This weekend we find new growth pushing up through the ground and the trees are starting to finally bud out a bit here in the Maine Lakes Region, as is true all over the southern and western parts of the state now. As of this moment the official ice out for Sebago Lake has not yet been declared, with the majority of the surrounding lakes and ponds having official ice out dates ranging from April 16th to April 23rd. We will keep you posted, for our guess a few blogs back of April 24th was spot-on for another large body of water, New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.
The Umbrella Factory on Roosevelt Trail in Naples was hopping this past Wednesday evening, full to capacity with Chamber of Commerce members and guest at the annual regional Best of Best Contest get-together and business networking event. It was very well attended, making the usually busy parking lot look a lot more like a midsummer Saturday or Sunday volume, instead of a spring weeknight! We hear that our Maine Lakes Region has a new and hopefully delightful restaurant option in the works, as Naple’s owners of Merced’s, Frank and Elaine, have plans for a 2nd eatery in Windham. Homemade Italian food appears to be the focus so be on the lookout for the name of the new restaurant to be opening as: Frank’s Bistro. Good luck to them on their new venture! We suggest it is time for you to take a look at how affordable your next dream can be. Is it that special Maine lakefront home or camp property? How about building exactly what you want, just where you want to be. Whether you are thinking about that spot your entire family can enjoy, or that delightful quiet place just for you, now is the time!
We are enjoying this warmer weather, and we want to help you do the same!
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For those of you who have paid attention to our Real Estate company electronic signage on Route 302 at the Intersection of Route 11: Thank You! Our “Think Spring” suggestion certainly has come true this past week and into this weekend with consistently warm temperatures into the 60’s – and low 70’s one day – which is helping to make short order of our annual mud season. Even ominous black storm clouds blowing through this weekend are providing us glimpses of the next six months to come – and it is our annual increase in our Real Estate office activity that, seemingly like clockwork, proves what this time of year does to human nature. Simple things like the traffic in and out of the nearby hardware store is another example. Talk of where the ice is no more – The steady current in Brandy Pond that opens-up the water adjacent to the Naples Causeway each spring, shows much open water there now, however with less than a week to go to our prediction of the 24th for Sebago ice-out, much ice is still hanging tough in Sebago. Stormy windy rain like that that just blew through the Lakes Region and much of central Maine yesterday will cut that ice even faster, so falling shy of an ice-out prediction is always a nice problem to enjoy. Some upcoming area events: This coming Thursday the 23rd, there is a Business After Hours event from 5-7pm the public is invited to, at the Depot St. Tap House in Bridgton. It’s not too early to sign up for the Naples Golf & Country Club Shotgun Scramble on May 28th this year. And May 14th is the Annual Dinner and Silent Auction at Bridgton Academy. If you enjoy the Sebago Days weekend each summer – July 17-18 this year – and you are interested in volunteering, the Sebago town office can point you in the right direction and the volunteering needed each year is appreciated. Again, Think Spring – and Beyond!
Our Sebago Lake region here in western south-central Maine is enjoying the first really nice weather that has occurred on a weekend this Spring, and as we all get out more to enjoy the area: Beware! With the cold nights and warm days now becoming the norm, some are saying this is the worst year in many for deep potholes and steep frost heaves.
So what are you options should a horrid pothole swallow your car and spit it back out with damage? If your car is drivable, and you are one of the 71% with collision coverage active on your car insurance, you can submit your damages to your insurance carrier as a claim. Before you do so, make sure you understand your deductible – many carry high deductibles of $1000 or more – and ask your carrier if your claim will make you subject to an increase in your rates. The most important thing to ask your carrier, is if they will they pursue – on your behalf – submitting a claim to the municipality or town that is responsible for the road where the vehicle sustained damage.
Whomever submits the claim, it appears the rules are that it must be proven that the municipality or town was aware of the pothole or frost heave when the damage took place. It is always best to call your insurance carrier, and have a conversation with them about your situation. No matter where you want to look at property, whether waterfront or mountain view, a vacation home, or that house that just went on the market, Everyone here at Anne Plumber & Associates will be happy to great options for your consideration.
Keep your eyes on the road, and enjoy the weather!
Blogging as I do here each week is much more interesting than I had ever anticipated. My creative nature having another outlet matters to me, as does the desire to want to consistently add something of value to Anne and her team. I did not anticipate the satisfaction of feeling like a team member of a great team, as I do. Anne Plummer & Associates is a very unique team of dedicated professionals that I am proud to be associated with, that I can attest really do care about getting you the best value for your home and property, and finding you that perfect lakefront property you have been dreaming about. To an individual, I see each week how they really do want to help achieve that dream of obtaining and owning the best lakefront or mountain-view property possible for you and your family here in the Maine Lakes Region. Each Realtor has unique strengths and they work tirelessly to make your dreams come true. Thanks to their many years of experience right here in the Maine Lakes Region, your likelihood of swift success is better when your trust is placed in Anne Plummer & Associates. There are many reasons someone who writes a daily, weekly, regular column or blog, does so. For me the commitment to reach out and enlighten, to bring regional, fun and helpful information, along with bringing hope that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to – including that perfect spot on Earth whether full time, or on the weekends and a few special weeks each year – that is what drives my commitment to write something of value here each week. So this week, remember: You can do it. Make it happen!
Happy Easter Season, and continued spring for us all!