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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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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