Celebrating Memorial Day

Memorial Day – always the last Monday in May each year – is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating and remembering the people who have died while serving in our branches of the armed services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard. This is an excellent comprehensive list of the conflicts we have engaged in, and you can learn a lot about each branch of our armed forces, here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces

We here who proudly serve our friends and neighbors here in the Maine Lakes Region do not endorse any specific travel product or service, and what we do support is the spirit of giving back, of honoring those who have fought and sacrificed for our country, and you never know when just by sharing what you do, and sharing your passion that you have at and for your work, might have a profound effect on someone young or old alike. Here is an excellent Memorial Day example:

Many companies – like Southwest if you Goggle their quiet support of Veterans you will find with their Freedom Flights they have transported over 5100 Veterans to national recognition events around our country – and support of our Veterans, highlighted this Monday May 30th this year, should be no less important the other 364 days that we are each blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy this and every year, with great thanks to our Veterans.

To all those who have served and sacrificed for our country:

Thank you.

Pride And Presentation


We here at Anne Plummer & Associates do what we do each day because we take pride in helping you, and each of our clients. We want you to feel good about the status of your home or property, whether it be in a neighborhood, waterfront, water access, water view or a mountain view location here in the Maine Lakes Region.
Since it has been a while since we have defined “The Maine Lakes Region” we offer you the following with the caveat that many may have suggestions to adjust this definition a bit.  There is no question that the Maine Lakes Region is centered around Sebago Lake and North Windham – now referred to often as simply Windham, Maine – west on US Route 302 to the Naples Maine Causeway, located between Long Lake on your right driving westward, with Brandy Pond to your left. With those dozen miles of Route 302 as a center line to go by, you can use your mobile mapping Apps – and if you are Old School find your Maine DeLorme Gazetteer – to explore the Maine Lakes Region lakes and ponds included within the towns of:
Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond, Gray, Windham, Standish, Sebago, Denmark, Brownfield, Fryeburg, Lovell, Sweden, Stow, Stoneham, Norway, Oxford, Otisfield and Waterford.  Some define the area simply as “Portland westward to the White Mountains of New Hampshire” and though a bit broad in scope, it is a delightful region regardless of the specific definition.

Getting back to feeling good about things:  There can be great satisfaction in keeping homes and properties looking great.  Certainly when it is time to put your property on the market, you pull out all of the stops inside and out.  Many buyers will not step inside, if the outside is undesirable. A new window flower box or two, a few bags of mulch, basic landscaping, and a freshly, often first-cut lawn this time of year really matters in how your home appears, to all who see it. Take pride in the visual presentation of your property. Hard work always pays dividends. Looks do matter.

Enjoy the week!

Seasonal Changes

With the trees budding strongly now and the grass growing enough to be needing to be cut, there are events to share that keep with the season.

Friday June 10th is the 16th Annual Sebago Lakes Chamber Golf Tournament, which starts early with a shotgun start at 8:00 AM at Spring Meadows Golf Course, almost across from Coles Farm Restaurant just a short drive up route 100 / 202 north from Gray. The Chamber also has several events coming up this summer and fall, details here:

http://www.sebagolakeschamber.com

On this Thursday May 19th the Bridgton Chamber is holding their annual Charity Auction fundraiser. This will be an evening Beer & Wine Tasting event, starting at 7:15pm, everyone is invited, and it is being held at Bridgton Academy in the Goldsmith Dining Hall.

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There are many interesting things happening in the region as people prepare for the busy season to come.  The one consistent thing we are hearing in our regional networking groups that we find is accurate, is that both commercial and residential brokers need inventory right now.  We find the is especially true for residential inventory.  The small amount of time most properties are on the market in recent months is something that is a joy in many ways, and certainly presents challenges that we want the opportunity to assist you with, when the time is right for you.

Whether you are looking for waterfront, water view, mountain view, or that perfect neighborhood here in the Maine Lakes Region – or you have a property that requires an upgrade because you are outgrowing it.. or it is time now to downsize into that idea spot for your “time on the back nine”, we can – and will – help!

