Chuck Nossick

Whitewater rafting

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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Lovell Fire Department Roast Beef Supper

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This Saturday evening, April 25th, the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Roast Beef Dinner from 4-7 pm at the Center Lovell Station at the foot of Hatch Hill. Fill your dinner plate with roast beef, potatoes, vegetables, salad and rolls. And wonderful homemade desserts will be available for an after-dinner treat.

All proceeds from the dinner will be shared by the Scholarship and Equipment Funds. The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are related to a department member. In addition, ‘Money in the Boot‘ will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society and there will be a separate raffle for Golf Bag.

Be certain to come out this Saturday for an enjoyable evening!

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Lovell Hardware Store

IMG_2126I think that now we can say that spring has arrived. Small patches of snow may remain on the ground but the daffodils are pushing through the dirt, there is activity at the Kezar Lake Marina, boats on trailers are parked around town, soft-serve ice cream is flowing at Beth’s Homestead Scoop, the spring sport teams are out running and throwing the balls around and the ice on the lake is beginning to recede.

For past few months, there has been a lot of activity at the Lovell Hardware Store. Crystal and Robbie Drew have purchased the long-vacant property, are doing extensive renovations (see pictures below) and will be reopening sometime in early May. Yes, once again we will have a place to buy all of the big and small items we need around the house. No more quick trips to North Conway, Fryeburg or Bridgton for a part! Grain and feed will also be available.

Lovell and all of the surrounding towns are looking forward to the opening!

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MSAD 72

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New Suncook School, Lovell

In a stunning reversal, the MSAD 72 school board announced it has abandoned the decision to rebuild the Snow School in Fryeburg. Instead, it was determined that the existing New Suncook School in Lovell, with a modest expansion of its facility, provided the most cost-efficient option for the large school district.

During the long and contentious discussion regarding the financing of a new elementary school, citizens of several towns felt excluded from the school board’s decisions. After the declaration was finalized, a determined group of people continued their planning and research in the evenings at Norris Bennett’s Sweden garage. Lobbying of elected officials at all levels and in Augusta was pursued until Governor Paul LePage, fresh from his reelection in November, gave his full support to the effort.

By expanding Lovell’s New Suncook facility to accommodate the Snow School student population, MSAD 72 will realize a significant cost savings. In fact, the total budget for the project is expected to be about half of the original estimate. The Maine Department of Education confirmed that this reduction changes the formula and will permit all seven towns, including Fryeburg, to share in the costs of construction. Engineering plans are being finalized and it is expected that the new school will be ready for the students in time for the 2017 academic year.

 

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY! :)

 

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