SHOP LOCAL — SHOP LOVELL

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It happens every year! Thanksgiving has come and gone and we all think that we have plenty of time for decorating, baking, party-going and gift shopping. And before we know it, it is almost mid-December. And then the panic kicks in!

This Holiday season, shop in Lovell and surrounding towns! Here’s a list of shops and ideas where you not only get a great gift but you are helping our local businesses!

* Lots to choose from at the HARVEST GOLD GALLERY in Center Lovell. Custom designed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. Inside their large gallery is a wide variety of American-made art work (much of it local) that will brighten every home. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502.Visit their website here.

* You need to check out the great things that Brent Legere is creating at the Lovell Box Company. Wonderful, one-of-a kind boxes and creates made from pine grown on the family land. Perfect for wine, beer, storage, produce, etc. Brent would be happy to make something from your own specs. Check out his Facebook page here or call him at 207-432-2900.

*HILLTOP HANDSPUN, located in North Lovell, Maine, is owned and operated by fiber artist and designer, Lucy Rogers. Lucy enjoys creating and selling hand made yarn to hand knitters and fiber and roving to hand spinners and felters. The yarn and spinning fibers are made from alpaca, mohair, wool and angora fleeces that she hand selects from Maine and New England fiber farms. Many of her designer yarns are hand spun and a number are spun at a local mini-mill often on a fleece by fleece basis. Beautiful colors in the yarns, which are inspired by the local mountain environment, come to life during the hand dyeing process in Lucy’s kitchen. Here is a link to Lucy’s webpage where you will find yarn and kits for sale.

*LOVELL HARDWARE, located at 411 Main Street is up and running! Great selection of lumber, paint, nuts and bolts, mulch, pellets, pet and horse feed, propane and much more. Can’t beat this special offer on Gift Certificates: ‘Buy $50, get $10 free; buy $25, get $5 free’ The store is open every day. Call 925-9053 for hours.

*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington’s store sells much more than ice cream, coffee, hot dogs and stew! She also has two floors of local artisans’ work ranging from small crafts, iron pieces and quilts. A great spot for unique gifts at affordable prices. And don’t forget that Homestead is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

*PIETREE ORCHARD. Located on the top Waterford Road in Sweden, this Orchard is a great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and pizza. The ‘Pick-Your-Own’ season is over but there is lots to choose from in the store. Visit PietreeOrchards.com for more detailed information. 207-647-9419.

Karl’s Auto Repair, located at 118 Cushman Pond Road in Lovell. Get rid of that winter grime inside and out for your special person’s car with an auto detailing package from Karl. Call for more details at 207-928-3132 or visit their Facebook page here.

*How about a Gift Certificate to some local eating establishments?
1)Rosie’s Lovell Village Store. Stop in or call Rosie at 207-925-1255.

2)The Center Lovell Market. Open on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051.

3)The Stow Corner Store. Original menu, great portions, a warm environment and a local institution! Check out their Facebook page here for updates on specials or call 207-697-2255. Don’t miss the award-winning chili and seafood chowder!
4)AJ’s Everything Store at 409 Maine Street in Stoneham. A small convenience store upfront and a nice restaurant out back. Great food at great prices! 207-928-2454.

5)THE CENTER LOVELL INN. The Inn offers 10 large comfortable guestrooms each appointed with family antiques and sitting areas for relaxing and reading. A full country breakfast is served piping hot each morning. Enjoy gourmet dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the evening. The forty-seat dining room offers a crackling fire on cold winter nights. In the summer, enjoy breakfast and dinner on the screened-in wrap-around porch. In the evening enjoy the sunset over the White Mountains. Visit the website here!

6)THE OLD SACO INN. Pete and Sandi welcome you to their pub, restaurant and inn on the banks of the Old Saco River. Good food and cocktails in a friendly setting. Great access to the snowmobile trails as well! Old Saco Inn.

7)‘Best Beer Bar in America‘, EBENEZER’s PUB During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub’s phone number is 207-925-3200.

Still can’t figure out what to give to someone who has everything? How about a gift in their name to some of our local organizations? The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Lovell’s United Church of Christ or Lovell Friends Helping Friends (winter fuel assistance for the needy)!

Please let me know of any additions to this list.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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TOYS for TOTS

The long Thanksgiving weekend is over and we quickly move right into the Christmas season. The shopping frenzy has started with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It is exhausting and somewhat frustrating when the focus is strictly on the need to save a few dollars. It does seem to me that some folks like the very act of obtaining a deal rather than finding that right gift for someone.

But if you scratch the surface, there continues to be evidence that people give generously to their local communities. I just became aware of a movement started five years ago called Giving Tuesday. The famous 92nd Street Y in New York City joined forces with the United Nations Foundation to put the focus on giving and using the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable season. It appears to be quite a success and grows every year.

