David W. Mason, 1917-2017

Dave Mason passed away this past week. Always had many enthusiastic and encouraging words for young and old and took the time to thank people for their contributions. I still have a voice mail on my office phone from Dave thanking me for the “Great” Old Home Days parade and related festivities. He also mentioned that I should make sure to acknowledge everyone who contributed. You can see Dave in the picture above. For many years, he was the official starter for the Lovell OHD 5k and he always received a strong round of applause. On his hat was the word “STARTER” in black magic marker.  Dave Mason was a special person.

Please take a moment to read about his life here.

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Boston Red Sox and Apple Watch

Some days my ride to the office is consumed by what I should put on the sign. People often stop and ask me to announce a local event or to honor someone’s passing and I am more than happy to post it. Over the years, the sign has evolved into my own form of local social media.

However, some days the writing is easier than others; especially after hearing yesterday’s press release from Major League Baseball.

Perhaps a little unfair, but who could resist?

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The VERY LAST Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast

Here’s a real bit of sad news. For so many years, every Memorial Day Sunday and every Labor Day Sunday, the place to go was the Stoneham Rescue Service Breakfast. Upon entering the room, the smiling crew greeted you and the servers always heaped generous portions of scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon or sausage. Plus, delicious donuts, coffee and orange juice were at the tables. All for just $5!

It takes a lot of time and energy to put on such a successful event twice a year and that may be why the decision was made to end the breakfast. The men and women of the Rescue Service already devote a lot of time to the community and the holiday weekend meal takes several days of preparation and hours before and after. So, this Sunday from 7-10 am, come on out to the Stoneham Rescue Barn and thank the crew for the great emergency service they provide and also for all their years of giving the local community a great place to gather, see the neighbors and fill our bellies!

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2017 New England Patriots’ Magnetic Schedule

To date, the perennial Super Bowl favorite, the New England Patriots, have played three pre-season games. As we know, the record doesn’t mean a thing until the real games start in early September. But their biggest loss so far this year may be the season-ending injury suffered by star receiver Julian Edelman. But I am sure that the Head Coach Bill Belichick is already scheming on adjustments. That’s why they play the games as teams look quite different in December and January than they do in September.

The 2017 New England Patriots’ Magnetic Football Schedule has arrived at Kezar Realty. As always, the schedules will be available in local stores. If you can’t make it to Lovell, feel free to drop me an email at stan@fairpoint.net and I will send one your way.

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Super Saturday is Coming!!!

August in Lovell always starts with a bang. The Dave Mason Tennis Tournament is the first weekend of the month. Next comes the annual Tour de Lovell, a popular bike tour through the town including the many hills up in the north end. But for more than 40 years, the third weekend of August means the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library’s Arts and Artisans Fair from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon and from 4-7 the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Chicken BBQ. What could be better?

A number of new artisans will be at the show this year joining returning favorites from previous fairs. Be sure to enjoy some wonderful homemade lunches and desserts, the popular used book sale and don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance to win one of ten prizes donated by the artists. Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine! All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library.

After a swim in the lake and a quick nap, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Chicken BBQ meal at the Center Lovell Fire House. From 4-7, the Fire Department will be serving barbecued chicken, fresh corn on the cob, salads, rolls, watermelon and ice cream! Enjoy your meal inside or outside or take it to go. A great bargain for only $10. Stop in and support the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

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In Jordan’s Honor

In Jordan’s Honor

I tend not to get too personal in these pages. Maybe a couple of posts about various trips or family updates but, for the most part, I like to keep things focused on Lovell and Kezar Lake. However, this past weekend was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. We have always been proud of our son Benjamin, but over the last few days, Rondi and I discovered quite a bit more about his commitment to others, the commitment to his country and the overall respect he has earned from his peers.

In early 2008, Benjamin was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq. His station was comprised of United States Marines and Iraqi police. In the early morning of April 22, 2008, two Marines, Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale and LCpl. Jordan Haerter, standing guard at their posts, stopped a suicide bomber from killing 50 US Marines and additional Iraqi police officers. Our son was one of those Marines saved.

Over the years, there have been several memorial bike rides in Jordan’s honor but 2017 marked the inaugural “Jordan’s Run: Veterans’ Memorial 5k Run” which is part of a Veteran’s series on Long Island. Having run in, worked in and organized multiple races over the years, I was very impressed by what this race committee put together. Major sponsors (Macy’s), great t-shirts, lots of food, friendly volunteers, support from police, fire and rescue service departments. It was clear, as the participants went through residential neighborhoods as well as the downtown commercial area, that the entire town of Sag Harbor was there to support the event.

One of the realities of having a child serve in the military is that they will be placed in harm’s way. There is no avoiding this. Over the weekend, we met several Gold Star parents and it is difficult to express my gratitude to their sacrifices. In addition to meeting the Platoon Commander, we also met a number of Marines who were with Ben on that dark day. But most important to me, was meeting Jordan’s mother JoAnne Lyles. It is amazing that she has worked so hard over the past nine years, through the memory of her son Jordan, to help many others. And that is her vision, that every year runners and walkers will come together to not only honor Jordan, but to help many others. With 358 finishers in the very first race, I am confident that it will continue to grow for many, many years.

As the proud parent of a Marine, I ask every reader of KezarLife to take a few minutes to read the transcript of the speech given by Lt. General John Kelly about these two brave Marines. And to then take a moment and reflect on what this great country means to you and the people who protect our way of life.

Click here to read Lt. General Kelly’s speech.

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2017 Lovell Old Home Days 5k Results

This year’s Lovell OHD 5k run was a great success. Congratulations to overall winner Silas Eastman (his seventh consecutive win) with a time of 15:48 and to Terry Ballou (her seventh time winning), the top female runner with a time of 19:45.

Here are the 2017 results:

OVERALL RESULTS

AGE GROUP AWARDS

AGE GROUP RESULTS

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