Thank you very much to the Lovell/Fryeburg VFW Post No. 6783 for conducting today’s Memorial Day service. Please do not forget that Memorial Day is observed so that we can remember all the men and women who died in active military service. It was great to see such a large turnout. Next time you visit the library, please take the time to visit the monument and reflect on the number of people who not only have served our country but lost their lives in battle.
It is official — 2019 Ice-Out on Kezar Lake is today, April 29th. The determination is made by Lovell’s resident expert, John Bacchiocchi. Some sun and rain over the past few days helped to open up the North End.
The State of Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Land uses the following to establish the date: “Ice Out” is defined for this webpage as when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other. There may still be ice in coves or along the shoreline in some areas, but when a person can traverse the entire waterbody without being stopped by ice floes we will consider the ice to be out.
To see the list of Ice-Out dates around the state, click here. For a list of ice-out dates in Maine from 2003-2018, click here. For a historical New England list, including Kezar Lake, that dates back to 1901, click here.
Now, who will be going for a swim on Memorial Day?
2019 sure doesn’t look like a strong year for the Orioles but with a new manager, Brandon Hyde, Mike Elias as the new GM and lots of young players, hopefully there will be significant improvement from last year’s historically bad team. Manny Machado stays on the west coast with the San Diego Padres and Bryce Harper travels north on I-95 to Philadelphia to play for monster money with the Phillies.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the Boston Red Sox are the defending World Series Champions. Another pennant will soon be flying above Fenway Park. With their strong core of young stars, the Red Sox should have another solid year. Maybe not as dominant as last year, but still strong enough to take the AL East. It would be nice if they would let the O’s win a series or two.
Opening Day is approaching fast. The Sox open in Seattle on March 28th where the weather should be a little better than New England. The schedule magnets are here and are in various stores around Lovell. Don’t hesitate to stop in at the office and pick one up or I would be happy to mail you a schedule. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident Steve Bender makes a point about Shoreland Zoning
Lovell Town Meeting, March 2, 2019
Nothing like a couple of hot-button issues to draw a record crowd to Lovell’s historic Town Hall for the Annual Town Meeting on March 2nd. Close to 150 people were in attendance with many forced to stand throughout the proceedings as all of the seats were occupied.
Months of Planning Board meetings, a public hearing and a citizen’s petition led to a vote on whether the town should retain Lovell’s more restrictive shoreland zoning issue or to revert back to the state’s minimum standards. Moderator Jon Bliss orchestrated an orderly discussion in which proponents from each side of the issue were permitted to speak. Voting was by paper ballot and with a vote that was not very close (76-50), residents voted to retain the town’s more restrictive shoreland ordinance.
A proposed zoning ordinance to prohibit all retail marijuana establishments generated some discussion but, in the end, was approved. The new ordinance prohibits all retail sales as well as any cultivation.
There was a very close vote for the open selectman seat vacated by Turf Ramsden. A difference of only five votes separated the two candidates. Retired tax collector Janice Arsenault won with 68 votes while Jack Jones garnered 63. All in attendance gave Turf a rousing round of applause to thank him for his years of service.
The remaining articles met with minimal discussion, were approved quickly and the meeting was over by 12:30. Still plenty of time to enjoy a beautiful winter’s afternoon.
Another Lovell Town Meeting in the books.
North Lovell General Store
Kezar Realty is pleased to have one of its
listings featured in the current issue of
‘Maine Homes by DownEast’.
The ‘Save This Place’ column highlights an older property that is worth preserving.