2015 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run

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July 18th is the date for the 11th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run. With the help of Steve Pullan, Fryeburg Academy art teacher, a contest is held each year to draw the winning design for the race’s t-shirt. And every year, the students come through with tremendous drawings, making for a tough selection process. As part of the competition, students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running into their artwork.

This year’s winner is Phoebe Crowe, a Lovell resident who is finishing her junior year at the Academy. She enjoys graphic design and will be taking some pre-college courses this summer at the Maine College of Art.

In the first few years of the design competition, I always hesitated to ask for a change here or there. I didn’t want to insult the artist but Mr. Pullan said that it was important for the student to have some real-world experiences where a client rarely is satisfied with the first or second submission. We asked Phoebe to make some minor adjustments to her original design and she did them well. Last year, Phoebe’s design came in second place and I am sure she was disappointed but she displayed a level of determination by trying again. Tenacity pays off!

So thanks to Phoebe, this year’s 5k run t-shirt will continue the tradition of having a unique and quality design. Not only does she see her drawing on t-shirts around town but she earned the $100 prize!

Remember, only the first 100 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt! Click here to register on-line. Paper registrations, as well as previous race records, can be downloaded at Lovell5k.com.

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New Driving Range at the Old Saco Inn

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IMG_0210It was just a few years ago that Pete and Sandi purchased the Old Saco Inn in Fryeburg, just past the Lovell town line on Route 5. It wasn’t long before a small sign was added to the large one at the main entrance. It simply said: Pub Open, Fri & Sat 4 pm”.  Since then, the cozy pub and dining room have become a very popular place and if you plan on going for dinner, you need to make your reservations online! It’s always a treat to watch Pete behind the bar on a busy night as he seems to remember not only everyone’s name but their favorite drink.

One of the newest additions to the Inn is an outdoor Golf Driving Range. What better place to practice your swing than on the wide open field where views of the western mountains are peeking through the trees. This Sunday, June 7th, Brad Littlefield, President of the Lake Kezar Country Club will ceremoniously hit the Range’s first ball at 10:15 am. And on this day only, enjoy a free bucket of balls as well as Burgers and Hot Dogs.

The Range will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 – 6 with a bucket of balls costing $13. And it is my understanding that arrangements could be made with Lake Kezar Country Club for lessons.

Come on down to the Inn, hit a few balls and enjoy your favorite beverage in the Pub! But please, please, don’t hit Pete while he is out scooping the balls.

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Memorial Day Ceremony

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Memorial Day ceremonies take place around the country, in both large cities and small towns. It is important that the community pause, reflect and honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.

Both young and old gathered at the memorial in Lovell Village at 11 am. The size of the crowd that attends is always a pleasant surprise. The Fryeburg-Lovell VFW conducts the ceremony with Joe Moody saying an opening prayer, the Ladies Auxiliary laying a wreath, there is a rifle salute followed by the playing of taps by two Fryeburg Academy students.

Lovell resident John McCann gave brief remarks and then introduced his daughter Kit, who told a very poignant story about a United States Army combat medic who lost his life in Afghanistan, his father and a young woman that the father met by chance while hiking the Appalachian Trail. The woman accepted an incredible responsibility and then endured intense pain and bad weather to fulfill the father’s wishes. Please read the story of Zachary Shanafelt, Patrick Shanafelt and Nectar here: ‘Community’.

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Chuck Nossick

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Whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River.

As everyone who reads KezarLife knows, I spent a good chunk of my life living and working in Baltimore. During that time I had the great fortune of getting to know some wonderful people. Time and distance tend to eliminate most of them but there are always a few people where the relationship strengthens, even without regular contact. Just a random reading or observation may trigger a pleasant reminder of an old friend.

While working in the mortgage industry in the early 90’s, I met Chuck Nossick. We worked for the same company but in different offices and over time we became friends. I took pleasure in convincing him that there was value in visiting downtown Baltimore and having lunch at the Lexington or Cross Street Markets. He returned the favor by inviting me to play golf with him regularly even though my game didn’t warrant it.

