Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Lovell Town Column Ethel Hurst 207-925-3226 - Christmas Flowers poland

Just a reminder that today is the "date which will live in infamy” Dec. 7, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I hope that teachers would remind the student what this day means to many older people still living that remember how that day changed the world. Bless to all those who made the supreme sacrifice and didn’t live to see Dec. 7, 2011, 70 years later.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Fryeburg/Lovell VFW Post No. 6783 held a thank you breakfast for those who volunteered to work in the VFW booth during the Fryeburg Fair. It was at the breakfast that post member Henry Middlemiss announced that Poland Springs had donated an AED Defibrillator made by Zol to be used in case of an emergency at the hall. Seeing a need for this type of equipment at the hall because of all the events like bingo, the adult exercise class the christmas flowers poland concert and other functions Henry set out to find a way to get the equipment donated to the VFW. He contacted Donna Woodward and Mark Dubois at Poland Spring in Fryeburg and made inquiries as to how you go about asking Poland Spring to make this type of donation. Poland Spring’s policy of making a donation each month was taken into consideration and the company agreed to put the VFW into the November slot. This type of portable equipment can be use by anyone; you just follow the verbal instructions. Fryeburg Rescue Chief Stephen Goldsmith was introduced and he showed how the defibrillator was used. At one time CPR would be used also but the EMS has changed the way CPR is done today with emphasis on the chest presses being uninterrupted but constant. To show the post’s appreciation, Post Commander Richard King gave Donna Woodward, representing Poland Springs, an official certificate of thanks for her part in the Post receiving this valuable piece of life saving equipment.

The tree lighting in the village was wonderful. Families, children, moms, dads and grandparents gather round the tree to sing Christmas carols before tuning on the tree. Not long after the tree was shining bright the sound of sirens excited the children who knew who was coming down the street thanks to the volunteer firemen. Santa and Mrs. Claus were followed into the Stephen and Tabitha King hall in the library so the children could tell their inner most wishes for Christmas. Refreshments were plenty and voices were gay a wonderful way to end a beautiful day.

I love Lovell and the people who live here and the people who thought enough of Paul McLaughlin to fill the fire station on Saturday night. I heard rumors that probably 500 attended the pasta dinner all to support a smiling guy with his wonderful wife and seven kids who happens to be going through a tough patch right now. Type 4 cancer is a challenge to both these guy and they’ll fight the good fight. To all those who helped out on the dinner and those who showed up to support the family a huge round of applause and a big Thank You.

The Fryeburg/Lovell VFW Post 6783 Christmas concert was marvelous. There is nothing better then an orchestra playing smooth music to entertain. The Christmas sing along was great putting everyone in the mood for the holidays. This tradition of Fan Fare is one that makes those who attend very happy. Thanks to Fan Fare and the VFW for bring a touch of Christmas to Lovell. By the way the special solo of the four flautist was wonderful.

On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Lovell Historical Society will have decorated the Kimball-Stanford House in the Christmas holiday spirit for the christmas flowers poland blogs Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. The bakeshop will be brimming with holiday goods to take home for later and the Hospitality Table will have free cookies punch tea or coffee. To remember this event the children will have a chance to do some cookies decorating themselves. There will be four raffle items, proceeds to go toward the continued work of the volunteers of the Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, there will be a Santa’s secret workshop at the New Suncook School for New Suncook students and local youngsters. The children will have the opportunity to either create a Christmas gift or shop in the Workshop for that special gift for a love one. Can’t decide what to buy? The workshop workers will be willing to give advice bring your list included in the newsletter. Sorry, parents aren’t allowed in the workshop but they can enjoy the book fair, maybe finding just the right book for their child. There also will be snacks and the parents can watch a basketball game while the kids are busy shopping. Santa will be at the workshop so don’t forget your free picture. If a parent or grandparent would like to volunteer to help that day you can contact Jean Andrews at (207) 925-1163.

Don’t forget the Lovell United Church of Christ online Holiday Auction. You have until 9 am Dec. 11 to try out your bidding skills on lots of items. Proceeds to go toward Operation Renovation so our church will stand for a century more. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library adult book discussion series continues on Monday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. The December discussion will focus on "Fly Rod Crosby: The Woman who Marketed Maine" by Julia Hunter and Earle Shuttleworth.

The United Church of Christ Thrift Shop will hold a $1 a bag sale from Saturday Dec. 10 to Monday Dec. 19. All toys, books and puzzles are free. Come in and look around, you never know what treasure you’ll find.

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