2014 Lovell OHD 5k Run

Here are the results for today’s  5k Run. Congratulations to Silas Eastman & Terry Ballou, Overall Male & Female Runners! 131 Finishers & a special high-five to several first-ever race runners.

In the coming days, I will be posting photos and details on the race. Thanks to everyone who participated in the run and parade and a big thank you to all of the volunteers!

2014 Overall Results     2014 Age Group Awards     2014 Age Group Results

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2014 LOVELL OLD HOME DAYS

2014 Lovell OHD 5k ArtIt is shaping up to be a fun-filled Lovell Old Home Days weekend. On Friday night, be sure to come down to the Athletic Field between 5:30 and 7:30 for the Pig & Chicken Roast sponsored by the Kezar Trailbreakers. Packet pick-up for the 5k Run will be at the gazebo.

On Saturday,  a Hearty Breakfast served by the Masons at the Masonic Hall at 7 am starts the day while at 9:45 the 5k run begins with the parade kicking in as the last runner pasts the Wicked Good Store. Everyone ends up at the Athletic Field where there are lots of games for kids, food booths, craft vendors, the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department, an Antique Boat Show and the Blue Willow Band at the gazebo. Plus Cow Chip Bingo at Noon!

Al and Jacky Stearns are this year’s Grand Marshalls. Click here for Old Home Days Brochure.

Join the fun this Saturday! Best viewing spot is anywhere on Main Street down by the Library and up Rt. 93 by the VFW Hall.

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The Alteration of a Kezar Lake Property

 

Camp J2 in 2009

Camp J2 in 2009

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Camp J2 2014 Prepared for Demolition

Camp J2 2014 Prepared for Demolition

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The location of a new building foundation

The location of a new building foundation

Over the next few months, KezarLife  is looking forward to following a property’s transformation where an older Maine lakeside cottage will disappear and a new year-round residence will be constructed. Kezar Realty is interested in following the change in this specific lot, as it was the Agency’s very first settlement in November 2009.

I am reminded of a line in Robert C. William’s book, Lovewell’s Town, where he says that “…history is the story of change over time, as well as continuity.” Over time, more people have come to see Kezar Lake, and Lovell, as a place for a year-round residence rather than just a spot for summer recreation. I believe that the lake, the town and the region are all beneficiaries of this change.

When the property was purchased, the new owners did so with an eye to an uncertain date in the future when they would leave their overseas home and transfer back to Maine. During that the time, the camp was used by family, friends and renters but plans for a new home were always being worked on.

Prior to returning to the United States, the time-consuming task of surveys, construction estimates, planning board presentations, reviews, site visits and finally, approval, all had to take place. Once completed, it was on to the sharpening of the pencils with the builder and the mountains of paperwork requested by the lender.

Over the next few months, I think it will be fun to follow the building of a new Kezar Lake home.

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Maine Magazine Visits Lovell

Here’s a pleasant article by Sophie Nelson in the July 2014 issue of Maine magazine where she does capture much of the local charm. Plenty of photographs by Greta Rybus.

Click here for Kezar Lake, From One Summer to the Next

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2014 Lovell OHD 5k Run

2014 Lovell OHD 5k ArtAs we almost rip the month of June off the calendar, plans are in full swing for the Lovell 5k run and the Old Home Days parade that follows the last runner. It is somewhat hard to believe that this will be the tenth year of the race!

Saturday, July 19th is the big day and the race starts at 9:45 am. This year’s t-shirt design is by Alison Upton of Lovell. Alison, who will be a senior next year at the Fryeburg Academy, won the annual design contest conducted by Steve Pullan, art teacher at the school. This year’s contest was very competitive and several entrants were asked to ‘tweak’ their original designs. As winner, Alison collects the $100 prize!

This local event always has a field mixed with both competitive and non-competitive runners as well as ages from seven to eighty-eight.

The first 100 registered runners receive a t-shirt so be sure to register early. You may do so on-line at: Running4free.com  or download a paper form at Lovell5k.com.

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Renee Dutton

Renee Dutton, a wonderful woman, passed away Monday June 2, 2014.

Renee’s husband, Oliver, was an officer in the United States Air Force and they  lived in many places while raising her family but she settled in Lovell in the early 1970′s. She made a big impact on the town, not only as a business owner (Kezar Lake Handcrafters and Dutton Real Estate) but devoted much time and energy to the Lovell Historical Society, the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the Lovell United Church of Christ.

I started my Lovell real estate career when Renee no longer owned the business but she was still actively selling. She was in the office just about every day and always with a smile, an encouraging word and an inquiry on my latest listing or transaction. In a short period of time,I learned quite a bit from Renee and she never hesitated to look at a house or walk up steep hills on a lot with me. In a business where bringing adversarial sides together is not always easy, Renee flourished. It was clear that she enjoyed working with people. As technology was changing our world, Renee  always reminded us that our business will always be about people working together.

It is true to this day that every time I show a house, I am reminded of Renee. One of my first lessons from her was that it is best to leave the key in the door lock so you won’t be looking for it as you are trying to leave and talk with your clients. I am always proud to tell people that Kezar Realty is part of the Dutton Real Estate lineage.

Renee’s Obituary

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Fly Away Farm

IMG_5691IMG_5689IMG_5687IMG_5680IMG_5675There was quite a void created when Don and Linda Bradley retired and closed Treehouse Farm Greenhouses in Sweden. For many years, Ledge Hill Road saw a marked increase in traffic as people would make their way to Treehouse for all of their gardening needs. As you could expect, everyone wondered where to go?

To the rescue comes Fly Away Farm! The Ward family (Jenn, Justin and children) has expanded their organic farm to Susan Sidwell’s property on Old Stage Road in Lovell. Here is the place to go for your vegetable, flower and herb seedlings. Don’t like to work the earth? Plenty of produce, eggs, cut flowers and more!

Fly Away Farm has been a fixture at the Farmers’ Market behind Charlotte Hobbs every Saturday in the summer. In addition to the produce, there is always a selection of freshly-baked cookies and Justin’s homemade bread.

The Ward’s farm is tucked away off the grid in Stow. In addition to the expansion at Old Stage Road, Fly Away is supplying their fresh produce and eggs to Pete and Sandi at the Old Saco Inn and at the Center Lovell Market.

Be sure to stop and visit Jenn at Old Stage Road. Call for 207-446-7352 for more information.

And a Happy Retirement to Don and Linda!

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