Voting via written ballot.
The Official Ballot Box.
Early on it was clear that there were no controversial issues on the docket for annual Town Meeting. The availability of parking spaces outside the Town Hall as well as the empty folding chairs inside the building were proof that many residents felt it not important to attend. A total of sixty-two people attended the meeting and voted on ninety separate articles.
Jonathan Bliss was nominated and elected to serve as the moderator for the meeting. In addition to commending the Lovell Public Works Department for their excellent work in maintaining the town’s roads during this lengthy winter, the Selectmen provided an update on the contentious Fryeburg school construction issue. As the final funding formula and overall building designs are developed, it is important to stay informed, to attend School Board meetings and to vote. (MSAD 72′s website for more information).
Here is a summary of the meeting:
- The Annual Report was dedicated to the men and women, both past and present, of the Armed Forces .
- Patrick Williams, Meg Dyer and Karen Bacchiocchi were elected to the Planning Board.
- Rose McKenzie, Jonathan Bliss and Joe Moody were elected to the Budget Committee.
- Robert Stellar and Jane Williams were elected to the MSAD 72 Board of Directors.
- $10,521 was appropriated for the Stoneham Rescue Service.
- The Lovell Zoning Ordinance was amended so that agriculture would be an allowed use in all districts without the need for a permit from the Code Enforcement Officer.
- All of the local organizations, such as the Lovell Historical Society, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library received their requested dollar amounts.
- Most requests from a variety of non-profit groups providing services to Lovell residents, such as Community Concepts, Seniors Plus and the American Red Cross were approved.
The meeting concluded in a timely 2 hours and 35 minutes. Plenty of time remained to enjoy the pleasant winter day!
Here is a copy of the full Annual Report.
One of two wood-burning stoves used to keep everyone warm.
Well, it snowed again yesterday! It has been an incredible winter with lots of skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing going on. But as I look out my office window, I can’t see the street and we are running out of places to pile the snow.
One way to forget the snow is to plan your Kezar Lake vacation in the summer. Warm water, long swims, boat rides, White Mountain hikes, lazy afternoons and spectacular sunsets. What better way to spend a week or two with the family and friends then at a classic Maine cottage on the lake?
Bookings for 2014 are up considerably from last year but we have more homes available for rent with many prime weeks available!
In addition to sales, Jeanne Bonner manages our Vacation Rentals. Giver Jeanne a call and she can assist you in choosing the cottage that fits your budget and number of guests. She can be reached at 207-925-1500207-925-1500 or email@example.com. Visit our rental section at KezarLakeVacationRentals.com.
We are rapidly approaching February 9th, 2014. That will mark one year since the early morning fire destroyed the historic Kimball & Walker General Store building in Lovell Village. It is difficult to recall the emotions in the days following the fire and although only one year has passed, it often seems like ten years.
Between dealing with insurance companies and sorting things out with the Maine Real Estate Commission, I wasn’t quite sure where we were headed. Rosie’s Lovell Village Store’s back booth became our temporary meeting room and mail drop and then Sharon Hatch offered the use of two large rooms in her wonderful brick farmhouse at 219 Main Street. Current clients and real estate competitors all were cooperative and understanding.
Stephen Goldsmith, one of my fellow owners at the Lovell Village Condo Association, guided us through the complex legal and insurance mazes in an efficient manner. On June 20th, 2013 the land was sold to Menotomy Consulting and Development, Inc. of Sweden. President John P. Smith saw an opportunity to build a structure that would be appropriate for the Village setting. Click here to view some of the features of the new building as well as a list of the local contractors who participated in the construction.
A year ago, I didn’t have a desk or telephone to work with and didn’t know where 2013 was headed. I am astonished and proud to say that last year, Kezar Realty had our largest number of transactions ever and our Vacation Rental bookings continued to grow. Our agents, especially Jeanne Bonner, didn’t miss a beat and worked hard to put it all back together.
