Blog :: 04-2014

Kezar Lake Ice-Out

According to John Bacchiocchi, Lovell's resident ice-out expert, Thursday April 24th is the Ice-Out Date for 2014.

When ice-out actually occurs is always debated but the State of Maine uses the following:  For the purposes of this web page, we will consider "ice-out" to be when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other. There may still be ice in coves or along the shoreline in some areas but when a person can traverse the entire water body without being stopped by ice floes, we will consider the ice to be out.

Click here to see Ice-Out dates for various lakes around the state. Kezar Lake should appear on it soon.

118th Boston Marathon

Having run eight marathons, the Boston Marathon was always a race to strive for. While the New York City, Marine Corps and others were larger, anyone who paid their entry fee was permitted to run. Boston, however, had very strict qualifying guidelines. Depending on one's age, you had to run a certified marathon course in the previous year in a certain time. Needless to say, I never qualified for Boston.

Until last year, the marathon was part of a unique New England tradition. Patriot's Day, morning baseball at Fenway and the runners through downtown Boston. This year the race will have the largest field ever and that is a great thing to see. As to be expected, there will be additional layers of security everywhere with a police presence from start to finish.

Before the game last night, the Red Sox held an emotional and moving ceremony honoring those who lost their lives, the many who were physically injured as well as those who responded to the emergency. Click here for the video.

May we never forget what happened last year, but I look forward to the day when the Boston Marathon returns to what it once was.

For more information on the 118th running, click here. To track a specific runner's time, click here.

 

Lovell Commercial Opportunity

 

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Although not yet formally listed for sale (it will be soon with another Agency but Kezar Realty does have access for interested parties), the old Lovell Hardware property is now being shown to potential buyers. The main building, in surprisingly good condition, offers numerous opportunities.

It is true that since the store's closing, contractors and homeowners have found it frustrating to buy needed supplies in Bridgton, Fryeburg or North Conway. In the absence of a Lovell store, contractors have developed new buying habits and might be reluctant to change their patterns. Plus, I would bet that the established stores are in a stronger position to compete on price. For this reason, the return of a full-service hardware store and lumber yard might not be profitable.

One local investor sees a strong opportunity to create something new and different, a multi-use commercial and residential building. He has taken significant steps to make it happen, including preliminary commitments to create several one and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floor. Believing that a need for a small hardware store, similar to Trumball's, still exists in Lovell, space for a retail store will be reserved. Another portion of the building is slated for a Subway-type food store. Sufficient space remains for other uses.

It is possible that the rear sheds behind the main building can be transformed into storage facilities. The developer is now soliciting suggestions from area residents. What would you like to see there? A fitness center? A laundromat? A Landscaping and Garden Center? A Putt-Putt course and batting cages? Send your thoughts to me at stan@fairpoint.net and I will pass them along.

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Happy April Fool's Day!


 

Comments

  1. Beth Quinlan on

    Tattoo parlor, please!
    • Bob Patterson on

      Still waiting for the new bridge at the Narrows—last years’ April Fool promise :>(
      • Stanley Tupaj on

        I believe that the engineers' plans are in the final stages of approval!
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          I have seen enough tattoos in Lovell!