Spring is Here!

2016 Moose Pond

Moose Pond is blue and looks like it is ready for swimming until you look up at the remaining snow on Shawnee Peak.

But the Lake Kezar Country Club is now open for the season. Grab your clubs and walk 9!2016 Lake Kezar Country Club





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Best Gallery in the State of Maine

IMG_2557IMG_2555Looking forward to reading the upcoming issue of Yankee Magazine’ s Best of New England where the editors selected Harvest Gold Gallery as Maine’s Best Gallery! Located in Center Lovell for almost 20 years, Bill and Lynda have a large showroom where they showcase not only their own jewelry but the fine arts and crafts of over 200 artists.

Be sure to make a trip to Lovell soon to visit the Gallery at 1082 Main Street. Ring the bell at the front door, step inside and explore. I am sure that you will find something that’s perfect for you. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502 or harvestgold@fairpoint.net.

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Two Sure Signs of Spring

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No matter how bad the April weather has been, here are two sure signs that pleasant Spring weather will soon be here. And it seems to happen simultaneously every year. First the daffodils push up through the cold ground and then suddenly the boat trailers at the Kezar Lake Marina have sprouted. Won’t be long before the docks are back in the water!



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2016 Ice-Out (not yet)!

2016 Ice OutWhen asked about this year’s Kezar Lake ice-out date, my response has been to ask when was there ice-in? (Here is something interesting to read — scientists are now collecting ice-in dates) I know I saw many people ice-fishing on the lake this year and I talked to a number of people who did go out and Jeff’s Bait Shop in Center Lovell said he ended up with a good year, but I never had a desire to venture out there this year. Pretty much, I like to leave my swimming to the summer months.

The widely-accepted definition of ice-out is when one can navigate from one end of a body of water to the other end without interruption. As you can see from the above picture taken this afternoon at the north end of the lake, there is still ice. And with a cold spell coming over the next few days, it might not be going away all that quickly!

Click here for a somewhat dated collection of ice-out dates in New England. Info for Kezar Lake is on page 13.

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2016 Boston Red Sox Schedules

IMG_1408Spring snowstorms may throw everyone a curve ball, but the calendar says we are not that far away from April 4th when the Red Sox open the season in Cleveland against the Indians. The American League East looks tougher than ever with all of the teams adding strength to their rosters (don’t those O’s look good). The 2016 Boston Red Sox Schedule magnets are now available. They will be in all of the local stores for easy pick-up or contact me via e-mail (stan@fairpoint.net) or call at 207-925-1500 and I will be happy to send one in the mail.

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Terry Ballou, Lovell OHD 5k Winner and National Masters Indoor Champion

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Terry Ballou in the 2011 Lovell OHD 5k

As preliminary work, such as sponsor letters and the t-shirt design contest, begins for the 2016 Lovell Old Home Days 5k, it was great to see a frequent Lovell participant once again make national news. Terry Ballou, a six-time top female runner in our race, won the 1,500 meters event at the 2016 National Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, NM. She also finished second in her age group in the 800 meters. Congratulations Terry!

Read The Conway Daily Sun article here. Click here to see past times in the Lovell OHD 5k Run.

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2016 Lovell Town Meeting

2016 Lovell Town Meeting

2016 Lovell Town Meeting Dedication Page  218About fifty residents attended Lovell’s Annual Town Meeting and voted on a total of 92 articles. No written ballots were required. The first order of business was to nominate Jonathan Bliss as the meeting’s moderator. John Ramsden was reelected to a three-year term as Selectmen and a number of people were nominated and elected to fill vacancies on a variety of boards.

Reflecting the hard work of the Selectmen and the Budget Committee, there was minimal discussion on the amount of monies requested and no articles were voted down. The elected officials work hard to keep Lovell’s property taxes as low as possible. The biggest clarification of the morning was when the important responsibilities of ‘Fence Viewer’ were explained. Richard Dunham and Ed Dunlea continue as the current Fence Viewers.

This year’s Annual Report was dedicated to Albert and Jacky Stearns.

Click here for a copy of the full Annual Report.

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