SHOP LOCAL–SHOP LOVELL

With a little more than a week left until Christmas, I’m sure that everyone does not have all of their gifts picked-out. Avoid the hassles of traffic and rude people by looking local. There is a wealth of local merchants, artisans and shops that would love to help you select the perfect gift.

This Holiday season, why not shop in Lovell? Here is a list of shops and ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!

* Lots to choose from at the HARVEST GOLD GALLERY in Center Lovell. Custom designed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. Inside their large gallery is a wide variety of American-made art work (much of it local) that will brighten every home. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502.Visit their website here.

* ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS, Lovell. For centuries, floorcloths have proven to be both durable and elegant. Art Underfoot Floorcloths handcrafted works are created in Maine with tradition in mind. We spend between eight to ten hours on each piece, skillfully crafting heirloom quality art that you will enjoy having underfoot. Paula and Tom Hughes create these artistic and functional floorcloths and would be happy to discuss designing a pattern to fit your home or office. Visit the website for more details and to view a gallery of floorcloths. ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS

*HILLTOP HANDSPUN, located in North Lovell, Maine, is owned and operated by fiber artist and designer, Lucy Rogers. Lucy enjoys creating and selling hand made yarn to hand knitters and fiber and roving to hand spinners and felters. The yarn and spinning fibers are made from alpaca, mohair, wool and angora fleeces that she hand selects from Maine and New England fiber farms. Many of her designer yarns are hand spun and a number are spun at a local mini-mill often on a fleece by fleece basis. Beautiful colors in the yarns, which are inspired by the local mountain environment, come to life during the hand dyeing process in Lucy’s kitchen. Here is a link to Lucy’s webpage where you will find yarn and kits for sale.

*How about a gift certificate to the ‘Best Beer Bar in America‘, EBENEZER’s PUB? During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub’s phone number is 207-925-3200.

* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell’s three Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The WONDER STORE is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of DOYLE’s ANTIQUES, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279. FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES, located at Swain Road and 5A, is owned by Shoo Hale. She would be happy to help and can be reached at 925-1017.

*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington’s new store sells much more than ice cream, coffee, hot dogs and stew! She also has two floors of local artisans’ work ranging from small crafts, iron pieces and quilts. A great spot for unique gifts at affordable prices. And Beth is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

*SUSAN SIDWELL. Located at the top of Route 5A in Center Lovell, Susan is well-known for not only for her ability to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers but also produces beautiful artisan prints. Ready for framing, these prints make a wonderful gift. You may reach Susan at 925-1006.

*PIETREE ORCHARD. Located on the top Waterford Road in Sweden, this Orchard is a great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and pizza. The ‘Pick-Your-Own’ season is over but there is lots to choose from in the store. Visit PietreeOrchards.com for more detailed information. 207-647-9419.

*How about a Gift Certificate to some local eating establishments:
1)Rosie’s Lovell Village Store. Stop in or call Rosie at 207-925-1255.
2)AJ’s Everything Store at 409 Maine Street in Stoneham. A small convenience store upfront and a nice restaurant out back. Great food at great prices! 207-928-2454.
3)The Center Lovell Market. Open again on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051.
4)THE CENTER LOVELL INN. The Inn offers 10 large comfortable guestrooms each appointed with family antiques and sitting areas for relaxing and reading. A full country breakfast is served piping hot each morning. Enjoy gourmet dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the evening. The forty-seat dining room offers a crackling fire on cold winter nights. In the summer, enjoy breakfast and dinner on the screened-in wrap-around porch. In the evening enjoy the sunset over the White Mountains. Visit the website here!
5)THE OLD SACO INN. Pete and Sandi welcome you to their pub, restaurant and inn on the banks of the Old Saco River. Good food and cocktails in a friendly setting. Great access to the snowmobile trails as well! Old Saco Inn.

Still can’t figure out what to give to someone who has everything? How about a gift in their name to some of our local organizations? The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Lovell’s United Church of Christ or Lovell Friends Helping Friends (winter fuel assistance for the needy)!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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2015 Kezar Realty Calendar

IMG_7626IMG_9093It won’t be long now that 2014 comes to an end and that means the 2015 Kezar Realty calendar is here. We have a regular mailing list but send me an e-mail to make sure you get yours in the mail. Every kitchen needs to have one!

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R.I.P. Azel Littlefield

Azel Littlefield passed away over the weekend. Mr. Littlefield was well known in Lovell and through his company, Littlefield Builders, left his mark on Kezar Lake, Lovell and the region. He was known as a hard worker, took pride in his work, was well-liked, well-respected and was devoted to his family.

Read his obituary here.