Our official move-in date at the new building was November 1st and we are still working on putting the finishing touches on our office space. As 2014 unfolds, please stop in and visit our office and be sure to let others know that there is a real nice space next door that is also available. We would love to have a neighbor!
I took a late afternoon break today and went cross-country skiing at the Lake Kezar Country Club. There are three levels of trails that cross over the fairways, past the greens and through the woods (where I usually find my golf balls).
There were one or two icy spots in a shady section but overall the trails are nicely groomed and easy to maneuver (I didn’t fall–which is a rare occurrence). Now that the days are getting longer, it might be easier to sneak away for a quick tour on the way home from work or on Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully, more people will take advantage of this wonderful winter resource. Thanks to Brad Littlefield of the Lake Kezar Country Club and Meg Dyer of the Lovell Recreation Department for their efforts on making the trails available.
For football fans, the two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl is an awful long time. For the first time since September, there are no weekend football games to watch. And many Patriot fans just might say the heck with the Super Bowl. So, what does one do with all of the free time?…
This Saturday and Sunday, January 25th & 26th, the Down East Sled Dog Club presents The Mushers Bowl, where you will find competitive Sled Dog Racing and Skijoring Races at Bridgton’s Five Field Apple Orchards. This five-mile course is considered the most technically challenging sled dog course in the Northeast but its design also makes it very spectator-friendly.
Admission to the Mushers Bowl is only $5 for both days (parking included). Children five and under are free. Races start at 10 am each day. The South Bridgton Congregational Church hosts a warming hut where soups and baked goods will be sold.
Click on the links below for more information:
The Bridgton News, January 9, 2014 Story
The Bridgton News, December 27, 2013 Story
Photo Courtesy of Down East Sled Dog Club’s web site.
I’m often asked what does one do in the middle of a cold, long winter in rural western Maine. You sometimes get the feeling that people believe everything shuts down until ice-out on the lake.
Here is one way to enjoy a winter evening with good food and information about exotic places. The Appalachian Mountain Club has kicked off the 2014 International Dinner and Adventure Series. This is the 24th year of Wednesday night dinners where the Pinkham Notch chefs craft a unique four-course menu related to that evening’s country. The meal is followed by a presentation, with photos, detailing a visit to a far-away country. Diners are invited to BYOB!
Dinners are $23 for AMC members and $28 for non-members. The programs are free and open to the public.
Here is a special AMC International Dinner vacation package which includes:
- The four-course dinner
- The evening presentation
- An overnight room
- Morning breakfast
- A Thursday Skiing or Tubing package at Great Glen Trails!
- All for $49. Call 603-466-2727 Monday-Saturday between 9 & 5 and mention the International Dinner Series Special.
Click here for the complete schedule and menus: AMC Flyer Front AMCFlyerRear
I would bet that if you were to ask most people from away, what they think of when you mention Maine, L.L.Bean would be right up there with lobsters, mountains and lighthouses. I am not a big customer of L.L.Bean but about once a year or so we find ourselves in Freeport where the flagship store is located.
L.L.Bean is known for hunting boots, clothing and outdoor equipment. The company is also famous for its liberal return policy where it guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. Until recently, I never paid much attention to it nor did I ever have a need to test it.
About three years ago I purchased a pair of Gore-Tex hiking shoes which proved to be comfortable and durable. However, over the past month or so, the Vibram sole began tearing away from the shoe. A few days ago we visited Freeport and I brought my hiking shoes. It was my intention to buy a new pair outright but showed my old shoes to the clerk and he said that I needed to bring them to Customer Service. The line was long but the wait was short and to my amazement the clerk behind the counter looked at the shoes, never asked any questions and arranged for a clean swap! The store did not have my size in stock so they delivered, without cost, the shoes to Lovell.
In this world where most establishments have abandoned any pretense of customer service, I must say that I was quite impressed leaving the store. One of the many reasons why L.L.Bean continues to grow!