When donating, people like to see their contributions stay local. Here is one program that fits the bill! Since 1991, The United States Marine Corps Reserves has supported the Toys for Tots program where new toys are collected and distributed to needy families in time for Christmas. “The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”

Thanks to Beth Armington at the Homestead Scoop & Gallery, Until December 10th, Lovell residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls seven days a week between the hours of 10 and 5. All of the toys donated will be collected by the Reserve Unit located in Brunswick and will be distributed in Maine.

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2016 Gasping Gobbler

The 11th Annual Gasping Gobbler was on Saturday, November 19th and 60 runners and walkers participated in this fun 5k event sponsored by the Lovell Recreation Department. Held at the Athletic Field, the runners and walkers circle the complex three times until they reach the finish line. All participants received a ‘one-of-a-kind’ Gasping Gobbler headband. After the event, all participants and volunteers gathered at the VFW Hall where awards were given, raffle prizes were drawn and great food and baked goods were served!

It wouldn’t be a Gasping Gobbler without Turkeys! Winners were: Alfie Walker from Fryeburg was the top male and overall finisher with a time of 18:16. Kaitlyn Direnzo of Buxton was the first female finisher with a time of 24:05. Jonathan Crowe of Lovell was the top walker with a time of 44:40. And Nancy Kluck from Bridgton won the fourth turkey for finishing in the ‘Middle of the Pack’. Click here for complete results.

Another fun and successful Gasping Gobbler!

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2016 Lovell Chili Challenge Winners

Another great Sunday afternoon in Center Lovell raising funds for Lovell Friends Helping Friends! The Ninth Annual Lovell Chili Challenge had 17 chefs offer their favorite chili recipes to folks eager to taste a variety of chili styles (turkey, beef, vegetarian, pork, moose, venison, sweet, spicy, red and green) and to vote for their favorite.

Due to the quality of the chilies, the veteran group of judges (Janice Sage, Bob Drew, Ethel Hurst and Mark Moulton) had a very difficult time picking a winner. Extra rounds of tasting were needed to provide separation. A common refrain heard throughout the day was that there were so many good chilies!

Here are the official winners for 2016:

JUDGES’ CHOICE     

First Place: Art Parmenter    Second Place: Jan Newhouse     Third Place (tie): Steve Stearns & Anna Kulakowski

PEOPLES CHOICE

First Place: Jean Hunter     Second Place (tie): Anna Kulakowski & Chris Hughes   Third Place (tie): Paula Hughes & Stephen James

BEST TABLE DECOR:  Two Sisters Chili by Anna Kulakowski & Maria Croteau

Congratulations to not only all of the winners but to everyone who participated as 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends which helps local residents in need of emergency heating assistance. A total of $751 was raised for the fund.

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Lovell’s 9th Annual Chili Competition

It is now time for all local Chili Aficionados to get ready for the Ninth Annual Battle of the Bowls! Come to the Center Lovell Fire House on Sunday, November 13th from Noon to 2 PM. This always popular event provides an opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to compete for awards and most importantly, bragging rights! Plus a special award for best decorated table.

All proceeds from this event are donated to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund which assists local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs. Last year’s Challenge raised more than $1,000.

Admission is still only $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under. In addition to the variety of great chili, there will be wonderful treats available for purchase at the popular bake sale.

And the Patriots play a night game!

For more information, call me at 207-925-1500 or send an email at stan@fairpoint.net.

Click here for a Entry Form.

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Lovell Village Monument UPDATE

Many years ago, long before the effort to update the names on the monument started, Richard Rice mentioned to me that although he was a veteran, he didn’t think he was eligible for inclusion. He thought that only those who served during time of war were to be honored. Well, he was mistaken and his name was one of those added recently to the monument. As you can see from the photo, Mr. Rice is very pleased to be on the wall.

Richard Rice is a long-time Lovell Village resident. He served in the United States Army from 1956-1962 and was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.

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Norris Bennett

Once I moved to Lovell and started working in town, it really didn’t take me very long to figure out that when you needed something done in a hurry, the first person to call was Norris Bennett. He was great at remembering various aspects of work done at different properties or exactly where the septic tank was located. Over the years, he was very helpful to us at Kezar Realty even though I am sure he viewed me as just another flatlander. Never mattered how big or small the job was, he always gave it his best shot.

Although I never, ever heard him talk about it, I am very aware of how much he did for people and how he never asked for a penny in return. If he knew someone was sick, he would plow their driveway. If some digging needed to be done for someone who was short of funds, he would help out. And I am sure that everyone who knew Norris, could tell similar stories. It is also true that Norris was a man of few words but every once in awhile, he would tell you a long story about someone from way back when or what a certain property used to be like. I also enjoyed how he never hesitated to tell me how crazy I was for listing a piece of land at a certain price.

Rest in peace, Norris. Lovell will miss you.

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