:04 am in North Carolina. Jackson was a healthy 6 lbs, 13.2 oz and 20 inches long. Rondi and I are thrilled to be grandparents and are looking forward to seeing the handsome guy!

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        1. Jim Rowe on

          Congratulations! You must update "About kezarlife" to include Jackson.
          • Jan on

            He is cute! Congratulations to you and Rondi and the whole family! --Janice and Howard

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            Relax in the yard or on your dock as you enjoy the special Lake and mountain views!

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            5 South Lower Bay Road, Kezar Lake

            Here's a Year-Round Kezar Lake home with 104 feet of frontage. The ranch-style home has more than 1,400 square feet of living space, a front deck with hot tub, a family room, an open dining, kitchen and living area, a large fieldstone fireplace plus two bedrooms and extra sleeping space for guests.

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            Autumn Scenes

            The Fryeburg Fair is over, the NFL season is well under way, the O's are in the baseball playoffs for the first time in 15 years, the Presidential election is almost here and the fall foliage is having a spectacular year. October is a great month--be sure to take the time to enjoy it!

            Autumn Scenes

            The Fryeburg Fair is over, the NFL season is well under way, the O's are in the baseball playoffs for the first time in 15 years, the Presidential election is almost here and the fall foliage is having a spectacular year. October is a great month--be sure to take the time to enjoy it!

            Fryeburg Fair

            Another item on the list of why this is a great area to live is that you never have to take traffic congestion into consideration when going somewhere. Except, of course, when it is Fryeburg Fair week. Everyone makes use of back roads to avoid the back-ups and the smart folks plan their trips accordingly to avoid getting frustrated! It doesn't matter if you like the Fair or not, it has a major impact on the region.

            This year's Fair starts on Sunday September 30th and closes on Sunday October 7th. The gates open at 7 am every morning and all exhibits are open from 9 am to 9 pm. Click here for this year's brochure. There is always something to do!

            I'm usually satisfied with a one-day visit. It is fun to see friends with their animals, see who won ribbons for their crafts, maybe bet on a horse race or two and of course, have some messy food! Let's hope for good weather and have a GREAT TIME!