Blog :: 04-2013

The One Fund

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Last week's surreal events in Boston hit home on so many levels. Not only did it occur in our 'backyard', but the Boston Marathon is America's premier road race. Every year there are local runners we know and track their 26.2 mile journey online as well as people who are going down to volunteer or to cheer their family and friends on.

In my time, I have run eight marathons and have run in or worked at many large events. It is always such a happy and joyous moment when the runners, after training so hard and for so long, approach the finish line and begin looking for their family members. The sense of accomplishment is real! I still can't process how someone can be so evil and destroy so many lives.

How impressive was the response of the police, fire and emergency personnel just after the explosions? In discussing this with Lovell Fire Department Chief Tommie McKenzie, he said that everyone did exactly how they were trained. So, remember the next time you see one of the disaster training exercises that various towns and cities conduct, that they really do serve an important purpose.

One other observation--many people object to the outrageous salaries that professional athletes earn and the self-centered lives they lead. However, there is no question that the Boston sport teams played a tremendous role in bringing the region back together. Take a moment to watch the singing of the National Anthem at the Bruins' game and Neil Diamond (who came uninvited on a red-eye flight from California) sing Sweet Caroline at Saturday's Red Sox game.

The Governor of Massachusetts and the Mayor of Boston have established The One Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization to collect funds that will be used to help the victims of the bombings. Long after normalcy returns to our daily lives, the injured victims and families who lost a loved one will still need help. If you can, please donate.

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Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner

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This Saturday evening, the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7 pm at the Center Lovell Station. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the David G. Fox Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who are related to a department member. In addition, a number of great items have been collected for the Chinese Auction will be held where some great items will be available.

Be certain to come out this Saturday for an enjoyable evening.  Now that winter is over, you will get a chance to see all your friends, have a nice meal, enjoy home-baked pies, go home with a prize and support a good cause!

Lovell 5k Run

Approaching the turn!

Approaching the turn!

FA's Track Coach Kevin McDonald

FA's Track Coach Kevin McDonald

We all know that this sad return to cold weather will be brief and that warm days are not far away. That means it is time to start thinking about all of the fun activities of summer--fishing, swimming, riding bikes, eating ice cream and running in the Lovell Old Home Days 5k!

This year's run is on Saturday, July 20th and the race starts at 9:45 am with the runners leading the parade down Main Street to the Athletic Field. This year's run is the Ninth Annual and it is always a fun event for both participants and spectators. Great awards for the top runners and plenty of random prizes.

Remember that the first 100 registrants get a t-shirt designed by a Fryeburg Academy art student, so be sure to sign-up early. On-line registration is at Running4Free.com or you can download an application here.

Visit Lovell5k.com for more information, pictures and past times.

Good-Bye to the Narrows Bridge

Narrows Bridge, Lovell

Residents of Kezar Lake's Lower Bay, for many years frustrated by their frequent inability to navigate under the Narrows Bridge due to high water levels, finally have had their prayers answered. Lovell's three Selectmen, after a lengthy emergency funding meeting, have authorized the construction of a larger and higher span over the Narrows.

Inspired by the new bridge on Route 302 in Naples, the town fathers have selected a design that will permit large boats to travel unimpeded between the Lower Bay and the larger northern portion of Kezar. Questioned as to the negative visible impact on the lake, the Selectmen stated that the economic benefit to the town outweighed any other concerns.

Noting the closed Wicked Good, the Lovell Hardware Store, the Dutton office buildings and the Center Lovell Market, the Selectmen cited a sense of urgency to do something that would help get the empty stores occupied. Rose McKenzie, proprietor of Rosie's Lovell Village Store (home of the best breakfast in western Maine), states that over the years she has overheard numerous complaints of the bridge's inadequacies. It is expected that the increased boat traffic will be very helpful to the town.

Larry Fox and his experienced road crew anticipate the project underway shortly and to have it completed in time for the 2014 boating season.

(Happy April Fool's Day! :))

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  1. Kenneth Goldman on

    GOOD NEWS! won't have to make it by inches any more!
    • Bob Patterson on

      Please resend this message, full of hope about the bridge, again April 2 if it's for real.
      • Lynda on

        You got me!!!
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          :)
          • Richard Van Steenburgh on

            This news signals a great first step toward a more comprehensive master plan for rejuvenation of commerce within the town. With the various closures mentioned above coupled with the recent loss to fire of the historic commercial block, the town runs the risk of simply becoming a stretch of Route 5 located between somewhere and some place else.
            • Ann Williams on

              Good one, Stan!!! I read it thru to the end, wishing it were true, but with is bit of doubt... (I'm just a 'little' slow). :)
              • The Hamr! on

                I can buy a pontoon boat now! Grill steaks and bass fish in sucker brook at the same time!