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Ninth Annual Gasping Gobbler

IMG_1876IMG_1874IMG_1878IMG_1881IMG_1882IMG_1883IMG_1885IMG_1887IMG_1889IMG_1892IMG_18972014 Overall Results

2014 Male Results

2014 Female Results

2014 Division Results

Thanks to all who came out and braved the cold weather. A fun morning and a great lunch with awards at the VFW Hall afterwards. Turkeys were won by Top Female Runner Anna Lastra; Top Male Runner Luke Fernandez; Top Walker Evan Caracciolo and Middle of the Pack Deanna Wilson! Wonderful chow was provided by the Center Lovell Market, Rosie’s Lovell Village Store and the Old Saco Inn!

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For Love of Country

For Love of CountryIn 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”  In 1938, November 11th became a legal holiday to celebrate the veterans of World War I and in 1954 the law was expanded to honor American veterans of all wars.

Today, many people know that American soldiers are fighting around the world but very few of us have a direct connection to any of the men or women who are fighting on our behalf. From time to time it is important that we reflect on the sacrifices that our military makes on a daily basis. And since we are not asked to share in these sacrifices, I think that it is is crucial that we be reminded of them.

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks and Washington Post writer Rajiv Chandrasekaran have published “For Love of Country”, a collection of heroic actions taken by American soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The authors also discuss the many contributions that veterans make to society upon their return to the United States.

All of the stories  in “For Love of Country” are exceptional.  But none more so than the heroic actions of Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter described in Chapter Four. These two Marines met for the first time early on the morning of April 22, 2008.As he was at the end of his tour, Corporal Yale was scheduled to return to the United States in a few days while Lance Corporal Haerter had just arrived in Iraq. The two Marines were guarding Gate One when a truck loaded with 2,000 pounds of explosives drove quickly towards the compound’s entry. The Marines stood their ground and fired away at the oncoming truck. For six  seconds they did not move or run away as they clearly made the decision to stop the truck. That heroic choice by these two Marines cost them their lives but saved 33 of their fellow soldiers,  including my son, Benjamin Tupaj.

On this Veteran’s Day, please take the time to not only reflect upon the sacrifices given by our military but to personally thank them for their service. And please read “For Love of Country” as it is honors these heroes.

 

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7th Annual Chili Competition Results

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The judges getting ready to work.

The judges getting ready to work.

Lots of baked goodies for sale!

Lots of baked goodies for sale!

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Once again,  the Center Lovell Firehouse was filled with people and the smell of chili. The crowds came early and many stayed to the end. This year’s Battle of the Bowls had 11 entrants, more than 90 ballots were cast for the best chili and there was consistency in both categories.

Judges’ Choice:

1) Stow Corner Store (#4)

2)Marc Kurnic (#3)

3)Anna Kulakowski (#8)

Peoples’ Choice:

1)Stow Corner Store (#4)

2)Marc Kurnic (#3)

3)Jay Hunter (#11)

With $1,100 raised, it was a GREAT day for the Chili Challenge! Every penny collected goes directly to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund. Special thanks to Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie for the use of the Center Lovell Fire House which is the perfect venue; all of the cooks who took the time to perfect their recipe and to enter the competition; the Lovell bakers who generously donated goodies to the very successful bake sale, Beth’s Kitchen Cafe in Bridgton for donating a Gift Certificate and to the many people who came for some good chow and a fun afternoon.

If you were unable to attend yesterday’s Chili Challenge but would like to donate, please send a check to:
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS
Town Of Lovell
PO Box 236
Center Lovell, ME 04016

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The New Suncook School Art Class once again designed the aprons for the winners!

The New Suncook School Art Class once again designed the aprons for the winners!

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Lovell’s 7th Annual Chili Challenge

chilli bowl graphicThe Seventh Annual Battle of the Bowls will be held on Sunday, November 9th! Every year both professional and amateur chefs compete for top awards and, most importantly, bragging rights.

The Chili Challenge donates all proceeds to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund. This important program provides heating assistance for local residents. Last year’s Challenge raised more than $1,000.

The Battle of the Bowls will once again be at the Center Lovell Fire House from Noon to 2 pm. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under. In addition to tasting a variety of chili, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be available as well as the popular bake sale. Plus, you might win some nice gifts in the raffle.

If you are unable to attend the Chili Challenge but would still like to support the program, personal donations may be sent to Friends Helping Friends, Town of Lovell, PO Box 236, Center Lovell, ME 04016.

There is plenty of time for you to perfect your favorite Chili recipe. Be creative and make a chicken or a vegetarian chili. A fun time is guaranteed and the Patriots have a BYE!

2014 Lovell Chili Cookoff Registration Form      2014 Lovell Chili Cookoff Flyer

Here are some photos from last year:

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