Blog :: 11-2016





The long Thanksgiving weekend is over and we quickly move right into the Christmas season. The shopping frenzy has started with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It is exhausting and somewhat frustrating when the focus is strictly on the need to save a few dollars. It does seem to me that some folks like the very act of obtaining a deal rather than finding that right gift for someone.

But if you scratch the surface, there continues to be evidence that people give generously to their local communities. I just became aware of a movement started five years ago called Giving Tuesday. The famous 92nd Street Y in New York City joined forces with the United Nations Foundation to put the focus on giving and using the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable season. It appears to be quite a success and grows every year.

When donating, people like to see their contributions stay local. Here is one program that fits the bill! Since 1991, The United States Marine Corps Reserves has supported the Toys for Tots program where new toys are collected and distributed to needy families in time for Christmas. "The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."

Thanks to Beth Armington at the Homestead Scoop & Gallery, Until December 10th, Lovell residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls seven days a week between the hours of 10 and 5. All of the toys donated will be collected by the Reserve Unit located in Brunswick and will be distributed in Maine.


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2016 Gasping Gobbler

The 11th Annual Gasping Gobbler was on Saturday, November 19th and 60 runners and walkers participated in this fun 5k event sponsored by the Lovell Recreation Department. Held at the Athletic Field, the runners and walkers circle the complex three times until they reach the finish line. All participants received a 'one-of-a-kind' Gasping Gobbler headband. After the event, all participants and volunteers gathered at the VFW Hall where awards were given, raffle prizes were drawn and great food and baked goods were served!

It wouldn't be a Gasping Gobbler without Turkeys! Winners were: Alfie Walker from Fryeburg was the top male and overall finisher with a time of 18:16. Kaitlyn Direnzo of Buxton was the first female finisher with a time of 24:05. Jonathan Crowe of Lovell was the top walker with a time of 44:40. And Nancy Kluck from Bridgton won the fourth turkey for finishing in the 'Middle of the Pack'. Click here for complete results.

Another fun and successful Gasping Gobbler!

2016 Lovell Chili Challenge Winners

Another great Sunday afternoon in Center Lovell raising funds for Lovell Friends Helping Friends! The Ninth Annual Lovell Chili Challenge had 17 chefs offer their favorite chili recipes to folks eager to taste a variety of chili styles (turkey, beef, vegetarian, pork, moose, venison, sweet, spicy, red and green) and to vote for their favorite.

Due to the quality of the chilies, the veteran group of judges (Janice Sage, Bob Drew, Ethel Hurst and Mark Moulton) had a very difficult time picking a winner. Extra rounds of tasting were needed to provide separation. A common refrain heard throughout the day was that there were so many good chilies!

Here are the official winners for 2016:


First Place: Art Parmenter    Second Place: Jan Newhouse     Third Place (tie): Steve Stearns & Anna Kulakowski


First Place: Jean Hunter     Second Place (tie): Anna Kulakowski & Chris Hughes   Third Place (tie): Paula Hughes & Stephen James

BEST TABLE DECOR:  Two Sisters Chili by Anna Kulakowski & Maria Croteau

Congratulations to not only all of the winners but to everyone who participated as 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends which helps local residents in need of emergency heating assistance. A total of $751 was raised for the fund.




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    Lovell's 9th Annual Chili Competition

    It is now time for all local Chili Aficionados to get ready for the Ninth Annual Battle of the Bowls! Come to the Center Lovell Fire House on Sunday, November 13th from Noon to 2 PM. This always popular event provides an opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to compete for awards and most importantly, bragging rights! Plus a special award for best decorated table.

    All proceeds from this event are donated to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund which assists local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs. Last year's Challenge raised more than $1,000.

    Admission is still only $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under. In addition to the variety of great chili, there will be wonderful treats available for purchase at the popular bake sale.

    And the Patriots play a night game!

    For more information, call me at 207-925-1500 or send an email at

    Click here for a Entry Form.


    Lovell Village Monument UPDATE

    Many years ago, long before the effort to update the names on the monument started, Richard Rice mentioned to me that although he was a veteran, he didn't think he was eligible for inclusion. He thought that only those who served during time of war were to be honored. Well, he was mistaken and his name was one of those added recently to the monument. As you can see from the photo, Mr. Rice is very pleased to be on the wall.

    Richard Rice is a long-time Lovell Village resident. He served in the United States Army from 1956-1962 and was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.