In Maryland, college lacrosse is as big as professional baseball. Going to sporting events with Chuck, whether it be the Terps or the Orioles, was always exciting. It wasn’t a big deal to travel to Philadelphia to see Maryland play Temple on a Sunday afternoon or to Charlottesville to see the Terps play UVA on a Saturday night.

There was a two-year period when Rondi, Ben and Anna had already moved to Lovell and I was still shuttling back and forth while we tried to sell the house. Chuck and his wife Kathleen were always generous with dinner invitations at their Severna Park house.

In March 2000, Chuck’s close childhood friend purchased the Baltimore Ravens. Chuck then set out to orchestrate the classiest tailgate party for each home game. On the Ravens’ march to the Super Bowl that season, Chuck and I flew out to Oakland for the championship game. And while our son Ben was stationed in Afghanistan, Chuck made sure to give me all the detailed game programs and media handouts which I shipped to Ben on a regular basis. To someone sitting alone in a strange and hostile desert, it was a welcomed touch of home.

It’s never good news when my friend David Jones calls me early in the morning, as he did this past Wednesday. Bad news he said. A drunk driver ran a red light and Chuck was the unfortunate victim as he was driving home from work. I still cannot shake the deep numbness.

Chuck was an extremely special person to me and I know, countless others. I feel blessed to have had him as a friend. I truly hope that that each of you are equally blessed to have a ‘Chuck Nossick’ in your life.

From the Annapolis Capital Gazette:

Friends and family gather to remember crash victim Charles ‘Chuck’ Nossick.

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Lovell Hardware Store Is Open!

The Lovell Hardware Store is now officially open! I stopped in this morning to get a brush for some staining that needs to be done and was surprised at how active the store was at that early hour.  You will find that the store is bright, the floors are new and the shelves are still being stocked. If you can’t find what you need, talk to Hank, the store manager, and he will make every effort to have it stocked.

OPENING SPECIAL! This weekend, Beth Armington welcomes the new store to the neighborhood. So, be sure to save your receipt as the Homestead Scoop will give you a 10% discount on any food purchase.

 

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2015 Brick Church Schedule

IMG_9756The 2015 Schedule of Events for Lovell’s Brick Church for the Performing Arts is all set. The season opens on Thursday June 25th at 7:30 pm with local artist Jed Wilson.

The remaining schedule includes both Brick Church favorites and some performers  that are new to Lovell.

If you would like your own 2015 magnet schedule, please contact me at stan@fairpoint.net or stop by the Kezar Realty office. Click here to read Brick Church President Susie Mosca’s letter that discusses the upcoming season as well as the recent and future work projects on the historic building in Lovell Village.

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Baltimore City

natty bohIt is always tough to see something that you love be destroyed. I don’t know why I followed the Baltimore Colts when I was young. Especially since I grew up in North Jersey. Maybe I was influenced by the numerous books written about John Unitas and the greatest game ever played that I read from cover to cover.

It was August of 1984 when Rondi and I got married, moved to Hollins Street in West Baltimore and I started graduate school. We lived in a neighborhood that some would call the Urban Frontier. It was also the historic dividing line between white Baltimore and black Baltimore. Everyone coexisted but there was a complete separation of color in regards to where one lived and socialized.

No question that the police in Baltimore have a very difficult job. For many decades drugs have been a major problem and the crime and other social ills associated with drug addiction led to a significant reduction in population (both white and black). What was left where large areas of abandoned homes, poor schools and a lack of jobs. The police do become frustrated because very often just hours after they arrest someone, that person is back on the street engaged in illegal activity.

But sometimes, the police do go overboard physically when making arrests. I have seen it first hand and it is not comfortable to watch and you begin to understand some of the frustration that the Baltimore residents have been expressing. However, being destructive is not an answer. In neighborhoods that have not recovered from the riots following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the rioters were destroying their own employment and shopping centers.

It is painful to see the city, where we lived for 20 years and our two children were born, to take such a major step backwards. So many areas of the city have been transformed from the decaying industrial city that it was to a high-tech employment center. Large sections of the city have seen new housing developments and people moving back. I now wonder how many people and businesses will consider investing in the city.

The city leaders, police and the residents have a long uphill battle in restoring confidence in each other and moving forward together. I wish them well.

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