We're Buying a Community!
You know, it’s true: we’re just not buying a box when we buy a house. We’re buying a community, a location, a tribe. When I deal with out-of-the-area clients, I share the area as much as anything else. I give them the local Chamber Area Guide, the Androscoggin Greenway recreational map. I speak with them about what this area has to offer. And it’s considerable!
When you’ve lived ‘away’ as I have, it may be that the assets we have here are more apparent. Although I grew up in small-town Maine, over 20 years of living in the Boston-Cambridge area of Massachusetts has me appreciating what we have locally.
At one time I lived as a single in gorgeous Greenville, Maine. Beautiful! But I have to say, it was daunting to visit a bookstore or go to a movie. It meant a long drive. One thing I love about Livermore Falls is how central it is. Twenty minutes or less to Farmington, 40 to Augusta and Lewiston-Auburn. Even Portland or Brunswick are within easy reach.
We have striking natural beauty. Lakes, mountains, the Androscoggin River. We have a great route for walking, riding a horse, biking, ATVing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Scenic and serene. Spruce Mountain Ski area across the river has eleven trails
I value the enterprising spirit of folks here. It takes creativity for many of us to support ourselves. We may have more than one job. There’s a price for the quality of life we enjoy. And that price is never so apparent as around the topic of job and career. Yet folks make it work. They do what needs to be done.
We’re Mainers. Hardy folks.
Volunteering is alive and well here! Churches, the Jay-Livermore Falls Lions Club, The Livermore Falls Downtown Betterment Group, the Gazebo Committee, the Spirit of the Season Committee as well as individual efforts that may be quietly in the background.
We have a wide variety of celebrations and special events: The Apple Pumpkin Festival, Bowman Field Fly-In, Frantasia Festival of Out Music & Arts, and parades celebrating Christmas, Independence Day, the Pumpkin Walk.
Our heritage is honored—with active historical societies, Maine’s Paper and Heritage Museum , Washburn Norlands Living History Center, Livermore Falls History Night.
And how can you put a price on community? I would be hard pressed to find a people more giving. Do you notice the abundant fund-raising suppers and raffles? Folks want to help when there is a need. You see community spirit in parades and in the veterans who greets us at the war memorial on Route 4.
It’s easy to sell what you love! And I have to say, I love living right here.