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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Fall Foliage

IMG_1773IMG_1771You always know it is coming but still it always seems to sneak up on you. Foliage this year looks like it is going to be spectacular. Here are links to Maine’s Foliage Report and one for New Hampshire’s White Mountains. And I hope to post some pictures as the colors continue to turn.

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The Annual Fall Migration

It happens every year, as the calendar pages flip towards the end of September. For the past week or two, the numbers have grown and often the diverse group travels in large packs. Moving south along Route 5 you will find streams of campers, French Fry trucks, Smokey Carnival trucks and a variety of other vendors. Where are they heading? To the Fryeburg Fair, of course!

More than 300,000 people visit the Fryeburg Fair each year. Covering about 180 acres, the Fair has something for everyone. Great animal barns, farm history, exhibition halls, carnival rides, horse racing, musical performances and food. Did I mention food?

This year’s Blue Ribbon Classic opens Sunday, September 28th and runs through Sunday, October 5th. Grounds open at 9 am every morning.

See you there!

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Labor Day Weekend & Stoneham Rescue Breakfast

Labor Day marks the traditional but unofficial end of summer. School has started so families have headed back home. The town slows down a little but this weekend begins my favorite time of year. Temperatures are cooler but you can still swim in the lake. The bugs are gone so going for a hike is a real pleasure. And the Fryeburg Fair is right around the corner!

I recommend highly one local Labor Day tradition–the Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast. This Sunday, August 31st, from 7-10 am. Wonderful pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts, oj and fresh coffee. All for $5.00! All proceeds benefit the Rescue Service. Butters Hill Road, just off Route 5.

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2014 New England Patriots Magnetic Schedule

IMG_7921The 2014 New England Patriots Magnetic Schedule is in! Kickoff for the first game is on September 7th. Stop in the office for your schedule or send me an e-mail ( and I will put one in the mail.


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August 16th, 2014–Lovell’s Super Saturday!

2014 Arts & Artisans Fair  449This Saturday, August 16th, are two anticipated events that are always well attended and raise significant funds for their respective organizations.

First up in the morning is the 39th Annual Arts & Artisans Fair that benefits the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. Starting at 9 am and continuing until 3 pm, this juried show has over 50 artisans spread inside and out the New Suncook School on Route 5. There will also be demonstrations, an always popular book sale, raffles and homemade refreshments. Come on out to see the talents of many local artists and craftsmen.

DSCF9008After a day at the Arts Fair or just tired from a great afternoon swimming and boating on the lake, have dinner at the Center Lovell Firehouse from 4-7 pm.  The food is always good and plentiful and proceeds benefit the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department. For just $9 you will have 1/2 chicken, freshly picked corn on the cob, delicious side dishes and ice cream treats. Be sure to come early as last year the kitchen ran out of chicken!

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2014 Tour de Lovell Results

Cheers to all 2014 Tour de Lovell riders! It was a great day to be riding on the road.

Here are the results: Overall Results  Results by Division
                                                                Kids’ Tour Results

Thanks to the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department, the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department and all of the volunteers at the start/finish line and along the course. And a special thanks to the Mount Washington Valley Amateur Ham Radio team for their support today. This was their first time providing assistance to the Tour de Lovell and they did a great job!2014 Tour de Lovell

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