If your first thoughts are “Anne Plummer & Associates” for all of your Real Estate needs:  we pledge to honor that wise thought with an experience that would allow you to easily write a testimonial for us.

Give us a call!

 

Mother’s Day Weekend


As a species we have been celebrating Mom’s since the known origins of mankind. The Greeks and The Romans in ancient times celebrated Mother’s Day by honoring Cybele, Goddess of Mother Earth and Fertility, and Rhea, the mother to the Gods. Anna Jarvis over 100 years ago started the Mother’s Day we celebrate today, convincing Congress to recognize the holiday, founding Mother’s Day International and she trademarked the phrase “Mother’s Day” wanting to honor her mother who had been devoted to improving conditions for all Civil War soldiers. She was later arrested in 1948 for protesting against Mother’s Day, being upset at how commercialized it had become. Worldwide it’s considered the 3rd most important Holiday, behind Christmas and Easter. Typically more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day Sunday than any other Sunday each year, and often second only to Christmas with the USA alone in the 122 Million call range. And oddly, the word for “mother” in the vast many languages on earth, begins with the letter “M”.

When it comes to the many various ways and typical annual dates the many countries on Earth celebrate Moms and women, there is interesting information available here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Here in the Maine Lakes Region, boat wraps are coming off, many docks are going-in this weekend or are already in, and many a summer camp will be visited this weekend that may not have seen humans since late fall. Another Holiday we celebrate in the month of May falls later in the month, typically on Monday of the 22nd or 23rd week each year: Memorial Day is swiftly approaching. That is the time when things start ramping-up in our region for summer activity, with things in full swing a month to 5 weeks later during the 4th of July festivities. And if you are interested in where there may be a Fireworks display any time of the year in Maine, simply enter a date range here:

https://www.pfr.maine.gov/almsonline/almsquery/(X(1)S(n0lg2qrgsxf2acrcgogfsprm))/SearchEvent.aspx?board=5022&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

 

However you choose to celebrate, everyone here at Anne Plummer & Assoiciates wishes you and all the moms in the Maine Lakes Region and beyond, a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Thinking About Milestones

The Importance Of Milestones

Let’s start with a definition:

1. A stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place.
2.
An action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

synonyms:
landmark, significant event, achievement, highlight, watershed, benchmark, touchstone

This weekend has me thinking about milestones, for a few different reasons. As this weekend comes and goes we reach another Milestone on the calendar with the month of April ending and May Day taking place. Here in the Maine Lakes Region all of our Lakefront Marinas are waking up and beginning the tasks of helping area residents, along with our visitors, with their watercraft and boating / sailing needs. Docks are being put in – a tradition for many families on Mother’s Day weekend coming up next weekend – and that is certainly an annual milestone for many, towards the approaching summer season. Camps and summer homes are being opened-up after being vacant for the winter, and the spring is certainly upon us with the arrival of “the bugs” in this timeframe.. an annual milestone we must endure.
You also have in the definition, the factor of distance. Having traveled to a family function this weekend in “The County” in Presque Isle, there are many “Milestone” reminders. You have the many mile markers keeping you abreast of your progress northbound – and southbound on return – towards the magic 302 or 305 number that ends Maine US Route 95, where you pick up US Route 1 north in Houlton to reach Presque Isle traveling through many towns including Mars Hill. Did you know that you can tell which way a road travels just by it’s number? You can. All odd number roads, travel North and South only. Even numbered roads always travel East and West. If you doubt this at all, simply look at a map.
With family this weekend, I was reminded that the farmland – and all property – also is divided with Markers which for many farms, indeed are Milestones. A farm of 640 acres turns out to be exactly 1 mile, by 1 mile square.
The legal description of a tract of land includes the name of the state, name of the county, township number, range number, section number, and portion of the section. In United States land surveying under the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), a section is an area nominally one square mile (2.6 square kilometers), containing 640 acres (260 hectares), with 36 sections making up one survey township on a rectangular grid, hence why you will see “T2 R6” on the highway, because there is so much land still unsettled, it simply has a Township and Range destination, with no town name.

What will be your next important milestone? We suggest setting goals matters. If it involves property or Real Estate here in the Maine Lakes Region: give us a call!